Inspirations

Callicoon Hills: 11 Design Ideas to Steal from a Catskills Retreat

If Dirty Dancing were made today, it might take place against a backdrop like this one.

Summer leisure-seekers first headed to Callicoon Hills in Callicoon Center, NY, in 1905, and they kept coming through the 1940s, when it expanded into a summertime Catskills resort. Now, vacationers come to the 73-room property in pursuit of its slow summer rhythms and natural beauty (“our air is clean and cool, our water pure and clear”, the website promises)—and for its design-minded interiors, too. The resort offers lodgings in its Boarding House, Pool House, and Ridge Rooms, plus several eateries, swimming spots, and newly opened A-frame cabins and saunas.

Here are 11 design ideas to inspire.

Photography by Read McKendree, except where noted.

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Above: The main building at Callicoon Hills.

1. Add pattern of every stripe.

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Above: Pattern mixing isn’t only for textiles: In the Rise & Shine Coffee Shop, one of the resort’s gathering places, wood-clad walls, painted wood ceilings, and cushions and throw pillows all add stripey effect.

2. Employ drips and swoops.

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Above: Balance out straight lines with a little whimsy, as in the drippy-edge counter that provides window seating in a dining area.

3. Paint floors black.

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Above: The guest rooms are primed for summer, but that doesn’t mean they’re all pale hues: Dark-painted floors add a nice dose of contrast (and are hard-wearing, too).

4. Embrace board and batten.

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Above: The next shiplap? Board and batten paneling spans the height of the walls and adds an informal cottage feel to guest rooms. (We also like the pleated lampshades and old-school quilts on every bed.)

5. Lean a mirror in a corner.

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Above: Arched shapes are a recurring theme, as in this wooden standing mirror and clever half-moon shelf. When placed in a corner, a standing mirror adds light and smooths edges.

6. Go for thick over thin.

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Above: Forget slim, lithe dimensions: Furnishings at Callicoon Hills, from scalloped daybeds to chunky floor lamps, have thicker proportions. (For more, see Trend Alert: 21st Century Scalloping.)