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…
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
The secretary desk was a local antique store find.
“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.”
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.
We added a banquette style set for the eat in area framed with shutter covered windows.
Kristin, her friends and family enjoy spending time in this verdant garden space.
A most charming greenhouse is the perfect space to entertain and extend the space of the house!
“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.
“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. “
“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!
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.
If you enjoyed Kristin’s home tour then you’ll surely love visiting the tour linked below!