This LaGrange Family Home Is Full of Nostalgia and Stories

The charming home is adorned with antique pieces, treasured heirlooms, and souvenirs from the family’s worldly travels.

By Rikki Snyder, Houzz


This charming Cape Cod-style home is nestled away in a quiet, kid-friendly suburban neighborhood in LaGrange, NY. Owners Peggy and Dennis Maloney have been working on making it their own since moving here in the 1980s when their sixth child was born.

Peggy decorated the home with family heirlooms and items she found at estate sales, antique stores and flea markets. Each one has a special story behind it, whether it’s a rare find from an estate sale or a souvenir from one of her many trips to Europe. She is “absolutely in love with the colors blue and white,” she says. “It was an easy choice when picking out paint colors for the house.”

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Houzz at a Glance

Who lives here: Peggy and Dennis Maloney
Location: LaGrange, New York
Size: 3,000 square feet; 5 bedrooms


Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz


Their main sitting parlor, (my personal favorite room in the house), is full of blues, whites, greens and many rare collectibles.

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The secretary furniture piece in this room was found at an estate sale, along with the green vintage couch made in the 1940s. “It was love at first sight,” Peggy says. She had it reupholstered, and it’s now a main element in her parlor.


Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz


One of Peggy’s most valued collectibles is a blue and gold Limoges porcelain vase from France atop her side table. The matching green chairs in her parlor add a perfect contrast to all the blues and whites, adding warm color to a bright, airy and inviting space.


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Peggy’s bedroom was kept very simple with blue walls and soft light blue-and-white accents. A craft room off of her bedroom is Peggy’s favorite place to be. She enjoys making a wide variety of crafts such as wreaths, Christmas decorations, pillows, blankets and aprons there.


Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz


If Peggy’s not spending time in her craft room she’s often off in the kitchen baking. Like their bedroom, the kitchen is very simple with blue cabinets and white accents, though they plan to remodel their kitchen, get new cabinets and change the color to cream within the next few months.

When the Maloneys moved in, they added a new front entrance, making the entryway wider and more inviting. They also added a screened-in porch off the back, remodeled a bathroom, replaced the carpeting and repainted.


Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz


This dining room is their place of family gathering. This space means a lot to her because she never had a dining room in her house when she was growing up.

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A hutch displays Peggy’s blue-and-white dishes and glassware, reflected here in the dining room mirror.


Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz


In the corner of the dining room are more of Peggy’s blue-and-white dishes from England and furniture that has been in her family for a long time. Included is a pewter tea set, which is Peggy’s favorite piece to drink from. You can always expect a nice cup of tea upon entering this charming home.

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