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Iโ€™ve been seriously slacking on the renovation posts, and I got a bit of slack for not posting Jimmyโ€™s fabulous pond project quickly enough, so here we go! Some of you may remember my Earth Day Post last year, when I spoke about the new planting bed beside the pond. I am especially proud of…

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  • mrslimestoneJuly 7, 2009 - 12:31 pm

    I’ve always wanted a pond so Im jealous ๐Ÿ™‚ Where did you get your bistro set? I already have a table but I need to find chairs.

  • casacaudillJuly 7, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    This is me oh so jealous.

  • laura @ the shoreJuly 7, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    OMG! This is awesome. Please send him to my house. I’ll bake cookies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicole BarzellatoJuly 7, 2009 - 2:03 pm

    Good stuff!

  • laura bruenJuly 7, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    It’s a cast iron set, and I purchased it locally at a store in Middletown, NJ “Add-On Pools”. They have all sorts of nice patio / outdoor furniture in there.

  • laura bruenJuly 7, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Thanks everyone! I love it.

  • JenJuly 7, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    Sweet!! I hope that my Hydrangeas look like that next year!!

  • laura bruenJuly 7, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    Laura – while he loves cookies, not sure if that’s enough to bribe him to undertake another project like this!

  • M.July 7, 2009 - 2:41 pm

    It looks amazing. I think we need to come back over, LOL!

  • MichelleJuly 7, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    Well done!!!!!!

  • AlexisJuly 7, 2009 - 7:34 pm

    Thats amazing! How fun!

  • Pauline StephensJuly 8, 2009 - 8:46 am

    You guys are so talented and of course patient. What a major project and very zen like. I know you will enjoy it with the girls. Can I say, “tea party”!

  • melissa suterJuly 8, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    Laura- it is beautiful! Hydrangea’s are my favorite! Jimmy (and you!) did a great job! Hope you have the time to enjoy it.

  • kathy mackrellJuly 8, 2009 - 5:24 pm

    The pond looks beautiful!! The transformation is incredible- is he available for my house!! lol!!

  • laura bruenJuly 9, 2009 - 5:02 am

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments. He worked really hard on it.

  • SusieJuly 10, 2009 - 8:06 am

    Hi again! Jimmy makes it look easy. I love the whole thing. I hope you take the time to put your tushes on those groovy chairs every evening and enjoy it. And how much do we love moss! -susie

  • SyedJuly 11, 2009 - 9:51 am

    Looks beautiful!! Perfect for a gtg ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Dana BattagliaJuly 13, 2009 - 7:13 pm

    I feel like i just saw an episode of something on HGTV!! HE did an AWESOME job. It looks beautiful!!!

  • ValerieAugust 11, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Holy cow! What a beautiful Oasis Jimmy wrangled up for ya! Good going to the both of you! It looks great!!

It snowed today. During my โ€œworkingโ€ lunch break, I had the opportunity to hop outside and take just a couple of shots! Also, if you were by recently for the Holiday Farm House Tour, youโ€™ll now see some new photos of my tree and some additional photos of the foyer as I added to the…

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  • PamperingBekiDecember 17, 2008 - 11:06 am

    Gorgeous pictures!
    Gwen could not be any more beautiful.

    From the post below, I LOVE your stockings and stunning chandelier! There’s never enough sparkle.
    I have lots of snow. ๐Ÿ™‚ Come visit Kansas and you’ll have plenty.

    Oh I can’t wait until I can get the pictures out of my camera again!!

  • CelestialCharmsDecember 17, 2008 - 11:22 am

    Your photos are simply a delicious delight, as is your lovely house. Are those pics of the little girl your daughter? She is just so precious and that fabulous hat reminds me of the one’s I wore as a child. My favorite is the one where she is sticking out her tongue to catch snowflakes.

  • laura bruenDecember 17, 2008 - 11:26 am

    Yes, Gwen is my youngest.

    Thank you both for the nice comments. CelestialCharms, that’s my favorite shot too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • KaseyDecember 17, 2008 - 12:40 pm

    Thanks for stopping by. That little girl is adorable. Great work. Photography is so awesome. I hope to one day understand and tackle camera technology. We just got our family pics taken and have been posted at under portraits, Hunts. Merry Christmas.

  • Jen@OurDailyBigTopDecember 17, 2008 - 1:59 pm

    I love your photography – so beautiful. I love the shot of your daughter catching snow on her tongue. The snow just adds that extra something to the festive spirit of your house.

  • mary bethDecember 17, 2008 - 7:09 pm

    Your pictures are breathtaking….I could stay here all day and look around. : )

  • Megan @ LittleBellaBeanDecember 18, 2008 - 5:54 pm

    The house looks so so beautiful!! And your daughter is just precious. I love her hat. So cute!!

  • kayellenDecember 19, 2008 - 12:04 am

    Oh Laura what a beautiful Blog!!!
    Love your pictures…soooooo inspiring:)
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!
    Christmas Blessings to you and your family,
    Kay Ellen

  • Dawn Van BruntDecember 21, 2008 - 7:39 pm

    very nice miss. thang! I am jealous…..down here at 98 all we had was RAIN! Blech!

  • laura bruenDecember 21, 2008 - 9:22 pm

    PamperingBeki – Thank you very much, she’s a ham, that’s for sure. Will be posting more photos of them soon. It was sort of like the shoemaker’s shoes this year with holiday portraits – but I threw something together at the verylastminute.

    Kasey, your portraits came out beautifully!

    Yes, Dawn, this was all we got. I really miss a good snow. Can’t remember the last time we had one ๐Ÿ™ May need to travel up north this year to see some powder soon. My ski’s haven’t been touched in years!

    Thanks so much everyone for visiting, it’s nice to “meet” all of you.

    ~ Laura

I love the holidays, and the most favorite part of it all (aside from the blatantly obvious family and eating part) is decorating.ย ย  In the spirit of the Season, I wanted to preset the Farmhouse Holiday House Tour at least, whatโ€™s been completed thus far. These last few months have been crazy, the holiday rush…

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  • laura s.December 14, 2008 - 10:46 pm

    OMG!!! This is incredible. Can you please come over and decorate my house, too? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think a steel grey/blue would work really well in the living room. Something with a little bit of a cool tone. It will work so well with that fab rug.

    p.s. I did hear the angels when I saw that light fixture. Stunning!

    — Laura S.

  • mrslimestoneDecember 15, 2008 - 5:51 am

    You’ve done such a great job decorating. Want to come over to do my house? I have a mental block when it comes to Christmas decorating. I never get it to look “full” if you know what I mean.

  • Uncle TobyDecember 15, 2008 - 6:41 am

    You suck !! Are there three of you? When the hell do you have time to do all this . Does someone needs to call the authorities! Are those kids tied up in the barn ? Awesome job Jimmy !!! Oh yeah you too Laura !! xoxo

  • MichelleDecember 15, 2008 - 6:45 am

    Check into Sparrow (it’s a shade of taupe/gray). It’s regular Benjamin Moore but we had it made into Aura paint and it’s on our kitchen cabinets. I LOVE it, goes well with every color and silver accents. I’ll send you a cell phone shot!
    House – Beautiful!

  • Michele GenoveseDecember 15, 2008 - 7:45 am

    Everything looks amazing- it really does!
    Love the dining room and the wainscoting…can not wait to see it in person.

  • Julia @ Hooked on HousesDecember 15, 2008 - 8:06 am

    I want to spend Christmas at YOUR house. Wow. It’s all so beautiful, and so beautifully photographed.

    What a clever idea to wrap gifts with old magazines. Love the results!

    I’m so glad you joined my blog party. Thanks for inviting us into your home! -Julia ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. I added your post for you. Just so you know, in the future, you can put your address into that box on my blog that says, “This site is using auto linkies” toward the bottom of my page.

  • linda carsonDecember 15, 2008 - 8:12 am

    Oh my word. The amount of work that these photos portray absolutely boggles my mind – not just the decorating, but the remodel and the photography itself. And the magazine wrapped gifts…and that chandelier…I’m speechless. Take a break! You and your husband deserve it.

  • Josh LynnDecember 15, 2008 - 8:17 am

    Ok, this is just amazing! Why are you not an interior decorator?

  • JanetteDecember 15, 2008 - 8:21 am

    Totally impressed.
    Nice & cozy….
    Where is the Mistle Toe, so Mommy can kiss Santa Clause?? LOL

  • Pauline StephensDecember 15, 2008 - 8:34 am

    Dang Laura, you out did yourself on this one. Everything looks so beautiful! The magazine wrapped gifts blew me away. And your house puts the White House to shame. Thanks for sharing this as I am now in the Christmas spirit.

  • laura bruenDecember 15, 2008 - 8:37 am

    Thank you! Josh, because I can’t decorate for anyone else!! Most people wouldn’t appreciate going through 4 different paint colors to get the “right” one.

  • ChristineDecember 15, 2008 - 8:38 am

    I am speechless…you my friend ARE AN ARTIST!
    I am truely amazed at how well you can bring the beauty of everyday life into the eyes of others. Art beautifull art. Job well done GF you rock!!!!!

  • RosalieDecember 15, 2008 - 8:49 am

    Laura: the house looks amazing and beautiful. I lvoe the chandeleir. I love all the details. Please come to my house and help me!!! that’s a great idea for wrapping presents. This year- I am recycling paper fromlast year.

  • Debbie PhillipsDecember 15, 2008 - 9:10 am

    Laura! I would PAY to spend Christmas at your house. ๐Ÿ™‚
    You are Martha Stewart, Nate Berkus, Ina Garten and Annie Leibowitz all in one!!!!
    Great job … I’d also buy holiday cards of nearly any one of your images!! You are a cottage industry all in one:-) Congratulations and thank you for sharing the warmth and beauty of your creation. Very cool.

  • aunt poppyDecember 15, 2008 - 9:37 am

    hello sweetie…what a wonderland you two have created! wow Emma and Gwen must feel totally enchanted with all the magic around them! Beautiful job…lots of love! enjoy the holiday (relax! already!!) xoxo poppy

  • Fifi FlowersDecember 15, 2008 - 10:53 am

    GREAT TOUR! I think I would like to book a room… looks like a perfect Inn! ADORE the fashion wrapping! ENJOY the season! Fifi

  • MomDecember 15, 2008 - 12:19 pm

    This looks so beautiful and festive!

  • Kim-HomeIsWhereTheHeartIsDecember 15, 2008 - 12:57 pm

    You have a beautiful home…so glad I found your blog through another one I was checking out!

  • wanderlusterDecember 15, 2008 - 1:19 pm

    Wowee, your house is beautiful!! I love the photos of it all lit up. Its definitely my favourite on the Holiday House Tour so far. Thanks for the tour!! And thanks for dropping by my blog.

  • Mrs. Simms ;o)December 15, 2008 - 2:09 pm

    Your house is absolutely GORGEOUS! Can Mike and I move in??? ;o)

    Seriously though, I love everything!!

  • MayaDecember 15, 2008 - 2:18 pm

    Wow, your home is stunning, and the work you did exquisite. My husband and I have been remodeling our old Dutch Colonial built in 1930, so I know what it takes to redo, restore, repair….The porch is just awesome and you made it all so festive. Great photographs too. Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the great work you’ve done.

  • dolce chicDecember 15, 2008 - 2:49 pm

    Your home is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • Liz@VioletPosyDecember 15, 2008 - 2:57 pm


    You have the most beautiful home, you should be so proud of what you have achieved. I love everything about your Christmas decorations!.

    Happy Christmas!

  • JanMary, N IrelandDecember 15, 2008 - 2:58 pm

    I think I have got lost, and wandered into the set of a Homes and Gardens photo shoot.

    Wonderful house, decor, decorations, light fittings and last but by no means least wonderful photography.

    A real feast for the eyes.

    Thanks for visiting my Northern Ireland blog.

  • RhodaDecember 15, 2008 - 4:05 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous place you have and beautiful holiday decorating. Love, love all the pics. Thank you SO much for stopping by my home tour too! Glad I found your blog, I’ll have to come back & read more when I have some time. I’m just blown away by your photos & i’m not always easily impressed. Great job!! Hope you’ll drop by to see me again.

  • StephanieDecember 15, 2008 - 4:41 pm

    Oh MY Heavens…. I’m in love – with your photography, with your home, with your decor…. Love, I tell you. This is my first visit, but not my last. Oh my ~ WOW!

  • JanetDecember 15, 2008 - 4:48 pm

    Beautiful! Perfection!

  • Melinda GarmanDecember 15, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    Good Lord in Heaven! Your home is spectacular! I would trade my double doors for your home in a minute! Interested? :o)

    Your photography is fabulous, too – so glad to know about you! Thanks for opening your home and for visiting mine!

    Merry Christmas,

  • MindyDecember 15, 2008 - 5:11 pm

    wow! wow!! wow!!! You have a magnificent house! (and photo skills)

  • Jen@OurDailyBigTopDecember 15, 2008 - 5:26 pm

    WOW! What a gorgeous house you have. Can I come celebrate the holidays with you? I love your style and your photographs. Thanks for the tour.

  • Iris BDecember 15, 2008 - 6:01 pm

    just like a story book … awesome job … now come do my house ๐Ÿ˜‰ … is that a Schonbek chandelier?

  • CareyDecember 15, 2008 - 6:17 pm

    Wow! Your house is beautiful…so warm and inviting and full of light. It’s apparent that you took great care in decorating your house inside and out.
    Happy holidays!
    And thanks for stopping by my blog…

  • laura bruenDecember 15, 2008 - 6:18 pm

    Wow, thanks everyone, what lovely comments. Yay! I love comments.

    Iris, thanks, yes it is. It’s a Schonbek, a Christmas Miracle!

  • Leslie RuthDecember 15, 2008 - 6:32 pm

    Oh…my…word. Your home is Truly Stunning! My favorite? The dining room. Just knowing how much effort and creativity went into it only adds to its beauty. And my vote is definitely for the color from the magazine article, I think it will look gorgeous. Oh, to have such a home of our own to decorate one day….I’ll keep hoping ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the kind remarks on my blog!

  • sandra/txDecember 15, 2008 - 7:28 pm

    Wow! Your house is absolutely stunning — for Christmas and beyond. I love everything. Thanks for the tour.

  • nancyDecember 15, 2008 - 7:50 pm

    I am in love with your home! I love love the porch! Have an extra room for a woman that loves to clean and cook? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for the tour!

  • Jackie S.December 15, 2008 - 7:53 pm

    Absolutely Stunning!!!! You have done a wonderful job!!!

  • kimDecember 15, 2008 - 9:20 pm

    Beautiful home, decorations, and also photography. Thank you so much for sharing. I loved the tour!

  • LisaDecember 15, 2008 - 9:49 pm

    So many amazing details! This is just beautiful, and you should be proud. Thank you for sharing. (And thanks for stopping by my place today too)

  • Amy from TexasDecember 15, 2008 - 11:25 pm

    Beautiful home! Your porch is wonderful, especially at night! Great idea your friend had with the magazines. How fun is that?

  • desiree@lookiloos.comDecember 16, 2008 - 12:18 am

    Gorgeous home and photos. Thanks so much for letting us get a peek inside.

  • LiannaDecember 16, 2008 - 4:55 am

    What a festive home!!! I was going to try and choose one thing that I liked…but I like EVERYTHING!! Just beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Pam/FripperyDecember 16, 2008 - 6:57 am

    Girl, you are living in my dream house. You must go now so I can move in. Really, your home is amazing. I love that you have taken a farm house look and made it so elegant and sophisticated. I always struggle with this. We built a little white farm house and I always feel I have to keep it casual but I really love the gold leaf aged finish type of opulence. You have mixed both perfectly. Being a photographer shows in your eye for detail. Mind if I link to your post? Everyone deserves a peak at this eye candy! Pam

  • RobinDecember 16, 2008 - 7:32 am

    I enjoyed the tour of your beautiful home, and your photography is amazing! I would be honored if you would visit my nest sometime soon at! Blessings!

  • SheilaDecember 16, 2008 - 7:39 am

    I love your home, and these pictures are fabulous! Warm and inviting. I like the color you picked, too!

  • SatsukiDecember 16, 2008 - 11:13 am

    I don’t even know where to begin. Your home is amazingly beautiful. You’ve done a lovely job!

    (And the magazine wrapping tip is really going to come in handy when I run out of gift wrap in the next day or two.)

  • HollyDecember 16, 2008 - 12:23 pm

    Oh. My. Word. I love your house!! I love your porch, I love the foyer, i love the fireplace. The Christmas decor is fabulous! Lucky, lucky, you!

  • KathleenDecember 16, 2008 - 12:52 pm

    You’re house is stunningly gorgeous. And please share where you got the light fixture in your dining room, I’m in love! :o)

    Happy partying!

  • laura bruenDecember 16, 2008 - 1:24 pm

    Thanks everyone. I love reading all of these!

    Kathleen, the chandelier is made by Schonbek. (Check that website for a retailer near you!)

  • JenniferDecember 16, 2008 - 2:48 pm

    Wow your house is AMAZING! How long does it take you to decorate each year for Christmas? I hope you have an army of people to help!
    Your chandelier is GORGEOUS!!!! I am saving your blog to show my husband the chandelier.

  • MaridithDecember 16, 2008 - 6:41 pm

    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.

  • Laura Ingalls GunnDecember 16, 2008 - 6:45 pm

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

  • Ashley BowenDecember 16, 2008 - 8:45 pm

    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!
    Owner of Treehouse Stamps

  • Shannon@Silver TrappingsDecember 17, 2008 - 12:10 am

    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

  • SharonDecember 17, 2008 - 9:10 am

    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!

  • JudyBugDecember 17, 2008 - 9:31 am

    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.

  • ErikaDecember 17, 2008 - 11:47 am

    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…

  • NikiDecember 17, 2008 - 1:29 pm

    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!

  • Pretty OrganizerDecember 17, 2008 - 1:38 pm

    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

  • MegCherryDecember 17, 2008 - 5:45 pm

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

  • brandarooo@aol.comDecember 17, 2008 - 5:46 pm

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

  • ~KimDecember 17, 2008 - 9:07 pm

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

  • KarenDecember 17, 2008 - 9:38 pm

    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.

  • edeenutDecember 18, 2008 - 12:35 pm

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

  • JamieDecember 18, 2008 - 1:20 pm

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

  • casacaudillDecember 18, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    I am seriously so jealous of your holiday decor.

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

  • Megan @ LittleBellaBeanDecember 18, 2008 - 5:59 pm

    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,

  • Dawn Van BruntDecember 20, 2008 - 2:13 pm

    WOW. just wow.

  • (toby's)LisaDecember 20, 2008 - 3:49 pm

    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. WetzelDecember 21, 2008 - 9:12 am

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

  • CarrieDecember 23, 2008 - 8:26 pm

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

    Thanks so much for stopping by my home tour!!

    Merry Christmas!

  • Kris SantoroDecember 29, 2008 - 9:43 pm

    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!

  • laura bruenDecember 30, 2008 - 8:42 am

    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!

  • CharlaJanuary 1, 2009 - 9:18 pm

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

  • RobynJanuary 7, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    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 BattagliaJanuary 26, 2009 - 12:23 pm


  • yasAugust 8, 2009 - 1:55 am

    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.

  • SUSANNovember 24, 2009 - 4:01 pm


    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

I canโ€™t give away too much right now except that this fabulous Schonbek has made it to my dining room.ย  3 years and 4 paint colors laterย  โ€“ this dining room is finally on itโ€™s way to getting the finishing touches. With all of the manual labor that went into this room, it deserved some…

The bathroom off of the kids playroom is now clearly the nicest bathroom in the house. The decision to work on this bathroom came from me quite some time ago before demo of the other downstairs bathroom (which still remains that way). My husband and I were just so undecided on what to do with…

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  • MichelleAugust 27, 2008 - 2:43 pm

    Love it!!! When I moved into my first apt, I found a paper from the 30’s with the exact same date as the day I found the paper… wierd!!!

  • SusanAugust 27, 2008 - 2:49 pm


  • MicheleAugust 27, 2008 - 3:31 pm

    Looks great…love the ceiling and the old newspaper- hope you’re keeping that.

  • MrsLimestoneAugust 27, 2008 - 3:51 pm

    You guys did such an amazing job…really impressive. I love that mirror. The imperfections are what make it charming! Which Red Bank antique store did you find that? I usually spend too much time in that has a gravelly parking lot but I never find anything like this in there.

    Personally, I don’t think the prints work that well in here. But if you love the circus theme one, maybe move that one over the toilet and get rid of the old man one? The frames are beautiful and work perfectly.

    I bet you could find a great rug in the same shades in the room at Home Goods.

  • HopeAugust 27, 2008 - 4:02 pm

    Laura…it’s looks AWESOME! And I love both of the paintings you picked. Gorge! That mirror is FAB! Great work on yours and Jimmy’s part!

  • jenAugust 27, 2008 - 4:19 pm

    as always, you rock!
    it looks awesome! good team!

  • laura bruenAugust 27, 2008 - 5:14 pm

    Thank you, thank you!

    Mrslimestone –
    yes, indeed I need a rug! The mirror was from the exact store you mention. I love it in there – I end up there often, simply because it’s easy – but this time I was there with a purpose and for once I found something I actually loved, which is not common. I was actually thinking of hanging some old map of the area from their artwork section, have you sifted through those? I found the mirror in the back right booth. I’ll have to try the hanging suggestion also.

    Hope – thanks for your comments! I’m glad I am not the only one to see the charm in these works although I’m still on the fence about the grandpa one. I have my work throughout pretty much the rest of the house in some manner or another and I really wanted to just “hang something different” here.

    Michele – of course I’m going to keep it! Should I shadow box it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wonder if there are any interesting ways to display old newspapers without using the standard shadow boxes.

  • casacaudillAugust 27, 2008 - 5:52 pm

    Wow, that is some renovation. I love the sink console and the exposed wooden beams. And I think the idea of a framed old map would be a great addition to that room – it has the right “feel” I think.

  • laura bruenAugust 27, 2008 - 6:05 pm

    Thanks Becky!

    I love the Beams too! That main beam (the lower one) felt a bit odd but I’m getting used to it now.

  • Joe & MaryannAugust 28, 2008 - 12:23 pm

    Beautiful job guys we are very impressed! Actually, we would not expect anything less. I love everything about it, the colors, the sconces, the art work, the sink cabinet, the faucet and especially the mirror. The mirror is definitely a great find and a great center piece. A map of the area would be very cool and the old news papers you found while renovating that particular room would be even cooler. Hope you find a cool way to display the news papers and we can’t wait to see what you come up with. Good Luck with all the upcoming renovations and hope your Boo Boo is better!

  • DawnAugust 28, 2008 - 4:13 pm

    so I abandon my faithful blog reading for a week or so and you post the motherload of entries! SHEESH! I need to catch up. I totally chuckled ever so slightly at your splinter, ONLY because Eric did a similar thing with macaroni……..
    Eric had to have an emergency “hand” procedure……….like done by a hand surgeon. He was scraping a piece of dried macaroni off of a plate that went through the dishwasher, Penne to be exact, and the shard of petrified pasta pierced through his finger, ya know that painful area under your nail, where the finger/skin meets the nail. All the way to the nail bed. OUCH! When he tried to pull it back out a piece broke off and got stuck in there. he was in pain and, well, he let it fester for a few days and then came the swelling, redness and lets just say it got infected and abscessed. It was highly NOT pretty looking……..he’s lucky they only had to remove the nail to drain the infection.

  • BarbaraAugust 28, 2008 - 6:11 pm


    As usual, a beautiful job. The color is great – I wouldn’t change a thing except add a rug. Paper towel? What WERE you thinking? LOL

  • RosalieAugust 29, 2008 - 5:42 am

    you are an inspiration!!!

  • aunt poppyAugust 29, 2008 - 11:29 am

    I love the “roundness” of the room (LOL) really you two did an amazing job! very cool sink fixture! Beams really add charm and flavor of the “farm-ness” keep on going! xo poppy

  • Paulina & Christian GravierAugust 31, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    Hi Laura. So glad the color worked out for you. The bathroom looks fabulous. Looking forward to seeing you soon!!!! We’ll be in touch shortly.