Rough Point, Newport, RI. Photograph by William H. Johnson

Do you remember a few weeks ago when New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens was featured in the Boston Herald for an article titled “The Ghosts of Gossip Columns Past?” We got a big chuckle out of that piece and we were delighted in the idea that a whole new audience was catching wind of this beautiful—and entertaining—book about New England’s architectural and social history.

Now we are thrilled to report that Kim Knox Beckius’s New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens is back in the spotlight, but this time, for the inspiration one can draw from the classic design and traditional styles found on these pages.  Apartment Therapy, a popular home design website, has featured New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens in a story highlighting this “Yankee” style, comparing it to the much-buzzed about Downton Abbey, the recent hit for Masterpiece Theatre on PBS.

Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, CT. Photograph by William H. Johnson

Shot by renowned photographer William H. Johnson, the photography on these pages not only capture the gorgeous landscapes and exteriors of these homes, but also gives the reader a view the lives that were lived within. The pages are splashed with colorful images of the formal receiving and dining areas, but also of the kitchens, laundry rooms, and other impressive spaces that supported the lives of these notable New Englanders.

The best part? Each of the 36 homes featured in New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens are open to the public. So grab a copy of this informative and beautiful book, visit these great examples of “Yankee style”, and plan to be inspired!

Read the full Apartment Therapy post here.

 New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens is available in local bookstores, at Barnes & Nobles, and online.