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Win­ter Whites

On the North Fork of Long Is­land, dis­cern­ing shop owner Lori Guyer takes an all-is-calm ap­proach to at-home ac­ces­soriz­ing with serene shades, col­or­less candy canes, and a light dust­ing of vin­tage decor.

- writ­ten by RHONDA REIN­HART photograph­s by DAVID A. LAND styling by HEATHER BULLARD Good News · New York · Greenport, Suffolk County, NY · Santa Claus · Southold Hamlet · Southold, NY

No mat­ter the sea­son, Lori Guyer typ­i­cally has vi­sions of Christ­mas danc­ing in her head. As the pro­pri­etor of

White Flower Farm­house (@white­flow­er­farm­house)—her long-stand­ing Southold, New York, vin­tage bou­tique—Lori has be­come known for her fes­tive and retro hol­i­day dis­plays, deck­ing out the North Fork fa­vorite with old-timey Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions she hunts down year­round. “I’m up in at­tics in the mid­dle of sum­mer when it’s 100 de­grees, pulling down the or­na­ments at es­tate sales,” she says. “Then I pack it all away and bring it to the store so that the day af­ter Thanks­giv­ing, all that vin­tage Christ­mas is ready and wait­ing in the shop.”

A sim­i­lar scene plays out ev­ery year at the shop­keeper’s home in the cen­turies-old mar­itime vil­lage of Green­port (pop­u­la­tion: 2,230). It’s here that Lori show­cases her per­sonal col­lec­tion of vin­tage glass or­na­ments and hard plas­tic Santa Claus candy con­tain­ers from the 1940s and ’50s among a more ever­green as­sort­ment of iron­stone and an­tique fur­ni­ture. “I like to col­lect Christ­mas items be­cause I can en­joy them for a few weeks and then put them all away,” says Lori. “Be­cause I spend so much of my day sur­rounded by stuff at the shop, when I’m at home, I like to keep things serene and sim­ple.”

Lori and her hus­band, Stephen, bought their circa-1850 salt­box-turned­farm­house in 2014 and en­listed lo­cal

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Fresh pine, cedar, and bal­sam gar­lands (lynchcreek­wreaths .com) make for a warm win­ter’s wel­come at the 1850s salt­box­turned-farm­house.
ex­te­rior Fresh pine, cedar, and bal­sam gar­lands (lynchcreek­wreaths .com) make for a warm win­ter’s wel­come at the 1850s salt­box­turned-farm­house.
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The Christ­mas tree and col­lec­tion of vin­tage or­na­ments are at home among nat­u­ral el­e­ments like the an­tique pine armoire and cof­fee ta­ble, pieces Lori found on pick­ing jour­neys for her shop.
liv­ing room The Christ­mas tree and col­lec­tion of vin­tage or­na­ments are at home among nat­u­ral el­e­ments like the an­tique pine armoire and cof­fee ta­ble, pieces Lori found on pick­ing jour­neys for her shop.

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