R5 Photo Spread: a Cabin-Inspired Home in Waccabuc Designed by Andrea Robinson of ASR Studios

New York City Designer Andrea Robinson’s client loved the land in Waccabuc, how nothing impeded the view. But the existing house was an eyesore, a jumble of additions and structures—including a silo-like tower—with a confusing rabbit warren of rooms inside. Rather than start from scratch, Robinson and architect Kim Doggett of Kim Doggett Architects reinvented the home as a shingled Adirondacks-inspired lodge while “holding onto what makes it one of a kind,” Robinson says. They tore down one section and built upon the same foundation, adding a kitchen and a show-stopping great room with timbered beams and a soaring cupola. There are new plaster walls, miles of wood trim, and reclaimed butternut flooring throughout, even in the kitchen and bathrooms. The furniture is casual and comfortable (“He’s not a formal person at all,” Robinson says), covered in chenille, linen, and wool tweeds in a neutral palette, with strategic pops of color in pillows and rugs. Some idiosyncrasies remain intact yet enhanced: a mezzanine-level sunset soom is a quiet retreat for late-afternoon relaxation, and, in the tower, floating staircases lead up to a spa-like quiet room and bath and a full gym. And there are two master suites. The ground-floor suite is richly paneled with a red sitting room, and the second-floor room is light and bright, overlooking the treetops. “We joked that at some point he would have to decide which was going to be his room,” recalls Robinson. “And he said, ‘I want to go to sleep on Friday in one, and wake up on Monday in another.’”

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The second-floor master bathroom is a sunny retreat with a Waterworks tub and fittings. The hanging light and stools are antiques. “We wanted the bathrooms to feel like rooms,” Robinson says

The airy tower sitting room is a great place to unwind after working out in the gym, which lies at the top of the floating staircase. The custom-made chair and ottoman are covered in a Brentano fabric; the side table is from Maxalto/B&B Italia; the rug is by Patterson, Flynn & Martin.

Red walls, neutral upholstered pieces, and an antique antler chandelier give the first-floor master suite’s sitting room a rustic yet elegant vibe. The custom-made sofa is covered in Zimmer & Rhode fabric and the Minton-Spidell chair and ottoman in Rogers & Goffigon. The tall chair, in cream linen, is from Ironies. The rug is Stark, the coffee table, David Iatesta.

Robinson designed the sunset room’s upholstered pieces, from the inviting sectional to the cowhide ottoman. The horn table is an antique, the nesting tables are by Paul Mathieu at Pucci, and the custom rug is by Stark. A Restoration Hardware chandelier tops off the serene yet masculine space.

Neutrals rule in the light and bright second floor master bedroom. Robinson covered the walls with Holly Hunt’s Great Plains fabric and the custom bed and headboard with Rogers and Goffigon linen. Stiffel lamps from the 1950s sit atop night tables from Ironies, while an armchair from The Shop in New York City and a Gregorious Pineo side table make a cozy reading spot. Rug by Stark, chandelier from John Rosselli Antiques.

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The owner’s love of wood is evident in the second master bedroom. Frette linens adorn the custom iron bed by Ironies and wool sheers and shades frame the windows. The side table is from Interieurs and the chandelier was found at Sentimento Antiques, both on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

ASR Studios, Inc.
249 W 13th St, New York, NY
(212) 366-6894

Photographer: Sheri Manson

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