Photography by Maxwell Tielman.
When the home owners of one of my favorite sneak peeks ever told me to check out the home of their neighbor and partner in the Phoenicia hotel The Graham & Co, I was contacting Amanda Bupp before I had even begun reading their email. This summer, Max became a proud owner of his own Catskills home and taking a break from the joys of home ownership, he visited Amanda to document the work she had done on her own Catskill country house. Amanda completed major renovations on the house in December 2011 and has spent nearly every weekend since hanging out mountainside. At the time she designed this home, her full-time Brooklyn residence was very rustic and lodge-like so she wanted to make her Catskill getaway feel the opposite. She kept everything monochromatic and neutral to highlight the nature just outside. The result is a country house with a modern Scandinavian feel. Thanks, Amanda! -Amy
Image above: The sofa is a Ligne Roset Togo, I love that it’s low and you can just sink right into it in front of the fire. The cow skull was found in El Paso on a trip to Marfa, TX. The wood floors are salvaged from the roofdeck of the SOHO House in Manhattan. They are unfinished, raw, matte, and absolutely beautiful. They are probably the coolest thing about the house and run throughout including the bathroom. The paint color throughout the house is Pratt & Lambert – Silver Lining.
See more of this Catskills house after the jump!
Image above: This artwork is from a series of prints by Sol LeWitt. The ceramic pot was made by a good friend, Michael Dickey. He also did a drawing hung in the hallway. You can find a lot of his work here.
Image above: The credenza was found at a local barn sale upstate, it had already been sanded down, so staining it black seemed the obvious choice.
Image above: These baskets are from Africa. This doubles as blanket storage and often times a dog bed.
Image above: The driftwood on the stairs cutout was found on The Graham & Co. hotel property when we were renovating. It had washed up from the Esopus. I love finding things like this to drop in the house, just re-enforcing the indoor/outdoor feel.
Image above: The kitchen is my favorite place to be on the weekends. I love to cook and there is not as much time or space to do so in the city. It’s great to have such an open plan so I can cook while entertaining guests outside and in. The back kitchen wall is honed marble tile with no grout. The stools are white perforated Tolix.
Image above: The bed is the first prototype design for the beds at the hotel. I have to say, I don’t sleep better anywhere else but here. And when you wake up it’s like being in a treehouse, you really get the sense that you are up in the mountains.
Image above: This is a Tracey Emin print signed by the artist. The other is an original artwork by Bianca Barattini.
Image above: The bathroom tile was inspired by the fall 2011 Balenciaga ad campaign (and maybe a little Flashdance too). The tub and sink were salvaged from an old house upstate. A vampire bat taxidermy also adds to the rooms charm.
Image above: The back deck adds to the fact that the house sits on a mountain, the end of the deck actually cuts into the side of the hill and vegetation spills over.
Image above: The overall inspiration for the exterior was to create a “witch barn”. Basically just paint it black and let the exterior elements pop. It looks great in the summer and in the winter with 2 ft. of snow. The boards were stained black and attached with the rough side out to maintain a very flat and textured look, which relates back to the woods and mountain it sits on.