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

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

July 19, 2023

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.)
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Above: Coffee is served in classic mugs. Photograph by Moriah Aslan.

7. Keep cool with heat pumps.

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Above: The resort is fitted with eco-friendly heat pumps which, contrary to their name, also keep rooms cool on hot summer days. (Read more in Remodeling 101: Everything You Need to Know About Heat Pumps.)

8. Bring back the luggage rack.

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Above: An essential worth bringing back, at the summer lodge and in the guest room alike: a good-looking luggage rack for easy unpacking. (In search of an attractive option? Here are our picks.)

9. When in doubt, paint.

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Above: In the restaurant, log-clad walls are transformed into a modern scalloped effect when painted entirely in green.

10. Add paper lights.

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Above: Paper lights, both pendant and table, are particularly sculptural against a dark backdrop. (Also pictured, in the previous image, is Ingo Maurer’s iconic Floatation Suspension light: see High/Low: Modern Tiered Suspension Pendant Light.)

11. The patio = a blank slate.

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Above: Outdoors, dining spaces are kept simple, with white-painted decking and minimal canvas chairs. Photograph by Moriah Aslan.
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Above: Ikea decanters adorn the tables. Photograph by Moriah Aslan.
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Above: The Hill family, who ran the resort in the 1940s, once touted the many hiking trails in the area: “If walking or hiking, which are scientifically proven to be the healthiest sports of all time, are on your list of activities, then we have plenty of quiet country trails for your enjoyment.”
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Above: For more info, head to Callicoon Hills.

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