Are you ready to start decorating for spring? Spring has sprung and it’s time for my seasonal home tour where you’ll find fresh flowers, a neutral color palette, and plenty of sunshine. We’ve made lots of changes since moving in that you’ve got to see and some fun projects in the queue. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, come on in, and let’s tour my vintage farmhouse

After a big year of firsts, we have finally come full circle. Do you remember my first spring home tour last year? Our home has come a long way since we first moved here in late 2021.

And I can’t wait to show you around to see how much things have changed! Things have gotten much cozier here as I’ve been a little more focused on decorating instead of just moving in.

For 2023, I decorated with more neutrals so my plants and flowers would pop in each space. And I am loving it!

Wait until you see how I decorated it (so far) for spring!

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About Me and My Home

If you are new here, I’m Stacy, a self-taught master gardener who lives and gardens in northern New Jersey, zone 6b. We recently moved to a beautiful 1850 Farmhouse with 10 acres of gardens, sculptures, and statues.

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. I love to bring the outdoors inside my home too.

I hope you enjoy visiting my home today and hope you come back so we can grow stuff and create beautiful spaces together.

1850 farmhouse with front porch and spring flowers including ajuga, ranunculas, with hostas and buckeye tree.
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Welcome to My Vintage Farmhouse Spring Home Tour 2023!

Since I love to garden, I have to mention how incredible the gardens were here all last year. It was like Christmas morning for the gardener each day I walked the beds.

Because I had no idea how many plants were here when we bought the house. We first saw it in October 2021 so most of it was finished blooming and getting cleaned up for the season.

But let me tell you how amazing it was to experience new gardens that I had not planted. There are a lot of flowers and plants here that I’ve not grown before so it was a joy to learn more about them.

While we get quite a bit of sun, we have a lot more shade gardens here, so I’ve been adding more sun-loving plants. There were a few gardens that didn’t have much to them, so last year, I started adding my own spin on things.

If you want to check out more of the garden rooms and spaces we have here, check out these posts:

Close up of daffodils in a garden that - I cut some for afor a centerpiece idea

My Front Porch in Spring

With the arrival of spring, it’s time to head out to the front porch and sip on some coffee or lemonade while soaking in the views of the property.

One of my favorite spaces on the front porch is this porch swing that came with the house. To cozy it up, I added a few throw pillows with outdoor covers in vintage florals and buffalo plaid. (Click here to shop the look).

And snagged a new outdoor area rug to brighten up the space. While I loved my former outdoor area rug, I was ready for a change.

front porch swing with spring pillow covers, throw blanket, flowers and indoor plants plus an outdoor area rug and lanterns

Last year, we didn’t have much furniture and decor out here. But now that we’ve lived here for a season, I’m decorating it more.

We enjoy sitting out here with coffee or a glass of wine while we soak in the views of the property.

It’s really peaceful here and makes a great start or end to the day.

front porch in spring with bistro table, plants, front door wreath and white porch rockers
Small vintage bistro table with fresh eggs sign and terra cotta pot filled with eucalpytus on the porch

Since we are just starting to warm up here in New Jersey, I haven’t had much opportunity to plant things yet.

When the local nurseries get their spring stock, I’ll be adding lots of pretty flowers to the porch.

So stay tuned to see what I do here soon.

white front porch rockers with pink tulips and throw pillows decorated for spring
white front porch rockers  with fresh cut tulips, area rug, and spring pillows

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The Foyer in Spring

Since my last spring home tour, the front entry hall had a major makeover. Do you remember those red walls and dark faux finish design on the stair railing?

I painted over it all. To bring the space to neutral, I painted the walls with Benjamin Moore Linen White and Mophead Black on the railing.

It looks so much better now because it’s lighter, brighter, and you can appreciate the details of the space so much more.

front entry hall in spring with snake plants and other houseplants with loloi area rug and hardwood floors with painted inlay design.

Before the makeover, the inlay design of the hardwood floors competed with the bright red walls. But now? It adds a little dimension and texture to the room.

And the moldings really stand out now too. I love that arched doorway that leads to the small hallway where the closet and powder room are located.

I’ve been shopping around for area rugs for this room and for now, am loving this one from Loloi. It may eventually get moved to the library, but for now, it’s staying in the front entry hall.

thrift store buffet with beautiful wood details by staircase in the foyer with snake plant, gold frames, dinnerware and vintage crock filled with spring greenery

Because the foyer is quite spacious, we’ve been thrifting around for vintage pieces that I can use for dining room storage.

The dining room is adjacent to the foyer and I need a little more storage space for my table decor and dinnerware.

We found a few great pieces so far that I love. Our latest find may not stay in this room because I was thinking it might make a great vanity for one of the bathrooms (if we can fit it).

But for now, it’s staying here in the foyer.

this gorgeous storage cabinet is my latest thrift store find that I decorated with vintage crock, faux flowers, a frame birdhouse and pottery with indoor plants.
this gorgeous storage cabinet is my latest thrift store find that I decorated with vintage crock, faux flowers, a frame birdhouse and pottery with indoor plants. It sits between a window and front door in the foyer

Since we are shopping around for a deal, it’s taking a while to decorate this space, but we enjoy the thrill of the hunt and looking for just the right piece.

My painted piano still resides in this space too. We thrifted the mirror above it and I refinished the gallery wall next to it.

Those frames used to be black, but I went over them with a little Rub ‘n Buff in Antique Gold to give them a whole new look.

On top of the piano, you find some thrifted decor that I found in Vermont at the outdoor flea market. And my favorite vase. I love the details on that piece!

close up of vintage items on the painted piano in front entry hall that includes spring greenery and flowers with vintage jug, basket and vase.
Painted piano in the foyer that is decorated for spring with vintage gold mirror above, snake plant, vase filled with greens and other vintage decor.

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The Dining Room

The dining room sits just off the foyer and has received the most attention since we moved in. You’ve got to see what it looked like before to truly appreciate all the work that went into this room.

It had these dark upholstered walls that took an entire weekend to remove. There were so many staples and the walls were pretty messed up after getting them down. And it also had a dark, heavily textured faux finish ceiling that we totally painted over.

Removing the upholstered walls and painting over the ceiling was the best upgrade for this space because it looks lighter, brighter, and more spacious.

With the dining room all white now, it showcases that gorgeous crystal chandelier too.

easter flowers on table decorated for spring with pink tulips and crystal chandelier

I mean, isn’t it amazing? Seriously I am in awe of it every single time I walk by. I just love the sparkle of those crystals.

And of course, I still love my china cabinet and hutch.

That will remain as it is because I love the black. It also holds so much of my table decor and dinnerware too.

We’ve been slowly furnishing the space with vintage finds from the thrift store. I found a small wood dresser in Vermont and this fireplace mantel that I refinished a few times until I got it right. I want to add a chair rail and finish in the side of the mantel somehow but all in good time.

easter table with pink tulips and crystal chandlier.

The Living Room

Aside from decorating, the living room is one of two spaces not completely refinished on the first floor.

And I’ll get to it at some point, but I’m just not sure what I want to do here yet.

The formal living room has a lot of unique features with different faux finishes that I don’t love but don’t hate either. The one on the ceiling is really detailed and the artistry that went into it is totally amazing.

formal living room decorated for spring in vintage farmhouse with leather sofas, french country style coffee table, loloi area rug and vintage framed botanical art

It would be a shame to cover it up with paint and then regret it later. So for now, we are keeping it.

When we eventually renovate this room, I may add some linen drapes to flank the windows (not covering them though) with some woven shades to add a little detail.

That would add a lot of texture and soften the windows. The windows are fabulous and add so much light to the room so I don’t want to cover them up.

formal living room decorated for spring with neutral pillow covers, vintage framed art, earthy neutral area rug and french country style coffee table with lots of plants and flowers

Since I didn’t renovate the living room, I focused more on cozying up the space with my existing sofas. My coffee table needed an update because it was getting dwarfed by the size of the room.

I found this French Country style coffee table and LOVE IT. It’s big, it’s beautiful and fits perfectly in the living room.

And because I love the coffee table so much and needed another side table, I bought the same style table to sit between the sofa and the loveseat.

I also swapped out the area rug for one that is more earthy and neutral. And I think it really pulls the seating area together.

close up of mix and match neutral throw pillows on dark leather sofa

Since I wasn’t in love with my throw pillows that I used for spring in here last year, I shopped around and found some gorgeous mix and match pillow covers that I plan to use through the fall.

And I’ll probably even keep a few of them in here for Christmas too.

For spring, I decorated with a bunch of neutral faux magnolia flowers and greens to bring the outdoors in. But I also have a few of my houseplants in here too.

It’s so easy to decorate for spring when you have a lot of houseplants because they green up a space and make it feel more alive.

plaid living room chair in spring with muted gold throw pillow, faux flowers, houseplants and modern farmhouse floor lamp

In this room, I have three lacy tree philodendrons, a Chinese evergreen, anthurium, and pothos. Plus a few other live plants you can’t see behind the sofa.

Everything else is faux! And I love to mix faux plants and flowers with my live ones because eventually, my indoor plants get moved outside to summer and if I had nothing faux in here, it would look pretty lifeless.

At some point, I’d love to add some cool vintage art. With flowers of course. We look for wall decor at the thrift store when we go. I’m sure something will pop up eventually.

close up of cozy fire in living room with lanterns and faux plants on mantel

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The Sunroom

Newly decorated for my home tour this year is the sunroom. Last year we hadn’t done much to it aside from throwing my houseplants in there and painting it, but this year?

It has gone through some changes!

The plant room isn’t all that large, but it’s enough space to create a reading nook that sits just off the library.

vintage wood chess table in the library overlooking the plant room

I added these beautiful swivel chairs that can face in towards the library or out towards the gardens. And of course, we needed something to prop our feet on so I added these fun leather boho poof ottoman that I adore.

To anchor the seating area and cozy up the space, I added this beautiful jute area rug that is super soft and adds a lot of texture to the room.

After shopping around for side tables, I settled on this 3-tiered table that I love. It’s the perfect height and size for the space.

And I found this beautiful boho pillow cover on Etsy. That I think finishes off the room nicely and looks great with all of my plants.

close up of the reading nook in the sunroom with white swivel chairs, pilee plant and kalanchoe
small sunroom ideas on a budget with small white accent chairs, end tables, area rug and poof ottoman

Speaking of my indoor plants, they LOVE the sunroom. There are huge floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides so it gets a lot of light even though the plant room sits on the north side of our home.

While I’ve got an array of plants in the sunroom, here are some easy-care ones that I grow in this space.

Since I don’t have a greenhouse (yet) I start all of my seeds indoors in the sunroom. In my former home, I used to do it in my basement.

But I have room to grow them in the plant room under grow lights and have easy access to the outdoors to harden them off. So it was a no-brainer that this was the best spot to start my seeds indoors.

Starting Seeds Snapdragons under grow lights on wire shelving

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The Family Room

The family room is the hub of our home. It’s where my family gathers to hang out after a long day at school or work.

And it has changed a lot since my last spring tour. I mean, the family room was practically brown from the Venetian plaster faux finish on the walls.

We painted the walls and trim with Linen White by Benjamin Moore and it really opened up the space. Those large floor-to-ceiling windows are the highlight of the room that help bring the outdoors in.

family room in spring with dark gray sectional with creamy white neutral throw pillows and throw blankets with indoor plants and faux flowers

Last year, I dug and divided several shade-loving perennials for that garden just beyond those windows, so hopefully, those plants will return and fill in as the season progresses.

Because the sofa is so dark, I prefer to decorate it with creamy neutral textured pillows and throw blankets.

When I was hunting around for a round coffee table, this mango wood piece really stood out to me. I love the variation in the wood tones and the details are beyond beautiful. It might be my favorite piece that I bought for this house.

family room mango wood coffee table decorated for spring with vintage basket filled with ferns and forced bulbs in front of sectional sofa decorated with creamy white pillows

Since we have such large north-facing windows here, we get a lot of bright, indirect light. So I keep several indoor plants behind the sofa and they love it.

I am on the hunt for a new area rug for this space. It’s not that I don’t love the one we have, because I do, but I’d love to go with a creamy textured neutral. This one pulls a little grayer than I’d like.

It worked well in our former home, but the vibe and the lighting are different here. So hopefully, I’ll have that switched out before my fall home tour.

family room in spring with faux flowers, indoor plants, mango wood round coffee table and sectional with creamy neutral throw pillow covers.
family room in spring with round mango wood coffee table, travertine tile floor, finksburg area rug by boutique rugs, indoor plants, gray sectional with textured neutral throw pillows.

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More About My Spring Home Tour

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front porch of old farmhouse in spring

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Stacy Ling

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  1. Stacy,
    Wow, you home is amazing and I can’t believe all you’ve done since you moved in. It’s so beautiful and you have really put your personal stamp on it. Such a great tour.

  2. Stacy! Your home is absolutely beautiful for Spring!!! You have done such a beautiful job transforming this home and I so enjoy all the gardens!!! Can’t wait for garden season to officially arrive!!!

  3. Stacy,
    I want to teleport over to your gardens and of course your lovely home too. I do not have a green thumb so it’s just awe-inspiring to me.
    Thank you for sharing such memorable ideas, grateful to be on this tour with you.

  4. Your home looks amazing Stacy! Can I ask how you plant in your “basket” planters? Do you have a separate pot inside of them? I have a couple but I can’t seem to find the right size pot to put inside it so I can have a plant in them.

  5. Everything looks so good!! Your plants are living their best lives! Great home tour, you and Chris have done so much since you moved in.

  6. Hi, Stacy! Your spring decor is so pretty and I am smitten with the entry vignette styled with plants and art–beautiful! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  7. Stacy, your home looks beautiful! I always love seeing your porch, it is just the perfect space and I love how you decorated it for Spring! That swing bench would be so lovely to enjoy on a nice Spring evening! Thanks so much for sharing your tour with us friend!

  8. Everything looks beautiful, Stacy. That Linen White by Benjamin Moore really brightens your family room. It was such a great choice for that room. I love that new piece of furniture you found recently thrifting. It’s a stunner!

  9. You have made this your own and beautiful.

    Your front porch is gorgeous and I love your swing.

    Everything indoors is very pretty too!!

    Hopefully NJ can decide it’s spring.

  10. You’re home is so bright and beautiful. I can’t believe all the light you get from all your windows. The sunroom has turned into the perfect space to relax and take in all the outdoor views. I love all your pillows and houseplants. And that covered porch of yours looks so relaxing! Happy Spring, Stacy!

  11. Stacy,

    Your home looks so pretty all decorated for spring. But my favorites are always your stunning gardens and your front porch! What I wouldn’t give to have a porch with a front swing!

    Happy to be hopping with you this week. Pinned!

  12. You’ve pulled everything together so beautifully, Stacy! Love all the changes you’ve made. The big windows welcome the outside in and your plants blur the indoors and outdoors. That family room coffee table is stupendous! I think I’d spend the whole day in the sunroom; what a space! Thanks for the amazing tour!

  13. Stacy how has it already been a year? Time sure flies when you are enjoying a new beginning like your home! You have done an amazing job making it your own. I love the neutral pallet! Lovely tour!

  14. Your home looks lovely Stacy. I love all the pops of greenery and your beautiful throw pillows.
    Very nice to tour with you today.

  15. Fabulous spring home tour Stacy and such a treat to see how your home is evolving! It’s an amazing home! I’m looking forward to seeing your spring gardens too!

  16. Hard to believe you have been in your home that long. I know you are excited for the spring blooming season! Your home tour is so pretty! Always a pleasure to tour with you! Happiest Easter, Stacy!💐💛

  17. Stacy, your home is stunning!! I love all of its details and the changes you’ve made to make them shine, as well as what you’ve kept that makes it so special. And your porch and gardens are amazing! Now I want to go work in the yard this weekend.👩‍🌾

  18. Your home is a stunner Stacy! It has so much character and your gardens…gorgeous! You’ve done such a great job transforming your home over the last year to make it your own. Happy spring!!!

  19. Really enjoyed walking through your home with you, Stacy. So fun to see how far your new home has come in a year! And I’m so glad you are enjoying the gardens! Your newest chest for dining room storage is amazing! Pinned!