Christmas in a Colonial Farmhouse

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How about a steaming cup of tea and homemade cookies beside a blazing fire in a hearth as old as America itself?

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image from: http://yourcozyhome.blogspot.com/

Owner Leslie Powell fell in love with the history of this 1777 former toll house in Litchfield Connecticut. The rich red-brown kitchen cupboards didn’t hurt either.

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She and her husband purchased the farmhouse a few years ago with the intent of showcasing their period antiques. The added bonus was that the property came with a small building that was used as an antique shop.

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Leslie leapt at the chance to open her own antique store (close to home) and she named her business, not surprisingly, Toll House Antiques.

image from: http://www.countryliving.com/

image from: http://www.countryliving.com/

Early American flavor permeates this home and harkens back to its days as a toll house on a Connecticut country highway.

The handmade Christmas decor just helps to accentuate that history. Leslie picked the adornment greenery from her own back yard

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image from: http://www.countryliving.com/

Have a look at the couple’s collection of antique needlepoint below:

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A second tree graces the wonderfully cozy enclosed porch:

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All of the primitive items fit so well in the old farmhouse, it would be hard to imagine it decorated any other way.

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Below we see the mistress of the house, Leslie Powell…

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…On her way out to the antique store in her backyard!

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Sources:

www.countryliving.com/

www.litchfieldct.com

http://yourcozyhome.blogspot.com

 

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House Crazy Sarah would like to end 2015 with this vintage card:

antique Christmas card

And of course, A Happy New Year!

 

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