(Pictures by John Gruen.)
“We simply received a pet named Mango,” proclaims creator Maggie Pouncey, who lives together with her husband, Matt, and their sons, Dominic and Felix, in Rhinebeck, New York. “Our pets are all named after stone fruits — our different canine is Apricot, and our cats are Peach and Plum.” Right here, Maggie provides us a tour across the pleased chaos…
On pink paint: We rented flats for a few years, and this home is the primary place we’ve ever owned. We are able to lastly make the house simply how we wish it, so I went for it with the pink! I hoped our lounge can be an oasis but in addition welcoming for the child crew. Odessa Pink by Benjamin Moore felt proper.
Armchairs: classic from Holler and Squall. Pillows: Block Store. Rug: classic from Breuckelen Berber. Bookcases: Constructed-in by earlier house owners. Flooring lamp: Schoolhouse. Desk: CB2. Portray: by Wolf Kahn.
On pleased reunions: The portray above the desk is by Wolf Kahn, and the portray above the hearth is by Emily Mason, his spouse. They had been pals with my mother and father after I was rising up. When my mother and father received divorced, my mother received the Emily Mason portray and my dad received the Wolf Khan portray. Now, the 2 work are again collectively in my home.
Print: Amanda Jane Jones. Chair: hand-me-down.
On household heirlooms: We now have hand-me-down furnishings from my mother and father, grandparents and even nice grandparents. It’s humorous as a result of it will get arduous to evaluate them aesthetically. Generally I’m like ‘Do I even like that chair?’ However I’ve such a heat attachment to every thing. We now have an enormous chest handed down from my nice grandmother, and it nonetheless has a slight scent of her fragrance, which is so wild. Every so often you get a waft.
On a brand new chapter: I ran a youngsters’s bookstore, Tales, in Brooklyn for 5 years. In 2021, the pandemic had taken its toll, and we needed to shut. While you create one thing you like, letting go is so arduous. It’s important to let your self grieve. Particularly when it’s a bodily house that isn’t there anymore, it feels so gone. However determining a brand new journey was very therapeutic and useful.
Desk: “My dad’s writing desk.” Lamp: hand-me-down. Bookshelves: built-in by earlier house owners.
On the magic of youngsters’s books: My first novel got here out when my older son Felix was born, and I skilled a really complicated id shift. Earlier than motherhood, I believed I used to be going to put in writing fiction for adults my total life. However on the finish of my maternity go away, I had this four-month-old child, and I noticed, ‘No means can I write one other novel.’ I felt misplaced. However in that point, I actually fell in love with present youngsters’s books. There may be a lot variety. A child within the adventures of a ladies’ basketball group or climate-related dystopian fantasies can discover nice books that talk to them — books which can be mirrors to assist them really feel seen and home windows into different worlds. That’s what led me to open Tales, and from there, write A Fort on the Moon.
Cupboard: classic. Lamp: hand-me-down. Flowers portray: “Was my grandmother’s, painted by her buddy Abram Lerner.”
On adorning a giant house: We’re nonetheless determining one of the best spots for issues. As a author, I actually like tinkering with sentences, simply taking part in and shifting phrases round. And rearranging the items in our dwelling feels related. Even simply the act of doing that makes the home really feel beloved and lived in.
On a particular desk: When Matt and I received married, my mother and stepfather gave us this eating desk. My mother had gotten an oval eating desk as a marriage current, and it was such a supply of pleasure for her. She used it for numerous household dinners and events, in order that was her imaginative and prescient for us. Our twentieth anniversary is that this Might, and this desk now holds many candy recollections and household moments.
Cupboard and counters: “Nineties formica, child!”
On a major colours: The earlier house owners designed their kitchen within the ‘90s and it has an actual classic vibe. When individuals stroll into the kitchen for the primary time, they’re like, ‘Whoa.’ My artist pals say, ‘By no means change this!’ whereas different persons are like, ‘How do you reside on this craziness?’ Nevertheless it brings me pleasure. I respect that the earlier house owners actually went for it.
Pendant lights and eating desk: left by earlier house owners. Chairs: Serena & Lily, “Initially purchased for the Storytelling Lab at Tales.”
On internet hosting: For giant events, I like setting out a buffet within the kitchen, the place everybody may help themselves. Then I can keep away from feeling on the finish of the evening like I didn’t get to have an actual dialog with anybody!
Framed tapestry: household heirloom. Bookcase: thrifted. Runner: Block Store.
On household hangs: We play numerous board and card video games. We additionally simply listened to all of the Harry Potter audiobooks. It was the sweetest night custom and so cozy within the winter. We additionally like listening to The Westing Recreation, a enjoyable homicide thriller with a Knives Out vibe.
Paint: Peacock Feathers by Benjamin Moore. Bedding: Dazed however Amazed. Pillow covers: Les Indiennes. Desk lamp: Design Inside Attain. Night time stand: household heirloom. Portray of flowers: by Leanne Shapton.
On bedtime reads: Lately I completely beloved You Might Make This Place Lovely by Maggie Smith. It’s fantastically structured — she writes about small moments that add as much as life story.
On bed room blues: Our bed room appears inexperienced within the daylight and blue at evening; I discover it very peaceable. The boys additionally ended up selecting blues in related however completely different shades — which is in line with them as brothers.
On a nine-year-old’s contact: Dominic put up glow-in-the-dark stars, and he requested a Beatles poster. He performs the ukulele and realized to play all these Beatles songs and Carter household people songs. There’s one thing very, very candy about a bit of child taking part in people music.
On elevating preteens: My youngsters are 10 and 14, which is an intense time of life. As a father or mother, I’ve been engaged on actually listening and never providing my opinion — which is tough, as a result of I’ve numerous opinions. However I feel as soon as youngsters get to the preteen years, they understand how you consider issues and so they don’t want fixed suggestions. Felix and I as soon as had this second the place I mentioned, ‘Felix, I’m just a bit involved…’ And he interrupted me by saying, ‘Mother, you’re actually at all times just a bit involved.’ So, it’s a piece in progress.
Print: An Schooling, by Shawn Fields.
On nostalgic mementos: This print used to hold in Tales’s storytelling lab, so households who went to story time will acknowledge it. Now it’s in our upstairs hallway and I simply like it. It captures the kid’s full absorption within the e-book, although you may’t actually see their face. It brings again that childhood feeling of being in my cozy mattress with a great e-book.
On elevating readers: There’s a nook on the high of our staircase, the place we put a sofa and beanbags. With studying, I attempt to observe every youngster’s lead. There’s typically some topic that they’re obsessive about, and they’re going to simply learn and skim and skim — whether or not it’s dinosaurs or graphic novels. I do know there’s numerous anxiousness round getting our youngsters to learn, however I feel studying is essentially such a joyful factor. Like, we don’t fear about whether or not our youngsters will get into Netflix, we simply belief they’ll get pleasure from it. And books may be simply as pleasurable for teenagers as soon as they get swept up into them.
Thanks a lot, Maggie! xoxo
(Pictures by John Gruen.)