A NYC Designer Turns an Upstate B&B Into a Stunning Style-Mecca

The Woodhouse Lodge in the Catskills is also a trend-setting style getaway with design inspiration galore.

By: Jeanine Hays

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

A Catskills Oasis

Interior designers often dream of a space that is completely their own where they can express their unique style free from the constraints of client expectations or even the needs of their daily lives. Not only has New York designer Megan Pflug realized that dream, but she’s sharing it with all of us. The Woodhouse Lodge, Pflug’s new 10-room bed and breakfast in the heart of the Catskills in New York State is the perfect blend of rustic ambiance and big-city style.

Rustic Sophistication

The moody hue that makes the outside such an eye catcher continues into the main room, a cozy communal space just off the main check-in. The room is designed with a beautiful mix of textures that is the hallmark of rustic spaces. Various types of wood, stone and metal surfaces combine to create an earthy, tactile feel. Meanwhile, classic notes, like the Chesterfield sofa and portrait wall art enhance the feel of an old-school gentleman’s club.

A Mix of Styles

Blended in with the elements that give the room its rustic feel, a few contemporary elements, like the side table and lamp, give a touch of modern cool. “For the furniture,” Pflug says, “I tried to choose a mix of styles. I was definitely looking for things that referenced the history of the Hudson Valley, but that would still feel at home in a contemporary space. The room has a very contemporary feel, but it also feels like a nod to the past.”

A Colorful Beginning

The main house of the building, sitting directly in the middle of the guest rooms, is a communal space where guests come to check in, eat and relax outside of their rooms. Just in through the front door, the space begins with this beautiful dining room. The forest-feel comes immediately through in this space with its color palette of warm browns and greens. The extendable table, which seats as many as 10 guests, is flanked by the hidden star of the show: an exquisite black armoire that accents the deep green of the wall, while the grain of the wood adds pattern and texture to the room.

Outdoor Comfort

Getaways are all about comfort and here, the lounging begins before guests even get through the door. The white, wood furniture pops against the dark gravel of the driveway and the moody color of the lodge itself. As Pflug says, “The color story here started with the outside of the building. I knew I wanted to paint it a kind of dark, off-black color. It looks so amazing next to the greens of nature. Everything else just came from there.”

Kitchen Coziness

Like the main room that adjoins it, the kitchen is a lovely mix of the quaint and the contemporary. Stainless steel appliances are juxtaposed with country style kitchen implements and nature-themed art. The white ceiling and walls create a sense of openness while accenting the sunlight that streams into the room.

Designer Bedroom

Like the lounge and kitchen in the main house, the guest rooms at the Woodhouse Lodge are all decorated in designer Megan Pflug's unique take on country chic. This quaint and relaxing bedroom flips the color palette of the main room while retaining the major elements of its style. Here the white walls are accented by pops of dark colors. Modern design patterns on the headboard and throw give the space a trendy aesthetic while the wood texture of the ceilings and floors maintain the feeling of a cabin in the woods.

Sitting Pretty

Across from the bed, a cozy seating area awaits guests who are ready to get out of bed, but still don’t want to go too far. The vignette is accented by a deftly styled hanging shelf. A well-placed plant adds the finishing touch to a room designed to be comfortable and spacious.

Bold Bathrooms

The bathrooms in designer Megan Pflug’s lodge are cheery and bright. Where rustic comfort is the order of the day for most spaces here, the bathrooms skew a bit more towards the modern than the rest of the accommodations. Brightly colored fixtures and modern lighting are accompanied by textiles adorned in geometric prints for a pleasing note of contrast that doesn’t feel at odds with the rest of the decor.

A Designer Blueprint

This one vignette holds all of the keys that make this room work so well. The dark color on the walls is very contemporary while setting the stage for all of the other colors in the room to grab your visual attention. Wood, metallic, ceramic and woven textures create visual layers, while the bouquet of wildflowers adds life to the space and enhances the rustic feel.

High-Concept Headboards

There are so many ways to decorate a bedroom, but few that help a room stand out while staying subtle and sophisticated. In her guest bedrooms, Megan overcame this conundrum with a focus on headboards. The twin beds in this room become a design statement with headboards that form a complementary pattern. Made from interconnecting links that hang from pegs at the top of disconnected headboards, the results have a DIY feel that’s modern and rustic at the same time.

Hammock Time

Designer Megan Pflug’s Woodhouse Lodge might be every designer’s dream. But with her keen take on design striking the perfect balance between country and contemporary chic, it’s every guest’s dream as well. Though the country cabin is usually associated with skiing and snow, there’s more than a few benefits to visiting while the weather is warm. A hammock stretched between two strong trees is the perfect place to take a break from the world and spend a few hours watching it all pass by.

A-Frame Excellence

The facade of the Woodhouse Lodge screams "style" and reassures guests that they are in for a stylish good time.

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