1. I love that you have taken the time to point out New Englander style. I recently moved to the East coast of Florida and have been trying to make my home reflect my Rhodesia Island and Massachusetts roots. The entire house is painted white and has hardwood floors throughout. I now plan to add bead board to several walls with a shelf on top as the walls are over 8 feet high. Wondering if I should paint the walls above the shelf in deep navy or sage green. Thoughts?

  2. Carrie Pécora says:

    I grew up in Ma/NH and you hit the nail on the head for me. Thanks for putting my style into perspective!

    1. Nina Hendrick says:

      I’m so glad it was helpful, Carrie! :)

  3. Deirdrie Truslove says:

    This is such a lovely post. I live in New England in NSW Australia but it is nothing like your New England. I love the serenity and the WARMTH of the house. I feel cosy and relaxed just looking at it. Thank you for giving us a place to rest our eyes and mind

  4. I love this! I’ve found so many beautiful decor ideas on Pinterest etc. but not much that I feel like I can connect to. I’m fairly new to owning a home, new to decorating, and new to this page and this post makes so much sense to me. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and live in an 100+ year old farmhouse about 30 min outside of Boston. It’s definitely not a rural community but my home has many of the New England Farmhouse charactistics that you mentioned including close neighbors and what’s left of an old stonewall in the backyard. I’ve had such a hard time figuring out how to decorate, and even what paint colors to choose because I’ve had a hard time figuring out my style. When I think of “New England style” it sounds stuffy to me and makes me think of black painted rocking chairs and cranberries, but so many other ideas feel inauthentic. This is so helpful!

  5. I enjoyed your insight into design styles. I am moving back to my home state of Delaware and need to decide what I should keep. Do you think queen anne furniture will ever come back or should I just let it go? At the age of 65 I need less furniture to up keep but still need good quality. I used to enjoy antiques too but find they were pieces to look at and they offered little comfort. I would appreciate your thoughts.

    1. I honestly think that if you love the pieces, it doesn’t matter if they are in style or not! I personally mix a lot of styles without regard to trends. :)

  6. Serena Goldstein says:

    Hello, this is a beautiful blog! I found it as we are looking for a new color to paint the exterior of our home. I live in New Jersey, but love New England, especially the fresh, coastal style from that area. Our home is currently somewhere between light-medium gray with white trim and an espresso-colored wood door. Our neighbors, who have always loved our home and have copied many elements from our porch to our landscaping, just painted their home the same color as ours! While it’s flattering (not really!), we feel it’s time to change our exterior as it has not been painted since we moved in 8 years ago and maybe for a few years prior to that. We are thinking about a not-so-boring neutral like taupe. What do you think? My goal is to bring some New England to New Jersey! I also plan to replace our boxwood bushes with hydrangeas.

  7. Visited New England and Cape Cod a few years ago and still long to return, such a beautiful part of the country. Thanks for the great post, brings back all I loved while we were there!

  8. I am so excited to find your blog. I love,love New England. I am visiting Portsmouth this fall.

  9. Joan Annis says:

    Hello Nina!
    As a fellow resident of NH (Rye) I’m am so glad to have found your blog. Most of the blogs I find are from down south, which is great, but it isn’t New England! I look forward to reading your weekly newsletter

  10. Terri Wheeler says:

    Thank you for the tips. I really love the style and I’m thinking of incorporating it into my home decor. Love it!

  11. Great post! New England style is my inspiration as well. Beautifully written :)

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