Prepster Paradise

Nov 4, 2011

What don’t we love about this Hudson Valley hideaway, with its geometric shapes and plethora of vintage preppy accents, featured in the October 2011 issue of The World of Interiors? Nada. So let’s indulge in a bit of interior envy, shall we?

At the entrance to the kitchen, where the winding staircase opens into the bright whiteness of beadboard walls and tongue-in-groove ceiling and floors, sits a custom side cabinet and a trio of three-legged furniture—including a long-and-lanky 1960s Danish legged salad bowl.

The kitchen style is what we might call whimsical utilitarian. No-fuss, hardware-free white cabinets are decked out with winsome period accents like model buildings, chocolate molds, and colorful ceramics. And get a load of that circa-1940 Chambers stove, flanked by an accent table with more vintage accessories, and a hubba-hubba red rolling cart that provides extra space for food prep and storage for tools and utensils.

In the “Weird Country” living room—so dubbed by owners Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown—we love the low, linen-upholstered sofa set under a tall casement window and stacked with bright, striped, embroidered, and patchwork throws and pillows from sources as disparate as Amish country, India, and Argentina. The blocky, tray-top side table on the right holds a handmade Hicham Benmira lamp, while the clean-lined coffee table offers display space for sunny orange accessories and reading materials. And the fluffy white carpet? Our toes are begging to dig in.

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