Author(s): Katie Ridder
Nestled amid the lush, gently rolling hills of cattle and horse farms in Millbrook, New York, is a handsome Greek Revival house that looks like it's always been there. In fact, it is brand new - the collaborative effort of architect Peter Pennoyer and his wife, interior designer Katie Ridder. This irresistible book, exquisitely illustrated with photographs, finely rendered plans and hand-painted illustrations, tells the home's story. The design followed Pennoyer's conviction that historical examples are a springboard for the imagination and offer compelling solutions for new architecture. So, though many characteristics of the house are classical, and, more specifically, Greek Revival, it is also thoroughly contemporary and environmentally friendly, with an exuberantly colourful interior and spectacular gardens.
Peter Pennoyer s firm, Peter Pennoyer Architects, designs townhouses, apartments, and country houses, and restores historical houses.Katie Ridder has been included in the Top 100 lists of designers for "House Beautiful, Elle Decor, " and "New York" magazine. Her firm produces fabrics, wallpaper, and rugs of her design. Architectural historian and author Anne Walker has collaborated with Peter Pennoyer on four monographs on the history of 20th-century American architecture. Interiors photographer Eric Piasecki contributes to "Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and "many other publications."