Hi Friends!

 

Stacy Ling

 

About My Home

I am an avid suburban gardener who loves home decor and create beautiful spaces both inside and outside my home. My goal is to make my home feel warm, cozy and inviting for my family, friends, and myself. It is important to me that our space is approachable, easy-going and user-friendly so I’m not worrying about wear and tear from my kids and dogs.

 

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Gardening

Gardening has been my passion for over twenty years. When we moved to our current New Jersey home, I started creating gardens all around the property. If I couldn’t grow grass or the area was an eyesore, I started a garden.

Much of what I’ve done was learned through trial and error. My approach to gardening is we learn by doing and not being afraid to try new things. To that end, I subscribe to the motel theory of gardening – some plants check-in, do well and stay…and the others check-in, don’t do well and are not invited back.

Shortly after having my children, I became a master gardener and began a very small garden design business helping others with their own gardens. After a few seasons, my gardens started to suffer. So I took a step back from the business. I chose to refocus on maintaining my own gardens while creating cozy outdoor living spaces for my family and friends to enjoy.

 

How to Update a Framed Print with a Stencil

 

My Decorating Style

If I were to describe my style it would be garden-style, rustic farmhouse. “Garden-style” infuses natural, rustic elements with decor that creates cozy, comfortable and approachable living spaces by bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out with plants, flowers, textured, natural, and garden-inspired accessories.

A big component to my decorating style is to incorporate both real and faux greens and florals. Greens and florals help breathe life into a space. by giving it more personality, texture and dimension.

I started changing home to a lighter, brighter and more neutral decor style from the traditional cranberry, sage and gold tones of 15 years ago. While I am moving towards a more lighter and neutral style, with 3 teenage girls and two black dogs that shed, I have to be mindful of our lifestyle so moving to an all white palette would be a struggle.

 

 

My Family

I’ve been married for 24 years to Chris who I met while I was attending Seton Hall Law School. (Yes, I am also an attorney). We got married while I was still in law school and moved to our current home while I was clerking for the Tax Court of New Jersey.

Shortly after moving in, we started our family. Currently, my two oldest daughters are starting to leave the nest as they are both juniors and freshman in college. My youngest daughter is still in high school, so Chris and I are preparing for the next phase of life. With the purchase of Southern Vermont cabin and transition to empty nesting, we are doing a slew of DIY renovation projects at both homes.

 

Family Fun Fact

We appeared on an episode of HGTV’s Househunters when we purchased our Vermont Cabin. Watch the episode here and get the behind the scenes story here.

 

Househunters
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I Want to Inspire

I hope my enthusiasm for gardening, home decor, and lifestyle motivates and inspires you to move out of your comfort zone and try new things. My philosophy is that more than half the battle of DIYing anything is having the confidence to try. We can do anything we set our minds to. Thank you for followibg along today and every day! xo

 

My Top Posts

How to Paint Wood Cabinets with Chalk Paint

Painting Upholstery Fabric with Chalk Paint

Dividing Perennials

Upcycled Vintage Frame Chalkboard

How to Add Solar String Lights to the Yard

How to Start a New Garden

Easy Winter Container Garden Design

Painting the Piano

How to Refinish Wood Cabinets with Gel Stain

Rustic Farmhouse Spring Home Tour

Designing a Garden That’s Always in Bloom

Deer Proofing Your Garden

Stacy Ling