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Spring Decor: Farmhouse Family Room

Happy Monday, buddies!  
Wanted to give you a quick little tour around our living/family room with all the springtime yummies strewn about!  
Sources will be linked below!

For this year’s spring looks, I was inspired by the soft pinky peach of the ranunculus flowers I love (and would for sure kill if I didn’t use faux 😩).  I don’t use tons of bright colors for my base decor (rugs, furniture, etc), but it sure is fun to sprinkle it all around with low commitment items like throw pillows and faux florals.  πŸ˜‰  Spruced up the couch with some peachy pink pillows and filled up the vintage dough bowl with springtime blooms!
(🌸🌿Curious about my favorite faux florals and greens?  Check out this round up [HERE]! 🌿🌸 )

If we are buddies over on Instagram [CLICK HERE], you’ll recognize those vintage bottle chandeliers I made using herb drying racks and itty bitty antique bottles.  Popped a few springs of pink flowers in each, and suddenly it’s a happy spring sitch! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

These DIY faux topiaries were pretty easy to make, and I did a short blog post on them [HERE] if you’d like to give them a whirl! I brought this old, chippy vintage sofa table back in from my antique store of a garage (πŸ˜‰), and I love how it looks flanked by these washed wood floor lamps!  (I’ll link both similar and exact sources below!)

I always say that springtime decor makes the house seem like it’s smiling, and, for me, the addition of just a few pops of pinky/peach and fresh spring greens totally transform the space without, well, totally transforming the space! πŸ˜‰  That’s one of the biggest pieces of advice I give my design clients–if you are on a budget, choose neutrals for the big ticket items like furniture and flooring…and then, when you get the itch to switch, you can do so without breaking the bank by adding a couple seasonal throw pillows, a few pops of color via florals, or maybe an inexpensive blanket or DIY project.  Over the years, we’ve been on all different sizes of budgets, and this method of decorating works for me no matter where we were financially.  πŸ™ŒπŸ»  Neutral base + pops of inexpensive seasonal color = win win. 

One of my favorite little spring touches was adding a few peachy pink faux ranunculus blooms to the book wall.  She deserves a little spring happy, too.  πŸŒΈπŸ˜‰πŸŒΈ  (If you’d like a DIY tutorial on this book wall installation, snatch up a summer issue of Cottage White magazine and flip to the very back page…my DIY article is there! πŸ™ŒπŸ»)

It’s no secret that I love to collect vintage dishes, and I have done so for almost 12 years now.  One of my first collections centered around aqua pottery (thanks to my MIL for the aqua-inspo!), and I thought it would be a fun pop of color to sprinkle some happy spring blue in with my vintage book collection on the open shelves above our TV.  Topped it all off with one of my favorite wood signs by Freebird Co-Op and vintage corbels from The Simple Farmhouse, and it’s ready for spring!  

Thanks for coming along for a tour of our home all dressed up for spring!  
Tell me, do you change out your decor seasonally, or do you prefer to keep it the way you love for longer periods of time?  I’m curious to know if y’all get the “itch to switch” as I call it… πŸ˜‰

Come say hello over on Pinterest–I spend lots of my kiddo’s nap times on Pinterest (when I should be cleaning…..shhhhh…..don’t judge….πŸ˜‰), and I’d love to see you there! 


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  1. Kathryn says:

    Love this! Your home is #goals.
    I love neutrals. There something cozy about them. So I love seeing your neutral living room be inviting and functional!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Hey Kathryn! Thanks for taking a sec to pop over here–appreciate you! And I’m a neutrals lover myself. Wardrobe, home decor, you name it. πŸ™ŒπŸ»

  2. JaRae says:

    I still can’t get over. Your little trees you made. They add a pop of color and freshness and my favorite, you don’t have to water them!!!!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Haha, right??!! That’s my favorite part about them, too! πŸ˜‚ Thanks for coming by to say hello, JaRae!

  3. Lynn says:

    When I look at Instagram your stories are the first ones I watch. Love your beautiful house…. When Outlander season 3 episode comes on….girl, we will have to talk about it….lol

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      OMG, yesssss. πŸ™ŒπŸ» The wait is killing me!! So….I’ve just started rewatching the first two to tide me over. Ha! Have you read the books also?

  4. Kaitlyn | freshandvintageliving says:

    Girl, it’s stunning!!! You always do an excellent job styling!! Love all the pretty details!! 😍

  5. Lauren says:

    I so enjoy your blog posts! You have great ideas, and your taste in home decor is just breathtaking. Thank you for sharing!!πŸ’•

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      That’s so kind, Lauren–thank YOU for taking time out of your day to check them out! Appreciate it!

  6. Shopgirl says:

    That book wall gets me every time! Love how you added the touches of peachy pink! Love following your IG and blog!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      The ol’ book wall deserved a bit of spring fun, too. πŸ˜‰ She’s done me proud as of late!! πŸ˜‚πŸ™ŒπŸ»

  7. Jodi says:

    Your spring living room is beautiful and inspiring! I’m a girl that has to skate it up each holiday! Every time I change it up I think, "this is my fav!" But when the new switch up happens I see the same thing all over again. Apparently, I enjoy the change!
    Thank you for sharing your tips and keen eye for decorating!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      I totally know what you mean! Each time, I think, "I’m totally keeping it this way forever," and yet…it keeps changing. πŸ˜‚ Glad I’m not the only one with the itch to switch!!

  8. Christina says:

    Hello Erin,
    Love watching you on Instagram. Keep protecting those babies! I’m fairly new to Instagram at least with actually posting pics. We built a home and moved in January, so my home is not yet done. Oh wait, it’s never done. Keep being you!

  9. Tiffany Michelotti says:

    You inspire me so much!!! In fact, I think you’re my favorite IG account. Thank you for all you do!! ❀️β™₯️❀️β™₯️❀️ You do it all so beautifully πŸ™‚

  10. Pollie says:

    Everything is just beautiful Erin!

  11. Leslie says:

    I absolutely agree with your advice to add seasonal pops of color. When we built our farmhouse that was the approach I had with every choice for finishes. I noticed your comment to one IG reader who asked about decorating with white and kiddos… I love slip covers too for that very reason ☺️ You are so good Erin! I love everything you do, you’re just always spot on πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Thank you, Leslie! I was just creepin’ your farmhouse yesterday on the way to church to show hubs. πŸ˜‰ We love it!

      • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

        (Assuming this is the Leslie in my hometown, that is. Otherwise….that could be awkward. πŸ˜‚)

  12. Dawn says:

    Hey Erin, I can’t tell you how inspired I am by your ideas…and I’ve yet to find one I haven’t wanted to run out & try. I’m going to a Diana Gabaldon book reading on May 3rd… I’ve got the Outlander-nerd giddies. ❀️

  13. Jillian Comeau says:

    Great post! Great tips! Great room!! Keep em’ coming!!

  14. Kate says:

    Hey Erin! I love love love your style! I’m a military wife and you’ve definitely given some great tips that are perfect for us gals who move so often! Neutrals are my go to for big ticket items since I’ll never know what our next house just might look like! Military base housing can be a hit or miss so we rely solely on my interior decorating skills (or what skills I think I may have, haha!) to make our current house a home. Thanks for all the inspiration!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Oh yes, I bet that is a really good call if you’re having to switch up all the time–you are smart!! πŸ™ŒπŸ» Thanks for reading, Kate!

  15. Lindzie says:

    Love this post! I keep my house neutral year round and old change it up for holidays. However I will add touches of Spring. Keep these post coming they are great!

  16. Jenifer says:

    Erin, I love your living room!! The touches of spring are beautiful. The problem I have is that I find things I love, antiques if I can, and decorate with them. Then the season will change and I’ll get out that season’s decorations that aren’t out year round. Pretty soon I have no ‘space’!
    How do I learn what to keep out and what to put away??

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Well, I might not be the person to ask….my garage looks like an antique store. πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚ I totally understand the struggle though!

  17. Nora says:

    I have dark furniture with gray couches. I feel like my living room looks dark, how do I make it look more brighter?

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Pillows and throws are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to brighten up a space without changing the furniture!

  18. Kirsten says:

    Thanks for the tip! I would tend to agree with that, considering I currently have red and green plaid couches (newly weds here so we lucked out with lots of hand-me-downs) and although they’re the country/vintage look I like, I’d prefer a more plain look since we have a tiny house and the plaid seems overwhelming. And this way, the neutral couches would really accent some of the really neat decor we’ve been able to make/find, whereas the plaid competes with the decor (if that makes sense?). So thanks!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Totally! We had a red and green plaid couch as newlyweds, too! Holler for universal slipcovers!! πŸ˜‰

  19. Shana says:

    I absolutely love your cart coffee table. I dough bowl with the pink flowers in it is so gorgeous it drawa mybeyes right to it, it’s soft but so bright…love

  20. Rachel Woods says:

    I love everything about this! I especially love your china cabinet that houses your Ironstone! Where in the world did you find such a beautiful peice? It’s amazing!!!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Hi Rachel! That was a piece I spotted at a vintage shop, filmed it on IG stories, and my husband recognized where I was by the brick flooring in the video….he called and bought it over the phone for a birthday surprise for me! I love it. And him. πŸ˜‰

      • Cheverly says:

        That is SO awesome!! I was wondering where you got it too, and such a fantastic story. He’s the second best hubby ever (mine has to be first, yo)! πŸ˜‰

  21. Kylee says:

    I’ve been looking at your insta and blog of your house and just wondering if you would mind sharing how many bedrooms your house is and is it one or two story? Just curious!

  22. Kim Carnes says:

    I love everything goin’ on here, girl! I have black leather couches, and they’re not going anywhere, anytime soon. I’m wondering if you have any "go to" throws for dark couches ? Any favs ?

  23. Shannon Loe says:

    I’m wanting to make my house more farm house style. What would be the most impactful things to do first? Also, where did you get your slipcovers?

  24. Shelley John says:

    Hi, I was also wondering where you got the 2 beautiful armoires featured in your home, i don’t see it on the list of sources below… SO pretty, thank you!

  25. Kelly Fowler says:

    I’d love to find the link to the sisal rug but the link isn’t opening for me. Where is it from please??!!
    Thank you.

  26. kaitlyn says:

    Hi there, love your place! What is the name of the paint in your living room? It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!

  27. McKenzie Harris says:

    Do you have a source for the cathedral cabinet in the living room? (the one by the window with the white dishes in it)

  28. Celeste says:

    The soft colors are so serene. You didn’t mention the stunning gothic-arched cabinet…an antique? I’d love if you’d share more about it! Thank you!

  29. Lauren says:

    Hi! Do you know where i may find that arched curio cabinet? i have been searchING for two months! lol

  30. jean priest says:

    Where did you buy your sofa/sectional with the chase on the end?

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