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House Tour | Alyson Horrocks' 18th-Century Colonial Home

House Tour | Alyson Horrocks’ 18th-Century Colonial Home
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The kitchen opens into the living room.

Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
The kitchen opens into the living room.

With its wide-planked pine floors, brick-faced fireplace, wooden-door clad cubby holes, and bank of windows, the living room is the kind of which house-hunting dreams are made. Deep-seated sofas, minimal decoration, and absolutely no clutter make for a room in which you can envision yourself kicking back with a good book.

Living Room

Photo/Art by Alyson Horrocks
Living Room

The first floor boasts three such rooms to lounge in, all with that slightly old-world feel that’s become Alyson’s decorating trademark.  Pass between the front door and main stairway, and you’ll enter the second— the library—featuring a built-in bookcase, sprawling hearth, and woodstove.

The library includes built-ins and a wood stove.

Photo/Art by Alyson Horrocks
The library includes built-ins and a wood stove.

The library flows into the burnished-copper hued dining room, with a built-in hutch as its main focal point. It also includes a hand-painted medallion on the ceiling. Alyson completed the look by hanging an antique mirror that matched the aged look of the space.

The dining room.

Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
The dining room.

The dining room runs back into the kitchen, but that does not complete the first-floor tour. A hallway, flanked by a bathroom and pantry on either side, stretches back into the spacious family room.

The hallway extends from the kitchen to the family room.

Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
The hallway extends from the kitchen to the family room.

While updated, the style of the bathroom maintains its historic roots.

Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
While updated, the style of the bathroom maintains its historic roots.

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6 Responses to House Tour | Alyson Horrocks’ 18th-Century Colonial Home

  1. Nick Pasq March 18, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    Terrific photos. I left New England years ago and come to visit once in awhile but will never return
    to those taxes.

  2. Guy Scurti March 18, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Truly New England as only New England can be. May they have many years of contented living in that beautiful home.

  3. Judy Morley December 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    The outside of this house is very similar to a home we owned in Natick, MA . It was originally the Minister’s house. This style home is always so elegant we also had the carriage houses that were just darling with the rounded black doors against the white siding.

    This style home is very beautiful!

  4. cindy coble December 15, 2014 at 2:46 am #

    beautiful home. who is the portrait artist? super cool painting.

    • Brenda Darroch December 15, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      Hi Cindy — The artist is Heather Sleightholm of Audrey Eclectic.

  5. William Durling December 21, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    We bought this home in 1995 and completed the renovations you see in the great photographs in this article.

    My wife, Susan Durling, is a kitchen designer in Amherst and Portsmouth and designed the kitchen.

    http://www.houzz.com/pro/susandurling/susan-durling

    The great interior colors and textures and the handpainted star in the dining room were created by Lisa Teague of Lisa Teague Studios in Portsmouth.

    http://www.lisateague.com/#lisa-teague-studios

    We’re glad to see the new residents love the house!

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