I stayed on the Hudson River this weekend with friends at Castle on the Hudson and watching the leaves change was pure joy! It’s so nice to be near a lake or river this time of year — a welcome change from the sandy beaches of summer. The changing foliage this weekend and beauty of nature brought to mind photos of a gorgeous lake house interior design project my friend and designer, Stephanie Horton of Horton Design Associates, worked on with her mother-in-law and partner, Mimi Horton. Mimi has been in the interior design industry since 1969, founding Horton Design Associates Ltd over 40 years ago. Earlier in life, she worked at Vogue Magazine and attended the New York School of Interior Design. Stephanie joined the family business in 2007 after years working with the well known NYC antiques dealer John Rosselli. Together, they make a fabulous pair.
I’m excited to share with you these fabulous photos from Mimi and Stephanie of this gorgeous home in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania. It is a residential hunting and fishing lodge with lakeside views and access. The family has college-aged children and they use it as a retreat year-round. The home was newly constructed ~ the owners took the previous house down to the studs and rebuilt it; the only thing remaining from the original structure was the octagonal great room with log walls.
I asked Stephanie about the design process on this project and she said that the clients have excellent taste and brought some items from their primary residence, as well as purchased several pieces on their own including some Adirondack antiques. However the house was basically empty when the project started, and Horton Design essentially did the interior design top to bottom.
I asked Stephanie if she had any tips for my readers on getting the lake house/hunting lodge feel that we see in her photos above and this is what she said:
“I can tell you that we furnished the house in large part with rugs from Elizabeth Eakins and Stark Carpet, custom upholstery from Anthony Lawrence-Belfair and O.Henry House, furniture and fabrics from John Rosselli and lighting from Paul Ferrante. There are exquisite hand-hooked Eakins rugs in the family room and master bedroom that add so much character. They’re new but they look old. We got some great accent fabrics from Jane Shelton that have that old-world look as well. Plus the architecture itself is charming, especially the pine tree-detailed stair railing, and the wood-paneled walls and ceilings throughout. Add in a healthy dose of mounted gameheads and fishing creels, a tramp-art mirror made of cigar boxes and some unexpected pieces like the bronze Thai rain drum, and it’s a great mix.”
I was also curious how they came up with the color scheme used in this home:
“The color scheme was selected in large part to complement the outside landscape. With surroundings and picture windows like this, why compete with nature!? Lots of muted reds, greens and browns always look good in a lake or mountain home. All the textiles were selected for their patina ~ the clients wanted things to look like they’ve always been there, so we incorporated soft florals, paisleys and some fur. We even used some of the solid fabrics on the reverse side to achieve a worn look. Since the walls are primarily wood paneled, there’s not much paint to speak of, but there’s a beautiful Farrow & Ball color called “Lichen” in the kitchen. There’s also some painted furniture – a faded red coffee table and a celadon painted chest and mirror. And again the Eakins rugs play such a part in the color scheme – there’s like 36 colors in each rug – it’s art underfoot.”
Let us know if you’ve got a fabulous lake house and tell us what you think of Horton Design’s work on this project! We love it! What a fabulous getaway! (Lake House photos by Jane Beiles Photography) ~Melissa Hawks