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Unplugging in a Rustic Hudson Valley Retreat

by Garrett Fleming

Unplugging in a Rustic Hudson Valley Retreat, Design*Droits-Humains

Connected. Logged on. Streaming. It’s 2018, and we are never not on the grid. We even check our work email while vacationing. In fact, we check it over and over again! It makes no sense. Isn’t the entire point of unplugging to… unplug? Maybe we should take a note from  Jennifer Bostic and sculptor . In order to check out for a bit and help their creative juices flow, they purchased a home in New York’s Hudson Valley that’s so remote, it was originally only accessible by boat.

The home is one of three on a plot Jennifer and John bought fully furnished, and at some point during its lifetime was dubbed the Cowboy House. While they still aren’t sure why it was given the name, the decorations left behind did give them some insight into the life of the family who probably gave it the moniker. Firstly, they were readers. Big-time readers. Many of the home’s shelves brimmed with books that were scribbled with inscriptions. And secondly, their taste skewed more rustic than modern. The latter was fine with Jennifer and John. They simply paired the decorations with their own from the city to create an eclectic mix that pays homage to not only the home’s history, but their own.

Combing through every nook and cranny of a 100-year-old house may seem tiresome on paper, but in actuality, decorating and getting the property up and running has been the perfect escape for the pair. Sure, it’s hard work, but the “feeling of automatic calm and relief from the busy city” that washes over Jennifer and John the second they step foot here more than compensates for anything that needs tending to. Scroll down to check out their two-story, three-bedroom retreat, and enjoy! —

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Image above: “When we purchased the property, the houses all came with everything inside. So the first three months were dedicated to removing items that didn’t work with the aesthetic, and adding in elements that visually [represented] our own style. We found a lot of great objects in the cellar, the attic and throughout the house in drawers and cabinets!” – Jennifer Bostic

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The couple poses with one of John’s sculptures.

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In the late 1800s – when Cowboy House was built – there weren’t many roads in the area, therefore, the home was only accessible by boat. Because of this, the front of the property faces the lake.

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There are 120 steps separating the house from the lake, but the hike is always worth it. “This winter, the lake froze over very quickly… it was [as] flat as glass. We met many of our neighbors out in the middle of the frozen lake for hot toddies,” Jennifer reminisces.

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Chilly mornings are cozier when the still-functioning, original fireplace is blazing. Jennifer and John aren’t sure who the people in the portraits hanging on either side of it are, but they like to imagine they’re the original owners.

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French doors in the dining room lead to a screened-in porch.

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The staircase in the dining room leads to the bedrooms above.

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Jennifer and John’s headboard was in the house when they moved in. It pairs perfectly with the first of three bedrooms, all of which have been doused in “pale, sun-faded colors.”

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Exposed storage and quirky paper umbrellas set this space apart from the home’s other rooms.

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“I love the color in this room.” –Jennifer Bostic

In the summer, we usually travel by paddleboard to wine and cheese parties around the lake and usually [end the night] warmed by our fireplace on the dock.

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The hallway leading to the second bedroom.

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The brilliant light streaming into the second bedroom isn’t reserved only for this space. The house faces west, so each of its rooms are flooded in light every afternoon.

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The blue bedroom’s quilt was woven in the Ukraine. It decorates a single bed that’s “perfect for a child or an extra guest.”

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When Jennifer and John moved into the furnished home, many of the bookshelves held books inscribed by the owner. Some of them still remain.

Living Room
Accessories – Vintage

Pink Bedroom
Quilt – Mexichic

Bathroom
Finishes – Vintage

Blue Bedroom
Quilt – Ohhio

Yellow Bedroom
Quilt – Mexichic

Dining Room
Vase – Kristen Jensen

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