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This Charming Woodstock Farmhouse Is Full of Self-Expression


Fun and artistic accessories accent traditional pieces in a nature-inspired color palette.

By Vanessa Brunner, Houzz

Although Woodstock is better known for its 1969 concert, this rustic town is also a free-spirited getaway spot for New Yorkers. Interior designer Suysel dePedro Cunningham purchased an 1890s farmhouse nearby as a weekend country home for her and her family. One half of the design team Tilton Fenwick, Cunningham recruited the help of her design partner Anne Maxwell Foster to completely redo the house.

The pair gutted the house and took down every wall to the studs. “It was a homeowner’s potential nightmare, but a true decorator’s dream,” says Foster. For a unique look that emphasized the history of the town and the home, they stuck to a rich and nature-inspired color palette and traditional furniture accented with artful accessories.

Tilton Fenwick, original photo on Houzz

“There is an element of escapism involved in a country house,” says Cunningham. “This allows for more fun!” The team stuck with the notion of an upscale country home with a twist — a look that’s epitomized in the living room’s rich colors and use of natural materials.

Cunningham and Foster stuck with a earthy palette of browns, turquoises, and reds throughout the house. By using the same tones in each room, they were able to tie the entire house together.

Creating a home that was appropriate for the country was important, but Cunningham and Foster also wanted to avoid cliché. By incorporating artistic elements throughout the house, and building a home that would be the ideal weekend getaway for a young family, they created a fresh and quirky aesthetic.

Tilton Fenwick, original photo on Houzz

Cunningham and Foster fell in love with the large-scale nine-piece photo of a Queen Anne Lace bloom. They bought it immediately and had been dying to use it in the perfect setting. The turquoise lacquered walls in the dining room made the ideal backdrop for this piece.

The linen-lacquered table is set with organic-inspired tableware. From the faux bois dishes to the woven table runners, this setting is reminiscent of the home’s naturally luxe style.

Tilton Fenwick, original photo on Houzz

Bold, statement-making wallpapers are part of Tilton Fenwick’s signature style. The blue of this Farrow & Ball wallpaper is both playful and soothing, and contrasts beautifully with the red-orange of the bedding and custom headboard.

A custom upholstered headboard in a subtle coral pattern adds quiet elegance to the space. The coral pattern is just visible enough to provide a playful clash of pattern and color with the wallpaper and pillows.

Tilton Fenwick, original photo on Houzz

Cunningham and Foster worked with artist Victoria Molinelli to design a wallpaper that uses the Tilton Fenwick logo for the guest bedroom. The peacock print is echoed with a bold metal peacock above the bed — a lucky find at the flea market. “We’re biased,” says Foster, “but we think it turned out beautifully!”

“We embraced the culture unique to Woodstock, where self-expression is in the air,” says Cunningham. “We took that spirit and ran with it, really creating a home that’s full of fun touches.”

Tilton Fenwick, original photo on Houzz

In a girl’s room, Cunningham and Foster upholstered the walls with a classic brown and blue floral pattern from Cowtan & Tout. Simple brown-and-white bedding echoes the graphic “C” above the cushioned headboard. “The goal was to highlight the charm and emphasize comfort,” says Foster. “I definitely think we succeeded.”

​Tilton Fenwick, original photo on Houzz

The main bathroom focuses on the earthy brown in the home’s color palette, accented with a soft spring green. In lieu of a medicine cabinet or shelving, a huge antique Chinese armoire stores fluffy towels and other bathroom must-haves.

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