At Home in Hudson Valley

 At Home in Hudson Valley - Photo 

By Allison Serrell. Photographs by Meredith Heuer. Chronicle Books, $40

“The landscape that defined America” is the 315 miles that bestride the Hudson River, an area of rare visual and agricultural abundance, latticed with fieldstone walls. Dairy farmers, Ichabod Crane, cap-tains of industry ...more


1 Recommendation

  • Chris

    's recommendation

    By Allison Serrell. Photographs by Meredith Heuer. Chronicle Books, $40 “The landscape that defined America” is the 315 miles that bestride the Hudson River, an area of rare visual and agricultural abundance, latticed with fieldstone walls. Dairy farmers, Ichabod Crane, cap-tains of industry and Dylan disciples all have called the Hudson River counties home, and any of them might be content in one of the remarkable dwellings scouted by Allison Serrell for her new book. Most were photographed, wisely, in peak fall or dead of winter, accentuating rhythms in the dense woods. What these houses most share, besides a preference for stone and wood, are delightful peculiarities that invite further investigation—a cypress shed that incorporates a 1940s silver Spartan trailer, a 20-foot slash of red door on a fog-painted wall. None of the houses is a perfect restoration; some of them are unashamedly “glamorized” (New York City design professionals have very entertaining notions of the perfect cabin in the woods). There are archetypes: batty Victorians (ten bedrooms and a blackened tin ballroom), disappearing acts (hooded Zen palaces, ivy-claimed cottages), deconsecrated churches and other conversions, even an eye-popping prefab. Each building expresses the creative souls who dwell within, the best that can be said of an interior design.

    My Tags:

    My Collections:

    Add a comment


Collections Featuring This Item

  • A Few Good Books

    Chris

    Curated by Chris

    Modern House 3 Mary Gilliatt's Great Renovations and Restorations: A New Life for Older Homes Learning to See : Bringing the World Around You Into Your Home The Wabi-Sabi House : The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty Real Art! : The Paint by Number Book & Kit The Complete Kagan: Vladimir Kagan: A Lifetime of Avant-Garde Design Color for Interior Design Swatches : A Sourcebook of Patterns with More Than 400 Fabric Designs International Arts and Crafts