The house itself was amazingly decorated in a very modern, minimalist style. I tried to capture it on camera before the sun went down.
|The living room.|
|Lots of open space. Note the long table set in the background.|
|Whimsical place setting highlighted the holiday spirit.|
As a total coincidence, my family also decided to rent a house in Connecticut for New Year's. This is one of the biggest holidays for my family, and we try to spend it together every year. The house my parents chose was a beautiful, spacious carriage house with lots of open space and a view of a lake.
|The carriage house.|
Snow finally arrived in the Northeast, and we celebrated the New Year in a winter wonderland. We mostly gravitated towards the first floor, which was one huge space that encompassed the kitchen, dining area, living room, and a very functional fireplace.
|Hanging out on the first floor.|
|Closeup of the kitchen with the marvelous stove.|
My family generously offered me and D the master bedroom, complete with a four-poster bed, a walk-in closet the size of our current bedroom, and a bathroom the size of a golf field (with a jacuzzi!). The master suite had way more space than I knew what to do with. It was intimidating!
|Master bedroom with a four-poster bed.|
On New Year's eve, we ate way too much excellent food, and then got together around the fireplace to exchange gifts.
|Presents and fireplace.|
It was so wonderful to spend the holidays with our families. And as a bonus, I got to enjoy beautifully designed houses along the way. What a great way to start the new year!