Before Palm Beach, the Hamptons, St. Barts and St. Tropez, the American elite whiled away their summer months in a place a little more rustic: the Adirondacks. Though Upstate New York is no longer the getaway it used to be, there are still remnants of its rich past left in the architecture of its grand lodges. In "An Elegant Wilderness" a new book out from Acanthus Press, author Gladys Montgomery explains the Adirondack architectural style within the context of the time period, from 1855-1935.
The book is a stunning account of a time gone by, with nearly 300 black and white photographs of the lodges, including the exteriors, interiors and the people who spent time in them. It's really interesting to see how these families decorated their homes to reflect both the wilderness around them and the aesthetics of the early 20th century. The images act as a time-machine back to another era, and the houses are quite inspirational. They would be great for anyone planning to decorate their own second home, or just bring a little more nature into their urban dwelling.