Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Review: A House in the Country


Another beautiful design book hit the shelves today, A House in the Country by Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder, with Anne Walker and photography by Eric Piasecki. For those of you who don't know, Peter and Katie are married, and after decades of designing houses for clients, architect Peter and interior designer Katie decided they were ready to build their own dream home. After searching for the perfect place to call home, they bought acreage in upstate New York and created their Greek Revival-inspired dream house; a house in the country, that looks like it's been there forever.

The power couple have very different design aesthetics. Peter is known for his classic, traditional architectural styles, while Katie blurs the line of modern and traditional with her interiors, and has a love for bold patterns, and quirky color palettes. Here though, their styles blend seamlessly into a stunning and sophisticated home.

I love books based on one house, and like Bunny Williams' newest book, A House by the Sea, this book by Peter and Katie is solely about their Millbrook home, illustrating the design process of the architecture, interiors, and gardens from conception to staging for the beautiful photos by Eric Piasecki. It's a stunning house, truly a collaboration between two masters at their craft, and you'd be incredibly hard pressed not to find inspiration in the 220+ pages of this beautiful book.



Photo copyright Eric Piasecki for A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY by Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder with Anne Walker, Published by Vendome Press

Photo copyright Eric Piasecki for A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY by Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder with Anne Walker, Published by Vendome Press

Photo copyright Eric Piasecki for A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY by Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder with Anne Walker, Published by Vendome Press

Photo copyright Eric Piasecki for A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY by Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder with Anne Walker, Published by Vendome Press


Photo copyright Eric Piasecki for A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY by Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder with Anne Walker, Published by Vendome Press

Photo copyright Eric Piasecki for A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY by Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder with Anne Walker, Published by Vendome Press

Photo copyright Eric Piasecki for A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY by Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder with Anne Walker, Published by Vendome Press

Photo copyright Eric Piasecki for A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY by Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder with Anne Walker, Published by Vendome Press

The couple earned the cover and 11 page spread in the August 2015 Architectural Digest with the dream house, which you might remember here. Their book obviously goes into greater detail about the planning, construction, and shows all of the finished house and gardens. If you liked the AD feature, you'll love the book! Take a closer look, and grab your copy below: 

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