(Note: Dot & Bo was sold and some links are no longer viable)

 

In this piece (1 of 2 for both coasts) I was asked to write a blog piece that ties into Dot & Bo products to link to as well as provide example photos from online. The first version is without those links to products and photos, below that is with links included.

 

Final: http://www.dotandbo.com/designdistrict/2015/03/10-signs-your-home-is-or-should-be-in-new-england/

Tagline: Do you have what it takes to be from New England?

The Signs Your Home Is (Or Should Be) In New England

By Gina Ritter

Whaling and literature, Colonial revival homes and high style, the people from the six states that comprise one of the oldest American regions are proud to be there. Aside from some pretty cool dialects and accents known worldwide (Boston rings a bell), there’s a distinct history of architecture, seafood-based cuisine, style, government, famous residents, and orientation with the ocean and whaling (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/uncharted-waters/whale-shelving) dating back to the 1600’s. Whether you’re actually from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, or New Hampshire, or just wish you were, there are quite a few things that set you apart. Do you have what it takes?

Four True Seasons

You know what true seasons are and you’re not afraid to show it. Unlike your counterparts from the south and the west, New England has four distinct seasons with weather that requires your full attention before stepping out. But you’re not afraid. In fact, you own it by pulling that season’s clothes and footwear out of storage and rejoice and decorate anew with special seasonal flare.

Mud Is A Season

You know mud intimately, and it doesn’t slow you down in personal style or at home. You’ll have at least one dedicated pair of ‘muck boots’ that are fairly high fashion for their necessary function, and they’ll definitely have some killer wicking action.

Seasonal Storage

Your home will have a dedicated ‘mud room’ too. Ranging from a small breezeway at the home’s entry to something that’s large enough to be a room of its own, you’ll need at least a cubby bench to sit for changing your footwear and ample storage for holding all seasons of jackets and accessories like hats, gloves, scarves, and snow gear.

Embrace Literary Roots

New England boasts a strong fleet of talented local writers through history. Boston was once the hub of the U.S. publishing industry, before New York, and while it’s no longer home to the literary magazine The Atlantic Monthly, several large publishing houses like Houghton Mifflin remain. Yankee Magazine continues to publish from New Hampshire, and famed Merriam-Webster is based in Springfield, Massachusetts. Whether your love of books is based on the actual words or the aesthetics of display, celebrate literature with style by giving your compliments to the writers or to the sea.   

American Pride

You’ve got spirit and proudly display your favorite flag pieces year round.

No Nautical Nonsense

You embrace the coast, even when you can’t be near it, with most of your larger décor choices in every room and any number of accessories, but you know how to go nautical without the nausea. There’s no sea-sickness upon entering your home! It’s elegant, updated and charming. You may not be going full-throttle Castaway Chic, but you’re still going to give a respectful nod to the sea.

You’re Inspired

You’ll use any methods you can to bring the outdoors in, especially since you’ll need that coastal inspiration during the long, cold winters. There will be shells sprinkled around your home, clam-inspired dishes, natural wood organizers in each room, and plenty of driftwood accessories to tide you over. You’re probably going to get pretty crafty with a rope from time to time as well by purchasing a rope-themed chandelier, or completely DIY’ing your stairs.

Set Sail

Boats and sailboats are definitely a thing in most New England homes. Even if you’ve never been on one, you’re an old salty sea dog at heart, and you’ll always have room for just one more ship.

Anchor Your Style

There’s always an element that anchors the New England style together, and that’s literally the anchor. You’ll see the most amazing anchor prints on walls, curtains, pillows, sheets, and rugs, or you might only see one used as a focal point for an entire room. Either way, you’re guaranteed to deploy an anchor in your home.

We’re In The Navy (And White)

Day and night, navy and white, you’re not afraid to mix the dark and the light for a striking, crisp, sophisticated look to your home. Choosing a striped living room furniture set, or just a few throw pillows in navy and white is practically mandatory.

Maritime Creatures

With solid whaling roots dating back to 1650, and a flourishing regional seafood cuisine today, from New England clam chowder to Maine lobster, you’ll find a creature in your pot for all seasons. You’ll also find whale, fish, crab, and lobster décor in most every room. You’ve embraced the sea and celebrate all its creatures in your home.

So if some or all of this is true: you’re not afraid to show your pride, you’ve embraced the sea and celebrate all its creatures in your home, and you are drawn to the sea, then welcome home, you’ve made yours in New England, if only in style. Now tell us about your favorite part of New England décor.

FINAL WITH LINKS BELOW

Tagline: Do you have what it takes to be from New England?

The Signs Your Home Is (Or Should Be) In New England

Whaling and literature, Colonial revival homes and high style, the people from one of the six states that comprise one of the oldest American regions called New England are proud to be there. Aside from some pretty cool dialects and accents known world-wide (Boston rings a bell), there’s a distinct history of architecture, seafood-based cuisine, style, government, famous residents, and orientation with the ocean and whaling (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/uncharted-waters/whale-shelving) dating back to the 1600’s. Whether you’re actually from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, or New Hampshire, or just wish you were, there are quite a few things that set you apart. Do you have what it takes?

Four True Seasons

You know what true seasons are and you’re not afraid to show it. Unlike your counterparts from the south and the west, New England has four distinct seasons with weather that requires your full attention before stepping out. But you’re not afraid. In fact, you own it by pulling that season’s clothes and footwear out of storage, and rejoice and decorate anew (http://www.dotandbo.com/category/decor-and-pillows/pillows/throw-pillows/sky-watching-throw-pillow) with special seasonal flare.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/212372938654519280/

http://www.hometalk.com/4280842/fall-mason-jar-vases

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/367043438354220155/

Mud Is A Season

You know mud intimately, and it doesn’t slow you down in personal style or at home. You’ll have at least one dedicated pair of ‘muck boots’ that are fairly high fashion for their necessary function, and they’ll definitely have some killer wicking action.

http://www.muckboots.com/women-s-hale-black-harbor-blue

Seasonal Storage

Your home will have a dedicated ‘mud room’ too. Ranging from a small breezeway at the home’s entry to something that’s large enough to be a room of its own, you’ll need at least a cubby bench (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/Startup-office/cubby-bench) to sit for changing your footwear and ample storage for holding all seasons of jackets and accessories like hats, gloves, scarves, and snow gear.

 http://amazingspaceonline.com/media/library/pages/mudroom/slideshow/25-mudroom-print_558439.jpg

http://www.remodelista.com/files/img/sub/mudroom.jpg

Embrace Literary Roots

New England boasts a strong fleet of talented local writers through history. Boston was once the hub of the U.S. publishing industry, before New York, and while it’s no longer home to the literary magazine The Atlantic Monthly, several large publishing houses like Houghton Mifflin remain. Yankee Magazine continues to publish from New Hampshire, and famed Merriam-Webster is based in Springfield, Massachusetts. Whether your love of books is based on the actual words or the aesthetics of display (http://www.dotandbo.com/category/furniture/bookcases-and-cabinets/bookcases/33036-just-beachy-stackable-shelves), celebrate literature with style by giving your compliments to the writers (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/bauhaus-school-of-design/genius-bookends-set-of-2) or to the sea (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/summer-abroad-barcelona/under-the-sea-bookends).   

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/85427724151164213/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/256283035018285578/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/129971139222107449/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/72409506483519256/

American Pride

You’ve got spirit and proudly display your favorite flag pieces http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/set-the-scene-backyard-bbq/america-the-beautiful-wooden-art year round.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/383861568214962431/

No Nautical Nonsense

You embrace the coast, even when you can’t be near it, with most of your larger décor choices in every room (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/castaway-chic/29534-sea-life-wall-cabinet) and any number of accessories (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/cast-a-line/lake-house-hook-in-blue), but you know how to go nautical without the nausea. There’s no sea-sickness upon entering your home! It’s elegant, updated and charming (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/castaway-chic/32057-ships-ahoy-boat-planter). You may not be going full-throttle Castaway Chic, but you’re still going to give a respectful nod to the sea (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/delicate-industrial/29602-fisherman-s-boat-wall-shelf).

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/2814818492219766/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/58828338858455745/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/173951604330191329/

You’re Inspired

You’ll use any methods you can to bring the outdoors in, especially since you’ll need that coastal inspiration during the long, cold winters. There will be shells sprinkled around your home, clam-inspired dishes (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/castaway-chic/22839-seaside-ceramics-dish/), natural wood organizers (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/go-light-on-rustic-kitchen-style/28646-wood-panel-crates-set-of-3) in each room, and plenty of driftwood accessories (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/soft-southwest-1/organic-driftwood-leaf-tray) to tide you over. You’re probably going to get pretty crafty with a rope from time to time as well by purchasing a rope-themed chandelier (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/castaway-chic/19965-nautical-rope-chandelier), or completely DIY’ing your stairs.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/27936460161995483/

http://www.drivenbydecor.com/2012/05/creative-ways-to-use-rope-in-your-homes.html

Set Sail

Boats and sailboats are definitely a thing in most New England homes. Even if you’ve never been on one, you’re an old salty sea dog at heart (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/encore-summer-at-the-lake/23889-don-t-rock-the-boat-shelf), and you’ll always have room for just one more ship (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/encore-sausalito-houseboat/ship-without-a-bottle).

http://www.completely-coastal.com/2013/04/boat-theme-decor.html

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/41025046577859947/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/148196643961900826/

Anchor Your Style

There’s always an element that anchors the New England style together, and that’s literally the anchor. You’ll see the most amazing anchor prints on walls, curtains, pillows, sheets, and rugs, or you might only see one used as a focal point (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/encore-sausalito-houseboat/19984-sea-faring-anchor-wall-d-cor) for an entire room. Either way, you’re guaranteed to deploy an anchor in your home.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/41025046576443581/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/57913545180264358/

We’re In The Navy (And White)

Day and night, navy and white, you’re not afraid to mix the dark and the light for a striking, crisp, sophisticated look to your home. Choosing a striped living room furniture set, or just a few throw pillows (http://www.dotandbo.com/category/decor-and-pillows/pillows/throw-pillows/embroidered-chevron-throw-pillow-navy-and-white) in navy and white is practically mandatory.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/136233957453540737/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/244179611020185787/

Maritime Creatures

With solid whaling roots dating back to 1650, and a flourishing regional seafood cuisine today, from New England clam chowder to Maine lobster, you’ll find a creature in your pot for all seasons. You’ll also find whale (http://www.dotandbo.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keyword=whale), fish (http://www.dotandbo.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keyword=fish), crab (http://www.dotandbo.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keyword=crab), and lobster (http://www.dotandbo.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keyword=lobster) décor in most every room.

So if some or all of this is true: you’re not afraid to show your pride, you’ve embraced the sea and celebrate all its creatures in your home, and you are drawn to the sea, then welcome home (http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/bathing-in-blue/twirled-anchor-garden-mat), you’ve made yours in New England, if only in style. Now tell us about your favorite part of New England décor.

7 D&B complementary products:

http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/seeing-blue/plush-sofa

http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/lounge-in-style/spiers-sofa-in-teal

http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/seeing-blue/20022-sideways-vase-in-cobalt-blue

http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/california-coastal-1/recycled-glass-mermaid-vase-and-jug-set-of-2

http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/uncharted-waters/27580-melville-art-print (whale)

http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/trending-steam-powered-style/metal-compass-wall-plaque

http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/gifts-under-50-dollars/nautical-mile-pillow-cover

 

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