The October issue of House Beautiful features the Hudson, NY home of Peter Frank, veteran catalog stylist for Pottery Barn and Garnet Hill. At some point, a discerning publisher will put out a book on the interiors (and exteriors) of Hudson.
There’s a lot about this piece I like beyond the images. It was the first HB interview I’ve read in a long time that felt like the home was truly lived in, by a real person. You know how the high-end shelter mags don’t always reveal who the mysterious homeowner is? Or how the interiors are sometimes a little too staged, a little too sterile, a little too not lived in? This one doesn’t feel like that. Peter Frank did not sit down with a designer and choose all his furniture and art over lunch. For one thing, he didn’t use a designer. He has a great eye, which is why he’s a stylist. And he’s filled his home with artwork by friends, antiques of all periods, and even leftovers from photo shoots. His home is an accumulation of pieces and ideas; an aesthetic built over time, not bought or planned. As Frank says, his style is ‘accidental’. I love that. To me, it’s the most honest, meaningful and interesting approach to making a house your home.
Now for the eye candy.
Cookbooks in a closet.
Knoll leather chair and white ceramic pitchers in the dining room.