Peter Pennoyer's firm, Peter Pennoyer Architects, designs townhouses, apartment houses, and country houses, and undertakes renovations in historical districts. Katie Ridder has been included in the Top 100 lists of designers for House Beautiful, Elle Decor and New York magazine. Her firm produces fabrics, wallpaper and rugs of her design.
"The house offers a fascinating look at how two people with
distinct design outlooks can weave them into a coherent whole. This
process is eloquently chronicled in A House in the
"It's hard to know whether to effuse about [Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder's] impeccably elegant and entirely inviting house, or about this impeccably elegant and entirely inviting book about it."
--Andrew Solomon, National Book Award winner
"[Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder] have made a mess of my afternoon, since [their] exquisite new book arrived today, and I made the mistake of opening it for a moment before I turned back to my work. An hour later, I was still reading: it was so compelling that my intention of flipping through the pages for a minute turned into a long and thorough reading. I found [their] memoir at the beginning to be absolutely enthralling--it was warm, gracious and full of insight. And the house was not only beautifully photographed, it clearly is beautiful. It is so rare that a serious house gets the documentation it deserves, and its story gets told so fully and so well."--Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic
"Architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Katie Ridder's Greek Revival-style house in upstate New York looks like it has stood there for a century. And yet--as told in A House in the Country--it's a newly created classicist's dream, filled with historically apt detailing and set in a garden inspired by England's Sissinghurst, among others." --Elle Decor