Updating a new englander style home

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Architect Richard Taylor wrote me about this project he worked on for clients Butch and Marcia, who found this old cottage in Chillicothe, Ohio, and fell in love with its character and charm.

White washed walls and wide wood plank floors, usually of pine, are another classic New England feature hearkening back to its first settler roots you will want to look for when home shopping or replicate in your redesign.Braided rugs are another New England staple and not always one limited to floor coverings. A large home library is not hard to find in New England homes.You can also find braided table runners, placemats, coasters, chair pads, and potholders. Collect interesting titles and visually appealing book spines for a collection that makes a statement.When choosing colors for your home think sky blues, sunny yellows, sea foam greens, sandy beige, pine greens and nautical navy.If you need some inspiration visit the cape or some nearby woods to gather your color inspiration. New England style may be simple but it’s not devoid of visual interest.

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