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5 Gorgeous Autumn-Ready Historic Homes

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by Katy Mendenhall.

I know I’m not alone is saying that autumn is my favorite season! Who doesn’t love the cooler nights, crisp air, warm drinks, and all of the beautiful décor? Fall immediately brings to mind New England. I think of big mums aside front doors, pumpkins atop porches, and the most vibrantly colored leaves dancing on trees. There’s truly nothing better. New England’s spirit this time of year is contagious. For me, I gain a lot of my fall decorating inspiration from the historical homes of Connecticut. They shine with backdrops of red, yellow, and orange. So much beauty!
Here are five beautiful, historic homes to inspire, or simply help get you into the spirit of the season!

A Connecticut Cape



Photos courtesy of connecticutcountryhouse.com

Nora Murphy’s Connecticut home is easily one of my favorites. She is an expert decorator, and I could spend hours looking at the lovely photographs on her website. Check out more of these glorious photos at connecticutcountryhouse.com!

A Personal Favorite


This is a personal photo I took while visiting Granby, Connecticut. The scattered leaves and the colorful Connecticut hills in the background really make this structure pop. So dreamy.

Dark Siding + Pumpkins


Photo courtesy of New England Living

Giant pumpkins seem like a perfect way to show your autumn spirit. Also, I love the contrast of the dark siding against the bright fall colors. New England Living has so many stunning photos of New England in the fall.

Autumn in Vermont


Photo by Brian Jannsen/Fine Art America

This Vermont home has a little of everything. I would have never thought to use corn stalks as an entryway piece. And how cute are the tiny pumpkins above the windows? Thanks Brian Jannsen for the gorgeous photo.

A Festive Walkway


Photo by Abby Dennett Photography

What a clever and festive way to show of those carved pumpkins! Abby Dennett Photography offers this photo in a high resolution print — I could look at it all day!

Katy has spent the last six years living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While she appreciates being spoiled by the endless mountain views, she truly longs to settle down in a quaint New England town. The ultimate dream involves an eighteenth century house set in the hills of Connecticut, or a hydrangea-lined, pine-shingled cottage on the Cape. In the meantime, she and her boyfriend John are enjoying the adventures of owning their first home together along with their two dogs. With a minimal approach to design, Katy carefully fills the house with only things she finds useful or beautiful. However, the occasional northeastern theme creeps in. Whether it be Nantucket inspired bedding, or the hand painted nautical flags she picked up while visiting Kennebunkport. Besides swooning over interior design, Katy enjoys sharing her passion for home design through writing on her blog. She is certified to teach yoga and loves cinema. She recently worked as the assistant to the creator of the Chattanooga Film Festival. She and John are actively taking steps to make the big move up North and find their perfect home!


  • ethan1234

    Love this post! Some great fall shots 😉

  • thisheart

    Love the New England historic homes in autumn . . . winter not so much . . .

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