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A Century-Old Home in New Jersey

A Century-Old Home in New Jersey

Five years ago, Heather Palmeri and her husband, Andrew, packed up their Brooklyn apartment and moved to leafy Montclair, New Jersey. They’ve created a home that seamlessly mixes modern, midcentury and bohemian style. (They also have a fairy door! And a D.I.Y. play house for Veda, 5, and Rex, 2.) Take a peek inside…

LIVING ROOM
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Armchair: Anthropologie. Standing planter: West Elm. Art on mantle: SwallaStudio. Toy piano: Land of Nod.

On a house with soul: We closed on our house on 11/11/11 at 11 a.m. — I’ll never forget that. It needed work, but the bones were good and it just had soul. The sweet woman who owned it before walked me through her garden, explaining how to care for each flower and plant. She had lived here alone, kept a grand piano in the living room instead of other furniture, and hosted big salon-style readings once a week. I love thinking about that.

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Sofa: Room&Board. Coffee table: DWR. Indigo pillows: FixxtCollectiveHome. Art: Caroline Wright.

On unwinding: Once the kids are asleep, my husband and I often sit outside with a drink and listen to music. Right now it’s Courtney Barnett and the new Wilco album. Or we’ll veg out on the sofa and watch shows together. Weirdly enough, the only thing we can ever agree on is anything with zombies. Romantic, right? We love Fear of the Walking Dead, the Walking Dead, the Strain and Stranger Things.

On date nights: Now that we’re in the ‘burbs, date nights look a little different than they did when we lived in the city. But Montclair has lots of fantastic restaurants, and our favorite spots are Ani Ramen (the pork buns are otherworldly) and farm-to-table spot Le Salbuen.

PLAYROOM
A Century-Old Home in New Jersey

Banner: Secret Holiday & Co. Map: The Land of Nod.

On kids’ art: Finding pieces for the kids is license to choose things I’m drawn to that would be too playful for my own room. I try to stay away from anything really cutesy or gender-specific, and I’ve lucked out on great pieces in thrift stores — often a gold mine for vintage kids’ decor. I love the owl piece here, which is an old string artwork made with nails and thread.

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Trucks: Bruder. Wooden rainbow puzzle: Grimm’s.

On swapping out toys: We have two big bins of toys that I rotate in and out of their room — funnily enough, the less stuff that’s here, the more they’ll actually play with. There has to be breathing room. Their favorite toys are open-ended ones like Magna-Tiles or great blocks. There’s so much awesome play that comes with the freedom to imagine what to do.

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Bench: The Land of Nod. Rug: IKEA.

On mixing patterns: For years, I worked as a textile designer, and I love mixing patterns. Two things I keep in mind are not to be too matchy-matchy and to use a solid base color for rugs and sofas. I really like the look of natural rugs, like sisal, in rooms with pattern. They don’t compete visually, but their element of texture helps balance everything out.

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On keeping skills alive: I have this little creative space of my own off the playroom that’s off limits to the little ones. Sometimes I get down on myself for not being more creative during their quiet hours, but I try to remember that there’s a season for everything. Right now I’m in the season of staying home with two very young kids. I try to give myself a pass and just keep up my design skills as much as I can.

DINING ROOM
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Pendant: Tom Dixon. Runner rug: Davies Reid. Brass vase: Lulu & Georgia.

On cultivating eclectic style: The house was built in 1919 (we’re planning a 100th birthday bash!), but when decorating we don’t stick to any one particular period. I grew up on both coasts so I have influences from bohemian California and classic New England. Mostly we just want our home to feel warm and inviting.

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Yellow basket: Serena & Lily. Paint color: Rockport Grey.

On connecting past and present: The vintage plate wall came from our tiny apartment in Brooklyn, where they hung in our entryway, so everyone saw them first thing when coming in the door. When we moved here I put them on this wall, where you can also see them immediately from the front door. It’s nice to have them there as a tie between our old home and this one.

KITCHEN
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Kitchen table: West Elm. Black chairs: similar. High chair: Stokke. White pendant: George Nelson. Vase: Lulu & Georgia.

On family meals: I’m always trying to find a balance between making something that I want to eat and something that will satisfy my kids’ picky palates. I make a lot of soups and tacos! I used to wait to eat with my husband after he got home and the kids were in bed, but I’m starving by 8 or 9, when Andrew sits down. On the weekends, we grill (Andrew’s dorky motto is #ABG, or “always be grilling”) and make pancakes.

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Cutting board: IKEA. Black pendant: Tom Dixon.

On living through renovation: The kitchen hadn’t been touched at least 30 years before we moved in. We lived with it for a year while we saved money — then we gutted it. We set up a makeshift kitchen in the dining room with a refrigerator, hot plate and toaster oven, and that was it for about three months. I remember leaning over the bathtub upstairs washing all the dishes at the end of the day, and sort of wishing it wasn’t happening, but it was more than worth it in the end.

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Paint color: Raccoon fur.

On house projects: I just painted this little landing off the kitchen, and at some point we’ll make the basement less scary. (I get spooked going down there to do laundry right now.) One thing that happens with “just painting a wall” in an old house is that the shiny new coat of paint begins to highlight all the other old surfaces in need of T.L.C. So I often find myself going down rabbit holes redoing things.

DAUGHTER’S BEDROOM
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Bed: IKEA. Tapestry: Bobo Choses. Curtains: Pottery Barn Kids. Bunny lamp: Heico. Yellow side table: Urban Outfitters. Rug: Anthropologie.

On bedtime rituals: Before bed and whenever we part, my daughter and I will kiss each other’s hands. We learned it by reading The Kissing Hand, and it’s stuck as our goodbye ritual. I love it so much I’m already sad about the day she doesn’t want to do it anymore.

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Dollhouse: Lundby, with wallpaper added by Heather. Elephant hamper: Amazon.

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On fairy doors: I bought Veda a fairy door as a gift. It doesn’t open, but sometimes at night a fairy (I named her Ivy Oakbrier!) will “come through” the door and leave behind handwritten notes, trinkets or tiny glitter footprints. In return, Veda will put out pictures, notes and elaborate set-ups for the fairy to play in. It’s fun to see her sense of wonderment, and it’s also a great learning tool. If her room hasn’t been cleaned up for days in a row, the fairy will gently mention that she would have liked to have visited but couldn’t get past the mess!

SON’S NURSERY
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Crib: Stokke. Dipped stool: Serena & Lily. Paint color: Bavarian Forest.

On crafting: I crocheted and knit two blankets and made a doll for Veda before she was born. First child! When I was pregnant with Rex, I felt like I had to at least make one thing for him. I used a blanket design from Purl Soho. I’m an occasional knitter, so it took forever, and there I was, in the last days of my pregnancy, finishing up this little albatross. It was a small miracle I finished it before he was born.

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Mobile: Artecnica. Waves stacker: The Wooden Wagon.

On phases: This will surprise no one, but I find that EVERYTHING with kids is a phase. When my daughter was an infant, I remember feeling like I would never again get a full night’s rest. It made me feel out of control. This time around, with Rex, I made peace. I knew that everything that made me nutty would one day pass.

GUEST ROOM
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Lamps: IKEA. Basket: IKEA

On hosting guests: We recently turned our attic storage area into a guest room. I love how peaceful it is now. When you lie in bed and look out the skylight, all you see are the trees. We have three sets of grandparents who stay in this room, and we had them in mind when trying to make the space comfortable. I always put flowers in there for them, and we stash lots of extra blankets and pillows.

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Rug: ABC Carpet & Home Rug Outlet.

On scouting design: Flea markets and antique shops are my go-to for affordable design, and I like Ikea, Anthropologie and West Elm. Three independent stores that inspire me these days are General Store, Spartan Shop and Territory Design. It’s all about the mix. I also think rugs, especially beautiful old ones, can really make a space, so I’m on a constant hunt.

MASTER BEDROOM

A Century-Old Home in New Jersey

Wall lights: Rejuvenation. Tapestry: Maryanne Moodie. Bed: West Elm. Nightstands: West Elm. Bedspread: Mexichic. Duvet cover: Linoto. Sheets: Matteo.

On creating a sanctuary: I want our bedroom to feel really serene, like a departure from everything. For me, white bedding is the most peaceful, and I love how our nubby coverlet adds a layer of texture against the duvet without feeling busy.

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On collections: I used to think you had to have a signature scent (for years mine was an oil I’d buy on Haight street in San Francisco called Egyptian Musk), but now I like to collect oils and change them up. Warm and Kai are favorites. I also collect rocks, shells and little natural bits and pieces, especially when we travel. I cherish the rocks I gathered in Cape Cod the morning I found out I was pregnant with my daughter.

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Sconces: Cedar & Moss. Mirror: Restoration Hardware. Planter: Group Partner. Baskets: Schoolhouse Electric.

On favorite rooms: Is it weird to say that my bathroom is my favorite room in the house? Until recently, it was entirely mauve-brown, the sink was a hexagon and everything else was straight out of the 80s. We weren’t sure when we’d ever redo it. Then, like a sign from above, a huge leak sprung in there and repairing it was way less practical than starting over. (I swear I didn’t create the leak.)

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On having a green thumb: When I was growing up, it was just my mom and me. We lived in tiny spaces, but she always made them cozy with plants. Plus, they purify the air, which is nice in an old house where many of the windows are impossible to open. My favorite is the staghorn fern in our bathroom. The woman at the nursery told me to tuck a banana peel in the soil once a month — it loves that. And I give most of the plants in the house a thorough watering in the bathtub once a week or so.

BACKYARD
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Throw pillows: IKEA. Furniture: World Market.

On living outside: We built a deck and added a fence around the yard, and that has been life changing, like putting another room on the house. We eat outside, take naps, hang out with friends. After years of living in the city with zero outside space, it’s a dream come true.

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A Century-Old Home in New Jersey

On building a play house: We were debating between a swing set and play house, and the house won because it would be fun for the kids for longer (and one day could become a chicken coop). I sketched out a design inspired by things I’d seen on Pinterest and Instagram, and my dad, who’s a contractor, gave me advice. At one point, he said, “Why don’t I come up and we build it?” and then arrived from Florida. It took 2.5 days of intense labor, but was the most satisfying thing I’ve done in years. It was really special to work alongside my dad in his element. Plus, using a nail gun feels amazing. We all like to hang out in it now — sometimes I find my husband hiding in there with his morning coffee before work.

Thank you so much, Heather!

P.S. More house tours, including a charming nursery and a San Francisco apartment.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. Styling by Meagan Camp.)

  1. Love your house!! So charming!! About how much does building that playhouse cost? So you have the plans available and what to buy?

    • heather says...

      I’m sorry I don’t have plans. The cost probably depends on what part of the country you live in- here in the NE, cedar is the recommended wood (not cheap) to survive the elements. The materials cost about $1800 for this playhouse. Hope that helps! :)

  2. Resi says...

    What a beautiful home!! Thanks for sharing. I’d move right in with you ;) looks like a lovely place to living & growing with your family.

  3. Hanna says...

    Such a welcoming home and lovely stories to go with each room. But that forth picture, with the kids…what a moment to capture – their feet are too cute (is that weird!?)…thanks for sharing!

  4. Esvee says...

    Your home is so thoughtfully put together. Just beautiful, with so many sweet touches.

    I’m guessing this was probably a vintage find, but have to ask! Where is the shelf in your living room from (the one holding your records)? I have a massive Ikea Expedit but I’ve been on the lookout for a more elegant piece for records…

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • heather says...

      thank you so much Esvee! Those shelves are indeed vintage- purchased long ago from a place we stumbled upon in Brooklyn who’s name now escapes me. :)))

  5. Lindsay says...

    Love these house tours! Was just curious why you posted a link to knockoff Eames shell chairs (from her kitchen) rather than crediting the original mid century designer and manufacturer?

    • MK says...

      YES. was thinking the same thing.

  6. What an inspired tour! Love the personality, the thoughtfulness, and the color through all the spaces. Thanks for the amazing content!

  7. meghan says...

    so so SO lovely! what a beautiful home. thank you for sharing.

  8. shopgirl says...

    I want everything!

  9. Amy says...

    Thank you for sharing where the sofa is from! Could you please also share what fabric pattern/color the couch is? The swatches look a bit darker online from the Room & Board website and I like the light gray-looking color of this one in the photos above. I’m making my very first couch purchase!

    • Reston says...

      Second this request for fabric info!

    • heather says...

      Hi Amy and Reston,

      This is the Jasper sofa from room in board in dawson cement (if I remember correctly). Hope this helps : ))

  10. Emma says...

    Heather (or CupofJo team), where did you get that breast vase on the bathroom counter from? I love it and would love to order one.

  11. Cristiane says...

    Beautiful house and photos! Great to hear that more people from Brooklyn moved out to NJ. We (husband + 3yo + 5yo kids) moved to South Orange, NJ a year ago from Boerum Hill after 13 years in Brooklyn and I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Still working on our house and if you don’t mind sharing the source of those lovely wooden curtains it would be very much appreciated. It caught my attention because of the layout of some of the rooms are similar to mine and help me envision my space. Still live with previous owner’s curtains ugh! Thank you so much and thanks for sharing restaurant tips in Monclair. We have been to one so far, that friends of friends own and we were delighted. The vibe is really cool, very Brooklyn-like. http://turtleandthewolf.com/ xo

    • heather says...

      Hello fellow (new) New Jersian! The blinds are from Hunter douglas : )))

  12. I bet Lil Fairy Doors has gotten a gagillion orders since this post went live. ;) So cute!

  13. dana says...

    this is my dream house. <3

  14. rebecca says...

    It’s a beautiful house! As someone who is also staying home with my little one right now, I appreciate her comment about seasons of life. It’s exactly what I tell myself on days when I feel unsure/lame/anxious about not working. It’s a beautiful season that I will never have again and I should stop worrying and just enjoy it.

  15. Amazing home! In love with too many things to list, but most of all I love how cozy it feels. The treehouse in the backyard is a total inspiration! Wish my dad could pop on over and build one! ;)

  16. Pucky says...

    This is a great home. So, so pretty!
    What is the neutral white wall colour in the bedrooms?

    • heather says...

      thank you! it’s linen white ; )

  17. Nikki says...

    Such a lovely space! I really appreciated Heather’s genuine gratitude to live in such a beautiful house, her down to earth approach, and her realistic take on balancing a creative career with little ones. Very refreshing and inspiring. Thank you Heather.

  18. Sharmila says...

    Such a beautiful and inspiring home. Love all the rugs!! Can I ask where the Gustav Mahler poster is from?

    • heather says...

      thank you for your kind words : ) The print is by an artist named Josef Müller-Brockmann and it was a gift to my husband from his parents. I’m not sure where it’s from, sorry!

  19. Daria says...

    Oh, this is pretty! I wonder where the wooden tray in the bathroom comes from? I’ve been looking for something like this for ages and it seems perfect!

    • heather says...

      The tub caddy is from Peg and Awl on Etsy : )

  20. Meredith says...

    Lovely house. Just lovely. Do you happen to remember what whites you used? Perhaps the same all through the house, but the guest bedroom in particular shows a really great creamy white paired with clean white trim. I’m trying to pick my ‘perfect’ white for some rooms at my own home and am kind of pulling my hair out over what white to choose.

    Thanks in advance!

    • heather says...

      Hi Meredith, We used BM linen white throughout the house. The ceilings are BM cotton balls- which extends down the walls a bit in the guest room (because of the shape of the room), if that makes sense. I would check those two out. I know- it can be SO overwhelming with whites especially! good luck : )

    • Meredith says...

      Thank you so so so much! Headed out at lunch to pick up sample cans!!!

  21. Elise says...

    I could not be more obsessed with this house. I just pinned almost every picture. Perfection.

  22. Summer says...

    I really wanted to compile a full report on how much we have in common and reasons we should be friends, but I didn’t want to let another day slip away before saying this was my absolute favorite house tour!

    I too have an older home, and I thought it was just me with the bold paint brings out the imperfections issue!!! I only had one room with 1970’s charm left – the upstairs guest bathroom – and it was also a leak that finally inspired me to finish the remodel (which I luuurve, but it’s no where nearly as pretty as yours – those floors!).

    Anyway, beautiful home and family. Thank you for sharing!

  23. Lisa says...

    What a lovely home! I liked the bit about there being different seasons in your life. I’m in the middle of baby season, and it can be difficult sometimes (no social life …) but it’s fantastic in so many other ways and so short

    My grandmother always had staghorn ferns – love it!

  24. What an absolutely LOVELY home! Each room is better than then next!
    Is there any chance you could share the name of the blue color wall paint in the vestibule? We’ve been looking to do something similar and just can’t agree on a color but love this one! TY for your help!
    Also love those small chairs outside of the playhouse!

  25. Marianne says...

    That was soooo nice of your Dad! What a great design, kudos to him too! Also, love the bathroom! The flower pot hanging over is so zen.
    I laughed about what you said regarding the kitchen , it so relates to me, at the moment we are completely worn out renovating / cleaning and I feel so gross in sweats etc. thinking, oh my, it’s never going to end! Also, the white tables you have in the guest bedroom, I have in wenge and we have them on the balcony right now as we are going to paint them white!

    • heather says...

      hang in there- it will be worth it in the end!!

  26. Adorable house! The fairy door reminds me of a recent visit to Ann Arbor – which has them scattered all over town (and some with miniature interiors!) If you ever visit Michigan, Heather, you and your daughter should check them out!

    • heather says...

      sounds amazing!! I’m definitely intrigued : )

  27. Hilary says...

    Gorgeous house! I’ll be copying a whole bunch of things :).

  28. You love and care for your home in an admirable way. Thank you for sharing. I love seeing how homes influence owners and how homeowners create beautiful and personal spaces where memories can live. Congrats! You are an artist.

    • heather says...

      thank you amber!!

  29. CK says...

    Hi Lexi – I usually just scroll through the photos for house tour posts, but I read this one thoroughly and lingered on the beautiful images. What a lovely, cozy home and sweet family. Thank you for sharing, this blog has such a knack for drawing readers in. This made my afternoon! :)

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  30. Tania says...

    Beautiful home and family. Especially loved the toy swapping idea. Can I ask where your daughter’s beautiful blue dress is from? Or is it vintage?

    • heather says...

      Hi Tania, thank you so very much! Her dress is by Wheat ; )

  31. Analisse says...

    I don’t usually comment on these posts as, while the houses shown are usually always just great, they pretty much all have the same style/vibe. But, my goodness! This house is the bees knees! I loved it ALL and have bookmarked for inspo! I’m pregnant at the moment and CANNOT wait to design a fairy door too! Wow! Thank you!

  32. Eleni says...

    Dream House in every way..!

  33. Josh says...

    Amazing ideas. Love it. Can you tell me where the tallboy is from in the main bedroom. I am guessing vintage but if you had a designer that would be great. Thanks

    • heather says...

      Thank you Josh! It is vintage and I’m not sure of the designer. We’ve had it a long time. I’m pretty sure we got it at Antique Horseman in Brooklyn, if you’re local : )

  34. Tawni says...

    I love everything about this home. What beautiful wall colors. I wish I had a knack for seeing colors and patterns like she does!

  35. So charming <3

  36. Deanne Del Vecchio says...

    Wow, wOw, WOW! You guys have done so much work on your house since we first saw it; just amazing!! Kudos!

    Maybe one day we can visit again and see all the upgrades personally ;)

  37. Jen says...

    Hi Heather, I never comment on home tours, because I find it a bit creepy. I guess I’m going to be that creepy person today. I love your home!! Obviously the aesthetics are great, but just the general warmth that comes through in your little people’s space…so beautiful. My family is currently “casually” house hunting. With a new baby and a 4yr old, the thought of packing up and starting over is so overwhelming, especially when things on the market are so far from what I’d consider my dream home. Anyway, it was a nice little piece of day dream to see your place. Thanks for sharing :-)

    My favourite part was the story behind the play house. My dad lives in a different city but is responsible for making most of my home improvement ideas come to reality, so I can just see how special it must’ve been to have your dad build the play house. What an amazing gift from one generation to the next.

    May I ask where is your daughter’s dress from?

    • heather says...

      Thank you for your kind words Jen! That’s so special about your dad. We are lucky for sure! My daughter’s dress is by Wheat and purchased at a local boutique here in Montclair ; ))

  38. Gen says...

    I absolutely love this home! We’ve really been into West Elm ourselves recently. Everything is well designed but also comfortable and doesn’t look like a museum. I especially love the dining and living spaces. Montclair is just lovely and is one of my favorite places to visit – I’m a New Jerseyan myself but don’t live in or near Montclair.

  39. Lorena says...

    Thus far, this is my favourite house tour. What a lovely home. I am not a decorator, but Heather, you have inspired me!
    And the fairy door is delightful! I think I see a fairy door in my daughter’s future! Thanks for opening your house for all of us to see.

  40. margaret says...

    love love this beautiful home and so much of what she is saying rings true with me at a similar point in my life…love acknowledging the seasons of life and to really be in it when you’re in it. and not beating yourself up about the million ways you could potentially be *more* productive. thanks for the tour!

  41. Carrie says...

    Heather!!! So fun to see your home here. You’ve done an amazing job (and I can’t get over the bathroom… I remember the original!). Love it all!

  42. Molly says...

    Beautiful!!! May I ask where the wooden blinds in living room are from?

    • heather says...

      thank you! the blinds are from Hunter Douglas : )

  43. Marissa O says...

    As much as I love the house, I’m most connected to The Kissing Hand. That’s something I treasure with my daughter too. The things in the house are just that, but the special bond with your daughter (and me with mine) is deep and forever. Best of luck!

  44. Katrina says...

    Dream home!!

  45. Karen says...

    Heather, I don’t blame you for saying the bathroom is your favorite room: it looks stunning! Where did you get your bath tub? We are looking for a short tub and finding them tricky to find. Thanks for sharing!

    • heather says...

      Hi there, we got it from classic clawfoot tubs : ) Good luck!

  46. Samantha Geiger says...

    I tried to look to see if anyone else has asked and didnt see, please let me know.
    Did you make the desk that is in your creative room? If not where did you find it? Thank you so much for sharing. warm happy wishes to you and your family!

    • heather says...

      Hi there, it’s from ikea (from like 4 years ago)!

  47. Jessie says...

    Heather, I LOVE your house. It makes me want to move to the ‘burbs.
    I was wondering if your daughter likes her Ikea bed? I am thinking of purchasing the same one for my daughter but not sure. What mattress did you purchase? Is it comfortable?

    • heather says...

      she loves her bed. we just purchased the ikea mattress that fit in it. I believe this particular model has been discontinued though? I think the current one is similar but a bit wider and the length is adjustable, which could be great too!

  48. Karin says...

    What a beautiful, calm and peaceful home! One of my favorites you’ve ever featured. That kitchen is to die for – I gasped out loud when I scrolled down and saw it. It’s so worth waiting to do a remodel–I think you appreciate it much more after living with a brown bathroom or 80s kitchen for a year.

    • heather says...

      so SO true : ))

  49. Em says...

    Love your house!! So charming!! About how much does building that playhouse cost? So you have the plans available and what to buy?

  50. My Lord, this house is stunning. The woodwork is so pretty and that copper lamp over the dining room table is so cool.

  51. I LOVED this post! What an absolutely beautiful house. I always love the home tours but this one felt special — when I read what Heather said about wanting her bedroom to feel like a sanctuary, and her philosophy on white bedding, I felt like I was reading my own words! It’s lovely to see something so beautiful created by a design-philosophy kindred spirit :)

  52. Kristen Reid says...

    I’m drooling. This home is livable and lovely a fine and tricky balance. Perfection.

  53. Colleen says...

    I want that dollhouse.

  54. Carly Travis says...

    Hands down my favorite tour yet. And I’ve been an avid reader for 6 years!

  55. Lindsey says...

    I’m from Montclair so this post made me smile! It’s a great place to raise kids, it’s very accepting of all different kinds of families and welcoming of all races and genders, also great public schools! I live in Brooklyn now but it’s always nice to visit my parents (our house is 200 years old!) Thank you for sharing such a beautiful home.

  56. Robin says...

    Does Heather know where she got the flower painting print that hangs on her blue wall? I have the exact one (it hung in my grandmother’s house my entire life until my mother gave it to me). I’ve never seen it anywhere else! I’m just curious if Heather’s print has a story behind it.

    • heather says...

      Wow!! I can’t believe we have the same painting. I picked mine up from a flea market a few years ago. I’ve always loved it. Now I’m even more curious about it’s origin. What a special story you have behind yours : )

    • SS says...

      My story is similar. My grandparents also had the same flower print and sold theirs at an estate sale 2 1/2 years ago. Pretty painting. :)

    • According to Google images it is by Odilon Redon – Dreaming in Flowers.
      Google is amazing!

    • Hearher says...

      Omg- that is so cool! I can’t wait to look into this further. Thank you for your detective work!

  57. Aleta says...

    Any chance she is willing to sell the playhouse building plans?! I’m obsessed!

    • Sandra says...

      Ditto! This is exactly what we would like to try to build in our backyard!

    • heather says...

      unfortunately, we don’t really have completed plans. My dad planned the basics of it, but we sort of made up the details as we went along…

    • Theresa says...

      Hi Heather! I, too, love the playhouse! Is there any chance you might be willing to take a few additional photos? I’m hoping my husband could build something similar for my kids. It’s just perfect.

    • heather says...

      Hi Theresa,

      If you DM me on IG I can forward you some additional photos ; )

  58. Kate says...

    I’m 29 and my mom and I have had the same kissing ritual since I was born! She won’t grow out of it :)

    • heather says...

      Love this! thanks for sharing. I hope she doesn’t!

  59. Karen says...

    Oh I love the plant hanger in the bathroom. I keep a few plants in our bathroom and they seem to do very well in there. I’d love to know where the plant hanger is from if by chance you get this far in the comments:)

    • heather says...

      The black macrame hanger is from Etsy and the plant actually came in that cool slotted wood box!

  60. Danielle says...

    Wow wow wow! What an amazing home and such gorgeous decor. I will certainly be buying my niece and nephew their own fairy doors too!

  61. Such a cozy home. Love how inviting and warm it looks.

  62. Loved the idea of having the fairy leave little hints in her note, like her room being too messy. I also loved her quote on phases, “I knew that everything that made me nutty would one day pass”, such a great thought to apply to everyday life.

  63. Cynthia says...

    I really like this house and the way it is decorated. The fairy door is precious! I like the claw foot tub and I have always wanted one, but I don’t think I could climb in and out now. Old houses have so much character and allow you to decorate them to suit your style. Our house was built in 1939, and it didn’t have a claw foot tub, just a standard tub. The upstairs was unfinished, but the bathroom plumbing and heat were roughed in, so that made finishing off the upstairs easier. We’re redoing our upstairs bathroom because of a major leak. We have found that in the case of an old house, we have to take a lot of measurements to make sure things will fit and we can get them in the house due to our entry ways.
    I’ve decorated with a mix of traditional and modern. Our dining room furniture belonged to the original owners of the house. We are the second owners.

  64. so beautiful Heather! xo Lena

  65. Abigail says...

    This is my favorite of all the house tours Cup of Jo has done! So peaceful and beautiful!

    • Sarah says...

      Mine too! I covet every part of it!

  66. Sylvia Tribel says...

    SO Amazing Heather! XO

  67. Amazing taste! Where is her bathroom vanity from? It’s exactly what I need and cannot find!

    • heather says...

      It’s from Pottery Barn ; )

  68. Jessica says...

    Everything is beautiful! And I definitely want to move into your playhouse!

  69. Nicola says...

    Where is the bathroom vanity sourced from?

    • heather says...

      It’s Pottery Barn ; )

  70. Tricia says...

    Love it, love it, love it. If there’s any chance of sharing more info and/or pictures of the kitchen, I would appreciate it greatly. We are renovating our kitchen in a similar style (white cabinets, pale gray countertops, skinny white subway tile backsplash) and are struggling to nail down exactly what sort of countertops we want (these look like quartz?), plus all the tiny details, like knobs and pulls and faucet and lights. Thank you so much!

    • heather says...

      yes, these are silestone countertops. I don’t recall the knobs and pulls because they came from a catalogue our contractor provided. The faucet is kohler and the light above the sink is Tom Dixon. Hope this helps. Have fun and good luck!!

    • Tricia says...

      Thank you, Heather!!

  71. Whenever I see these gorgeous home tours I think, “how is it that every room is done??”. Decorating, painting and adding special touches is something that overwhelms me at times so seeing a home like this wows me. And the playhouse! We are looking to buy a home in the teeny beach community we now rent in. Unfortunately backyards are a rare find here. The playhouse makes me want to find somewhere to live where a backyard is a possibility.

  72. This is my favorite (and the most relatable for me) home tour I’ve ever seen on your blog. I am saving every photo, I love it so much! Heather has such a lovely, easy way about the way she talks about her home – renovations and all. Thank you so much for posting this today. I needed some mellow inspiration. xo

  73. Shahla says...

    It’s nice to see a Montclair house on COJ. We moved to Montclair from Park Slope last year and our house is still a work in progress. it’s a beautiful neighborhood with old houses full of character but need a lot of TLC. Funnily enough all our new neighbors are from brooklyn as well. Apparently after brooklynites took over Montclair, our neighbors call it Park slope west!

    • heather says...

      Yes! Welcome. Hope our paths cross someday : )

  74. Ashley says...

    Heather, you have such a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing!

    Re: the kissing hand — my mother read me that book when I was a little girl and we used to kiss each other’s hands before preschool. I grew out of it until I went to college far away from home, then insisted on it before I’d get on flights!

    • heather says...

      love this! thank you for sharing ; )

  75. Lizzy says...

    This may be my favorite home tour ever, ever! I have a traditional home but my tastes leans much more modern, so this is such an inspiration for balancing the two. I pinned so many of these photos. And I am so giving my 2 year-old a fairy door for Christmas this year, love that idea! It’s like Elf on the Shelf but a little gentler. Thanks for inviting us in!

  76. Emily says...

    This is sensational, thank you for sharing!

    Two questions, if I may: 1) did you paint the Busunge bed? 2) which Matteo sheets did you purchase…have always wanted to know which are the best given the high price tag!

    • heather says...

      Hi Emily,
      do you mean my daughter’s bed? We painted that with Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey chalk paint. The sheets are the vintage linen in greige and we got a deal on them from Gilt!! Worth it!

  77. Eliza says...

    Such a warm and inviting space! Can you please provide a source for the kitchen faucet? Thank you!

    • heather says...

      thanks! it’s by kohler ; )

  78. Tovah says...

    Hi Heather, We are actually considering a move to Essex Co. as well in the next year (from Jersey City, before that UWS). Could you recommend specific neighborhoods in Montclair to target? Or even a realtor you loved working with? Your home is an inspiration! Thank you!

    • heather says...

      Hi Tovah,
      Montclair is really a great town. We love it more and more the longer we’re here! Honestly, there are so many great areas, you really can’t go wrong. It really depends on what your needs are – close to public transport? walkability? near a park? PM me on instagram and I’d be happy to discuss more : )

  79. Carolina says...

    What is the green in the living room? (first picture)

    • heather says...

      It’s actually a light grey (though it definitely has green undertones). It’s called Revere Pewter by BM : )

  80. Laura says...

    What a beautiful home! Can you tell me what the living room wall color is? It’s such a perfectly warm, calm green.

    • heather says...

      Hi Laura, It’s actually a light grey (though it definitely has green undertones). It’s called Revere Pewter by BM : )

  81. Steph says...

    The playhouse, bathroom tile and bathroom vanity. Love!

  82. Luli says...

    Love it all

  83. Carrie says...

    This entire home is flawless, right down to the toys!! I’m in awe of the paint colors, especially Bavarian Forest!

  84. Robin says...

    There are so many things I love about this house. The Fairy Door! Where did she get her bathroom vanity? Was it custom?

    • heather says...

      The vanity is from Pottery barn with a custom stone countertop : )

  85. What they did with the house is gorgeous! I love every room! But I think what I love the most is that little fairy door! <3 I used to see tiny houses on little islands in the river where I grew up, and my mom always told me they were gnome houses. I really wanted to believe it!

  86. Cynthia says...

    Just beautiful. I loved the home and the words used to describe it. I have never bookmarked so many links from one post in my life! And whoever named a paint color “Raccoon Fur” deserves a prize.

  87. Erica says...

    This is my absolute favorite house tour. Such a beautiful space!

  88. laetitia says...

    Dream home!! Thank you for sharing!

  89. April says...

    looks beautiful. I’m currently giving my daughter’s room a facelift. She is 7. i guess it depends on their personality but she would never go for anything like this. =( she wants characters, and bedazzled this, and sparkly that, and hot pink walls and zebra prints, etc. LOL how did you manage your child’s input and your own design ideas? actually a question for anyone! lol

    • heather says...

      LOL! I set up her “big girl room” when she was 3 (and I needed the crib for her soon to be born brother), so she didn’t have a lot of input at the time. I’m sure if I were to be redoing her room at 7, she would have a LOT to say.

  90. Hunter says...

    What a dreamy home!

  91. emmedeegee says...

    This is the most wonderful home! Where are the dining chairs from? I love the fabric!!

    • heather says...

      Thank you for your kind words! The chairs are vintage and I covered them in fabric I got from someplace in Manhattan years ago (perhaps B&J?)

  92. lydia says...

    Where is that dress from in the 3rd to last picture??

    • heather says...

      It’s from Free People ; )

  93. Emily says...

    I love this home, and how it is full of personality and character. This gives me hope and inspiration for my 1940s home that we are slowly updating.

    I also really connected with her dialogue regarding a “season” for everything. I have a 16 month old and often lament that I don’t sew or design anymore (with what time?). This is a comforting perspective on this phase of my life without feeling guilty for time not used as I would have before having a baby.

  94. Love this! So funny, when leaving Brooklyn last year we had our hearts set on Montclair–and then realized there are no direct trains there from the city on the weekends. That’s a little *too* suburban for us at this point in our lives (we ended up in Jersey City) but we still may very much end up there someday.

    I love the playhouse; my dad built one for my sisters and me when we were little and I have so many fond memories there. It now serves as my dad’s lawnmower and snowblower storage, haha, but hopefully when I have my own kids I’ll be able to convince them to give it back over for playtime.

    • heather says...

      the lack of direct trains on the weekends is a bummer, but just so you know, there are direct buses! Takes you right into Port Authority. Always trying to recruit more people to Montclair!! ; )

  95. this is just incredible. i think my favorite of these home tours! i want to come stay in that guest room! ;)

  96. Courtney says...

    Can you provide a source for the bathroom faucets!

    Love your home, especially all of the great rugs!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Courtney, I believe they are Kohler “Purist.”

  97. Clare says...

    What a lovely home! I really enjoyed this tour. It’s inspiring to see these homes which are designed practically for young children, but also are so pretty. Thank you for sharing!
    An aside: Did you know that 11/11 at 11:00 AM is sometimes called the “moment of peace”? (It is said that World War I ended at that time, on that date, in 1918.) I didn’t, until my husband scheduled his British history comps at that time 11 years ago. Now I can’t forget it. But it’s kind of a nice idea, especially when connected to the life you’re making for you and your family.

    • Amy says...

      Yes, I thought that too! In Canada we have Remembrance Day on 11/11 and there’s a minute of peace at 11:11am. Even in grocery stores the music will stop, people will pause and stop talking, and then it all resumes (unless you’re at a cenotaph service, in which case the band resumes playing ;)

    • Also, if you catch a glimpse of a clock at 11:11 you are supposed to make a wish…

    • heather says...

      I did not know that! Thank you for sharing- I love it!!

  98. Ariana says...

    Yay montclair!

  99. joanna says...

    This is my favorite so far as well! Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the super “eclectic” tours (but I am easily overwhelmed, I can’t handle thrift stores, for example!) but this home seems so inviting and calming and timeless. Thank you for sharing.

    Three cheers for old homes! I have an almost hundred year old one in Brookline, Mass, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  100. escondista says...

    Adopt me, please.

  101. Prettiest home!

  102. Auste says...

    I always love your home tours, but this one is *truly* amazing. What a warm and inviting space! I’m so inspired…

  103. Michelle says...

    this home is such a dream!!

  104. Kate says...

    This IS SO AMAZING. I love to see house tours of houses with looks I feel like I could actually achieve for less than millions of dollars, especially ones with kids.

  105. Veda reminds me of the movie “My Girl.” What a beautiful name! And that fairy door might be the best thing I’ve seen all year.

  106. Susan says...

    And I love the fairy door!

  107. Simone says...

    Such a lovely home! Love all the house plants.

  108. What a beautiful home. It seems so warm and inviting!

  109. I love their art! How creative and fun to mix things like colorful plates and sewn pieces in with gorgeous paintings?! The colors are lovely, and I am inspired to invest in more plants!

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  110. Lauren says...

    This home is so lovely and inspirational – thanks for sharing!