Turn everyday objects into innovative holiday tablescapes with ease.
In 1883, Candace Wheeler—often credited as the mother of American interior design, and revered as a pioneer who made design accessible to the masses—built a summer cottage in Tannersville, New York. Naming it Pennyroyal for the spirited purple wildflowers that flourished throughout the area, she rejected wealth, social status, and modern invention by embracing a return to the simple, old-fashioned country lifestyle in which she was raised. In the surrounding patch of untamed wilderness, she forged a community for creatives in 1887 called the Onteora Club, whose early membership included writers such as Mark Twain and various artists from the Hudson River School. A quiet oasis for individuals interested in the arts, it offered a refuge for those seeking the beauty of nature and rustic lodging away from the bustling cities of New York, Hartford, and Boston.
IT IS THE LEAVES OF THE EXTENDED LIFE OF ONTEORA WHICH I AM NOW TURNING. THE DAYS OF THE IDYLLIC
LIFE OF THE MOUNTAIN, WHEN WE LIVED IN THE VERY ARMS AND LINGERED LIKE FAVORED CHILDREN IN THE LAP OF NATURE…
— CANDACE WHEELER
The living room, featuring an original frieze above the doorway with
Candace’s motto “Who Creates a Home, Creates a Potent Spirit.”
WALLCOVERING Hinson grasscloth (no longer available) SOFA custom $5,000 curranonline.com FABRIC (sofa) Ultrasuede #404, kravet.com FABRIC (throw pillow) Indian Flower in saffron, michaelsmithinc.com FABRIC Rugby in oxford, norbarfabrics.com RUG (similar to shown) CB 177, cbparsua.com LAMP Christina
in turquoise, bungalow5.com WREATH custom, kernsnursery.com
Amanda Reynal enjoying the snowfall at Pennyroyal.