Like everyone else these days, I love New England style homes, whether they're in California beach towns, Napa wine country, or Midwestern plains. But I personally like to blend the clean, classic look with unexpected elements of modern, French or even Baroque. I encourage clients to use salvaged or modern light fixtures here and there, hang a gilded Chinoiserie mirror over a contemporary sideboard or paint at least some millwork a color other than white (like the teal lacquered library I'm rendering tonight!). Blended, eclectic interiors are so much more expressive, more interesting and, like all spaces done well, age better.
Tonight I happened upon this Interiors spread by Westport designer Lynne Scalo. I was blown over by her super fresh, eclectic take on New England style. I think you will be too.