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Country Glamour in Woodstock, New York

Although Woodstock, N.Y. 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.
"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.

Slipper chairs: upholstered in Samarand Ikat by Brunschwig & Fils
Game table: Custom by Markham Roberts
Turquoise ceramic stool: James Sansum Fine Arts
Resin deer head above mantle: Ruby's Lounge
Another sitting area adjacent to the fireplace echoes the same colors of the previous photo. 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.

Sofa: Mitchell Gold Dr. Pitt sofa
Red side table: Bungalow 5
Photo over the sofa: Markham Roberts, from James Sansum Fine Arts.
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 (such as the elegant additions to the bar above), and building a home that would be the ideal weekend getaway for a young family, they created a fresh and quirky aesthetic.

Blue art over the bar: David Arvidson, Rice Polak Gallery
A dark turquoise sofa is accented with pillows in fabric used elsewhere in the living room. Custom artwork made out of paint chips creates as a focal point above. The designers decided to use another earthy tone in this room and accessorized with an eggplant-colored crocodile leather tray on the ottoman.

Couch: Roberts Sofa from Hickory Chair
Custom artwork: Maureen Anders
Red lamps: G. Scatchard
Faux Crocodile Leather Tray: Pier 1
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.

Dining table: custom
Chairs: Baker Tulip chairs
Faux Bois plates: Ross Sveback
Etched drinking glasses: Tord Boontje
Floral plates: Wedgwood's Jasper Conran collection
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.

Wallpaper: Farrow & Ball's Ringwold Papers collection
Bedding: Classic chain bedding from Matouk
Side tables: Custom lacquered tables from Williams-Sonoma Home
Lamps: White spiral lamps from Christopher Spitzmiller
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.

Headboard: Upholstered in Pierre Frey's Grand Coral
Pillows: Custom made out of Jasper by Michael Smith's Indian.
Although they essentially had to do a full renovation, Cunningham and Foster still wanted to maintain and highlight the pieces of the house that added to its charm. One of the original fireplaces, painted a simple white, was kept in the master bedroom for chilly winter nights.

Chaise: Vintage
Mother of Pearl table: Custom
Art above mantle: Print by Paule Marrot
Rug: Twisted Abaca rug from Pottery Barn
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!"

Bed: Restoration Hardware
Duvet: Jon Robshaw
Lamps: Marjorie Lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller
Side table: Fyn table with shagreen top from Hickory Chair
"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." Across from the bed in the master bedroom, Cunningham and Foster played with the modern style of Cunningham's family by combining a vintage couch with a lucite coffee table.

Mirror: Custom
Coffee table: CB2
Vase: Jonathan Adler
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."

Bedding: Mirasol by Matouk
Letter C: Flea market
Fabric on walls: Frederica by Cowtan & Tout
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.