“The beauty of this house now, during COVID, is that because you have a very open, beautiful plan, you can work with it to appropriately social distance while still having gatherings,” she says.
In the great room, a buttery chenille sectional and whiskey leather recliner sit around a wool rug woven in shades of rust, cream and bluish gray. The Lorts-brand charcoal-gray coffee table, with its “bumper” upholstered in off-white faux suede, doubles as a foot-resting ottoman.
“We wanted to make sure that we maximized how much seating would be available,” she says.
A maple game table flanked by espresso velvet chairs sits atop a Pottery Barn faux-shearling rug in front of floor-to-ceiling windows. The same Lorts-brand chairs, augmented by armchairs with cowhide-covered exteriors, surround a trestle-based oak table in the dining room. A pair of pheasants appear frozen in flight over the wet bar.
The rustic decor extends into the owners’ suite. The bedroom — a space that showcases views of the Black River framed by more floor-to-ceiling windows — is dominated by a wrought-iron bed stationed in front of a reclaimed barn-wood wall. Similarly, one wall of the bathroom is finished in flagstone and fronted by a red-oak vanity. The Kohler vessel sink “is meant to resemble an older sink you’d find in a home in the ’20s,” Palmieri says.
A flight of stairs in the foyer lead to a lower level with two bedrooms and a full bath finished with the couple’s grandchildren in mind. A flagstone patio, complete with fire pit, extends into the backyard — the perfect spot to relax after a day in the great outdoors. Palmieri notes that the house is a place people don’t want to leave.
“This house hugs you as soon as you walk in,” she says. “It is just wonderfully warm and cozy. There’s a sense of security when you’re there. It’s just this safe little haven.”