23 Exquisite New England Homes

From the charming cedar-shingled cottages of Nantucket to coastal Maine mansions, these traditional New England interiors showcase our nation’s style roots. For more great American design inspiration, read on.
Frank Roop living room

Frank Roop channeled an “Old World club” vibe in designing this living room inside a stately Boston home. He perfectly balanced the grand interior architecture — consisting of a coffered ceiling, paneled walls and a massive marble fireplace — with a vivid palette of rich hues. He also offset the bold lines of the woodwork with a refined mix that includes sumptuous custom upholstery, a mesmerizing traditional carpet and gleaming gold and lacquer finishes. “The existing walnut paneling needed furniture that would balance its strength,” Roop says. Photo by Richard Powers


Kara Mann bedroom

Combining a clean-lined canopy bed, earthy natural-fiber rug and ornate floral carpet, Kara Mann captures the simple sophistication of New England farmhouse style in this bedroom in a Connecticut home. The white backdrop and unadorned walls add to the rustic-romantic vibe of the room. Photo by Richard Powers


Lisa Tharp nook

Located in a Greek Revival house, this breakfast room exemplifies Lisa Tharp’s guiding philosophy for the project: “Luxury is found in the form of elegant simplicity.” It underscores the crisp palette and curated mix of furnishings, which include a dining banquette from Tharp’s own collection, accompanied by a Swedish table, Harry Bertoia chairs and a vintage pendant light, all found on 1stdibs. “Every decision balanced honoring the architecture of the home with a hip, young family’s desire to live comfortably,” Tharp tells us. Photo by Michael J. Lee


Billy Cotton living room

When renovating his family’s 19th-century home in Vermont, Billy Cotton contrasted the den’s classic interior architecture with a bold purple wall color — Brinjal by Farrow & Ball — and a colorful layering of earthy Suzani and Navajo textiles. “That is the dichotomy of New England: the richness of the land and the austerity of Colonial architecture,” he says. Photo by Tina Tyrell


Billy Cotton white room

In quintessential New England vernacular, Billy Cotton set a calm and collected scene in the sunroom of a Connecticut house. Slipcovered sofas and armchairs, ceiling-height ivory drapery, and a delicate white rug imbue the space with pure pristine elegance. Photo by Stephen Johnson


Fawn Galli living room

For a family home located in Cornwall, Connecticut, Fawn Galli added a modern barn consisting of “a simple, inviting room, purposefully designed for dinners and ping-pong tournaments, jam sessions and lazy afternoons,” she says. Referred to as the “party barn,” the open-plan room is outfitted with a Cappellini sofa and a mid-century Danish dining set that is a family heirloom — all amid windows that highlight the New England landscape. Photo by Costas Picadas


Marty Dykas dining room

In a 1920s Georgian manor in Boston’s Chestnut Hill, Marty Dykas created this airy dining space to “resemble an Old World orangerie.” Walls of glass seamlessly “bring a modern connection between the interior and its bucolic wooded property,” he says, describing the juxtaposition of the clean-lined dining table and chairs with the verdant backdrop. Photo by Eric Roth


Allan Greenberg stairway

Classical architect Allan Greenberg designed this house in Greenwich, Connecticut, which incorporates Greek Revival–inspired plaster moldings and millwork in its circular, three-story rotunda. The decor is by Mariette Himes Gomez of Gomez Associates, and features an antique pie crust table and a Chippendale side chair, both from the late 18th century. Photo by Wade Zimmerman


ASH NYC hotel room

In designing The Dean hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, ASH NYC sought to create modern and sophisticated rooms that exuded warmth and comfort. The pair of woven chairs are 1960s French pieces by Pierre Gautier-Delaye, the 1960 V desk chair is by Ynske Kooistra for Marko and the light fixture is a custom piece by ASH NYC. Photo by Christian Harder


Jayne Design Studio living room

Jayne Design Studio was asked to create a “serene” setting for a museum-quality collection of postwar art in this 1889 Georgian Colonial home, located on Philadelphia’s Main Line. The rich green walls and woven rattan sofas reference the verdant natural setting and provide a suitably unfussy backdrop for pieces by Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol. Photo by Pieter Estersohn


Thad Hayes living room

Lined with Adam-style moldings, this Thad Hayes-designed formal living room in a 1880s Boston residence was meant to be a elegant, adult respite in a family-friendly home. Hayes designed the sofas, plush armchairs and silk-and-wool rug, which are set among a 1970s Paul Evans side table, a Felix Agostini gilt-bronze table lamp and four circa-1880 American Aesthetic Movement window benches. Photo by Scott Frances



ASH NYC dining area

ASH NYC placed an oversize wooden ship model in the games rooms of this 1795 Nantucket home, the only room with ceilings tall enough to accommodate the piece. The home’s nautical referenced are balanced with spare, minimalist notes, like a the 1930s Danish dining chairs by Frits Schlegel and the 19th-century fruitwood farm table. The monkey chandelier is a 1990s work by Bill Huebbe. Photo by Christian Harder


Robert Couturier dining room

Hung with linen curtains custom embroidered in a Mughal motif by Lesage, the French doors in Robert Couturier’s Connecticut dining room flood the space with natural light. “I wanted something like an orangerie, with the double exposure,” says Couturier. The 17th-century chandelier is Dutch, and the dining chairs are Louis XIV pieces. Photo by Tim Street-Porter


Annie Kelly cottage

Annie Kelly used a mix of contemporary and period pieces to furnish this 18th-century cottage in Litchfield, Connecticut. In the living room, a 19th-century American stool, an 18th-century sofa and a 17th-century chest sit alongside a wingback armchair by Kelly and a striped jute rug. Photo by Tim Street-Porter


Glen Gissler living room

This airy Martha’s Vineyard home, decorated by Glenn Gissler, includes a Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamp from Lost City Arts, a pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings armchairs and a custom daybed by Gissler. A bluestone-paved hallway leads to a collection of antique Italian oil jars. Photo by Gross & Daley


Shawn Henderson barn

This trestle-ceiling barn in Litchfield County, Connecticut, dates back to the 1700s. Designer Shawn Henderson referenced American agrarian life via an earthy palette and industrial materials. The daybed and sofa are custom pieces by Henderson. Photo by Steve Freihon


Marcia Tucker farmhouse

Marcia Tucker’s clients requested that this sunroom — a recent addition to an 18th-century Connecticut farmhouse — feature organic and sustainable materials with an American provenance, and also include multiple seating areas. The home has no televisions. Instead, an antique bagatelle board rests on the central pedestal table. Photo by Karissa Van Tassel


Matthew Patrick Smyth living room

The sitting room of Matthew Patrick Smyth’s Connecticut Colonial house, which dates back to 1790, features a sumptuous seating area, where he spends weekends reading, relaxing and receiving guests. “This room was always meant to be the center of the house,” he says. He used flea-market finds, a Schumacher-upholstered sofa and a cowhide rug to create this cozy corner nook. An antique needlework landscape from David Duncan Antiques hangs above the fireplace, which was custom made to appear original to the home. Photo by John Gruen


Groves & Co. bedroom

In rural Washington, Connecticut, Groves & Co. oversaw a modern renovation of a 19th-century farmhouse (transported from Canada). In a bedroom, original ceiling beams and wide-plank flooring are offset by an eclectic combination of custom and vintage furniture, patina finishes and heavily textured fabrics. The firm worked with a millworker who specialized in authentic Shaker pieces, but tweaked the proportions and finishings to make them feel of-the-moment. Photo by Eric Piasecki


Jayne Design Studio turquoise room

This Penobscot Bay, Maine library by Jayne Design Studio was painted an “old-fashioned” turquoise to evoke an 18th-century room and highlight the classical woodwork. Red linen curtains offer a pleasing color contrast while a late-Victorian oak pedestal desk, an 18-arm 1920s bronze chandelier and four Martha Washington-style armchairs maintain the air of elegant traditionalism. Photo by Jonathan Wallen


Suzanne Kasler living room

Suzanne Kasler’s design for this Greenwich, Connecticut, family home uses strategic pops of color — the orange pillows and Hermès blanket — and linen-upholstered seating to create a chic, cozy living room. The custom-colored rug is patterned in a “Chinese maze” motif. Photo by Simon Upton


Matthew Patrick Smyth bedroom

This elegant-yet-inviting Westport, Connecticut, bedroom by Matthew Patrick Smyth makes use of soft shades of green and pink, as well as 18th-century antiques, at his client’s behest. Photo by John Gruen


Frank Roop entryway

Designer Frank Roop used an oversize tufted bench to add an “unexpected or dramatic” element to the entryway of this Boston-area colonial home. Photo by Eric Roth