Connecticut - New England's Jewel

One of the things I love when I view other blogs, is getting a glimpse of how beautiful places are all over the world. Views of stunning homes, cozy cottages, gorgeous geography - a looking glass view into how the rest of the planet lives. Among those blogs, are the design divas (you know who you are) who day after day post exquisite photos of interior design, each decorated room more dazzling than the next. And although I long as much as anyone to recreate these spectacular scenes in my own abode, I think my heart truly lies not with the interior, but the exterior. So I thought I would show everyone out there what my little corner of the world is like - out under the blue skies of Connecticut. We are located on the east coast of the United States and are fortunate to be located on the sea, but also close to rolling hills, rivers and forests. Although we are located very close to New York City and Boston, Connecticut can be very rural and my favorite homes are the old ones, dating from as early as the 1700s. Though I live in a contemporary house at the moment, I spent many years living in an 1855 Colonial. Yellow with white trim and a cornflower blue door...loved it.
So here is my quick tour...of Connecticut.

Antique Farm House

Summer Mansion by the Ocean.



Old Stone House at the end of a Lane.


Antique Cape - circa 1787



Classic New England Seaside Home with Porch.

Antique Greek Revival Colonial in the country.


Enjoy New England Architecture? Discover this Tolland, Connecticut House Tour.

38 comments:

Mélanie said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful spots

High Desert Diva said...

Beautiful area...love the old houses

Claudia said...

Ohhhh thank you for the eye candy! I also love rural Connecticut!! :-) We moved here in November, and I wouldn't leave for anywhere else!!

Thank you for your comment on my blog. The house in is New Milford. Where in CT are you?

Marie Louise said...

Claudia - I am in Tolland, CT which is about 20 mins. Northeast of Hartford, just off I84 on your way to Boston. There's alot more space out here "East of the River". The northeast corner of CT is called "The Quiet Corner" and for good reason.
All these homes are presently for sale...wish I had a million or two!
P.S. Are you in New Milford? Near Candlewood Lake?

pve design said...

Lovely snaps and very inspirational to me, I want to illustrate each one of them. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world.
Best of luck to you to create your little own cottage
industry!

Krissy said...

Gorgeous photos! I want to visit all of them :)

gaylen said...

I could snap up any one of them and be blissful. I so want a B&B. When we were visiting the Princess last month - I loved the area. Thanks for sharing - g

SimplyGrove said...

Gorgeous pictures!!! Makes me want to go there right now!

Mrs.French said...

Stunning! Oh how I would love to travel out your way.

brookeahanadaily said...

Wow - lovely scenery, homes, porches - everything!

My Notting Hill said...

Love the dining room and garden in the 1787 Cape. Great pics.

artycho said...

Great pictures, I wish I visit connecticut one day (and more of America). Thank you for passing by my blog today and for your lovely comment! you are welcome there!

..::Becca::.. said...

Oooh, that "Summer Mansion by the Ocean" is right by my house! We go out there to watch the boats, and the submarines go by!

Nice blog! :)

littlebyRD said...

One word: Gorgeous! Perfect! OK - that's two. Lovely pictures. I really want to visit the East Coast. I always have but even more so now. Thanks for sharing.

One man gathers what another man spills... said...

You live in a beautiful area Marie Louise, I will have to post pictures of East Tennessee for you to see, also a beautiful area. Just no ocean :(

Marie Louise said...

Thanks everyone for writing. I've been laid up this Mother's day by throwing my back out - first time - believe me, no fun.
I do have my husband waiting on me hand and foot...okay, maybe not so bad.

Becca - do you live in New London, or is it Groton. I took the ferry out of there a couple of times on my way to the North Fork of Long Island. It's a great day trip to Orient Point and Shelter Island. There are also a bunch of vineyards in that area that I am looking forward to exploring - when I can stand up again, that is?

ColonialEast said...

Great inspiration and beautiful pictures!!

A-M said...

OMG, I'm coming over! What a beautiful part of the world you live in. A-M xx

Pherenike said...

Looks beautiful in your corner of the world.

In response to your question about my last post, I can only hope it isn't true, or if it is, that it doesn't get through to become law. Its not fair that big corporations can throw their weight around and do what ever suits them. And not only that they consider they can make the rules for the whole world, not just the US. But what can I do, im just a little fish in a little country.

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Hi Marie Louise, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. To answer your question, the name of the island that my uncle lived on is Ydra, but spelled and pronounced "Hydra" in English.

I have enjoyed this tour of Connecticut that you have taken us on. I was in your fair state in January; the beautiful rolling hills and trees everywhere...and the colonial houses....very picturesque. The photos you have here are beatiful and some are truly spectacular. How I would love that house with the verandah overlooking the ocean!

diana @ please sir said...

WOW...can I move in right now!?

a home far away said...

So many beautiful pics of houses, porches, kitchens:-)Lovely, lovely!

Have a great week!

Hugs from Singapore

Hey Harriet said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful images from Connecticut. Those houses are gorgeous. I'd quite happily live in any one of those. Although I'd have difficulty choosing which one!

Marie Louise said...

Harriet - go ahead and choose one. They're all on the market at the moment! It'll be your second home!

Lavinia - I love the Greek Islands but have only been to Corfu myself. When (or if) the dollar recovers a bit, I definitely want to go on holiday there!

Thanks for writing everyone!

Peonies and Polaroids said...

So beautiful! I spent a couple of weeks in Connecticut a few years ago, in Essex. It's such an amazing place.

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog! I'm definitely not marrying rich, so the exquisite but expensive fashion will have to remain but a dream!

Alkemie said...

What a gorgeous gorgeous Tour!! Thank you for taking us with you! Great inspiration and dreaming :)

Karen

Pure&Simple said...

I have enjoyed your blog!
Feel free to visit my blog.

IcePuppet said...

Hi Marie Louise, absolutely gorgeous houses and landscapes. And thank you for visiting my blog (Bag End) and for your kind words.

Yes, I also love spring and summer. As soon as the days get longer and the nature around me turns green, I feel like I come alive. Today I spent the whole day in our (small) garden taking pictures of plants and birds, lovely.

Greetings, Katja

{this is glamorous} said...

Fantastic idea, and such a beautiful introduction to Connecticut! Quite partial to Antique Cape - circa 1787--so lovely.

vosgesparis said...

wow you are showing some pretty houses here, I like the new england one with the prch the most...maybe it reminds me of old movies, with people sitting on the porches drinking lemonade ;) I will try to come up with some insife pictures of my town Amsterdam for you ..

Deb said...

Great photos! I often take for granted how beautiful it is here. =)

Marie Louise said...

Deb - where abouts are you? I am in Tolland which is about 20mins. northeast of Hartford. Are you originally from here?

brigitte said...

tres belle photos

Marie Louise said...

Merci beaucoup Brigitte!

jeanette said...

thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures with us, your blog is a great inspiration for me, feel free to visit my blog, lots of love from holland....

hopeful #1 said...

Stunning! Absolutely stunning!

Fifi Flowers said...

I should've borrowed the photo 10 or 11 from the top for my artichoke posting! The base looks like an artichoke to me... or is it a pineapple... hmmmmm... Off to sign your guest book!

Kimberlee said...

Oh what a beautiful part of the world Marie Louise- so jealous! Thanks for stopping by my blog - love yours, i'll be back as well! X

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