Entry Artwork

In the entry, a folk art painting by artist Kevin Paulsen borrows from the style of early-19th-century itinerant artists.

 

Staircase

Beribboned garlands of magnolia, boxwood, and fir wrap the graceful banisters. The faux-zebra covered fauteuil is from Oly.

Family Portrait

Kimberly and Marc Blair with their children, Sammy, 8, and Charlotte, 6.

Powder Room

Accessed from the entry hall, a casual powder room incorporates touches of the home’s rustic history with its modern, energetic family life. The vanity table and basin sink are original to the home; simple white beadboard wainscoting lends a touch of farmhouse charm.

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Powder Room Details

A couture boot from Langworthy’s closet serves as the vessel for flowers next to the sink.

 

Entry Hall

Designer Laura Langworthy never misses an opportunity to celebrate the season. Greeting guests, a reindeer pulls back the French door to offer an unobstructed view of the glorious tree in the living room. A plaid throw in traditional Christmas colors drapes the hall bench covered with fabric from Brunschwig & Fils.

Living Room

Two sitting areas help make this the cozy heart of the Blairs’ home. The sofa in the window niche is covered in fabric from Kravet and trimmed with bullion fringe from Robert Allen.

Dining Area

The “dynamic duo” is how Langworthy describes her daughter Kimberly and son-in-law Marc when it comes to entertaining. “That dining table has seen many a party,” Langworthy laughs. Here, Kimberly lights candles that illuminate the country table and Windsor chairs. “Always buy a table that looks good scratched,” advises Langworthy. “This one will age beautifully with time and use.”

Tabletop Details

The centerpiece—a cobalt blue gnome in a wreath of fresh pine—complements the blue-and-white Spode marine plates and Provençal linens. Kimberly deftly mixes “Lismore” Waterford crystal with wine glasses from Pottery Barn.

 

Sunroom

Just off the living room, a stone floor and informal wicker furniture offer an ideal setting for a casually appointed Christmas tree embellished with paper cutouts crafted by Sammy and Charlotte.

Sunroom Details

Wired ribbon ties pine sprigs to throw pillows for a festive feel.

 

Portrait

Kimberly with her mother (and designer) Laura Langworthy.

 

Kitchen

A hammered copper hood above the island cooktop adds drama to this area of the great room, where wire reindeer prance on soapstone counters and wreaths hang from satin ribbons. The farmhouse-style sink is from Rohl.

Breakfast Room

Beyond the kitchen, a sunny breakfast room is festooned with holiday spirit. Santas and stockings are surrounded by cherry red details, like the plush area rug and rose-tinted vintage glassware.

 

Holiday Details

Adding festive touches, decorative galvanized buckets display pine boughs and holly berries.

 

Family Room

A niche in the family room is a cozy spot for a Victorian spool chair upholstered in “Delhi” fabric from Etamine. A display of European accessories, like a brass Dutch milk jug, lends a dose of charming antiquity.

Exterior

The family’s Connecticut getaway is ready for snow. The Blairs bought their 1940s house in Washington Depot, Connecticut, for its small-town lifestyle and close-knit community.

 

Master Bedroom

Inspired by a place in Maine that Kimberly visited as a child, the bedroom, with its soft neutrals, evokes tranquility. Silhouettes above the pencil post bed are reminders of a Disneyland vacation.

Master Bedroom

A Christmas package is tied tenderly with small pearl drops.

 

Master Bedroom

The bed and reproduction 18th-century Sheraton nightstands are from Eldred Wheeler. Fabric for plaid silk panels from Robert Allen; Beacon Hill covers a chair.

 

Master Bath

A deep soaking tub is the centerpiece, while silver accessories stand out against the basket-weave tile floor.

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Master Bath Details

Silver reindeer serenely sunbathe on the windowsill.

 

Master Bath Details

Mercury glass vessels filled with white roses and greenery artfully top the marble vanity in the master bath.

 

Master Bath Details

A sterling silver matchbox engraved “Christmas 1888” was used by Langworthy as a locket as well as a reminder of their holiday history.

 

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Cozy Connecticut Holiday Home

A weekend home, decked out for the holidays in traditional style

Written by Krissa Rossbund
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Master Bedroom

A Christmas package is tied tenderly with small pearl drops.

 

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