holiday farm house tour

I love the holidays, and the most favorite part of it all (aside from the blatantly obvious family and eating part) is decorating.   In the spirit of the Season, I wanted to preset the Farmhouse Holiday House Tour at least, what’s been completed thus far.

These last few months have been crazy, the holiday rush is super crazy, and I really, really needed to get a house post up as it’s something that’s fun for family to see, especially those that have been able to visit during the 3 years we’ve lived here.  It’s great to show our progression. Since Jimmy and I do the work ourselves, it is especially rewarding to be able to blog about, and see, our handiwork.

I took this weekend “off” by shooting around the house, pushing myself to be able to enter Brooklyn Limestone’s Giveaway!  I’m just barely making it by posting this 1 hour before the deadline.  Monday,  BooMama’s,
Hooked on Houses, Southern Hospitality and Tip Junkie, Muse Swings’ “Christmas In Bloggyland Tour“- all having amazing Open House tours and Kimba’s “A Soft Place to Land” blog is starting on Tuesday – and some others as well, and finally check out Pretty Petals too!  Hope on over to the Inspired Room for some design inspiration, and for the Holiday Link Exchange.  Be sure to check them all out if you’re into interior design and holiday decorating.  The blogs are pure creative eye candy.

I’ll start off with the daytime shots.

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Quite a few things I want to change next year, but this is how it looks presently.

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Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

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Sup internet.

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 Admittedly, I didn’t spend ample time on this tree, but it looks great at night.

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 The Foyer has not changed much since last Christmas but I’ll post a few details.

The Foyer, Entry View

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From the living room

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From the opposite side.

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Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

 A Vignette in the Foyer

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Fantabo Idea – Eco Chic wrap!

I wish I could take credit for this great idea, but it actually came from my friend Hope (who has no vehicle as of yet to translate her great ideas to the web), who suggested to me that everyone should use their magazines for wrapping paper in an effort to recycle. Considering this house is completely “plugged in” over the holiday season I try to do whatever I can to help out the environment in other ways.

So, I did it this year and think my presents came out great!  I have so much more to wrap this week and will certainly post them all when completed.  I love the way it looks!!  As I confessed, I’m such a magazine junkie, (I have a home and garden from 1995 or so, I love the cover and simply could not part with it), it makes me feel much better putting them to good use somehow, and I get to pay tribute to great editorial photography in doing so.

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Heaven!  Well, maybe not “heaven” but it certainly beats keeping them under my bed forever.

{Finally…the Tree}

Truth be told, my husband and I didn’t decorate this fabulous tree.  {AND, the lights just went out on top today}.  This beautiful tree is my mother-in-law’s tree, which she decorated for my foyer this year with her beautiful vintage ornaments.

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 Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

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 Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

This one was a gift from a client.  Resembles her daughter (future post for that).

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 My uncle makes these.  He’s a carpenter.

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I’m a real-tree person, I love the tradition and pretty much everything about having a real tree,  so we will be going to get a real tree for our living room, it will not be until next Saturday morning before I go shoot Nicole & Robert’s Wedding in the evening.

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  From here we move on to the (drumroll please…) The New Dining Room.  This room has been three years in the making.  I will save the remodeling details for another post at another time, but for now, here it is, in all it’s glory minus new furniture, which we need.  This set we bought with the house since we didn’t have a dining room set, it is solid wood and really great furniture but not “us”, especially since we took this room from a country feel to a more glamorous feel, at least for me.

100% ambient light.

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Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint.

Jimmy and I designed the wainscotting from scratch, using several pieces, and then Jimmy did the wainscoting entirely by himself (I am so proud).   Quite the feat…here’s from the opposite angle.

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 OK, so let’s all take a look at my absolute favorite thing in this room.

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This would be my new Schonbek!   Does anyone hear angels singing or is it just me?  I cannot tell you how much I love my light fixture.  We did so much manual labor on this room, 3 years worth of wallpaper removal, painting, repainting, repainting again,  custom mill work, caulking,  priming, painting the beams (8 coats to get them white, mind you).  After all of this labor we deserved the chandelier that we wanted, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

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Love the light that is cast on the ceiling in a brilliant pattern.  I need to paint the medallion, haven’t decided on a finish.

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And a light dusting of Benjamin Moore’s glitter glaze makes the light in the room dance at night – see ceiling detail below.

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 Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Candles do amazing thing to this paint.  Lights off…

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 A beautiful gift from my friend, Chris, who’s late father used to weld iron sculptures.

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 I need to find some different fabric for this chair.

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You’ll notice I have prints and enlargements of my work everywhere.  This is only because I have no idea what I’m going to put on the walls in here, and I had these prints done for my office (I rotate my session displays) so I filled them. Although in posting this I am realizing the way these are displayed eerily it looks like a shrine, but it’s not meant to show that way.  Yikes, must change that or figure something out for this table immediately!

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 Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Moving on to the Living Room, we received our new slip covered sofa that we ordered like 6 months ago. Finally.  But two days ago and I was completely unprepared with what we’re doing in this room.  The color right now is just NOT right.   The three colors on primer you’ll notice in the very back corner have been there for a lonnnng time.  None of the colors are the right choice, I am sure of that now.  A friend of mine recently said “you should slap a frame around it at this point – a Laura Bruen Original”.  Hilarious Jeanne, thanks :=)

The magazine article on the far wall with the yellow lamp – the color of the fabric in that that ad is the one I think I’m going with.  Steel gray blue…I think it will pick up some of the blue from the rug?  Thoughts?

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 Of course I was expecting guests the day after I got the couch and needed to get some throw pillows.

Like a wild animal I am running through Pier One to find throw pillows and found these:

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I suppose with these pillows, what happens after the holidays remains to be seen.  Think I can keep the snowflakes around a bit?  Also, I’m not sure my current tables match my new look…

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 Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

 Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

 My attempt to pull some blue into the room, and I love it!

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Thoughts on this new color?

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 Sigh.  Decisions decisions.

And, finally, I’ll backtrack out of the door for the night shots.  Next year, we’ll have to add to this garland.  They only had this one left.  Stores are all cleared out already.

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 The porch at night.

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 On the bistro tables.  The ambient lighting casts a warm glow everywhere, but these place mats are actually silver.

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 Thanks for visiting.

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 With the fence in focus, from last year.

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Wishing you Happy Holidays from our house to yours!

  • Maridith

    Stunning! This is how I envision my home to look like one day just need time and money. Your home is so welcoming and comfortable. Thanks for sharing.

  • Your decorations are so pretty.
    I hope you’ll visit my blog soon. I’ve had giveaway’s every Friday in December.

  • OMG!!! You truly have my dream home! I could only dream of having that house…and decorating it that way for Christmas! You did such an amazing job!!! :o) BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Ashley
    Owner of Treehouse Stamps
    http://www.Treehousestamps.com

  • Your house is absolutely amazing. Gorgeous Christmas decorations everywhere! And your photos are wonderful. Well, duh, you are a photographer. But why in the world can I not get a good photo of lights on a tree. With the flash you can’t tell there are any lights on. Without the flash you can tell there are lights, but it is just all too dark. Every one of your photos is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

    Merry Christmas

  • Hi Laura. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and for your kind comment. You have an absolutely gorgeous home. I’ve bookmarked you for future visits! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Stunningly gorgeous! Your pictures are wonderful and love the ideas of wrapping the presents with magazine paper. Also, love the stockings which are my latest project.

  • WOW! I’m at a loss for words! Just breathtaking! S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G!!!!!!!! Your photography is perfection! Okay, I’m going to have to go sleep this off for two hours before I can even begin to look at my house again…

  • Thanks for your kind comment on my home! I am really flattered now that I’ve seen yours!!!! You have amazing taste! The metallic paint is like magic in your dining room! And just my two cents…I LUVVVV the blue color on the magazine ad. It would be stunning in there! And I love (among other things) your stockings! You have talent running out your ears girlfriend!

  • Oh. My. Word! You are the queen of pictures! I LOVE them. I want your game/piano room. I’m gonna swipe that gorgeous chair when your not looking if it’s not nailed down… Your lights are amazing and yes, the chandelier did evoke angelic voices from above when I saw it. A perfect choice. Now, I’m trying hard not to covet your amazing abode! Fabulous job girl. You must have been decorating for Christmas starting in July! Beautiful!

    Good to meet you!
    Pretty Organizer

  • I want a farm house! I love your front proch! Bravo is you TOO!
    Merry Christmas!

  • so very cozy and amazingly beautiful… thank you for the wonderful tour!

  • Your house is exquisite! Wow. It is just absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • There’s no way to say what everybody else has said, any differently. Your home is absolutely beautiful. I’m curious as to what part of the country you live in? I’m guessing in the East somewhere. I’m getting ready to add beams to my new house and I love yours. Also, thanks for the sparkly paint tip, I may use that too. I also have stacks of magazines under the bed. Great ideas for recycling! Have a Merry Christmas and thanks for inviting us into your beautiful home.

  • amazing!! I love it. It’s a house right out of a magazine!

  • Wow! Such eye candy on your site! Seriously beautiful photography. That is such a talent that I wish I had.

  • I am seriously so jealous of your holiday decor.

    And I still maintain you should keep the wall color. It’s perfect.

  • Wow. I mean w.o.w! Your house is just amazing. I have no other words. I am in awe of the beauty of it all! You must be very proud. You sure put a ton of hard work into it!!
    Blessings this Christmas,
    Megan

  • WOW. just wow.

  • (toby’s)Lisa

    what Toby said…what the f*&?? Kidding, you are truly amazing and i so admire your talents, creativity, and especially ENERGY! We hope to see you over the holidays! xoxo to you, Jimmy, and the girls

  • Nicole A. Wetzel

    Are you kidding me!!!!!! I should have gotten married at your house or had you decorate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oh…my…GAWD! Your house is just amazing! Lovely, really!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my home tour!!

    Merry Christmas!

  • Kris Santoro

    Laura, your keen sense of style, color and textures really brought the inside of your house together. It is absolutely beautiful, inside and out and it makes me feel even worse that I missed “Porch Night”. Hopefully there will be another one and I will come this time, promise!

  • Thanks everyone :-), next year I’ll be getting some outdoor trees for the porch that look nicer during the day. Waiting for Frontgate to start posting their sales!

  • Charla

    I am awed by this. What a wonderful feeling of Christmas you have provided all of us. THANK YOU!

  • Robyn

    WOW- Just found you blog tonight, your house is AMAZING, I love it. Viewed your holiday tour, everything is just beautiful. As for your fmaily room, have you checked out Restoration Hardwares Silver Sage paint, I had to laugh because I had paint samples on all of my family room walls for months, Silver Sage is so beautiful. Depending on the light it appears Grey, or Blue, Or Sagey green.
    I think it is delicious, I love it!
    Good luck.

  • Dana Battaglia

    I LOVE EVERY BIT OF YOUR HOUSE AND ALL YOU HAVE DONE!! I FEEL LIKE I JUST CLOSED A MAGAZINE AND RIPPED OUT EVERY PAGE TO PUT IN MY WISH LIST!!!!

  • yas

    hi. first off…beautiful house, pictures everything!! gorgeous!!! second…what is the name of the ralph lauren metallic paint you finally decided on?!?! i know you went through a ton and finally chose an amazing color…but what was the name?!?!! all the build up…i was waiting for the name to come any second! lol. so, please let me know the color of both the dining room and the living room. thank you.

  • SUSAN

    Laura,

    I am so amazed at what you have done with your home!! and the artwork you have done. I have never had the chance to go on this site. I just happened to have seen Emma on Kates F/B. All I can say is that your work and everything you have created has just exploded into a wonderful world and I am happy that your where you are sweetheart!! Much love to you all and sorry I never had enough time to come down.
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Love to you
    Susan and Greg