Fall Vintage Farmhouse Styling Inspiration + 10 Rustic Decorating Ideas From the Midwest!

I live in the heartland where folks savor the season of autumn like nobody’s business! Seriously. The passion for all things gourd-sy gorgeous, changing colors, football tailgating, raking leaves, spicy, cozy and FALL wonder is HUGE in the Midwest. Fall Vintage Farmhouse Styling Inspiration + 10 Rustic Decorating Ideas From the Midwest kicks off what I call #cozyhuntingseason.

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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Speaking of COZY…did you see my tour of Storybook Cottage, where we stayed in Leiper’s Fork on our road trip to the South?

Oh, Fall you are so wondrous - here are a few ways we can savor your autumnal beauty and feel connected to the earth's bounty. Fall bucket list 2019 by Hello Lovely Studio.
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I’ll be heading to Main Street Market for fall magic this weekend, and if you missed highlights of farmhouse shopping in Franklin, Tennessee, come see!

Inspirational quote from Anne Frank on Hello Lovely Studio.

Fall Vintage Farmhouse Styling Inspiration + 10 Rustic Decorating Ideas From the Midwest!

People who endure the long winters, grey days, and extreme temperatures in the middle part of the USA develop a certain toughness and conservatism. But there’s a paradox too.

Treasures I bought on a shopping trip to Vintage Bliss in Beloit and Pick a Dilly in Rockton, IL - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – vintage treasures scored around town!

These same souls are soft and gooey and romantic when it comes to the warm embrace of an apple picking, prolific pumpkin season with its deliciously mild weather and scenic majesty.

Did someone say pumpkins?

Need inspiration for your fall pinterest board? SEE THIS and pin away!

A shabby chic pink painted chair I dragged home from an estate sale - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – a shabby pink chair for the garden.

Fall Vintage Markets are Wildly Popular in the Midwest

In terms of fleamarket shoppers and lovers of vintage like me, the fall becomes this paradise with markets popping up everywhere, and vendors styling their booths so evocatively we just want to linger and touch the textures of fall that take us back to childhood or the farm.

Shabby chic estate sale finds I dragged home - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – the stool will get freshened with paint and maybe end up in the kithen.

So I’m taking you shopping with me to a few friendly shops overflowing with lovely fall decor inspiration.

Charming clothesline in a shop window! Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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Even if you have no plans to visit the Midwest, you may just: score a decorating idea or three, notice a unique color combination, or be compelled to shop eBay this very moment (ha! that’s me!) for shabby treasure to feather your own fall nest.

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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Nostalgia & Farmhouse Go Hand in Hand

I wasn’t planning on stopping at Pick-a-Dilly Antiques in Rockton, Illinois, but this clothesline!!! I mean!

Charming clothesline in a shop window! Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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Then I learned the back story of these white petticoats and nightshirts from the “picker” who styled the window, and some of them insisted on coming home with me…ha!

Antique white cotton clothing drying in the sun - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Can you blame me? They go back to the 1800s and are my favorite color to boot! Unfortunately, they don’t work well after Labor Day in these parts, but I have suggestions for fall fashion here!

Charming clothesline in a shop window!Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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This shop is full of sweetly humble treasures, and the service was so friendly and warm that I lingered and found more pretty things.

Pick a Dilly Antiques in Rockton, IL - the shop window looks darling with its clothesline of white linens and fall pumpkins.
Pick a Dilly Antiques

You don’t have to drive far past Rockton to arrive in Wisconsin which is where I headed next.

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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Vintage Bliss in Beloit, WI

Vintage Bliss Decor (3100 S. Riverside Dr. Beloit, WI) is the sweetest community of sellers with found, rescued, and reloved treasures you never knew you couldn’t live without. I have never left this place empty-handed.

Whimsical dress forms. Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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Enjoy these vignettes and also score rustic farmhouse decorating ideas as we chat along the way about trends, color stories, and what makes the rustic farmhouse mix so charming.

Handlettered sign. Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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1. Neutral Colors Everywhere

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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Here’s the color story I saw again and again: warm brass, fresh greenery, black, and light toned wood.

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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2. Black and White is Still Classic

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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Poem by Mary Oliver about autumn. Song of Autumn.
More fall quotes and rustic farmhouse inspo also HERE.

3. Understated Painted Accents

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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4. Nubby Stripey Pillows (Trove Vintage)

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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5. Vintage Galvanized Watering Cans

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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Funny quote with humor on Hello Lovely Studio.
Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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6. Architectural Salvage + Antlers

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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7. Mass Those Brass Candlesticks!

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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…or stair parts!

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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8. Muted Colors & Signage

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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9. White Kitchenware Nirvana

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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Inspirational quote about Home from Maya Angelou on Hello Lovely Studio.

10. Weathered Doors Are Another Way to ‘Bring the Outdoors In’

Rustic farmhouse decor, vintage flea market treasures, and LOVELY Fall and Autumn inspiration are flowing as I take you shopping with me for country goodness in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor #countryhomes #fleamarket
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Enjoy Flea Market Flip Goodness

Fairy on the Prairie Behind the Blog

Part Two with more inspiration from this rustic fall farmhouse shopping excursion is HERE, and soon I’ll update you on my health as well.

Still a rollercoaster ride, but that joy I expressed in this soulful ditty, is STILL HERE and I’m still here, and the “holy indifference” I am experiencing is such a gift to my spirit even as Grace covers all the uncertainties like wildflowers on the fall prairie.

I don’t know what battles may be raging for you, but I want you to know I’m right here muddling through with you. And we’re growing, friends, even if we’re not yet glowing.

I penned the quote below yesterday, and if you think it’s worth sharing, I’d love to see it pinned.

Thank you for the prayers and kindnesses…you really know how to make a fairy FALL for the magic of MERCY in all its disguises and loveliness.

Inspirational quote about healing by Michele on Hello Lovely Studio.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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14 Comments

  1. Rose
    September 13, 2019 / 7:56 am

    I love your posts. They are so positive.
    Thank you.
    Rose

    • Michele
      Author
      September 13, 2019 / 10:03 am

      Thanks so much for reading, Rose. It’s great to have you here. πŸ™‚

  2. September 13, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Those crisp Midwest days and outdoor festivals sound pretty great right about now! It’s been 97 degrees where I live! Have a beautiful weekend Michele!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 13, 2019 / 11:50 am

      Hahaha – it’s hard to beat September in Northern Illinois with the inspiring evolving landscape, wildflowers, orchards, and color. If only I could sleep through the storms! Bon weekend, friend! πŸ™‚

  3. Amy
    September 13, 2019 / 2:24 pm

    Such delightful fall fun goodness here in this post! Enjoyed each morsel! Glad I had extra time to watch the videos. Loved your festive Fall Bucket List & your cool vintage scores: the metal bird cage, some sort of interesting basket, and that other thing! haha! So curious what it is? Flea Market Flip was entertaining, and can’t wait to try those delicious-sounding, healthy pumpkin recipes from two blogs I’m so glad to find out about…Clean and Delicious with Dani & Mind Over Munch with Alyssia! Thanks for sharing all the lovely that you find with us!! I’m so touched and inspired by Anne Frank’s quote, & last but surely not least…my fav quote from you…”It was me. I let the dogs out.” hahahaha!! It makes me laugh out loud every time I read it! So thanks for a post packed with punch!!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 13, 2019 / 11:30 pm

      Hahahaha – so happy there were some winners in here for you! I cannot even believe you are asking about that crazy mystery item I bought from an estate sale in that image because omg, there is a story there, and I’ll take more pics of it and share it with everyone…stay tuned. (Um, no idea what it is, just knew I had to own it.) I feel so awful about letting the dogs out. πŸ™‚ LOL

      • Amy
        September 14, 2019 / 1:06 pm

        Hahahaha!!πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£I’m just glad to finally know WHO let the dogs out! Ha!

  4. September 20, 2019 / 10:58 am

    The hubs and I go small town shopping quite frequently. I am jotting these stores down just in case we are ever up your way. I loved each and every photo and found something I wanted in each one too. Which is a bad thing when you have two kids in college. Saw this on TFT. Loved it!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 20, 2019 / 1:12 pm

      Hahaha – I hear you with those tuition pains! Thanks so much for coming along with me, and now I’m off to visit your country road, friend! πŸ™‚

  5. September 22, 2019 / 8:48 am

    Michele,
    It is hard to believe that it has been 8 years for our party. Bloggers have become more creative and post are so wonderful. I love that window with all of the vintage clothing. I have a few pieces myself. Your place is always so lovely.
    Have a wonderful Sunday.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      September 22, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      Thank you so much. Enjoy this Sunday however you spend it, Bev. Wishing you loveliness as the season changes and it works its magic on us.

  6. September 24, 2019 / 10:30 pm

    SO many treasures!!!! Love the quotes and poems too. Great post!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 25, 2019 / 4:28 pm

      Thanks so much for reading, Amber – i love having your vintage lovin self here! πŸ™‚

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