Katie Ridder's stunning new release, A House in the Country hits bookstores today. I'm so happy to add this one to my design library, as it's a very unique story and a lovely project to take in. It showcases what is possible when a talented couple (Katie just happens to be married to renowned architect Peter Pennoyer) put their creative minds together, and shares the stunning step by step details of the process of building their dream home. This six-and-a-half acre property in Millbrook New York has been completely transformed into a one of a kind Greek Revival inspired home that looks as though it's always been there (photography by noted photographer Eric Piasecki).
What I love most about this book is the format and the attention to detail. It's organized into three main sections: Exterior, Interior, and Garden. The English cottage appearance of the garden is really what you would imagine you'd find in a fairy tale. The book features a pullout of the garden plan and a comprehensive list of specific flowers and plants included in the flower garden, cutting garden, and woodland section. It sounds magical!
As for the home itself, it seems to me that you can expect an architect or designer's best work to be their own home - and this is such a fine example of that. It didn't all come easy, however. The couple had the challenges of an asbestos-clad rancher on the property, a fetid bog which was converted into a thriving pond, among other things. With all of the details shared about the conception, renderings & elevations, design, decoration, and landscaping, you cannot help but realize this is a heartfelt story about family & creative relationship as much as it is about creating a home.
The interiors are just as you'd expect from Katie; layered, colorful, and luxurious. I love the use of her own Scraffito wallpaper in blue in the entry just below, it's also what covers the book underneath of the dust jacket (now that's detail-oriented!).
As you would imagine, the architecture and the design are completely in sync throughout. There is so much rich color (as you see in the library below), texture, and pattern resulting in a home with utmost personality.
What a stunning property! My only wish after reading the book was that I could see in it person. To purchase a copy head over here, and to see more from Katie Ridder's extensive portfolio head here.