Are you ready to start decorating for fall? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and get inspired with a home tour of my new home with these farmhouse decor ideas for autumn.
It’s been almost a year since we moved from our rustic farmhouse to a new-to-us 1850 farmhouse on a sprawling 10-acre property.
So this continues to be a big year of firsts.
And even shared a tour of all the incredible outdoor living spaces this summer.
Our new home 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 grow and bloom here. It’s like Christmas morning for the garden as something new pops up almost daily!
We moved in shortly before the holidays in 2021 and I’ve been super busy updating the house and working on the gardens. So it’s been a busy year settling in, organizing, and renovating rooms.
A lot has changed inside since my spring home tour and I can’t wait to show you all of the updates!
Cause they are big!
If you find something you love in my home and garden, you can find sources here.
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.
She organized 30 super talented home decor bloggers to share their homes with lots of fall decorating ideas and inspiration so be sure to check them out at the end of this post.
After you finish my home tour, stop by and visit the other tours linked at the end of this post. Six new homes will be added each day this week with different decorating styles, so there’s something here for everyone.
I love peeking in and checking out other peoples’ homes, don’t you?
If you are visiting from Shawna’s at Willow Bloom Home, I’m so excited you are here and can’t wait to show you around the new place!
Wait until you see how I decorated it for fall!
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Welcome to My 1850 Vintage Farmhouse Decor Ideas for Fall!
As we walk to the front door, you’ll see several gardens here that are spectacular! Since we first saw the house last fall about this time, I had already seen what the porch gardens looked like.
I didn’t do much along the front porch this year, except tuck in some extra zinnia plants I had and sunflowers.
The sunflowers were meant for each pillar but a rabbit got to most of them, so I only had two flowers that flanked the front door.
They are done blooming now but looked amazing when they flowered.
The heads need to be cut off so I can harvest the seeds still. But it was so hot and is JUST starting to cool down now, so I’m adding that to my very long list of fall gardening chores this year.
If you’d like to see how much different the porch garden has changed over the last season, you can check out these posts where I shared my garden spaces.
My Front Porch in Fall
My front porch is currently a work in progress because it’s just starting to cool down here in New Jersey after an extremely hot and dry summer.
But just to give you a little taste of where it’s going, we have this gorgeous porch swing that came with the house.
So there has been lots of porch sitting this year. It’s a great spot to enjoy a cup of coffee as the sun rises.
Now that the temperatures are finally cool enough to work in, I’ll be adding lots of pretty flowers to the porch.
I know we see chrysanthemums out in August, but it’s just too early to buy them. It’s even a bit early in September because it is usually a little too hot for them.
Why We Should Wait to Plant Chrysanthemums
Garden mums are generally bred to bloom for just a few short weeks. So they pretty much flower and they’re done.
Chrysanthemums also are NOT fans of the summer heat so they can dry out pretty quickly if you don’t keep up with watering them.
Because they lack the staying power and are fussier to care for, I hold off buying them until October.
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.
You can learn more about that right time in this best practices post for chrysanthemums.
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A Better Option
While I wait to add mums to the front porch, I filled a few thrift store finds with these gorgeous heucheras from Proven Winners Primo ‘Peachberry Ice’.
I dropped two plants in this vintage baby carriage I found thrifting last winter.
And I also potted it up in this beautiful copper boiling pot.
Isn’t that foliage so pretty?
If you are unfamiliar with this perennial, heucheras come in a variety of autumnal colors and keep their hue all season long.
It’s an easy to grow, easy to care for, low-maintenance plant that you can decorate with, plant before the ground freezes, and it will return again next year.
But the best part?
It can be divided so you can grow your stock for free.
I love how it looks so far, but I’ll be adding some mums and pumpkins in the next week or so.
So stay tuned to see what I do here soon.
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Farmhouse Decor Ideas in the Front Entry Hall
The front entry was the last room I renovated and did it last minute on rainy day.
In fact, I hadn’t told my husband that was the plan when he left to run errands on a random Saturday so needless to say, he was quite surprised when he returned to see I primed over the former red walls.
Because this room looks dramatically different!
Since we painted the dining room, which is adjacent to the front entry, this room stuck out like a sore thumb. So it needed to be done and I’m glad I did it!
We’ve been slowly picking up pieces to furnish it while thrifting.
And particularly, I’ve been hunting for storage pieces so I can have more room for my table decorations.
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 wood frames and gave them a makeover to coordinate better with the renovation.
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…
I have no regrets painting it. It looks great and if you want to learn how to paint a piano, this is how I did it.
Probably the biggest change in this room is the stair railing. Do you remember what it looked like before? You can see the stair railing before in this post.
But it had these hand-painted Chinese lettering on the spindles. It was really pretty but a little too much for the space and my decorating style.
So we painted over it with Benjamin Moore’s Linen White.
I love how this room turned out. There is still more that I want to do in here, but it is moving in the right direction.
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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 here last winter 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.
So we pulled all the fabric down, repaired the walls, and painted over all of the faux finishes.
The walls and trim were both painted with Benjamin Moore Linen White just to bring the room to neutral.
It was hard to really look at this room objectively with so much going on.
And now, I love it because the eye focuses less on the ceiling and more on the pretty details and that chandelier.
Eventually, I’d love to add some moldings or more detail to this room but for now, I love it.
Real Life vs What You See on TV
One of the biggest complaints I heard after renovating this room was that my dining room set did not go and people didn’t like it.
Like my furniture from the old house really struck a chord with people. Isn’t that crazy? Like this is not an episode of Fixer Upper where we move in and fix it up in under an hour. LOL!
This is real life and these things take time. I didn’t love it either, but our budget wasn’t super large and we could just move in and replace everything we owned because it didn’t go with the new aesthetic.
So we kept our eye out while thrifting and I found this set for $300!
Isn’t it fabulous?
I plan to recover the chairs and pull the orange hue out of the wood but have not had time to do it yet. This dining room set is very well made and I love the french country style.
There is a small part of me that is considering…considering…stripping the black paint off the China cabinet and hutch.
But I really love the black so it’s not a priority to do. It would look pretty all stripped down though.
And here’s that ceramic bowl I recently upcycled to look like stone.
I love how it looks with some pretty faux ferns and pumpkins as a dining table centerpiece.
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The Living Room Farmhouse Decorating Ideas for Fall
We wanted to paint the living room this fall but I don’t think we are going to get to it. We have a few other projects we want to do first, so this room is on hold for now.
It has Venetian plaster walls, painted inlay floors, and a very detailed hand-painted design on the ceiling.
Although it’s not my style, the artistry is 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.
So instead of painting and doing a total renovation, 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.
Speaking of the rug, I LOVE the earth tones it has. It’s got lots of pretty olive tones, charcoal and some earthy browns. The details are really pretty and it helps pull the room together.
Since we moved, I’m not a huge fan of the dark leather sofas anymore. But they work well with my two black labs who shed and go on my furniture a lot.
My dogs aren’t in this room as much as they used to be in our former home so I could probably upgrade them to something lighter. But I’m not quite ready to make a big ticket purchase on new sofas in here just yet.
So for now, we’ll make it work.
As an aside, isn’t it amazing how much different my furniture looks here than in the other house?
This room gets a lot of lot and is more square shaped than our former living room.
And I love those huge floor-to-ceiling windows. They really bring the outdoors in.
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Kitchen and Family Room Farmhouse Decor Ideas for Fall
You are probably wondering why I’m grouping both the kitchen family room together for the last leg of the tour.
And that’s because they are adjoined and we haven’t done as much with the kitchen as we have to make both rooms feel like one open space.
The biggest change we made was removing the upper cabinets so we could see into the family room from the kitchen.
It feels so much brighter and more open now.
It’s nice to be able to chat with whoever is in the family room while I’m cooking dinner and lately, this is where I spend most of my time writing.
Before removing those upper cabinets, we didn’t use the family room as much. So it’s made a world of difference in how we live here and use the space.
A Can Of Paint Goes a Long Way
In addition to removing the cabinets, we painted the walls in both rooms with Benjamin Moore Linen White.
Do you remember what the family room looked like before?
The walls were a brown Venetian plaster and it felt very dark despite all those amazing windows!
What a difference a can of paint makes to completely transform a space. Right?
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 pretty quickly after moving in, I don’t even think I photographed what it looked like with them up.
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.
Right now, it is mostly mulch with some larger flowering shrubs in the background. I can’t wait to see it come together.
Decorating for Fall
Since the granite is so dark, we are going to lighten up the cabinets to blend with the walls. And I think it will amazing when it’s done.
We are hoping to get it completed before Thanksgiving but time will tell.
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Wrapping Up My Vintage Farmhouse Home Tour
And that’s the end of my vintage farmhouse fall home tour!
I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to sharing the outdoor living spaces in a few weeks as I get them decorated more for fall.
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Next up on the Bloggers’ Best Fall Home Tour is my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill. She’s great friend of mine with a beautiful home in New Hampshire that I’m sure you will enjoy.
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.
- My New Outdoor Living Spaces Home Tour
- First Spring in My Vintage Farmhouse Tour
- My New Vintage Farmhouse Home Tour
- First Christmas in Our New Home Tour
- Last Christmas in Our Home Tour
- Rustic Farmhouse Fall Home Tour in 2021
- Outdoor Living in Summer Home Tour
- Spring Forward with my Rustic Farmhouse Home Tour
- Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour 2020
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.
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