Modern Rustic #12

An interior designer and her husband created the perfect winter getaway in upstate New York by letting nature do the talking…

Get the look: The exterior wood is painted in black Benjamin Moore Arborcoat semi-transparent stain.


A three-bedroom new build in the Catskills, upstate New York. The ground floor has an entrance hall, open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, a guest bedroom and bathroom. The first floor has a den, a bedroom with en suite, the main bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and the main bathroom.


The owners, whose main home is in Brooklyn, found a vacant plot of land to build a weekend getaway. For them, it was a chance to disconnect from the city grind and realign themselves with family, friends and nature, in a location sandwiched between state parks.

The idea was to create a contemporary cabin that would reflect – and almost disappear into – its setting, with huge windows, local materials and lots of wood, which is stained black on the exterior to camouflage the house among the trees. The location is all about being close to nature, so they wanted the house to feel casual and relaxed, and not detract from the spectacular light and views outside.

Designed by Lang Architecture (with interior design studio nune, choosing the finishes),  the house took 12 months to complete.

Although only two and a half hours from Brooklyn, the house feels like a world away. The huge windows and lack of light pollution makes the stars visible and deer, raccoons, foxes are regular visitors. The couple have even seen a bear’s paw print in the snow.


A large picture window frames a view of the surrounding trees, like a painting. The couple wanted plenty of windows. Their aim was to feel like they are in the woods and to see the wildlife outside.

Get the look: The Amicable Split bench is from Blu Dot. The rug is from TRNK.


Neutral colours and natural materials tie the house to its setting. Even the light above the dining table branches out like a twig. Everything is focused on nature and wildlife, and deer often appear outside while the owners are having dinner, adding a magical feel to the setting.

Get the look: The dining table is vintage – find similar at auction houses. The Hoffmann chairs are by Design Within Reach. The Waldorf light is by Lambert & Fils. The vase and bowl are from Recreation Center. The pictures are from TRNK.

The black chest next to the table provides accessible storage for plates, glasses and dining accessories.

Get the look: The pictures are from TRNK.


The aim was for the house to feel soft and humble. Material selection was an important factor in creating a feeling of serenity and connecting with nature – the wooden coffee table in the living room looks like it’s been cut straight from the roots of a felled tree.

Get the look: This is the CH163 sofa by Hans Wegner at Carl Hansen & Son. The cushions on the sofa are by Kufri. The throw is from Faribault Woolen Mill. The wood stool is by Andrianna Shamaris. The armchair is from DwellStudio. The coffee table is from South of Market. The woodburning stove is by Wittus. The planter is from West Elm. The baskets are from The Citizenry. This is a Round Chambers mirror from Croft House. The dark wood Senate chair is by Sawkille. The brass wall light is from Workstead. The rug is by Restoration Hardware.

Art books and stylish ceramics line the white bookshelf, which is softly illuminated at night by the black and wall lights.

Get the look: The rug is by Restoration Hardware.


The colours, textures and shapes echo those outside. The kitchen wall tiles are the colour of moss and the custom-made island has a walnut lining. Natural elements are layered throughout the space in a beautifully restrained way.

Get the look: These are the Mitre stools from Souda. The vase and bowls on the breakfast bar are by Rachel Saunders. The green tiles are by Heath Ceramics. The oven, extractor fan and dishwasher are by Fisher & Paykel. The mixer tap is by Delta.


Brass has been used as an accent throughout the house, as seen here in the bedside lights. It’s in keeping with the home’s elemental, mostly wooden material palette, but adds a touch of lustre and luxury.

Get the look: This is an Alchemy matt black bed from CB2. The bedlinen is from West Elm. The throw is from Joinery. The woven basket is from Westwind Orchard. These are Wallace bedside lights from Onefortythree. The picture is from Stilleben. The dark rug is from TRNK.

The long-haired sheepskin rugs look like they could have been shorn at a local farm.

Get the look: The dark rug is from TRNK.


The double basin was custom-made using fibre-reinforced concrete. The warm brass and timber elements soften the look.

Get the look: The Crescent round wall mirrors are from CB2. These are Shaded sconce wall lights from Onefortythree. The tray is by OyOy. The soap dispenser is from CB2. The vase is by Natalie Weinberger. The make-up bag is from Zana. The woven baskets are from Connected Goods. These are quartzite floor tiles by Walker Zanger.


Lang Architecture sourced wood locally to build the house and used oak for the floor and ceiling, complemented here with soothing grey walls. A simple wooden chair, timber-framed print and charcoal hued bed-linen pull the room together.

Get the look: This is the Nook bed from Blu Dot. The bedlinen is from Schoolhouse Electric. The throw is from Joinery. The rug is by Dash & Albert. This is the Key side table from Hem. This is a Woven wall sconce from Pigeon Toe Ceramics. The clock is by Braun. This is a Soren chair by Coil + Drift. The throw on the chair is from Cuyana. The picture is a gift from a client.

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Photography ⁄ Matthew Williams

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