A camp conversion
A camp conversion
The design of Meryl and Ed Mandelbaum’s home is based on a barn, albeit a refined one, topped by a standing-seam metal roof and sheathed in fieldstone, cement board, and cedar shingles. The recessed second-story porch over the front entry helps keep the scale of the house intimate.
The property, situated on 200 feet of lakefront, was once a campground and included three cottages the original owners had rented out for generations, as well as several outbuildings.
“As you get closer, you see that the mix of materials is quite modern,” says owner Meryl Mandelbaum. The headboard wall divides the master suite; the steel canopy bed is on one side of the wall and a Danish modern credenza in rosewood and an antique Venetian mirror are on the other.
Henry the dachshund shows off a treat on a landing of the antique oak staircase.
Loving the look but not the price of industrial steel windows, designer Ritch Holben called for Pella windows customized with extra skinny muntins.
The skeleton of the house is outlined inside in reclaimed wood, and a David Weeks Studio “Torroja Cross” chandelier floats gracefully above the stairwell.
Both designer and clients wanted to respect what was already on site, from the buildings to the landscape to the overall scheme. “We were in a forest,” Holben says, “and we wanted to maintain that feeling of privacy and intimacy of being surrounded by tall trees.”
Meryl Mandelbaum preps for summer at the lakefront property, which was spruced up with a bluestone patio and cedar boardwalk.
Living room assets include a Danish modern coffee table by Henning Norgaard and a Madeline Weinrib “Tulu” rug.
The 2,900-square-foot house is a masterful blend of rustic and refined.