Monday, September 13, 2021

As soon as Kristen and her husband walked into this historical 1800s home they fell in love with it and knew they had to make it their's. 

historical house in New Jersey

Lucky for them, even though the house was over a century old it didn't need any major structural work and so they set about making cosmetic changes only.

Kristen started with a neutral background and then chose an eclectic mix of furnishings and accessories with pops of color.

The Living Room

The living room is a perfect example of how the homeowner styled her rooms. A mix of vintage and new pieces, with a vintage vibe, fill the space.

cottage living room

As she decorates, Kristen believes that less is more and blends some old family pieces with newer finds. She has photographs of her grandparents and old seltzer bottles alongside a gold metal tray from World Market. 

cottage living room

living room nook

Entry Halls

The back entry hall is both utilitarian and stylish with its group of hanging coat racks for outerwear, and accessories that can be changed with the seasons. Storage baskets corral boots and shoes. 

hanging racks in hallway

The front entryway has a bannister that is original to the house, but over the years the spindles have been replaced and are mismatched, as children broke them. Kids do love trying to put their heads through the holes. 

entry hall

The Dining Areas

The kitchen dining area is a light, bright, cozy spot that overlooks the garden.

kitchen dining

The dining room has a more formal French provincial feel. The mix of elements gives it the feeling of a home in the countryside of France while the overhead cluster jar light fixture is a surprise modern element.

cottage dining room

A beautiful collection of eclectic dishes accompanied by gold goblets, flatware, and candle holders makes for a delightful place to entertain guests. 

formal table setting

In the warm summer months, an old greenhouse is a perfect place for al fresco dining. Yes, please.

greenhouse al fresco dining area

Information and photos sourced from Cottages and Bungalows.

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  1. I love the light coming in the windows of that dining nook. What a wonderful place for house plants to be.

  2. Oh my gosh the outdoor dining in the vintage green house yes please from me too! This is an amazing house.

  3. Thus is a beautiful home. Love the dining room. Those dishes top.

    I'll take the greenhouse please.

  4. The greenhouse is enough to make me want to live there! Beautiful house!


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