Connected. Logged on. Streaming. It’s 2018, and we are never not on the grid. We even check our work email while vacationing. In fact, we check it over and over again! It makes no sense. Isn’t the entire point of unplugging to… unplug? Maybe we should take a note from Paper Plane Studio’s Jennifer Bostic and sculptor John Powers. In order to check out for a bit and help their creative juices flow, they purchased a home in New York’s Hudson Valley that’s so remote, it was originally only accessible by boat.
The home is one of three on a plot Jennifer and John bought fully furnished, and at some point during its lifetime was dubbed the Cowboy House. While they still aren’t sure why it was given the name, the decorations left behind did give them some insight into the life of the family who probably gave it the moniker. Firstly, they were readers. Big-time readers. Many of the home’s shelves brimmed with books that were scribbled with inscriptions. And secondly, their taste skewed more rustic than modern. The latter was fine with Jennifer and John. They simply paired the decorations with their own from the city to create an eclectic mix that pays homage to not only the home’s history, but their own.
Combing through every nook and cranny of a 100-year-old house may seem tiresome on paper, but in actuality, decorating and getting the property up and running has been the perfect escape for the pair. Sure, it’s hard work, but the “feeling of automatic calm and relief from the busy city” that washes over Jennifer and John the second they step foot here more than compensates for anything that needs tending to. Scroll down to check out their two-story, three-bedroom retreat, and enjoy! —Garrett
Photography by Leslie Williamson
Image above: “When we purchased the property, the houses all came with everything inside. So the first three months were dedicated to removing items that didn’t work with the aesthetic, and adding in elements that visually [represented] our own style. We found a lot of great objects in the cellar, the attic and throughout the house in drawers and cabinets!” – Jennifer Bostic
Accessories – Vintage
Quilt – Mexichic
Finishes – Vintage
Quilt – Ohhio
Quilt – Mexichic
Vase – Kristen Jensen