Looking for ways to decorate your home for fall? Come tour my rustic farmhouse home and garden.
As an avid gardener, I love to bring the outdoors in and decorate my rustic farmhouse home based on what’s going on outside.
Now that we are heading into fall, I am totally ready for the chill in the air, cozy nights in front of a fire, and lots of fall flowers.
Are you ready for fall too?
I’m so excited to be part of the Blogger’s Best Fall Home Tour hosted by Kelly from the Tattered Pew.
If you stopped by from Jen’s over at Midwest Life and Style welcome to my home and garden. Jen has such a beautiful home, doesn’t she?.
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Welcome to My Rustic Farmhouse Fall Home Tour
I live in a quiet suburban neighborhood in northern New Jersey.
As you pull up to my home, you’ll be greeted by expansive gardens throughout the property.
We’ve lived here for 23 years and I created, designed, and planted every one of these gardens myself.
My front entry walkway cottage garden is my pride and joy.
I designed it to bloom all season long with lots of gorgeous flowers and pretty seasonal colors.
Right now, the garden has finished making its transition to fall.
But I’m starting to add fall plantings and lots of pretty garden mums.
Mums can be a little tricky – CLICK HERE for my best practice tips.
But I say, do what works for how you garden.
Because every gardener and garden are different.
So Come On In!
I love a front entry that’s all decorated for fall, don’t you?
It just beckons you to walk inside to see more.
When we renovated our home 16 years ago from a small, three-bedroom ranch to a four-bedroom center hall colonial, we wanted to have an open floor concept on the main floor.
It was a challenge, but we widened doorways and made a half wall between the front entry and dining room.
If this is your first time here, this antique bench used to look SO DIFFERENT before I painted the upholstery fabric.
Have you ever painted fabric before?
I was surprised how well it turned out.
It was so easy and inexpensive to do!
This piece was painted a few years ago and the finish has held up beautifully.
Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen Home Tour
When you first walk into my home, the modern farmhouse kitchen is one of the first rooms you see from the front entry hall.
It is the hub of the home.
You can usually find me in here cooking something delicious.
Lately I’ve been making a lot of tomato dishes that are fresh from my raised garden beds.
If you are looking for some great tomato recipes, try these:
- The Best Recipe for Bruschetta Tomatoes
- Super Fresh Caprese Salad
- Loaded Nachos
- Sunday Sauce with Meatballs
But I digress.
Let’s get back to my fall home tour!
I remodeled this kitchen by myself about three years ago by painting the cabinets.
Looking back, I can’t believe I waited so long to do it.
If you are considering it, DO IT!
I have no regrets and wish I did it sooner.
And if you have a lot of questions about it, I answered them all HERE.
My favorite part of this DIY kitchen remodel is the range hood.
I refinished it with gel stain and it looks incredible!
The gel stain brought out all those wood details and it is a statement piece in the room.
It might be my favorite DIY to this day!
Because I have a small kitchen, we swapped out a kitchen table for this island.
When we remodeled, I bought these really comfy bar stools so we would linger longer as a family around the table.
We used to have saddle stools and we just didn’t hang out here for very long after meals.
New to my kitchen this fall is this DIY hydrangea wreath that I made using fresh cut flowers from my garden and an old grapevine wreath I had laying around.
It is SO easy to make.
If you’ve got some hydrangea blooms in your yard, give it a try because the flowers dry beautifully right on the wreath and it looks amazing with my fall decor.
I shared this tutorial on my YouTube Channel too.
You can watch the video HERE.
Tour My Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room
The dining room sits to the right of the front entry hall.
We love to entertain friends and family here.
Even when we are not entertaining, I always have a pretty centerpiece to decorate the table.
This year, I kept my fall centerpiece pretty simple with some pretty faux cabbage roses, acorn pics, tiny gourds, and fern bunches.
There are some great resources out there for faux flowers and foliage that look pretty authentic.
I shared some of my favorites HERE.
Doesn’t my toolbox centerpiece look so pretty?
I love seeing it whenever I walk by the dining room.
Some people ask why I use faux when I am an avid gardener.
And the answer is…
Because sometimes I want to set and forget my decor.
Meaning, I don’t want to worry about watering, caring for or replacing things often.
The dining room is one of those spaces.
Because I use so many greens and florals in my home to add personality to living spaces, I couldn’t possibly keep up with the real deal everywhere.
Not to mention, the light conditions can be tough if using real houseplants in every nook and cranny.
So I like to mix my faux with real plants and flowers based on how much I want to care for things and where they will do well.
Like my china cabinet and hutch.
It’s a lot easier using faux plants on this piece than caring for the real deal.
If I tried to maintain houseplants on top of the china cabinet and hutch, they’d never survive and I’d probably damage the top of the piece trying to water it.
Not to mention, the plants I’d want to use up there wouldn’t get the right amount of light.
So faux is the way to go.
On the open shelves, I tucked some faux fall sprigs to spruce up my china cabinet and hutch for autumn.
Don’t you love the contrast of fall color with my Lenox and black china cabinet hutch?
Rustic Farmhouse Living Room Home Tour
To the left of the entry hall is our living room.
Since we do not have a formal living room, this is our family room where we love to hang out together.
It’s still little too warm here to enjoy a fire indoors, but you will find my family and I here most nights streaming a fun show or watching football.
I can’t wait for that first cozy fall night!
And it is so cozy in here when we have a fire going.
Now that my kids are heading off to college, they don’t hang in here as much with us.
That’s been a tough adjustment.
So instead, the dogs cuddle up with us and enjoy the cozy ambiance.
Have you ever seen my painted piano?
This is another one of my favorite DIYs because it was SO dark before and really dragged the room down with my dark leather sofas.
CLICK HERE to see what it looked like before!
And aren’t those shutters so cool?
I found them while out thrifting and shopping for vintage with friends.
The details on them are so pretty.
When I saw it in my friend’s shop, I knew I had to have them!
And I love them above my piano.
This spot is one of the coziest corners in the room.
I love sitting here, reading a good book or working on my blogs!
And speaking of cozy corners, I just added this gorgeous sunflower painting to the other side of my living room.
Isn’t it so pretty?
One of my besties painted it for me from a photo of a sunflower field near us.
She’s got a real knack for painting and is selling some of art, that includes totally amazing pet portraits.
And I’m telling you, these would make a great holiday gift!
CLICK HERE to see her site.
Come Tour My Outdoor Living Spaces in Fall
So you’ve seen some of my front gardens and toured the inside of my home.
But there’s a whole lot of outdoor living spaces in the backyard you’ve got to see before you go!
Let’s take a quick look!
One of our favorite outdoor living spaces that we enjoy is our two-tiered deck.
My husband built over 20 years ago.
The upper deck is where we enjoy amazing meals and fun with family and friends.
We recently hosted a fall harvest dinner party out here.
Doesn’t it look amazing?
If you are looking to spruce up your outdoor spaces, CLICK HERE for more backyard living ideas.
And if you want to learn how to make a centerpiece like this, CLICK HERE.
This might be my favorite arrangement to date!
The lower deck is where we have some cozy conversational seating and a gas firepit.
Believe it or not, we rarely used this deck until this year when we redecorated it.
I can’t believe weren’t using this living space more.
But that was one of the mistakes I made when we first designed this deck.
Now we enjoy watching the sunsets from here.
And it’s pretty amazing.
My houseplants are super happy outside on both decks.
They start vacationing outside after all danger of frost has passed.
And venture back indoors before the first frost hits in October.
I’ve come to learn that houseplants need that time outside to thrive through cold dark winters.
CLICK HERE to learn more about how to keep your houseplants happy and healthy.
And finally, we have this amazing fire pit that my husband built.
This corner of the yard used to be a total eyesore but not anymore!
But we transformed it into a totally useable and enjoyable outdoor fire pit area.
We spend lots of cozy nights here!
And the best part?
It overlooks my beautiful cutting garden in front of the shed.
I gave this shed a total makeover over the last two years.
Wait until you see what this whole area looked like before!
It’s amazing what a little bit of paint and cottage garden touches can totally transform an unsightly garden shed.
Thanks for stopping by my Rustic Farmhouse Fall Home Tour. Be sure and stop by Cecilia’s at My Thrift Store Addiction who is the next stop on the Blogger’s Best Fall Home Tour!
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