A modern adaptation
Interior designer Amanda Reynal started her own journey at Pennyroyal just 10 years ago through a combination of coincidence and circumstance. Her in-laws purchased the home from Wheeler’s family, the Thurbers, in 1977, and in 2005, it was passed down to Reynal and her husband. Vowing to save any pieces conceived by Wheeler or those holding historic value, such as a rendering of Mark Twain by Wheeler’s daughter Dora, Reynal gently updated the areas that had begun to deteriorate. Smoothly integrating new elements into the original structure, and making the home safe and livable for her young family, she took on the task of renewing its decor. “Instead of creating a museum or shrine to Candace Wheeler, I carefully selected furnishings and fabrics from today’s designers that would complement all the history that was left behind,” says Reynal. “I was constantly asking myself ‘What would Candace think of this?’ because it was important to carry on the cottage’s timeless legacy.”
Reynal styled the bedroom in a contemporary version
of Wheeler’s natural and understated design style.
POSTER BED faux bamboo by Drexel Heritage, drexelheritage.com ART painting of flowers by Elizabeth Darby ART painting of Amanda Reynal’s uncle as a child by Elizabeth Darby DUVET COVER Pearl Embroidered in simply taupe $129–$149 potterybarn.com PILLOWCASES Pearl Embroidered in simply taupe $28–$32/set of two,