Country Living featured designer Alexandra Champalimaud as she transformed her own Revolutionary-era house in Litchfield, Connecticut. Her house is a dream home. Today you can buy exceptional books that show you how to construct a colonial home from the floor plans to colonial decorating ideas right out of the civil war.
Washington and Jefferson both dined in this historical home, so you can imagine how thrilled Alexandra and her husband Bruce were to buy this historical home. Alexandra and Bruce have not significantly altered the layout of the house, although it has been transformed many times by previous owners. They say that in 1805, a library was added. Alexandra recreated the original paint palette with custom-mixed colors in several rooms, based on an analysis of the house by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. The clapboards, door, and hardware are all original through out the house, although the ground floor windows were replaced in the mid 1800s. She noted that there was no glass industry in the Colonies and it was illegal to import large panes from England, so only 12-over-12-light windows were available when the house was built. One of the more interesting rooms was the red painted room with the fireplace which was the original kitchen in this 1754 home. Alexandra had an old sofa cut down to fit the space and replaced its pink damask upholstery with casual linen. Borrow some ideas from this stunning National Historic Landmark that has been nicely preserved.