Home Tour – The Bauer 1840’s Farmhouse

Summertime and the living is easy! At least that is the vibe that this lovely home on tour today from my friend Kristin of The Bauer Farmhouse on Instagram. Amazingly this home is over 180 years old! With lots of lovely images to share here we are going to dig right in below with a bit of her thoughts on home and life…

1830's historical home in NJ

“My boyfriend (now husband!) and I were house hunting when we stumbled upon this gem and made an offer from the driveway! We just knew it was for us when we walked in. The home was built in the 1840s in East Brunswick, New Jersey and you could just feel the love when you walked in. It was so well cared for that most of what we did, as far as changes, were small, cosmetic updates like paint and counter tops.”

kitchen with marble countertops

“In the kitchen, I swapped the black granite out for white marble. I painted the center island gray and removed all the window treatments to give a bright, fresh look.”

modern farmhouse kitchen

“I carried Benjamin Moore’s gentle gray throughout the entire house. It’s such a pretty gray-blue shade that works well with a neutral palette.”

stone fireplace

stone fireplace in an 1830's farmhouse

One of the most important things you will notice in our home is the mix of old and new.


“Our bedroom furniture is from Pottery Barn and the dining set from Restoration Hardware. However, much of the decor is vintage or has been passed down through the family.”

restoration hardware bed

The secretary desk was a local antique store find.

antique secretary desk stripped of paint

secretary desk

“In my art studio, I paired a metal tub from Home Goods with an old window from my grandparents house, serving as a table top. I also have my grandfather’s 1800s violin hanging framed in the living room.”

bedroom vignette

tub with a window top

The Dining Room

Kristin’s dining room is styled & set for summer.

A collection of summery finds to utilize.

A coastal vibe for her home, proving that you don’t need to reside on the coast for this feeling.

We love the vintage style fishing floats and the driftwood, whose finish echoes the table.

Breakfast Nook

More seaside vibes for a coastal grandmother look (although too young to be a grandmother!) as in my recent post here.

We added a banquette style set for the eat in area framed with shutter covered windows.

breakfast nook

breakfast nook

The Garden

Kristin, her friends and family enjoy spending time in this verdant garden space.

beautiful cottage garden

The Greenhouse

A most charming greenhouse is the perfect space to entertain and extend the space of the house!

garden space and greenhouse

“I had done so much research on the former owners of our home. The original lot was over 100 acres and the Herbert family who settled East Brunswick (the town we live in) were former owners. I actually tracked down some of the relatives on Facebook and they shared stories and pictures of the home! We even have a room whose door is cut into the staircase wall! Instead of floor joists in our basement, we have actual tree trunks! I was so honored that Cottages&Bungalows Magazine did a 14 page article on our home.”

It’s so important to save homes like our that have such a rich history and have withstood so much time. 

outdoor tablescape

“I have been an elementary art school teacher for almost 20 years and my husband is a police sergeant. I am a realtor in addition to also blogging about our home and sharing my art on Instagram @thebauerfarmhouse. “

beach seaside coastal grandmother paintings

“We share the home with our miniature pinscher Beemer (soon to be 16) and our son Everett who will be 2. The house always felt made for a family and now we have ours.” Here is Everett’s room below!

baby boy room nursery

One small bit of advice I always tell home owners is to get rid of clutter. Fill your home with pieces that are cherished and make you feel good. Your home is your sanctuary. Donate items you don’t use. Mix old and new. Do what you love and what makes you happy. Ignore the rules. Paint a picture. Eat your meals as a family.   Turn off you tv and enjoy that quiet moment in your cherished home.

coastal grandmother style vignette

If you enjoyed Kristin’s home tour then you’ll surely love visiting the tour linked below!

New England Home Tour Circa 1879- Finding Lovely

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  1. Did I see a faux boxwood panel in the bathroom? On the wall? I didn’t read anything about it but who knew you could do that indoors? That’s an idea! The outdoor greenhouse is sweet and quaint. Love the old antique desk and nothing beats a banquette for cozy gathering especially in the mornings.

  2. Always look forward to your daily post. So many interesting ideas and helpful hints.

  3. Love the home tour! So great to see new ideas but in the charm of an older home. The garden and greenhouse was lovely. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Emily North says:

    I love the secretary finish. My dinning room furniture is that honey oak color and it would look so much better with a similar finish. It’s look similar to the RH furniture. Thinking of striping it??!

  5. Ann Drayton says:

    I am love with this home. The BED, the bathtub wow. The greenhouse is a beauty. Its all so lovely. The green garden is an oasis of calm. Lots of great ideas thanks for sharing.

  6. Janet, you’ve done it again with todays post. Absolutely beautiful home! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Very nice decor and furniture ideas for kitchen, dining room, and bedroom. Loved the cute greenhouse.

  8. I am so pleased Sunday home tours are back! I love having a quiet moment to look at these beautiful homes. Thanks Janet!
    And I adore that greenhouse! How clever to use it as a covered outdoor dining area.

    1. Annie, I can’t get to them every weekend but when I do I’m so glad that you enjoy the tours!

  9. Always stunning. Thank you!!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Nina ❤️

  10. Thank you Kristin, what a lovely home and an amazing story of how you found it. The interior and exterior are spectacular! Is there any information on the greenhouse? Janet, thanks for always having goodness waiting for me in my email.


    1. Thanks Sarah and I know that Kristin is checking in with the comments, so will see if she can help. So glad that you’re still with me after all of these years ❤️