Are you looking for fall decorating ideas with rustic elegance? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and get inspired with my vintage farmhouse fall home tour.

It’s been almost two years since we moved from our rustic farmhouse to our new-to-us 1850 farmhouse on a sprawling 10-acre property.

We are all settled in and really enjoying all that the property has to offer. The gardens are amazing, the home is perfect for us, and we are so happy we made the move.

Our home still needs some updating, but it has gorgeous, expansive gardens throughout the property with lots of unique tree sculptures and garden statues.

As a gardener, it’s been super cool to see all the different plants that grow and bloom here. It was like Christmas morning for the garden as something new was popping up almost daily since moving in.

And I’ve learned a lot about what grows well here. It’s pretty amazing how different it is from my former home’s gardens.

Now that we’ve been here for almost two years, I’ve put my own spin on things and made some changes both inside and out.

I recently made the transition to fall in my home and decorated it with a warm, neutral autumn color palette.

Wait until you see these rustic elegant fall decorating ideas!

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Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tour

Today, I’m sharing my fall home tour as part of the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours hosted by my good friend Kelly, from the Tattered Pew.

If you are coming from my good friend Jennifer’s from Cottage on Bunker Hill’s home, welcome to my home!

In case you are new here, I’m Stacy, a master gardener who lives and gardens in north-central New Jersey, zone 6a.

We recently moved to a beautiful 1850 Farmhouse with 10 acres of gardens, sculptures, and statutes.

I’ve been gardening for over 20 years and enjoy helping beginner gardeners find their inner green thumb, as well as discover a love for all things plants and flowers. And I love to bring the outdoors inside my home too with a vintage cottagecore style.

I hope you enjoy visiting my home all decked out for fall. It would be amazing if would come back so we can grow stuff and create beautiful spaces together.

Wait until you see how I decorated my home for fall!

Oh by the way, and if you find something you love in my home and garden, you can find sources for them here.

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Welcome to My 1850 Vintage Farmhouse!

As we walk to the front door, you’ll see several gardens here that are beyond spectacular! The black-eyed susans are just starting to bloom, sedum autumn joy is just starting to pink up, and my zinnias are putting out non-stop blooms.

It’s so gorgeous here right now! I wish you could see it in person.

I also planted a bunch of flowering annuals along the front porch that include gomphrena, superbells, supertunias, angelonia, snapdragons, lantana, and euphorbia.

And I lucked out with getting a few celosia plants and sunflowers that reseeded from the last growing season.

Front porch gardens with rudbeckia, gomphrena and sunflowers

Because it is still so hot here in my zone 6a garden, I am not planting chrysanthemums just yet. They don’t love the heat and will dry out much quicker if you buy them now.

So I like to hold off and use other plants like huecheras that are perennial workhorses for season-long color.

If you want to see how much different the porch garden has changed over the last several seasons, you can check out these posts where I shared my garden rooms and outdoor living spaces.

As an aside,I also share weekly pics of the gardens in my Sunday updates. (Subscribe here so you don’t miss out on the gardening inspo I always share!)

front porch cottage garden with rudbeckia, sunflowers and gomphrena

My Front Porch in the Fall

My front porch is currently a work in progress for fall because it’s just starting to cool down here in New Jersey after a hot, rainy summer.

But just to give you a little taste of where it’s going, we have this gorgeous porch swing like this that came with the house. It’s a great spot to enjoy a cup of coffee watching my dogs run around as the sun rises.

As the temperatures start to cool, I’ll be adding lots of pretty fall garden flowers to the porch.

front porch swing in fall with abelia huecheras and houseplants

Why We Should Wait to Plant Chrysanthemums

Garden mums are generally bred to bloom for a few short weeks. So they pretty much flower and they’re done.

Chrysanthemums are NOT fans of the summer heat so they can dry out fairly quickly if you don’t keep up with watering them. Because they lack the staying power and are fussier to care for, I generally hold off buying them until October.

Late September if the weather is cool enough.

Unfortunately, despite what you see on social media, there’s no magic pill to making garden mums last longer – it’s a matter of buying them at the right time and not allowing them to dry out.

For best results, repot them in good potting soil or plant them directly in the ground and keep them well-hydrated. Using a good drip irrigation system like this can help when you don’t want to keep up with manual watering.

pink mums in the cottage garden

A Better Late Summer or Early Fall Option

While I wait to add mums to the porch, I filled a few thrift store finds with these gorgeous heucheras from Proven Winners called Primo ‘Peachberry Ice’.

Last year, I dropped two plants in this vintage baby carriage that I found thrifting. And I also potted it up in this beautiful copper boiling pot.

Isn’t that foliage so pretty?

It’s a great solution to decorating your porch earlier for fall. And if you are unfamiliar with this perennial, heucheras come in a variety of autumnal colors and keep their hue all season long.

Huecheras are easy-to-grow, easy-to-care-for, low-maintenance perennial plant that you can decorate with, plant before the ground freezes, and it will return again next year adding lots of beautiful color to garden beds.

But the best part? It can be divided so you can grow your stock for free.

So if you get the itch to buy garden mums now, I’d start with coral bells instead so you get more decorating bang for your buck.

Front porch rockers with sedum autumn joy and zinnias

Farmhouse Decor Ideas in the Front Entry Hall

As we enter the home from my porch, we are met with the front entry hall and these gorgeous French doors that lead to the dining room.

My foyer went through quite a transformation after we moved in. You can see the before and after front entry makeover project here.

We’ve been thrifting around looking for storage pieces to furnish this space on a budget. It sits adjacent to the dining room, so I figured it is a great place to store table decor.

And so far, we found some great deals!

I’m not in any rush to decorate this particular room, so when I find things, I buy them.

front entry fall french doors that lead to the dining room with beautiful crystal chandelier

This is one of the vintage storage pieces I found while thrifting. Isn’t it so cool? I love all those details in the wood. It’s a pretty large piece too so I decided to use it by the French doors and staircase.

I found those frames while thrifting too. They were both wood that was a little dark and heavy for the space. So I used Rub ‘n Buff on them to give them a quick makeover. The smaller frame was like $.50 so these were a great deal!

For fall, I decorated the foyer with dried gourds, neutral pumpkins, and my indoor plants. I also mix in a few faux plants and flowers among my real ones to keep it looking seasonal, lush, and green year-round.

Since I keep a lot of my houseplants outdoors from late spring through early fall, faux plants and flowers keep my house looking green when the indoor plants are on summer vacation.

Front entry hall decorated for fall with houseplants, vintage frames and dried gourds

Another GORGEOUS storage piece I found thrifting was recently relocated to this small vestibule that sits off the front entry hall.

There’s actually a small bathroom to the right and a hall closet on the left. That beautiful storage piece fits like a glove in this space. And it has a marble countertop.

I love how it looks under the oval window with the painted wood inlay floor too.

front entry hall vestibule that leads to a powder room with thrift store find that is decorated with fall and an oval window with beautiful moldings.
close up of thrift store find in the front entry hall under an oval window with beautiful molding and painted inlay floor.

More Budget-Friendly Decorating Ideas

After painting this room, I wanted to fill some of the empty wall space with things I already had. So I grabbed some old black wood frames and gave them a makeover that vibes better with the space.

This vintage print gallery wall was so easy to do. I originally made these frames to decorate my other dining room.

And since I wanted to use them here, I used a little Rub ‘n Buff and totally changed the look in under an hour.

I still get asked a lot about how my painted piano is holding up, particularly after the move. And the answer is…

GREAT! I still have no regrets about painting it.

Front entry all with painted piano and vintage mirror found thrifting with faux fall flowers and anthropologie vase

My Vintage Farmhouse Dining Room in Fall

Since we are almost in the dining room from the front entry hall, let’s go in. We did A LOT of work in here after we first moved in and the transformation is pretty amazing.

The walls used to have padded fabric that was full of dust and the ceiling was textured with lots of painted details.

Some of the details were really pretty and extremely well done, but it took away from this gorgeous crystal chandelier. We pulled the fabric down, repaired the walls, and painted over all of the faux finishes.

dining room decorated for fall with crystal chandelier and neutral pumpkin centerpiece

Both the walls and trim were both painted with Benjamin Moore Linen White that brought the room to neutral. Someday, I’d love to add some beautiful moldings in here.

But I love this room now because the eye focuses less on the ceiling and more on the pretty details and that chandelier.


For fall, I decorated the room with some faux pumpkins and pretty faux stems.

dining room decorated for fall with crystal chandelier, taper candles, and faux pumpkin centerpiece

The table is set with a gorgeous linen ruffled table cloth, gold chargers, lenox dinner plates, these plaid napkins, a wood disc slice like this and gold flatware that is tied with twine and fresh sage from my garden,

I added some beautiful amber wine goblets for a vintage touch. Plus, I love to mix different types of tableware for a unique look.

These vintage candle holders with taper candles add a soft warm glow. And I use them ALL THE TIME in every tablescape I design. They are so versatile and look good with any decorating style.

So worth having them if you are looking for something that you can use for different seasons.

dining room decorated for fall with cyrstal chandelier, taper candles in vintage candle holders, black china cabinet and neutral pumpkins in fall centerpiece for the dining table

The Living Room Farmhouse Decorating Ideas for Fall

We want to paint the living room but haven’t gotten around to it yet. We have been so busy working on several other projects we wanted to do first, so this room is on hold for now.

Our living room has Venetian plaster walls, painted inlay wood floors, and a very detailed hand-painted design on the ceiling.

Although it’s not my style, the artistry is pretty amazing and I’m not sure I want to paint over it all just yet if there’s a way to keep some of it. I’m still thinking about it.

So instead of painting and doing a total renovation of this space, we are living with it and I have to say, I love how it looks.

It’s warm, cozy, and inviting. My plants love it in here, and it’s a great place to sit down with guests when they visit.

Living room in fall 2023 with rustic elegance filled with leather sofas, fall decor, area rug, french country coffee table and end tables with vintage wall art

I upgraded the rug, bought a new coffee table, added that vintage floral art, and incorporated some cozy throw pillows last spring that I am using here for fall.

So no, I am not swapping out my pillows for spring and fall this year.

The mix-and-match patterns work so well that I don’t feel like I need to. However, I changed out all the florals to get a fall look.

Throw pillows in formal living room of vintage farmhouse with mix and match style
living room mix and match pillows lend to the rustic elegance of the space on dark leather sofas with throw pillow and fall decor

Speaking of the rug, I LOVE the earth tones in it. It has lots of pretty neutral olive tones, charcoal, and some earthy browns. The details are really beautiful and it helps pull the room together.

For fall, I added some cozy throw blankets, faux stems, and flowers plus some gourds and faux pumpkins to warm up the space.

This room gets a lot of natural light with the floor-to-ceiling windows. So my indoor plants like this monstera and pilea plant love it in here too.

living room with fall decor, vintage floral prints, french country coffee table
formal living room in fall with throw pillows, faux pumpkins, wicker end table and mosntera plant and pilea plant

Family Room Farmhouse Decor Ideas for Fall

We completely renovated the family room with a few cans of paint. The walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Linen White and the room looks much bigger and brighter than it did before the renovation.

Do you remember what the family room looked like before?

The former homeowners had huge plantation shutters on every window that we removed shortly after moving in. They were really beautiful but we took them down anyway. The slats didn’t stay open and they took away from the beautiful gardens outside and closed the room.

And you know how much I love the gardens, so we took those down in an afternoon and have not regretted it since.

Last fall, I divided several perennials and planted up the back garden behind the family room and love seeing it when I’m in this room. I’ll be doing more plantings in this garden later in fall.

Family room for fall 2023 with mango wood round coffee table, thrifted decor, fall throw pillows and monstera plant
family room with close up of sectional sofa with fall throw pillows, mango wood round coffee table and fall decor with houseplants

Decorating for Fall

To spruce up the family room for fall, I added some fresh fall throw pillows, some cozy blankets, and a beautiful gourd.

My indoor plants line the window wall so they can get a lot of light. I brought them in so you can see where they’ll be when we get our first frost this fall.

Right now, they enjoy their porch living time, so I’ll be moving them back outside to enjoy the rest of their summer vacation.

New to the family room this year is this gorgeous console table. I bought one and decided to get another for the other side of the room! It’s beautiful piece that is very well made.

My husband wasn’t too sure about it when brought it inside for me. But now that it’s all decked out for fall? It’s grown on him. Hahahaha.

family room in fall with vintage farmhouse style console table with philodendron, vintage crocks, gourds and faux stems and flowers.
family room decorated for fall with a boho style with fall throw pillows on a sectional sofa, round mango wood table with fall decor, oversized windows and indoor plants

Wrapping Up My Vintage Farmhouse Home Tour

And that’s the end of my vintage farmhouse fall home tour!

It’s come a long way since we moved in almost two years ago, right?

I hope you enjoyed dropping by and look forward to sharing more of the outdoor living spaces with you in a few weeks.

Next up on the fall home tour is my good friend Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction.

sedum autumn joy superbells supertunias and zinnias in the front yard cottage garden by the porch

More About My Fall Home Tour 2023

Have you started decorating for fall yet? Which living space did you enjoy in my home the most? I would love to know more in the comments below.

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Want to See More of My Home Tours Throughout the Seasons?

I love a good home tour, don’t you?

The best part about these home tours is they feature both my former and new homes.

And the difference between my two homes is the decorating style. While both are geared toward farmhouse style, they have a different feel to them.

My former home had a rustic farmhouse vibe. But the new house? We are moving towards rustic elegance and French country-style decorating.

Wait until you see my homes throughout the seasons with these inspiring house tours.

August cottage garden by the front porch with gomphrena, sedum autum joy and black eyed susans

Bloggers Best Fall Home Tours 2023

I’m super excited to be joining such a talented group of ladies this week as we all share our homes decorated for fall.

Be sure to check back daily to see each day’s tours this week.

Wait until you see all of the cozy fall inspiration!

Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each Fall home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

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The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // My Wee Abode

Cottage On Bunker Hill // Bricks n’ Blooms // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours

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She Gave It A Go // Midwest Life and Style // Open Doors Open Hearts

Peacock Ridge Farm // Cottage In The Mitten

Wednesday’s Tours

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White Lilac Farmhouse // Shiplap and Shells // The Ponds Farmhouse

WM Design House // DIY Beautify // This Is Simplicite

Thursday’s Tours

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Eleanor Rose Home // Robyn’s French Nest // Worthing Court

Southern Home and Hospitality // Amy Sadler Designs // Our Crafty Mom

Friday’s Tours

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White Arrows Home // A Life Unfolding // County Road 407

Thistle Key Lane // Pasha Is Home // My Family Thyme

dahlia kogane fubuki in the potager garden

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Stacy Ling

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  1. Your gardens are always beautiful and the inside of your home looks pretty and ready for fall. Love the pumpkin centerpiece on your dining table! Happy fall!!

  2. Wow, the gardens are spectacular. What a fun way to start my day off touring your fall home. I’ve been following you since your move and you have created such a wonder home . It must take quite some time to water all your indoor plants. Enjoy this glorious season in God’s creation.

    1. I appreciate that so much Pamela! Thank you for dropping by and following along! Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!

  3. Stacy, your gardens are always gorgeous and congrats on your book! Your white piano makes my heart sing and I loved your beautiful fall centerpiece! It is a pleasure to tour with you again. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  4. Stacy, I always love seeing what’s blooming in your garden each season. It’s so inspiring. And it’s fun to see all the updates you’ve made to your home and how you are continuing to make it your own.

    So fun to be on the tour with you this week. Happy fall. Pinned!

  5. I think ‘rustic elegance’ is a great way to describe your interior style, Stacy. So many pretty fall elements… and I love your dried gourds throughout the house. I have mine on order… hoping to get them before I shoot my next tour! I didn’t get the apple gourd, they were out. But I just checked and I could have gotten one from another source! Darn! Loved touring your home! And thanks for the tip about the huecheras.

    1. Julie thank you so much! Those dried gourds are the best! I want to get more because they look so good! I have a bunch of faux pumpkins but have to say, that I really love these more.

  6. Stacy I always love stopping by your beautiful home and gardens! I would never want to go inside however, your inside has come so far and I love seeing your touches! Have a wonderful Fall my friend!

    1. I appreciate you so much Kelly! Thank you for organizing such a beautiful tour with so many talented bloggers. xoxoxo

  7. Stacy, I’m not sure which direction I want to go to start commenting. However, I am so highly distracted by that gorgeous, although gorgeous is too weak of a word, chandelier! Oh, my!!!!! I think that is the most stunning thing I have ever seen, decor speaking. What a treasure! And your gardens are almost as fabulous as your chandelier. Oh, I’ve always dreamed of having a flower garden going up my front walk! Thank you for your tip about when to plant mums. So helpful. Your home is one of a kind for sure, and you are decorating it equal to its original beauty! You must have loved decorating for fall! Thank you for opening up your magnificent home and giving me so many fall decorating ideas to take away with me. Happy fall!

    1. Yvonne thank you so much for your kind comment. I appreciate hearing this so much. THANK YOU! I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and can’t wait to drop by your beautiful home tour today! xoxoxo

  8. Stacy! Your home is beautiful for Fall!! PS Congrats on the book!!! That is so amazing!! Way to go girl! You Rock!!!!

  9. Girl, your home was made for the fall. It’s so warm and cozy I seriously wouldn’t want to even go on vacation to some other place! You must be the happiest woman alive being outside in your gardens all day too. Loved it all. pinned

  10. Stacy, your grounds and porch are so absolutely stunning, I would have been fine staying out there. But the inside is so lovely too! The living room and family room are so cozy and I love all the gourds you used. You’ve inspired me to try and get some in time for fall next year!

  11. Stacy, I love your decorated porches for the fall and how the flowers in the gardens still blooming. It’s gorgeous! I want some gourds after seeing your large ones.

  12. Stacy your beautiful home shows so well with fall decor. I enjoyed your wonderful tour so much and love every detail of your dining and family rooms!