Vintage Fall Vignette and Hickory Cottage Update

Hello Dear Readers!

Again, I am reaching into the archives

and thought I would bring to you a vintage fall vignette 

that I created a few years ago, when finding some great items

while shopping with my friend Mary Alice in Leesburg, Virginia.

The vignette started with a vintage Borden’s crate. 

I have never seen a Borden’s Condensed Milk wooden crate before,

so it had to come home with me.

I knew I wanted to incorporate it in my Fall decor.

So here again, a Vintage Fall Vignette and a Hickory Cottage update.


Vintage Fall vignette - Housepitality Designs


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A Vignette Inspired By A Beautiful Book, My High-Low Project

I love beautiful home decor books.

I came across this book, “Beautiful” by Mark D. Sikes

while reading a review on it by the lovely ladies of Design Chic.

I ordered this book right away and was totally immersed in the magnificent

rooms and decor featured in his  book.

While reading this book, I  came across a vignette on a skirted table

that I knew I could somewhat replicate on a budget, by actually shopping the house.

So I began to collect those items and I created

a vignette inspired by a Beautiful book,  my High Low project.

Great Room-Vignette-Housepitality Designs

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Fall Decor Ideas

Fall cannot come soon enough for me.

We have had an extremely hot summer and I long for the cooler, crisp days of Fall.

I have been doing some prep work to ready for some Fall home decor.

I always look back on what I did in years past.

These are some of the things I have done.

Some of you may remember them, and hope my new readers will enjoy it.

In decorating for Fall, I usually start in the Great Room with the mantel.

Fall 2015 Mantel - Housepitality Designs

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Books – An Integral Part of Our Lives and Decor

Books affect each and every one of us in so many ways.

Whether they be of a source of learning, vast resources,

or a wonderful source of entertaining.

I find books enhance our lives and also our decor, especially in my home.

Antique Charles Dickens Books - Housepitality Designs

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A Beautiful Monogrammed Wooden Round

A beautiful monogrammed wooden round  arrived on my doorstep yesterday.

I was so thrilled to receive this custom wooden round from Ava Berry Lane.

A customized wooden monogrammed round was a giveaway by Kelly of Eclectically Vintage and I won!

This beauty is what I chose:

Ava Berry Lane Plaque-Housepitalty Designs

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Simply Christmas Vignette

I have been challenged to keep it simple.

I say that this year, I want to keep it simple . . .

~ ~ I have been asked by my friends if simple was in my vocabulary.


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A Vignette Created for Under $25

I feel as though now I am in an “in-between” stage in the house..

The house is pretty much decorated for Fall..

— however, I am beginning to drag out the many boxes of Christmas decorations.

I took away the pumpkin topiary and other fall decor..

— and came up with my “Vignette that costs under $25”

All items were from yard sales, estate sales.


Breakdown of items:

— Large ironstone pitcher at estate sale in Georgia — $10

— Each book was 50 cents at same estate sale.

— Small ironstone sugar bowl 50 cents at yard sale as it was missing its lid.

———-cotton (a gift from a friend who grew cotton last year)

—- Each wicker bottle was $4.00 at a yard sale in Tennessee.

— Bless This House sheet music $1.00 at the Liberty Antiques Show in N.C.

———-frame 50 cents at yard sale in Georgia.

— Postal scale a purchase many, many years ago at an antique shop in Florida for $2.00

Decorative bird had for years and cloche a gift..almost free.

Total: $24.50

Foyer Vignette

The gentleman at the yard sale was almost apologetic for this ironstone piece missing a lid..

— so he thought 50 cents was fair.. I was happy!

Foyer Table Vignette

Our friend did not plant cotton this year.. but I had a few stems left over from last year.

Foyer Table Vignette

Small demijohn purchased at a yard sale in Tennessee..

— the homeowner called it just an old wine bottle.

Foyer Table Vignette

Foyer Table Vignette

And he said, “hey if you like this one.. I have another one you can have for $4.00

— OK, you talked me into it!

Vintage sheet music for $1.00 .. it is actually a sheet music book!

Foyer Table Vignette

Foyer Table Vignette

All of these books were 50 cents each at an estate sale in Georgia.

Foyer Table Vignette

The ironstone pitcher, purchased at the same estate sale in Georgia..

— is the highest priced item on the table at $10.00

Foyer Table Vignette

Oh and this postal scale .. I actually had it in a yard sale box!..

— I thought I was not going to decorate so much with these vintage items..

———- so glad it did not sell!!!

It would have been on the list of items of seller’s remorse!

Foyer Table Vignette

Foyer Table Vignette

Thanks so much for visiting today..

— The foyer will be taking on a totally different look.

Once my buffet arrives from France!!!

Have a wonderful day!!

I am joining:

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Decorating with White and Pottery Barn

I am still on a bit of a “stay-cation” this week.

Catching up on housework and recovering from the many travels of the past two months.

I put away the Americana decorations and needed a light summer look.


I kept the Pottery Barn candlesticks on the table and added some ironstone to the vignette.



I purchased the vintage ironstone pitcher near Johnson City, Tennessee.

It had a great price of $12.00 on the tag…when I brought it up to the counter….

…..the kind gentleman said, “would $10 be okay?”….uhh sure!!!

Needless to say, I walked out of the shop with a smile on my face!




I purchased the double handled urns from the Pottery Barn Outlet during my trip to Atlanta.

…..I placed them on the candlesticks.

My hubby asked if I was ever going to place actual candles on the candlesticks…

… day!



I love the color and texture of reindeer moss.

It works well at the base of the urns.


I know I titled the post, Decorating with White…but you know me, I love color.

I added hydrangeas from my yard and placed them in the vintage ironstone piece…

…..that I bought in a yard sale in Johnson City, Tenn for 50 cents! 🙂




The container of hydrangeas sit on top of a book of poetry by Browning, dated 1895….

…..also purchased at the same yard sale for 50 cents!


To tie in a bit more color, I added some lavender buds to a small pitcher.


The candlestick is placed on some of my favorite books…

…..including the Country Living Decorating With White.



I replaced the chalkboard print with a boxwood wreath on the mirror.


The sun is streaming onto the floors this morning…it is great to see the brilliant sun in the morning again..

…..after so many rainy days in the past…but it has been really hot, so rain is welcome again!!

You saw some of my treasures in this post that I bought at mainly yard sales…

…..while in Johnson City, Tenn attending my hubby’s tournament.


And here is all of the loot!…and I paid just a little over $50 for all of it!!!


I was so happy to find a tobacco basket for a super great price…

…..great books over 100 years old for 50 cents each, a vintage ironing board…

……….a small mahogany table, a pretty silver teapot ($2.00)…and more.

I really need to go to that area more often…hmmm, I wonder when the next tournament is…

My usual Friday Series will return after the Haven Conference….when I will have more time to resume projects.

I wish you all a most wonderful weekend filled with great times and making beautiful memories!

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