Colo­nial Tra­di­tions

New Eng­land home­own­ers raise the roof to turn their 1980s ranch house into a two-story Colo­nial chock-full of Christ­mas cheer.

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A Mas­sachusetts cou­ple raise the roof on a ranch home to cre­ate a two-story Colo­nial that glows bright with hol­i­day spirit, from its Christ­mas red ex­te­rior to the lav­ishly dec­o­rated trees through­out the in­te­rior.

Left: The black hutch in the din­ing room beau­ti­fully sets off a group of col­lectible San­tas, with pewter, hol­i­day dishes and bot­tle-brush trees adding depth to the dis­play. Be­low: The stair­way of­fers a per­fect nook for the an­tique com­mode and sled. The 20-foot-high wall fea­tures a mu­ral painted by a fam­ily friend who was in­spired by the work of 1800s mu­ral­ist Ru­fus Porter.

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