Peter and Katie’s story is as romantic as the setting they have created in this fairytale-like country home they have built from the ground up in Millbrook, NY. The residence is a physical representation of the beautiful union, a simpatico relationship between two creatives, but, more importantly, it tells the story of two people who love to live and work together. If our homes are a reflection of our souls, the Pennoyer-Ridder Home is evidence of two amazingly talented individuals and stands as a testament to their abilities as leaders in the design world.
I felt like Alice in Wonderland tumbling down the rabbit hole while reading this book. I was entranced with the beauty of the home both interiorly and exteriorly. The beautifully designed details of the architecture and interior design held me captive for hours on end. The well-curated gardens designed by Katie who is a self-taught gardener add to the essence of a home that feels as though it has always been in this setting.
The stately manor beckons from the rolling hills to welcome all who are invited to enter this enchanted world.
This book is about the house as well as the beautifully curated life Peter and Katie have so carefully curated for themselves and their family. It is about the meeting of two design minds to produce a home that is functional as well as beautiful. Although it the house was designed from elements of history, the scale and livability are designed for a modern family with three children. The grounds are as lovely as the home itself. Peter and Katie paid close attention to the integration of land and structure to create a place that intermeshes every so perfectly with nature.
As a wannabe gardener, I was delighted to discover the fold out pages of flowers and plantings used in their garden with each scientific name, which opens to reveal a diagram of the garden and where each plant is located in Katie’s garden. I might try to emulate a smaller version in my backyard. I believe the beauty outside only enhances the beauty indoors.