Eclectic Home Tour – Our 1842 Home

If you love old houses, you are going to love today’s Eclectic Home Tour of Our 1842 Home. The homeowner, Colleen, says “This old house is so wonky, chippy paint, floors that slope, windows that don’t open … but we love her more for that!” She’s filled her home with unique, one-of-a-kind antique and vintage finds and created a collected look that can only be acquired over time.

Eclectic Home Tour Our 1842 Home - love the antique painted trunk and secretary

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Colleen and her family have lived in the historic “Stokes House” in New Jersey for five years.


Historic 1800's home with dormers and shutters

Original over six windows, working shutters and tall dormers give the home curb appeal.

Colleen says, “We love it here even though it’s smaller than our last home, even though it’s creaky and the floors are wonky and slope every which way, even though we unexpectedly had all three kids back in the house last spring making it feel smaller than it is … we love this house.”

Beautiful foyer with antique furniture and basket wreath on front door

The transom window above the front door was historically used to allow the passage of air and light between rooms even when doors were shut.

Branch with carved wood hearts

A hand painted flowering tree mural greets all who enter along with an ever changing seasonal display on the entry table. Colleen displays a collection of hearts on a branch she found in the yard.

Hand painted wall mural of flowering tree and birds

Antique filled home - love the painted trunk

Eclectic grandmillennial home - love the antique painted trunk

The old painted trunk dates to 1843, just one year younger than the house!

Antique secretary with blue and white ginger jars

Blue and white ginger jars are a favorite collection of Colleen’s and she displays them in an old secretary with leaded glass doors flung wide open.

Eclectic antique filled home with blue sofa and checkered curtains

White walls allow the antique furniture and art be the star with deep green paint adding color to the back of the bookcase.

Eclectic home tour - love the gallery wall with plates and vintage art

Colleen says, “I always bring out a few evergreens the beginning of November and they stay out until the end of February. I love the stillness of winter and I find them romantic.”

Antique home with bookcase painted green

Antique home - love the mantel with mirror

A fireplace in the center of this long living room divides two seating areas.

Cozy seating area with sectional sofa

This side of the room has a more casual feel with a large and cozy sectional sofa.

Eclectic Home Tour - love the antiques in this historic home

Wide plank, pine floors with all their dents and dings are one of the perks of living in such an old house.

Eclectic home with antique desk and art

A desk displaying an assortment of little treasures fits perfectly in a bay window alcove.

Vintage art mirrors and lamps

A narrow table is tucked behind the sofa which provides plenty of space for display and lighting.

Eclectic gallery wall with vintage art

An eclectic gallery wall includes plates, portraits, landscapes and even an empty frame.

White farmhouse kitchen with wood ceiling beams

Colleen would love to renovate the kitchen and in the meantime, she went to working painting the walls and trim white and the back door black.

Wood ceiling beams in this old house

Original wood beams add rustic charm to the kitchen and according to Colleen, the marble topped cabinet is “a treasure that was given to me by my mother’s best friend who brought it back from Belgium when she lived there many moons ago.”

1842 Home in the snow

Doesn’t the house look like it came straight out of a Currier and Ives Christmas painting?!

I never tire of touring old homes, especially ones that are filled with such beautiful treasures.

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  1. This was a beautiful tour! I love the entry way and the window above the door. The staircase is neat too! Looks very cozy in the snow!

  2. I love following Colleen on Instagram!! Her home is truly a work of art with each tiny space perfectly styled. The things she’s chosen for the walls, the vignettes around the rooms, and all the textiles mixed together are just beautiful. While the home is filled with beautiful treasures it is also cozy and welcoming. Great feature. 🙂

  3. Beautiful home, so welcoming and cozy in all seasons. Love her style. Kelly, I so look forward to your eclectic home tours! They are the best!

  4. Wonderful old house and I love seeing what great things people do to add to the charm of them. I enjoyed this tour, thanks Kelly.

  5. I can see why they love this house. It brings to mind a bumper sticker I saw that read ‘Save Old Houses’.

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