I like to read the New York Times Home section on Thursdays. Sometimes I keep an article and find it, months later, yellowed and wrinkled under the bed or on a pile in the studio. Sometimes I ask myself, “Why did I keep this?” And other times I jump up and down and thank myself (and my mother) for my pack rat tendencies.
Recently I remembered the story about a man who left New York after 9/11 and renovated an old house in the Catskills. The house had a Scandinavian style bed nook and many collections of the owner’s own cabinet of curiosities. My friend Denise has helped me bring some order to my many clippings and ideas, so—thanks to her—I was able to put my hands on the newsprint section, published in 2009.
The home I mention was remodelled by the painter Sean Scherer and his partner, Marc Mayer. The 1840s farmhouse in Walton, N.Y., brims with quirky and beautiful collections of mercury glass, early 1900s classroom maps, models, and signs, botanical prints and papers (some used as wallpaper), and rich accent colors on various walls—egg yolk yellow, dusky turquoise and pewter gray.
It’s the bed nook that stayed with me all this time. I’ve dreamt of such a bed nook since seeing one illustrated in Gnomes by Wil Huygen when I was a child, and later seeing the art of Swedish artist Carl Larsson and reading the description of the sleeping alcoves in the gypsy wagon in The Wind in the Willows.
To read the whole article and see more photographs of this highly interesting house: An Artful Clutter article by Andrea Codrington, published October 2009.