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Modern rustic cabin with wood walls and mid century modern accents

Plan a Winter Weekend in the Catskills

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Kate Connors

Traditional wisdom suggests a warm-weather destination for winter travel. But, there’s something to be said for leaning into winter and embracing a cozy getaway. But where to visit?

For anyone on the East Coast, the Catskills are an easy drive. We’re partial to their trademark blend of rustic charm and stylish modern design. Here’s how to take advantage of the region’s off-season and plan a weekend in the country.


Choosing a home base for your weekend is the very first step. Get the real Catskills experience and stay at an eco-friendly A-Frame in the forest!

The space captures the feel of an old-school cabin with interiors worthy of a boutique hotel. A fireplace, full kitchen, and expansive outdoor space make for a cozy escape from the wilderness. Plus, it’s on a private road so you’ll have plenty of space to do your own thing.

Eat & Drink

Depending on your priorities, eating and drinking may be more important than lodging. Luckily, the Catskills are full of interesting spots to indulge a little bit. Try the super-authentic (and super delicious) German food at Mountain Brauhaus to warm you up after a day outside. For local cider and a rustic menu, try Westwind Orchard. In Kingston, Restaurant Kinsley, inside the Robert Mckinley-designed Hotel Kinsley, is an upscale dining experience with a seasonal, local menu. For lighter fare, Village Coffee and Goods serves breakfast & lunch, and offers a great selection of pastries and other market items.

Cabin rental in the Catskills with modern amenities and comforts

The Catskills are great for anyone with an itch for the outdoors.


Secure some weekend reading material in Hobart, a tiny town that’s home to no less than five independent bookstores. At Ravenwood Farms, a restored barn houses local farm goods and design objects. Kingston is home to lots of shopping, but Clove and Creek stands out for its considered selection of home goods & gifts. For fans of weird vintage and antiques, Mystery Spot Vintage is a must-visit!

Get Outside

It isn’t a weekend in the Catskills without time spent outside. Yes, even in the winter!

Take advantage of the 27,000 acre Minnewaska State Preserve for hiking and cross country skiing. Try the Ice Caves trail, which includes the eponymous ice cave and a waterfall in its loop. Hunter Mountain is an easy drive and a fun destination for those who prefer to ski downhill. The Ashokan Reservoir also has great trails and paths, and plenty of scenic views to round out your outdoor adventures.

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We spoke with the founders of the Brooklyn shop about the search for the perfect vintage piece.

Vintage Meets Modern at Lichen

A Brooklyn shop offers up a new take on home design.

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Kate Connors

Exterior of the Brooklyn NY furniture & coffee shop, Lichen

A solid marble chair from Taiwan

Modern wood hallway or gallery bench by Jesse Kessler Groom


1. Jared Blake and Ed Be in the Lichen shop. / 2. Outside Lichen in Brooklyn. / 3. A solid marble chair (throne?). / 4. A modernist bench made by Jesse Kessler Groom.

On a corner in Brooklyn, you’ll find a furniture store that serves coffee. And a coffee shop that sells furniture. The relationship between the casual ease of a cafe and the finely curated selection of furniture pieces feels symbiotic at Lichen — perhaps a natural outcome given the shop’s name.

Co-founders Ed Be and Jared Blake have created a furniture-buying experience that brings together vintage and modern, classic and unexpected. The shop demonstrates the easy interplay of furniture, fashion and culture. A coffee mug with a Nike swoosh; a beautiful oil painting of a crushed Sapporo can; a mirror frame with Sharpie notes from the shop’s visitors.

Inside, the pair guide customers toward one-of-a-kind pieces that feel fresh in any space. We spoke to Jared and Ed about how vintage furniture can coexist with modern interiors, and learned about a few of their favorite finds.

Tell us a little bit about Lichen and yourselves!

Lichen was incepted in the summer of 2017 when Ed Be bought a chair from Jared Blake and Jared asked where the chair was going to end up. They spoke about the idea of stockpiling to start a brick and mortar space. We started selling through instagram from their homes and eventually a storage space. A storefront in Brooklyn, presented itself a few months later, and we took the opportunity.

Lichen’s ethos is good design and good coffee with empathy at its core. Those three things helped facilitate an ever growing community interested in furniture, interior design, industrial design, and collaboration.

How did you begin curating vintage pieces?

We began collecting vintage pieces while working at our day jobs a couple of years ago. The collecting started as mostly an appreciation for the aesthetics of good design, but that quickly grew into an obsession about the designers behind the pieces and why we resonate with them.

Do you refurbish your pieces? What goes into that process?

We tend not to take on any pieces that need refurbishing as time doesn’t permit it so often. We often opt to customize pieces though. Taking classic designs and putting our spin on them by adding wheels, putting a marble slab on top of an old table or chair base, or reupholstering in old army surplus gear to create something unique and one of a kind.

Do you have an all-time favorite find? Or a few?

One of our favorite finds was from a Taiwanese family in Queens. They were selling a set of marble furniture that their father had shipped over from Taiwan in the 60s. Two armchairs and one coffee table made entirely of marble. They’re as heavy as you can imagine. They also had a dining table and set of 8 stools which we regret not getting as well.

Where do you look for hidden gems like that?

We search everywhere, honestly. Some interesting finds come from the sidewalk.

Do you have any tips for incorporating vintage into a space without making it feel like a period movie set?

We never design based on a specific area of design. While we start with mid century in mind, we are definitely influenced by Postmodern, Brazilian, Judd and Bauhaus furniture movements. We even have collaborated on furniture with architects on some contemporary pieces that take cues from Japanese joinery using American black walnut.

When building a home it's important to like what you like, not what you think you should like. It's important to build a home where the pieces have stories, they make themselves more valuable and special because of that. If your home is starting to look like a period set, get a bunch of weird plants, they add quirk, character and life to a space that most movie sets didn't have.

Any go-to designers or pieces to look for?

We don’t have any specific designers that we’re looking for, but are definitely interested in what American furniture design holds in the future. We're usually most excited about up and coming designers and students because they offer a contemporary perspective that is sometimes difficult to find.

What’s your dream furniture score?

Our dream score is always about finding those custom, 1 of 1, pieces. Sometimes they’re vintage. Sometimes they’re contemporary.

One of our favorites that we were able to pass on to its next home happens to come from an artist and woodworker, Jesse Kessler Groom. He’s not traditionally trained in woodworking. He concocted a bench that resembles a typical New York City train bench, but with a Brazilian Mid-Modern feel; think Percival Lafer or Sergio Rodrigues. The seat was crafted in pure walnut wood and juxtaposed with some pine plywood.

You can shop Lichen in person at the shop in Brooklyn, and find a selection of pieces online.

Photos courtesy of Lichen.

Step inside the home of a florist that utilizes everyday materials to create a warm, unique space.
Corrugated metal exterior of house with a garden surrounding the home

Julia Griffin's Elemental Detroit Home

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Kate Connors

Step onto Julia Griffin’s Detroit property, and you’ll feel miles from the city. The artist behind Willa Rose Floral has transformed her urban home into a wild garden and flower farm worthy of the English countryside.

Julia’s work is rooted in the wild nature of her medium, and her home feels like an extension of that philosophy. Particularly striking is the raw plywood that surrounds the living space in a warm embrace.

We spoke with Julia about the benefits of working from home and how she created a space full of elemental inspiration.

Give us an intro!

My name is Julia Griffin. I own a flower farm and floral design studio that specializes in using locally grown flowers for large scale events. I live with my partner Josh in Core City, Detroit.
My neighborhood is really interesting — the block we live on consists of 8 quonset huts, an abandoned car repair garage, a handful of 100-year-old homes, and a lot of vacant land. My house itself used to be a two-flat, but when it was renovated, we opened it back up to a single-family home.

A woman in her flower garden with quonset growing huts in background

Julia in the garden that surrounds her home.

Your home has such a unique architectural style. Could you tell us a bit about it?

It’s a standard wood frame early 20th-century house, renovated in 2018 by a local firm, Prince Concepts. An elemental approach was taken on the renovation — one material on the outside (corrugated metal) and one material on the inside (plywood). It was modernized and opened up completely. What used to be a collection of a bunch of small rooms is now an open loft plan.

The firm did an incredible job turning a run-down, run-of-the-mill Detroit wood frame house into something really unique and breathtaking. Its beauty lies in its simplicity.

Did you fall in love with your home the first time you saw it? Why or why not?

I did! It was in extremely bad shape but I could see the potential. And most importantly, I could see the magic in the adjacent lots that I would build my farm on. It was extremely overgrown but it just felt really magical and peaceful. Where we are in the city is still really quiet even though it’s centrally located. I sometimes feel like I am in the country (until I hear people doing donuts on Grand River).

Minimalist kitchen with high plywood walls and wood counters
wood-clad open living room with bookcase, console table, and lots of plants
The Willa Rose Floral studio in Detroit Michigan.
Bedroom loft with bed and hope chest
Floyd table as desk next to window with plants

1. The view from the kitchen. / 2. Julia's work overflows into her living space. / 3. Inside the Willa Rose Floral studio. / 4. The bedroom loft, and Julia's heirloom hope chest. / 5. Shades of green throughout the home echo Julia's plantings.

Were you worried about anything in the space, before living there?

The house was completely falling apart — foundation crumbling, front porch falling off, roof starting to rot — before it was renovated, so I definitely had a lot of worry about whether it would be liveable at some point.

I had a lot of faith in Prince Concepts and all the wonderful people working on the house. Since my farm is next door to the house, I was on site building almost a full acre of flower beds during the renovation every day. Being so close to the day-to-day of the construction work was really nerve-racking, but really exciting!

What room do you use the most? Did it surprise you?

I spend a lot of time in my studio which is the back portion of the house. I had a wedding almost every weekend this season. I had several friends freelance for me so we would be blasting music playing with flowers all day in there.

I love that space so much — there’s a double-height skylight that brings light into the studio, and a 100% polycarbonate shower jutting out from the house where I keep my most sun-hungry houseplants. All that natural light and natural wood makes for a very inspired space.

How would you describe your interior style?

A total hodgepodge. I have such a mix of new and old. I am young and growing a new business, so there has never been a big budget (or time!) for me to use on decorating. Most of my stuff has been thrifted or gifted to me, with the exception of a few key pieces that I splurged on.

In kitchen with island and open shelves for kitchen storage

1. The kitchen cabinets are made of plywood, too. / 2. Julia's collection of vases.

Collection of vases on two large wood display shelves

Do you find it challenging to design a space that works for both you and your partner?

I think we are both pretty easy going in this regard and we like a lot of the same things. I think it’s fun to have a little bit of both our personalities shine in the space.

Did you furnish the home from scratch?

We brought in a lot from previous spaces and added in some larger pieces. We have been living in shared spaces or small apartments for our entire adult lives so having a whole house to furnish was a challenge. There are still things we want to add but we are waiting for the right pieces!

Do you have any favorite pieces?

My two favorite pieces were handed down from grandparents. I have this beautiful mid century wood dresser that was in my mom’s house as a child. And my aunt gave me her mother-in-law’s cedar hope chest that is over 100 years old and is so charming.

I also really love my collection of house plants. Some of them I have been caring for for years and I am very attached to them.

What's the one thing you’d rescue in a fire? (Other than family & pets, of course).

Probably my vase collection. I have spent years thrifting and having pieces custom made. This season especially I invested in a collection of locally made ceramic vases to use for my event work. My friend Carrie of HELD made them all for me in her studio in Hamtramck and they are so special.

Deep sectional couch with triangle coffee table

The loft looks over the open plan space.

What are some of your favorite sources of inspiration for your space?

Most of my life is inspired by nature and I think this definitely rings true in my home. There are plants everywhere, lots of natural colors and textures.

What makes you feel most at home when you walk in the door? Is there anything you can’t feel at home without?

My cats greeting me! Asher and Buju are my guys but we have several strays outside that I feed too! I also have a really hard time sleeping in other beds. I love our bed and linen bedding, and our bed is situated in this really cozy nook in the loft upstairs. Waking up there feels like waking up in a small cabin in the woods — natural light and wood on all sides!

Tell us about a favorite memory in the space.

The first few days we spent in the house felt so surreal. We were so excited and happy to be there. We spent several months building out the farm while contractors redid the house. Our move in date always seemed so far off so I remember being so giddy with excitement those first few days thinking WE ARE FINALLY HERE!

Is there anything else you want to tell us about your home?

Despite how strange our house looks from the outside, it’s really a pretty normal space inside. Nearly everyone who drives by and stops asks us one of a few questions: Is this some sort of smart house? Does it get really hot/cold in there? Do you grow weed in there? No, to all of the above — despite its unique appearance, it’s just a regular home!

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The designers behind House of St. Clair give us a peek inside their space.
Couple outside on porch with eclectic mix of outdoor furniture

Carson & Lauren's Eclectic Austin Cottage

A pair of fashion designers craft a stylish home.

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Kate Connors

Interior of modern cottage with Floyd gray sofa and antique pieces

Carson Monohan in a yellow chair in living room

A grecian bust on a stack of books.


1. Header image: Carson and Lauren outside their Austin, TX cottage. / 2. The interior of the L-shaped cottage. / 3. The curvy yellow chair adds a sense of whimsy. / 4. A favorite antique bust sits atop the couple's book collection.

Michigan natives Carson Monahan and Lauren Kirby moved south to Austin, Texas about two years ago to launch their menswear label, House of St. Clair. The pair, partners in business and in life, built a brand that distills eclectic influences (grunge, 1940s menswear, skate culture, historical textiles) into clean, modern silhouettes.
Their cottage in South Austin is an extension of that sophisticated look. Inside, a soft color palette is the perfect showcase for collected art, pottery, and ephemera. We spoke to Carson about the space, his love of antique busts, and how the couple has made the cottage a home.

Give us an intro!

Hey! My name is Carson Monahan and I am the founder and designer at an independent fashion house, House of St. Clair. I live with my fiance, Lauren, and our dog, Miggy. We spend most of our time between New York and Austin, and this is our lovely cottage in South Austin.

How old is your home? Do you know any of its history?

Originally, the house was built as a sound engineer’s studio, he designed it as an L shape, which creates a cool open-air floor plan that allows the living areas to flow naturally into the bedroom while keeping the two separated.

Did you fall in love with the cottage the first time you saw it?

We did! It is very modest, but it allows us to really highlight the home and our possessions that we’ve collected throughout our years. And having a pool in Austin is a huge plus.

Dining table doubles as a workspace with lamp
designing around an open layout
vintage Hans Wener chair against wall
incense on table
Carson and Lauren on large lunar grey Floyd Sofa


1. The dining table doubles as a workspace. / 2. The open layout is bright and airy. / 3. The Hans Wegner Round Chair is a favorite vintage score. / 4. Incense is a nightly ritual. / 5. The couple runs their own fashion brand, House of St. Clair.

Were you worried about anything in the space, before living there?

Due to the Austin market, we knew we would be going small in the locations we like. When we first saw it, we were a little concerned with the amount of space, but we quickly realized it has all the right nooks and crannies to help maximize the space.

What room do you use the most? Did it surprise you?

Besides the kitchen (we both love to cook), the living room for sure. I spend tons of time on the sofa, working, reading, making, and watching.

How would you describe your interior style? Has it evolved over the years?

My interior style has definitely evolved over the years. I don’t think I really had a distinct individual style of interior design until my late 20’s and I never stop letting my eye be trained and inspired.

I’d say my style is mostly eclectic. I like to balance clean, modern shapes and color with vintage furniture and objects. I also love to collect both contemporary artists and vintage pieces.

A quirky bust on a table full of keepsakes.

The bust was sculpted by Carson's dad.

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The DJ is building an empire of sound. 
Old firehouse studio live/work space with Floyd Shelf and Desk

In the Studio with Kim Ann Foxman

The DJ is building an empire of sound.

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Kate Connors

DJ Kim Ann Foxman with her keyboard collection

Closeup of retro keyboard


1. Header Image: Kim Ann Foxman works from a converted firehouse in Brooklyn. / 2. The collection of keyboards.

Kim Ann Foxman brings her appreciation for the weird wherever she goes, from clubs in Berlin and London to intimate sets in New York. Now based in Brooklyn, Kim Ann DJs and produces music under her own imprint, based in an old firehouse that has become a creative hub for her like-minded friends.

She's known for her distinctive record collection and a refusal to be anything but genuine. With her typical generosity, Kim Ann let us take a peek inside her studio and find out which records she can’t live without.

Could you tell us a little bit about how you got started as a DJ?

I started collecting records during my golden era of rave days when I lived in SF in 1995. I moved to NY in 2002, and I started playing out at parties friends were throwing. Eventually I also had my own party at the Hole. Later my involvement with Hercules & Love Affair gave me a platform to DJ more internationally.

Your sound has been described as “inimitable” and “confident.” Has that been a consistent element of your work or did it take you time to arrive there?

I think as an artist, I’ve grown into myself a lot, and with that comes confidence, but I’ll never stop growing and evolving and learning.

You have your own imprint, Firehouse, which is named for the old firehouse that houses your studio space (and your home!). Does living and working there provide a lot of inspiration for your creative work?

It’s great to have a spot which I can work and live in the same building. The space does inspire me a lot, I have nice sunlight, big windows, lots of plants at home. I really like living and working on music in the same building. It's nice to feel free to work anytime.

Can you tell us about your collection of keyboards? We love how they’re displayed like art.

I share my studio with my good friend Andrew Potter, who is one of the members I collaborate with on a project called Pleasure Planet. We also run [SELF:TIMER] together. It’s nice to share a studio because we pool all our gear. We have a a lot of fun hardware including some nice analog & digital synths on wall racks because it looks really good, and it also saves floor space.

You draw on a huge range of sounds in your work. What records are absolutely essential in your catalogue? Like ‘save in a fire’ essential.

Too many to name! But here are a few off the top of my head for all time faves:


You’re known for working with incredible fashion brands. Does fashion (and aesthetics in general) play into your work at all? What are you drawn to visually?

I have a lot of talented friends in fashion. so naturally my worlds crossover. Visually I like nice things with an edge, outside the box thinking.

Your latest release came out this fall. What’s next for you?

I have a couple of solo releases coming out soon. One on Firehouse, with a nice remix by Luca Lozano , and another coming out on Emotional Especial, with remixes by Roza Terenzi, Dawl & Sween, & Violet!

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