I’d like to share with you one of my inspirations for home décor – New England. Made up of six states (Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine), you’ll find this beautiful place in the North East corner of America. The area ranges from cosy inns and rustic farmhouses in the west, to beach abodes and coastal towns in the east.
The whole region looks like it’s jumped off the pages of a storybook. White picket fences, clapboard houses, pretty gardens and quaint shops. Its unique feel and close proximity to New York, has also made it quite the celebrity hangout. The Kennedy’s even have a summer compound on Cape Cod.
Where did it all begin?
My love for this part of the world began about 20 years ago. Feeling adventurous, mum booked a two-week coach tour starting in Toronto and travelling down through every state of New England. We laughed so much on that holiday and just drank in the New England style and way of life. Friendly, laid-back and elegantly simple, it has a timeless appeal.
I had to wait another 12 years for my second visit, but this time it was with Hubster. Well, actually he was my boyfriend when we arrived and my fiancé when we left! To be honest I had an inkling he might propose. It had been 4 years people, time was getting on! He chose the wonderfully named Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham. On that holiday we took a fantastic road trip, stopping at every corner of Cape Cod. Obviously Hubster wanted to do it in style, so at the car rental place he swapped our sensible saloon for a Mustang. Never mind the fact it was an army operation every time we had to pack the boot….men.
Luckily my passion for the region has rubbed off on Hubster too. So we returned in 2014, this time travelling further north, to Maine. We stayed at a fantastic boutique hotel called The Tides Beach Club and after a crazy year of work, treated ourselves to one of the Jonathan Adler-designed suites. We made relaxing our number one priority and came home totally refreshed.
Bringing a little bit of New England into our home
So while we have some beautiful places in the UK and our coastline is glorious, there is just something about New England that speaks to me and I could stay for a lifetime.
So it shouldn’t surprise you that I try to create my own little nuggets of New England throughout our home and garden. If we’re out and about Hubster will often declare ‘Oh, here comes a Kirsty shop.’ This usually involves a lot of whitewashed wood, coastal paraphernalia and slightly twee bits and bobs. I must admit the arrival of our little rocket man has somewhat thwarted my efforts, as increasingly ‘nice things’ are put away and toys invade every available space. However I’m clinging to the knowledge that one day I will have a pretty house again!
Like its geography, New England style falls into two distinct looks – country and coastal. Which style I use often depends on my mood and what room I’m decorating. For the most part I prefer spaces to feel light and airy, but equally enjoy creating cosy areas with an eclectic mix of odds and ends. Home décor based solely on a coastal look would be a bit weird in our land-locked county, but I do sprinkle a few beach-inspired items, here and there.
So that’s a little intro to my obsession with New England. I hope to write more about this fabulous region and how it has inspired my own home interiors. Don’t forget to follow Motherhoodery Pinterest boards for all things New England.