If Our Home Looked Like This Catskills Winter Lodge, We'd Never Leave

If you had to describe your dream winter lodge, what would it look like? Perhaps it would have soaring exposed beams and cozy sheepskin rugs, or maybe it would be perched atop a mountain with sprawling views of the snow-covered landscape beneath. For interior designer Kathy Kuo's clients, a couple in their 30s and early 40s with three children, this became a reality when they discovered a plot of land in one of the most idyllic spots in upstate New York.

"When the opportunity came along to purchase the lot that was at the top of the mountain (no houses are allowed to be higher than theirs), they jumped at the opportunity," says Kuo. "Being that their house is perched at the peak of the mountain, it is a true ski-in and ski-out house. The ski lift drops off right at their side entrance, and the views are breathtaking, to say the least."

Starting with only a plot of land, Kuo worked closely with the builder on this ground-up construction to create a warm and welcoming winter home for the family of five. The result? Let's just say if this was our lodge, we'd never want to leave.