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A Midwestern couple inaugurate their new East Coast getaway with a traditional celebration
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Who says second homes are only for summer? Celebrating Christmas with family gatherings at their vacation retreat—a 1906 plantation house called Canterbury Manor on Maryland’s Eastern Shore—is one of the most enjoyable gigs that Maxine and Jim Farrell have going at the stately waterside getaway.
Photography: Gordon Beall
Produced by Eileen A. Deymier
Large, dramatic urns filled with fragrant winterberries, greenery, pinecones, and fresh apples grace the walkway.
In the entrance hall, the Farrells’ main Christmas tree is covered in Maxine’s collection of Christopher Radko ornaments. An urn filled with winterberries is a miniature version of the urns that grace the exterior.
Wreaths adorn every window in the house.
Light Living Room
In the living room, a yellow, coral, and green floral theme infuses the room with light. For the holiday season, miniature trees stand sentinel at either end of the mantel. Gold candles and branches and a sprawling swag highlight the fireplace with festive charm.
Floral designer Jozef Cross constructed a swag for the fireplace mantel to balance the elaborate tassel-fringed swag valance that hangs above the window. Twin sofas and a tufted ottoman share a floral fabric.
Sage Green Library
The library, paneled in sage green, pays tribute to Jim’s love for the hunt and reflects the hunting and equestrian country that is Maryland. Carrying out the theme, the fabric for the window’s drapery panels and valance depicts various game birds.
Potted poinsettias decorate the hallway leading to the back of the house.
Festive Dining Table
The dining table, set with a formal scheme that includes cut glassware purchased during a hunting trip in The Czech Republic. Antique rose medallion plates, pulled from the sideboard display, are given a less serious touch with the addition of drums and happy elves.
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