Interior designer Joy Rondello created special spaces for the entire family, including Steven Rinella’s animal skulls and hides.
AND NOW, A Western folk ode to some newish Western folks:
OH, GIVE ME A HOME …
The first space Steven Rinella and Katie Finch shared didn’t have much space at all: an 800-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn, outfitted with “hand-me-down furniture, from stoop sales,” Finch says.
Her job with Amazon blazed their trail West, where they initially rented a Tudor in Madison Park before discovering a new, unmistakably modern option in Magnolia.
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“We had never thought about a modern home,” Finch says. Once they did, Rinella says, “I was opposed to it.”
The vista is spectacular, though, and with three levels, 3,400 square feet and four bedrooms, there’s plenty of wide-open territory for a family (they have three kids, ages 2, 4 and 7).
They staked their claim, then mapped out a plan to balance the modern aesthetic with “warm and cozy” furnishings, materials and finishes.
“I work full-time, and Steven travels,” Finch says. “I told her: ‘Please tell us what to do.’ ”
… WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM …
“Steven and Katie wanted to start almost completely from scratch with their new home,” Rondello says. “To complement their lifestyle, they wanted to have a space that is low-maintenance and chic, and to find a way to incorporate Steven’s skull and hide collection in an elevated way.”
At this point, now that we’ve mentioned “skull and hide collection,” you might be wondering: Whoa. That Steven Rinella? The outdoorsman/hunter? The writer? The “MeatEater” host? Yep. Him.
And this Steven lives who he is: His amazing collection — there is a fascinating story behind each piece — is a central focus of the décor.
“We had all of these since our Brooklyn apartment,” Finch says. “It started to look like the Museum of Natural History.”
Their Magnolia home does not. Though there are some excellent design dioramas.
“Steven got a tag to hunt a buffalo,” Finch says (one of his books, “American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon,” chronicles that 2005 Alaskan adventure). “That skull is over our bed, and its hide is at the top of the stairs.”
… WHERE THE DEER AND THE ANTELOPE PLAY …