A New England Farmhouse Explodes With Color

A New England Farmhouse Explodes With Color


Okay, feed the chickens! Chickens! (slow guitar) So I live in this house
with my husband, Mark, my daughter, Julia. Right now we have about 500
sheep, two Border Collies, a Great Pyrenees, and
also about 25 chickens. I live in the town of Leyden, which has got about six to 700 people. This is New England, and it’s very, very
cold here in the winter and it’s very white outside. So I feel like color is so warm, and inviting, and enveloping, and cozy. So I just plaster color all over my house. In textiles, in paint colors, paintings, lampshades that are decorated. I don’t have anything beige in my house. In my living room , I actually, every wall is a different color. They all go together. People would say, that’s
just nuts and psychotic, but because they’re analogous, they’re close to each other in tones, it holds it all together. So my husband and I have been married for 31 years and, you know
like all first married couples, we had nothing. And so our relatives started
giving cast off furniture. And my table in my kitchen
is from my mom and dad. And it’s oak veneer, and it’s all chipped, and it’s, it’s worn out. But I love it because it’s 31 years of our life in that table. Every time my mom comes
to the house she says, you’ve really gotta get that done again. And I say, Mom! I like it, I like the layers. And that’s how I feel about a house. Let it get dents and nicks and everything. That doesn’t matter,
you can always fix it. So I got this phone call from
this young woman photographer and she said, I’m writing for
this website called Houzz, and could she come take some pictures. And the story went live in September and it started getting these comments. Every night I would go
on, read the comments. And it became clear to me that people were terrified of color. So I was able to do a book proposal about writing about
color and write a book. And it was all because
of the Houzz article. I like to paint furniture. I don’t paint really old furniture. It’s usually, I use like
a hundred year rule. I have a set of sideboard
dining room table and these great carved chairs and they came from my Aunt Jenny, when she died and nobody
in her family wanted them. It was an ugly oak color,
and I didn’t like it. But I put a wash of oil,
black oil paint on it. And, like, the piece came to life just by changing the color. So I’m not really afraid
to change the color of a piece of furniture if
it’s not working for me. I have my grandma’s Hoosier cabinet, which I painted bright orange. I have my great aunt’s beautiful sideboard and it’s bright, fire engine red. It just, it makes a piece
of furniture or a house have a little more soul,
than something say, you just bought brand new. – I like the idea that I
can get up in the morning and she’s all excited
at the breakfast table because she decided at two in the morning, she was gonna paint a room. In my mind, like why the hell would you ever do something like that? But in her mind, it’s
perfectly acceptable. I would be nuts to tell her she could or could not do something. That would just destroy her creativity. – [Narrator] About four years ago, I decided I needed a dedicated studio ’cause I wanted to do some teaching. So, there was a cement pad and I was able to put a
two story addition on it, and in the basement is my studio. The walls in that room are white, but when you go in, all
you see is all my things that are all over the walls. ‘Cause everything that I do is in color. I’ve always loved oil paintings
but couldn’t afford them, so I figured I would teach myself to paint and just started fooling around with it. And so now my house is full
of these oil paintings. So we raised pigs one
year, and my first pig, her name was Pinky. So I thought it would be really
cool to immortalize Pinky in an oil painting. So, I painted Pinky, the pig. And so many people have
wanted to buy that, but I will not let Pinky go. I went to my friends house in Maine, and she asked me if I would
bring some fabric paint and paint her lampshades for her. So I didn’t know what I was doing but I figured, what the heck, I’ll try it. So I put all these patterns all over it, stuck it on her lamp, and then
when I moved here I was like, man I am gonna put these
things all over my house. So I get a white lampshade
with a styrene backing and I use a textile paint called Jacquard, and it’s a translucent. So when the light comes through it, it almost looks like stained glass. And I put different colors,
pretty bright, around it. And when you drive down the hill and you see these lamps lit
up, it’s just so pretty. I love this home because it’s so old and it has so much history. I always wanted to live
in a really old house. – [Mark] I was raised on a small farm. As the crow flies, it’s probably less than three miles from here. You can’t really see much
more than a quarter mile, half mile, in any direction. It’s really nice having small pastures, small, vistas, and a mile down the road, it might be a totally different thing. – Look at ‘im. Isn’t he a looker? – I wanted to raise my
child on a small farm. She has a certain amount
of rural, country sense. She’ll never admit she
does, but I can see it. During lambing season, once
in a while we get a lamb that’s chilled or needs
a little extra help. There was one time, where
it didn’t look too good, this and that. Julia’s comment was, it’s not dead yet. So, most little kids wouldn’t see, are not exposed to life
and death like that. – I feel very lucky to
be living in this family. I have very supportive parents and I really wouldn’t
have it any other way. – So this house is like a
really nice family house, and you just walk in and
you feel loved in it. Ever since we’ve lived here,
we’ve had Thanksgiving here. So, that’s like one of the
greatest memories for me of this house, is everybody gathering here and having this, pretty raucous
party in this living room. And then eating in the dining room, and now the kids are all,
you know, they’re in college. They’re moving away,
getting their first jobs and they’re not gonna
be able to come anymore. But I hope that when they go
on and their lives continue, that they remember Thanksgiving
at Aunt Kristin’s house. (slow joyful music)

100 thoughts on “A New England Farmhouse Explodes With Color

  1. Beautiful, love the lamp. Love love๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š the furniture. Love that your both living out your passions. I love colour too. Thank you for sharing your story.

  2. Please to a video of how you create your lamps or whatever project your working on.๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  3. life its a rainbow, so why dont we embrace colours, colour give us smiles ๐Ÿ˜‰ a little spot of colour is great in every home!

  4. Funny… we have the same principle. I like to decorate my home in vibrant colours to somehow make my family happy especially during cloudy, cold days. Just by looking at those colours, it light up our home and lift up our mood. Love your home! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I am so happy that this family loves their unique home. ๐Ÿ˜€ย  It's too busy for me, but I can see how some people would love it.

  6. To say I love your home is an understatement . You have a fantastic eye for colour, everything looks so warm and inviting . This post made my day. I have a craft space that's being built and have been thinking if I wanted to go wild with colour. I'm going to go wild. Your my inspiration.๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  7. Wonderful. All my friends have these homes that are beige, white and champagne everywhere, I want this, I need warmth and colour! Beautiful!

  8. Kristin is awesome ! I would love to visit on a warm morning, have some coffee or tea and chat with this lovely lady. She makes her world BEAUTIFUL – it's so great she is willing to teach others how to do the same!

  9. Did you ever open a studio in FL? There used to be a place there called Nicolas House. It was so fun to go there because it was an old house and everything inside was so colorful & whimsical. I really want to make my house look more like an 'art house' too. I love color but have remained conservative with the house. I love the feel of your place. Its beyond homey & has a sort of magic, like a curiosity shop/candy store but cozy too.

  10. Wonderful…that much color is not for me but I see the beauty in it. It all ties together and shows your heart and talent. Beautiful and warm!!

  11. What a sweet loving family. Youโ€™ve created a wonderful home and lifestyle. Iโ€™m a creative maker also and I find your story and successes so inspirational! Congratulations!

  12. I have always lived in color and have never understood why would people live just with white walls ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ๐Ÿž๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฆ‘๐Ÿฆโ˜‚๏ธ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ’๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ“

  13. Lovely house, beautifully eccentric and individual. I've been there in my own house too, but you've taken it all the way to the edge and beyond. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  14. I thought I had enough color in my little place; I was wrong! I love your home, it reflects your personality. We all need more color in our lives I feel!

  15. Thanks I'm inspired. Thinking of painting my favorite mission style coffee table my favorite color bright red- orange. I like color but I usually gravitate to muted neutrals in my home. Yes purples and blues, greens and reds can be neutral…i think. Anyhow thanks.

  16. thank you, thank you for this lovely video. I, too, love color and there isn't an empty wall in my home. I do not have your artistic talent but I was good with painting. hanging wallpaper, curtains etc. I would rather look at wallpaper books than women's cloths!. I do sewing (counted cross stitch, quilts, afghans)…..again color, frame momentos, and have plate collections, not to mention, flea market finds. I am 73 and recovering from a stroke, so I can't do as much. But I found jig saw puzzles on line; glue and frame them. A whole new area. I always thought I was a little bit nuts, but if I am nuts, I am in good company. God bless you.

  17. I love your house, your farm, your animals, your bravery with colors and creativity and most of all, your family..ย  I live in Hawaii and I am surrounded with vivid colors and now, my living room is yellow and my bedroom is colored fruit punch! That said, can I come over for Thanksgiving???Hahahha, thanks so much and lots of Aloha!

  18. I also loath beige. So many people have beige in their lives and I find that they even look beige,lol. Fair hair,fair complexion, beige tops and of course beige trousers with matching shoes and handbags. Can you imagine their homes? Love your home !!!

  19. I came across this video by accident. I have gotten so tired of seeing the same old boring white farmhouse decor. Like you, so much of what has become my life, has been gifted to me from parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. None of it matches but surprisingly, it all goes together in our little patchwork home. Your colors are SO refreshing and have given me that little bit of reassurance I needed in continuing to decorate my colorful home.

  20. Wow! So beautiful! I am so sick of seeing everybody's grey and beige homes! This home has character and style! AMAZING woman and family!

  21. New project for you it will be so fun a colorful sheep one by one u will got a mobile painting ๐Ÿ™‚ especially with a drone view

  22. Your house feels so inviting so much inspiration love the colors and don't change thing on your dinning table it has so much to say (lol) oh if it can talk you be able to write a book and it would be a best seller๐Ÿ˜

  23. Awe she is adorable. She sounded like she was about to burst into tears at any moment throughout the interview.

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