December 23rd, 2011

Forget It’s a Wonderful Life. For me, Christmas in Connecticut is perhaps the best of the bunch in terms of Christmas movies (it centres on a food journalist who writes of happy days spent cooking in her country house, but she can’t cook, and lives in a small Manhattan walk-up. A zany cover-up ensues). Of course my criteria for holiday flicks is a little different than most. I know this sounds shallow but I’m looking for a little less meaning and a little more decorating. And the Connecticut farmhouse in this Barbara Stanwyck classic is amazing. Above you get a glimpse of the stone farmhouse surrounded by a split-rail fence. You had me at split-rail. Wait until you get inside.

Take a look at those lofted and beamed ceilings!

How about that stone wall, the oversized corbells with a shelf above, filled with pewter no less. I could even make use of those sofas with a better fabric. And who doesn’t like a barley twist leg on a small pedestal table.

So perhaps this angle is a little sinister, but I am stopped short by the wide tongue and groove panelled wall and those oval framed portraits hanging on the wall. Of course today those paintings would be unframed, but the dark and moody vibe of the portraits is very on-trend. So much like something by interior designer Darryl Carter.

If you get a chance to see Christmas in Connecticut this year, it is well worth the two hours in front of the telly. Give the other old movies a rest, I guarantee this one is fun.

Images 1, 2, 3 & 4 via Hooked on Houses



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