A large part of the project centers around a collaboration with nature. How did the setting inspire your work?
I grew up in the Hudson Valley so its always felt so authentic for me to incorporate the natural surroundings into my work, especially for a project based in the middle of the woods. Environment plays a big role in how we style our interiors and it's often a subconscious reaction to what we're seeing, hearing or smelling. The Catskill Mountains contains so much beauty -- it's only natural that items discovered in the surrounding woods would find themselves in the decor. I wanted the styling in Hudson Woods to seem as if the homeowners organically and over time brought the outside in; fallen feathers haphazardly arranged in a collection of vintage bottles, found rocks lining the corners of windowsills, and cut branches instead of the expected flower arrangement. It's the small touches that speak collectively and drive home the lifestyle you could have in these home.
How has this project differed from your other work?
Most of my work has been specifically for photo shoots, so it is temporary and fleeting. This project is a permanent home on view to the public and is very much a combination of interior design and styling. My work at Hudson Woods is ongoing so I've been able to add layers and adjust over time, incorporate the seasons, and so on. Additionally, the home is furnished with pieces from small and independent designers with an overall attention to quality, craftsmanship and detail. Each item brought in acknowledges and compliments that aesthetic.
What has been the biggest challenge at Hudson Woods?
When first approached, I was humbled and excited that a team with such strong design sense would trust my eye. Since I'm based in New York City the biggest challenge is traveling up to the site every weekend. But once I'm there, I understand the magic of escaping the city to a cabin in the woods.