A Modern Catskills Getaway

When I moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, seven years ago, my favorite store was located just around the corner from my apartment: a women’s boutique named Canary with a men’s store, Oak, across the street. It quickly became my go-to spot, and I would frequently pop in just to chat with the girls working in the store. Since then, Oak and Canary combined to become one store, Oak, which has grown into a full lifestyle brand with a clothing line, magazine and three retail locations (the Williamsburg location remains one of my favorite places to learn about trends). So I was so thrilled to get a little peek inside the home of one Oak’s owners, Jeff Madalena. Jeff owns this home in the Catskills with his equally aesthetically minded partner, Jason Gnewikow, who is a partner and creative director at Athletics, a New York-based design studio. The space is a reflection of how their different styles complement each other. The lines of the home are more modern, while the furniture and accessories — things the couple has collected over the years — add an eclectic feel, making the home warmer. Thanks, Jason and Jeff! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: The fireplace was originally brick that we re-faced with hand-troweled concrete. The chair was an odd garage sale find that is sort of a mid-century-style love seat. We stripped it, pickled it and reupholstered the cushions in a geometric black and white Anni Albers print. The ceilings in the great room are pine shiplap stained white.

Image above: The tub is a black-bottomed claw-foot tub; we painted the bottom flat black (can’t remember what kind). Several fixtures in this room were sourced from really random places. The tub fill is a brass spigot, originally used for a laundry basin, and found on eBay. Subway tile on the walls and Carrara mosaic tile for the floors.

See more of Jason + Jeff’s Catskill home after the jump . . .

Image above: Pretty straightforward minimal bedroom. We replaced what was originally a garage door with a floor-to-ceiling picture window. The throw is a charcoal gray wool army blanket. Linens are from Ikea. The floors are reclaimed barn wood. The bed frame is a super-low platform made from reclaimed floor joists.

Image above: The kitchen is positioned at one end of the great room. We do a lot of entertaining in the summer, so this makes it easy for everyone to be in the same place and also provides easy access to the outdoors where we eat a lot. Pretty simple — Ikea cabinets, butcher-block countertops paired with a Fisher Paykel refrigerator and range.

Image above: The table here is a 10-foot-long dining table. We found the top at a barn sale and constructed the base out of reclaimed 4 x 4s. These are just some bits and bobs that live in frequent rotation at the end of the table. The windows are old factory windows we found at a salvage yard.

Image above: The closet door took us forever to find since we had to source the door after we had the framing done. We finally found it at a barn sale in Stone Ridge, NY. The light fixture is an industrial table lamp we found at the Brooklyn Flea Market. We embrace the low to high — simple white bed linens and pillows from Ikea, throw pillows are Belgian linen from a company called Libeco bought at High Falls Mercantile in High Falls, NY. The print is a Josef Albers print from the 1972 Munich Olympics. The paint color is Benjamin Moore Sidewalk Grey in flat.

Image above: This old chair has followed us around from apartment to apartment. We bought it years ago at Macy’s. We replaced the feet on it because it was a bit tall, but it’s actually super comfortable, and the scale works better in a large room. The throws are Libeco Belgian linen from High Falls Mercantile.

Image above: This is the hall that connects the upstairs bedrooms and bath to the great room. We stained the floors black throughout the entire upstairs using India ink for a true black. Windows in the hall and one wall of the living room were rehabbed factory windows.

Image above: This one is a bit tricky to photograph. On the opposite side of the vanity wall is an open shower. The pillar wall shares all the plumbing for both the sink and shower. Sink basin is Duravit, the faucet is an industrial wall mount from Chicago Faucets and the cabinet is from Robern.

Image above: This was our main bedroom before completing work on the downstairs master. The bedrooms are all pretty modest in size. White bed linens and pillows from Ikea. The throws are Libeco Belgian linen from High Falls Mercantile, the wall hanging is actually a hammock we bought in Tulum, Mexico, and the print next to the bed is a Cy Twombly print we bought in Paris. The color in this room is Benjamin Moore Stormy Monday in flat.

Image above: This is definitely where we spend the most time. The lighting is a cluster of Nelson pendants; the sofa is the Long Life sofa from Ihreborn we got at Scandinavian Grace. The big picture window in the background we designed to echo the shape of the adjacent hallway. The wall color here and in every other room except the two bedrooms is Benjamin Moore White Diamond. It’s a super crisp bright white.

Image above: We had to build up the floors for this room, as it had previously been a garage. We used reclaimed barnwood for the floors throughout. The color palette is primarily black and white down here. The doors are some old store doors we found at a salvage yard and painted black. The photos in the background are by NYC artist Ellen Frances and were made for an Oak in-store gallery event.

  1. Tifany says:

    Love the pink couch!

    Can anyone tell me where it is from?

  2. Emily says:

    This is my favorite sneak peek of all time. I pinned pretty much all of these onto Pinterest. So amazing.

  3. Luwam says:

    Your home is inspiring. The colour schemes, the beautiful pieces put together, the pink couch, amazing! I love the nature vs. modern look, and how the ceiling looks like hardwood flooring; the various wood used throughout the home, and not to mention that bath tub! love, love, love :)

  4. Domenica says:

    LOVE IT……….SO MUCH…..everything about IT….SUCH GREAT TASTE and styling…Thank You for sharing, your incredible space..

  5. Miriam says:

    amazing kitchen!! is it possible to get some more pictures of it??

  6. Jordan says:

    So gorgeous! I love the hammock above the bed – what a neat idea, and the texture of it is amazing!

  7. I love this house ! :)

  8. alessandra says:

    amazing! I love every choice made!

  9. jdanyelle says:

    Beautifully done… and as I am currently in negotiation on my own fixer-upper in the Catskills, it is nice to see what is possible!

  10. Gretchen says:

    STUNNING mix of minimalism, statement pieces and masculine/feminine.

  11. Eden says:

    Absolutely love the idea of using store doors!

  12. susan says:

    what they all said…

  13. Sila Yavuz says:

    Very tasteful, beautiful!

  14. Fiona Walsh says:

    Gorgeous space guys. The details are delicious. Über stylish. Relaxed. Real. No trying too hard.

  15. A beautiful, easy, happy house.

  16. cici says:

    love every little thing!

  17. Malini Srivastava says:

    Do you know where the table/credenza is from? The one in the black floor hallway that connects the bedrooms to the great rooms?

  18. Catherine says:

    I realize that this sneak peek was posted almost two years ago now, but I keep coming back to it. Dream house. Everything is literally perfect.

  19. Jenika says:

    That pink sofa is to die for.

  20. Simple and stunning – thanks for sharing!

  21. Fiona says:

    Stunning! I know this is old, but what is the stain on the pine ceiling? (I know it’s white, but a specific one? Love the look.)

    Also, SO sad High Falls Mercantile is no more. It was lovely.

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      hi fiona!

      i think it’s just white washed :)


  22. Wow, this is such a nice combo of modern and rustic! Love it!

  23. Meghan Ulloa says:

    I have a beautiful dress that still looks totally original and stylish purchased from Canary years ago. I love the space! Can’t wait to see your plans for your new home Grace… Exciting. ;)

  24. nadine says:

    The decor is still so relevant. Great house. Proves once again, I need a pink couch.

  25. Stephanie says:

    Where did you find your bathroom sink? I am looking for one exactly like that and have not been able to find one with that depth.

  26. Annie says:

    Love the Black flooring. Was it 100% India ink or India ink mixed with stain? Would love more details on how to! Thanks!


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