Cozy Christmas in an historic Connecticut home

I love Christmas decorating. Of course the Christmas tree reigns supreme but I adore the proliferation of ribbons, wreathes, garlands - things I wish we could just keep up all year long. All December long I like to feature homes dressed up for Christmas here on the Foo Dog Blog. So first up is New York based designer Matthew Patrick Smyth's weekend home in the Connecticut countryside. This historic home is perfectly dressed in its holiday finery and its 18th century features like wood paneling, stone fireplace, and lower ceilings really add the to coziness during this time of year. Let's have a look at this chic country home.

The ribbon-festooned busts in the living room are so wonderfully good-humored! And the Japanned pedestal table is to-die-for.

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Love the juxtapositional of the super traditional, camelback sofa and the contemporary coffee table. Also, the bannister on that staircase could not be prettier.

A clean-lined Georgian style mantel makes my heart go pitter-patter. And the brass-trimmed fireplace screen adds the a very restrained bit of bling.

I am alllllll about a round skirted table and this beauty is no exception! Chocolate silk trimmed out in matching Greek key tape is sumptuous and festive, without being the predictable red. The creamy, latte color of the walls and ceiling beams is warm and understated,

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The hand hewn beams on the kitchen ceiling are what every history nerd (ie: me) dreams of having in their home. 

The stone fireplace and slate floor are warmed by the fabulous light coming in through that beautiful corner window. That sectional snuggled up in there look oh-so-cozy, and, best of all, a Dutch door!

The blue library features another cozy spot, the built-in day bed. Just a touch of holiday spirit expressed here with a vase bursting with red tulips.

What isn't beautiful about this stunning space? I love a sitting room area on a big landing and this one is a killer. Pared down Palladian style window, honkin' huge floorboards, more of that divine bannister, perfect grey-green wall color, geometric rug, buffalo check love seat, center pedestal table, federal mirror - I mean I could go on and on, but I understand you have other things to do today!

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The master bedroom is serene in shades of cream with pops of holiday red from a cranberry upholstered ottoman, a little spray of roses, and tartan wrapped prezzies!

Oh gurl, this bathroom! The curved ceiling and the wallpaper going up it is amazing. Those star double sconces? Ooooowee! And a plaid rug? A rug in the bathroom is so brutally British and I love it. Just a little greenery and a red Turkish towel give the bathroom a sprinkle of holiday cheer.

Yes, I'm usually one for peppermint-striped everything or crazy-tartan everything this time of year, but its also so lovely (and relaxing!) to have a look at a restrained home with some understated holiday dressing. Are you a minimalist or a maximalist when it comes to holiday decor in your home?