By all counts, Nina Fletcher Little had a great eye and confidence in her taste. In an era when conventional wisdom dictated that Colonial-era colors were unrelentingly drab, she chose a bright and beautiful orange-yellow for the exterior of the 1728 farmhouse that she and her husband purchased as a summer home in 1937. They named it Cogswell’s Grant.
The Littles spent more than 50 summers at Cogswell’s Grant and never treated their home as a museum. But that’s more or less what it became after their deaths in 1993. It’s now a property of Historic New England, offering visitors an unusual opportunity to see a world-class collection just as its owners arranged it and lived with it. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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