A Farmhouse in NJ: Part II

We are back today with Karl of Hudson Goods, taking the rest of a tour of his lovely farmhouse. Enjoy! I know I sure did!

kitchen 1

Karl says: The kitchen is large with two ovens, but I don’t cook! There is no formal dining room, it was made into a den and all meals are eaten here in the kitchen. Again, I love black furniture mixed with other pieces and the chandelier is wrought iron with black shades.

kitchen 2

The rug was not meant for a kitchen but is hand hooked in my favorite color green. The kitchen continues my simple style as I don’t have any window treatments on the large picture window that looks out onto the backyard.

pantry closets

The hallway to the kitchen has pantry closets and I love the tree wallpaper that was designed by Ralph Lauren.

office 1

This is where I spend most of my time working at my desk. I removed the ceiling for a vaulted ceiling and this has a back staircase leading up to my bedroom/studio. The grandfather clock is a reproduction and I just thought it was a fun piece. I painted the stripes on the staircase wall myself using tape and a ladder and it becomes a focal point in the room.

office 2

I designed the black coffee table, but it is too expensive to ship, as with the desk, both are large and heavy.

office 3

I also designed the desk myself, but do not sell it on-line as it is too costly to ship. It is painted mustard inside and holds everything!

office 4

I love the penguins, found them on one of my travels.

bedroom 1

This is my favorite room in the house. It is my bedroom turned studio or vice versa, not sure which came first! Part of the room including the fireplace was an addition with a tray ceiling. The fireplace mantel is a reclaimed barn beam from Michigan and weighs 75 pounds. The chair and ottoman are new also, but with a really heavy distressing that makes it very comfortable. I usually create and write in this chair with the fire lit in the winter.

bedroom 2

The fireplace is covered in 9 foot sheets of wainscoting that is 1 inch thick, so as not to have any seams. Around the actual fireplace is tumbled marble. I have the clock that I sell on-line over the mantel with some of my favorite vintage reproductions, the bear and the red truck, which inspired me to get the red truck pillow, available soon on HudsonGoods.com.

bedroom 3

I use this space to photograph my pieces and for styling. You can see the red media stand that I designed, as well as the country farmhouse table, coffee table and chairs. Along one wall I matched the wainscoting on the fireplace to create a separate space. I also found these two great chairs, which I really use more as art sculptures, as they swivel and are carved out of tree trunks. I also love mixing the cowhide rug and bench with newer pieces such as the bed and nightstand.

bedroom 4

bedroom 5

Thanks, Karl, for letting me share your beautiful farmhouse with all my readers. If you’d like to read more about Karl and how he got started in his business, click over to Artie’s blog for the interview.

Stop by on Friday for a very fun giveaway that I think you’ll all enjoy.

- Rhoda


  1. Love the whole house. It is comfortable, sylish and very livable.

  2. Hi Rhoda,

    Nice post…love his outdoor space…

    Have a wonderful week-end…I am checking our papers tonight to see if I can get to any yard sales…it’s going to be in the 80’s for us which is VERy warm for this time of year..

    Don’t know if I commented but I LOVE your new hutch all dolled up…looks perfect there in your kitchen 🙂

    All the best to you dear Rhoda,
    xo Kathy 🙂

  3. Alisa Lucas-Brown says

    What a fun tour. I love the simplicity of the decor. The interiors are very warm and welcoming. I loved the stripes he painted on the staircase wall. I also love the multi-function of his bedroom / studio. Thanks for letting us take along for the virtual tour. Enjoyed it!

  4. I think that Karl should sell my rugs….they go perfectly with his furniture, which I love, by the way.

  5. Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home says

    Rhoda, good for Karl…working hard and having a lovely home as a result! Thank you for the kind comment regarding my grand-dog. I deeply appreciate it. …susan

  6. Rhoda, I looove the kitchen! I just don’t think you can beat white cabinets!!! Nancy

  7. Pretty farmhouse. I love the bedroom and staging area. The bedroom looks calm and serene and yet inviting. Love the rug in the staging area.

    The kitchen is nice but it could be a little softer so it looks more like a home and less like a cabinet display. I love the cabinets and table but think it would stand out more with a few minor changes. I’d like to see some window treatments around the window(they don’t have to block the light), maybe some green toile and I’d like the table and rug turned the other way so both sets of chairs can see out the window, which I am sure has a fabulous view. It would make the kitchen seem less like a bowling alley. I’d add two rugs (runners) on either side of the island to complement the rug under the table and then a lighting fixture over the island that would complement the one over the table (more for visual interest if there is enough light already). Finally, I’d like to see a picture or something on the end of the wall near the doorway.

    Beautiful farmhouse.

  8. Showing me the coffee table wasn’t nice if I can’t have one–that is exactly what I have been looking for. Beautiful–I love the simplicity! Thanks for sharing it– (except for the coffee table 🙂

  9. Oh I love that old truck on the bottom. I’m contemplating decorating our son’s room in a theme around classic trucks– my hubby has a 50s ford 🙂

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