A Farmhouse in NJ: Part I

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I recently introduced you to one of my new sponsors, Karl, when he did a fabulous giveaway of one of the unique products in his online shop, Hudson Goods. And during this time, I’ve gotten to know Karl a little better and found out he had some pics posted on Rate My Space. When I saw pics of his beautiful country farmhouse in NJ, I asked him if he would mind me sharing them with you and he so graciously agreed. Karl’s farmhouse is just stunning and I could easily see it featured in a magazine. It oozes charm and country all at the same time. I’ll let Karl tell you all about it. He sent me a lot of pics, so I’ll be doing this over 2 posts. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did when I saw Karl’s home for the first time. He has fantastic taste and oh ladies, he’s single. Karl also told me this:

“I don’t want anyone to get the wrong impression. I was not born with a silver spoon. My parents were not college educated. I grew up in a house with my parents and two siblings and we all used one bathroom with one sink and there never was a problem! I went to college and was very fortunate in life. I am very close to my family and love creating great furniture and great design. I love my house but what makes it really a home is when my family and friends are here and that is very often!”

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The house was originally built in the 1930’s but has been redone both inside and out completely to bring it more up to date. This was not a historic renovation but more of a take on my personal style. This was originally a horse farm called The DeCamp Homestead. The land was later parceled off and six additional homes were built on the land behind the house. I replaced the original porch that had 50 spindles and smaller columns and railings for these oversized columns.


A lovely angel on the front porch of the farmhouse.

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I also changed the roof line to add more peaks to the traditional farmhouse style and added a third garage and created my studio above. It has a large 6 foot hedge around the front, 50 yews in all and the oldest tree is about 150 years old.

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The stunning outdoor room that was featured at Rate My Space.

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A bedroom was removed on the second floor to open up a two story foyer to make for a more grand entrance, but the windows on the second level remain the same to keep a consistent farmhouse look on the outside. The style is a like a gentleman’s country manor. I really like to keep things simple and I like black furnishings.

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The entire interior of the house is painted in only two colors, a sage green and pale yellow, my two favorites, and white of course. And I think that black and other primary colors go great with these colors. Staying true to a horse farm, you are greeted by a horse sculpture and a horse toile at the top of the stairs. All of the floors on the main floor are wide planked and I had them and all of the woodwork stained in a dark walnut, including the crown molding.

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The chandelier is my absolute favorite, in wrought iron, it is huge with 16 candle lights and brown glass stones around the outside. It weighs a ton and needed extra support built in the ceiling. There are a LOT of doors in the house, all interior are solid wood and 55 in total. So staining them makes the maintenance easy!

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Horse toile going up the stairs.

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Can you say Ralph Lauren?! I adore this horse toile.

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The powder room is right next to the stairs off the foyer. It was completely redone in Carrera marble on the counter top and floor. The wall paper has event invitations from the late 1800’s. I think in a small space you can go bold and again, I like black. I like to mix and match so I have silver sconces with a gold mirror.

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I purchased the mirror years ago at a flea market in NYC, 23rd and 6th Avenue, held every weekend, for only $11.00! It is made of plaster and I painted it myself, replaced the glass for $25 and wow! Apothecary jars, hot and cold faucet labels and a black barrel cabinet complete the picture.

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Sigh, what a beautiful place this is, Karl.

Karl is also giving my readers a 10% discount at Hudson Goods, since the response was so terrific during the giveaway. If you haven’t been to Karl’s online shop, go and take a look at his products. He wants to offer 10% off all his products, so use the promotion code 530 at check out on your total order and the usual free shipping and no tax applies, excluding New Jersey through the end of May.

We’ll take a look at more tomorrow in Part II of The Farmhouse.

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- Rhoda


  1. Kitty Scraps says

    Good Morning Miz Rhoda,
    What an awesome home! Lots of inspiration, it’s gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Susie from Bienvenue says

    What an awesome Farm House! So glad you had the chance to share him with us. I love taking peeps into other homes because it opens my mind to so many wonderful ideas. I think that is one main reason I blog {getting to peep into homes} sharing our homes with one another. How are you? Im still fighting this computer but it is allowing me to visit a few blogs today. I have even been able to comment some. Im still having trouble with a few blogs. Funny thing is though they are all blogspot. I think it has something to do with it. Im so ready to get a new computer but this one is only two years old. Hope you have a great day!

  3. WOW!! Cant’ wait for part 2.

  4. Wendy @ The Shabby Nest says

    Thanks for sharing this lovely home! I wanted to invite you to join in my Frugal Friday Linky Party this Friday! You are a queen of decorating ideas, I’m hoping you might be able to share one!!

  5. Beautiful home. I love this style of architecture. Looking forward to PartII.

    Thanks for sharing :o)
    Can not wait for part 2!!!

  7. Be right back… gotta get a towel to wipe up the drool…

  8. The Shabby Chic Cottage says

    How beautiful! That mirror is amazing….you always find such fabulous things!

  9. The Tattered Cottage says

    Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring. Karl’s home is gorgeous, can’t wait until part two. I love seeing other people’s homes and styles…ideas and inspirations are endless! 🙂

  10. Hi Rhoda,

    I love this post! Karl’s house is beautiful and I enjoyed the tour.


  11. Marsha's Mpressions says

    LOOOOOOOVE IT! So warm and inviting!

  12. Kelee Katillac says

    Lovely Karl!! Thank-you Rho for showing us Karl’s place…love the horse toile!

    love, kelee

  13. Gorgeous outdoor room; love the rug! And the powder room is tres cool, too. Great job on the rooflines. Silver spoon or not, Karl’s invested in his home to great results! (He’s a sponsor? What does that mean?)

  14. If this is a farmhouse, get me to the country! Quick! Can’t wait to see the rest!

  15. Thanks Karl for sharing your home with us. What time should I be there for dinner?

  16. Sandra Schwab says

    Hi Rhoda,

    Wow! What a beautiful house! The outdoor room is indeed absolutely stunning, and the itty-bitty tower on top of the roof is just too cute for words. Can’t wait for part 2!

    Best wishes from Germany,

  17. midnight macaroons says

    Wow, there’s so many wonderful things that I love about this house. I really love the chandelier over the staircase. What a wonderful home… Thanks for sharing!

  18. Darlene - Our Creative Life says

    Very pretty farmhouse! Love the stone on the exterior!

  19. Farmgirl Paints says

    Thanks so much for sharing that beautiful home. I love the look of the outside and the sunporch was devine!

  20. What a nice farmhouse. I especially love the horse toile (and would like a better picture of it going up the stairs:) and the bathroom. The bathroom seems to give a sense of history and looks right at home in this house. Nicely done. Looking forward to more.

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