It was so fun to see my sister and her family's country home, Pennyroyal in the winter issue of Domino. Originally the home of one of the first interior designers in America, Candace Wheeler, the house, built in 1883 is located in what was originally founded an artists community in a beautiful spot in the Catskill Mountains. Mark Twain and Hudson River School painters enjoyed the same view offered by a mountain climb, and the location is still untouched and beautiful, providing a getaway from city life. My sister, interior designer Amanda Reynal, set about to restore Pennyroyal, preserving its history making it a place her family could enjoy year-round. Working with fabrics and furniture that would integrate with the existing color scheme, she updated the home and added to its charm. The day of the shoot we were graced with an epic snowfall and the trees looked like something out of Whooville, covered in snow. Ahead, a peek at some of the spaces in the house.
The most amazing painted frieze in the living room declares " Who Creates a Home Creates a Potent Spirit," a motto of Candace Wheeler. To create additional room, my sister had a freestanding building built near the house, covered in bark siding and done in a rustic style painted to match the house.