Printed on the wallpaper, shaped into statuettes and lamps, even woven into the pattern of a rug—everywhere you look in this house, bunnies hop. It’s a family affair, in fact: The rambling, eight- bedroom stone structure in Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania—a Poconos enclave established by Quakers in 1901—is named Bunny Hop Cottage in honor of the owner’s grandmother. “Her personality pretty much dictated what happened in this house,” says designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, who was enlisted by Bunny’s grandson and his wife to help renovate it with their family of five in mind.
The husband’s kin have been summering around here since the 1940s. Once, Grandma Bunny brought her grandson and his wife along for cocktails at this home, then occupied by another family. The residence so enchanted them that, when its patriarch became too aged to maintain the house, the couple purchased it. Their chief desire? “To have a space that could accommodate their entire extended family, and also grow with their own changing family,” says Cavin-Winfrey. “Family is everything to them.”
The couple’s narrative inspired Cavin-Winfrey’s design. “[The wife] does needlework and is a big quilter,” she explains. “That led me to believe they could take a lot of pattern, because, like needlework, it’s very detailed.” In the living room’s kaleidoscopic mix (five patterns, not including solid colors and throw pillows!), each fabric references the home’s surroundings. A basket weave on the sofa recalls a traditional Quaker craft, and a banquette is upholstered in “an iteration of a faux bois” that mirrors the surrounding heavily forested landscape, as does the custom cabinetry of willow and birch bark, and custom chandeliers made of white-painted branches.
Taking cues from both the wife’s love of crafting and the local artisanal traditions, Cavin-Winfrey layered in collections of antique needlepoint samplers, quilts, Pennsylvania Dutch bowls, pails and tole tins from the region, and rope and hooked rugs. With the wife, she also designed the dining room rug, which depicts the surrounding hills and includes characters and objects that allude to family members and favorite pastimes. The wife’s parents are deer, a grandfather is a fox, and leaping trout, rods, and creels suggest the family’s avocation of fly-fishing.
The former owners’ story is woven throughout, too, in the form of furniture purchased along with the house. There’s a massive Victorian dining table and chairs, for instance, which suited the clients’ lifestyle, so they kept it. “They have a more formal style of entertaining than what you generally find today,” Cavin-Winfrey explains. She balanced the heaviness of these antiques with bright gingham fabric and wallpaper, and by pickling the dark paneling white. Darker Victorian pieces are paired with painted folk furniture and slipcovers.
“Setting is everything—always,” says the designer. "This house is telling a story. It’s the family’s story, but also one of lineage in this particular place."
Designed By Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, Produced By Frances Bailey, Photographed By Paul Raeside
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