Colonial Christmas Decor Ideas
Blending old and new
Twin transoms highlight a passage linking the living room to the library paneled with African mahogany. In a modern twist, two panels open, revealing a TV niche. The spinning wheel is a 19th-century antique.
Designed by architect Joseph Coath in nearby Barrington, the house honors centuries-old building traditions to an extent rarely seen in modern construction, using fine-quality millwork and high-quality natural materials such as copper gutters and a cedar-shingle roof. But the house is not a precise replica of past designs -- accommodations were made to allow for a light-filled home where modern conveniences coexist comfortably with colonial elegance.