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Is This "Hog House" Officially the Coolest Place in Wisconsin?

Photos by William Waldron/Elle Decor

The March Elle Decor includes a story about NYC-based decorator Richard McGeehan, who lives in a "modernist envelope" in the city but spends five days a month at his country home in Lake Geneva, Wisc. Termed "Hog House" thanks to the 44 bovines who share the 1,200-acre property, the 44-foot-long hunter-green barn, built in 1906, was a disaster when McGeehan first found it. Eventually faux-wood paneling was replaced with new pine, stained gray, and all the interior walls were knocked down to make way for a new layout that now allows McGeehan to play out his "experiment in living with just enough.” Think: an open living/dining room, compact kitchen, and a bedroom with "no hunting trophies, no checks or plaids, no ironic taxidermy or rustic geegaws" but rather cool, colorful furnishings and art. As clients such as Marc Jacobs co-founder Robert Duffy jet from one glamorous home to the next—and despite the fact that his friends "find it difficult to imagine anything west of Pennsylvania" and his mother originally had no idea why he "would wish to travel to a field in Wisconsin to play out his Petit Trianon fantasy"—McGeehan views the pastoral setting as "the ideal escape" from life on the East Coast. "When I come here, I only bring The New Yorker," he says. A small token from home, perhaps?

· Far Afield [Elle Decor]