This Family House in Upstate New York Has the Coolest Cloud Bed


Rachael Petach house tour cassis

“I’ve always felt a little country, even when I was in big cities,” says Rachael Petach. “Moving to a rural town has been like coming home to myself.” She lives with her husband, Steve, and their son, Theo, in Germantown, New York. “Everyone here waves to each other while driving or walking, so Theo has grown up thinking that’s just what you do. The first time we went down to Manhattan together, he tried to wave at every person, car, bus and pigeon.” Here, she gives us a tour…

Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Rattan loveseat and chair: old Pier 1, from Rachael’s grandmother, spray painted with Rust-Oleum semi-gloss black. Bench: From a barn sale.


Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Table: One Hundred Ninth. Floor lamp: Pottery Barn. Lampshade: Palais Sustainable. Print: Kvindehuset. Pendant light: source unknown.

On finding the one: I grew up in California, and this house reminds me of the craftsman homes out there. It’s a classic early 1900s kit home, and when I first walked in, I was like, Have I been in this exact model before?! I love the hardwood floors, large windows, and massive front porch.

On the family dog: Ramona is a Border Collie Great Pyrenees mix, who came to us from a nearby farm. She’s very sweet and emotionally attached. If you leave for five minutes, you’ll come back to her flopping on the floor like you’ve been gone for years.

Rachael Petach house tour cassis

On Hudson Valley favorites: We’re lucky to live right down the road from Gaskins, a great restaurant in Germantown. And there are also great shops, like Luddite, Alder & Co., and Mary MacGill, within walking distance. Yesterday, we rode our bikes to Tivoli General, a sweet little market that makes lunches and has market provisions. Next door is Tivoli Mercantile. And Rose Hill Farm is a cidery on a big, beautiful property in Red Hook.


Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Sofa: Article. Rug: The Rug Shop. Pillows: H&M. Chair: vintage, similar. Coasters: Vase: Crate & Barrel.

On a kid-friendly layout: The house has a circular layout on the ground floor, which is great for having a young kid and a dog, since they run laps while we’re cooking or hanging out.

Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Coffee table: Rachael’s grandmother’s mission table, similar. Toy storage: Ikea. Triangle floor mat: Amazon. Painting: Tanya Merrill. Sheepskin: Saipua. Hand-painted Moroccan tiles: MoroccanTileShop. Wood stove: TrueNorth. Chair: vintage folding chair, similar.

On a TV alternative: I find TVs hung on the wall to be visually distracting — they take up so much real estate! A projector is a way to eliminate that. Plus, there’s a fun pageantry to the whole process, which I love.


Rachael Petach house tour cassis dining room

Candle holders: Luddite Antiques. Dining table: Estate sale, Dining Chairs: Safavieh. Salt cellar: Busted Ceramics, Fruit holder: Terra Délicat Bowl by Athena Calderone.

On an open-door policy: We have amazing neighbors, so we’ll often invite them over for cocktails and then hang out while the kids play. I love impromptu hangs. I came home the other day and there were 15 people here, and my husband was just like, ‘I was in the mood to cook a bunch of burgers.’

On low-stress entertaining: My biggest tip is to make food that doesn’t have to be hot or super composed to be beautiful and delicious. Grain salads are perfect — you can make it ahead of time and just add greens and dressing right as you’re sitting down. Grilled chicken can be totally great at room temperature. I learned a lot from working events with chef Sean Rembold, where he’d design menus that worked even though 150 guests never sit when you want them to. (He and his wife Caron now have a Brooklyn restaurant called Inga’s Bar.)

Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Vintage dry sink: Rachael’s grandmother. Print: Mike Paré Four Horsemen 2020, Bar towel: Molly Baz for Crate and Barrel. Face cups: Maya Strauss.

On family heirlooms: We use a vintage dry sink as a bar cart. Like a lot of our furniture, it’s from my grandmother. She collected beautiful objects, and when I was growing up she would say, ‘One day, you can have this in your house.’ She died in 2019; we love living with her pieces. She had big energy and a big personality.

On Basil the cat (on windowsill): I run C. Cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur company. Last summer, we went to pick up some spirits from our distiller, and they said, ‘Kittens were just born under our porch, do you want to meet them?’ We immediately fell in love with Basil. Now he and our dog are inseparable. They wrestle and play like best friends.


Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Paint: Benjamin Moore in Simply White.

On birthing a business: When I was pregnant, I played around with low-alcohol and no-alcohol things that tasted like what I liked to drink: earthy, yeasty, herbal, not sweet. Remembering fresh blackcurrants from a time I spent farming in France, I fell down a rabbit hole and started making very small batches of blackcurrant liqueur for friends and joking about it becoming a company. Then I got in touch with Greg Quinn, who’s basically the godfather of blackcurrants in the Northeast, and things took off from there. C. Cassis was born alongside my son.

Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Tiles: Tilebar. Grout: Permacolor Saltillo. Pendant light: Allen + Roth.

On perfect drinks: The easiest thing to do with C. Cassis is to make a spritz. There are endless variations, but here’s my favorite: 1 oz C. Cassis, 1 oz dry vermouth, 4 oz seltzer, 2 olives, 1 orange slice. Just mix everything over ice and enjoy.


Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Paint: Benjamin Moore in Simply White. Elephant wall hanging: Puppy Pillow. Bed: made by Rachael and Steve. Blanket: Pendleton. Mushroom pillow: Myfawnwy.

On making a cloud bed: When Theo outgrew his crib, I asked him to describe his dream bed. He said, ‘Like a cloud, but water, and low, so my animals can get on and off.’ I drew up a design, he approved the plans, and my husband and I built it out of plywood. It’s a simple platform with two wavy edges, and we all love it.

Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Bookcase: made by Rachael and Steve. Painting: John Petach (Rachael’s dad). Kid’s work bench: Tender Leaf Toys.

On tiny obsessions: Theo is into pirates, Lego, baking, costumes… and Black Sabbath. He is constantly singing and performing Black Sabbath songs. My husband also loves Black Sabbath, but now he’s like, ‘I’m actually getting tired of this song,’ and Theo’s like, ‘I’m not!’

Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Desk: Ikea, Print: William Scott Creative Growth. Wooden typesetting drawer: antique, similar. Curtains: Crate&Kids.

On using real tools: We got Theo’s work bench when he was much smaller and wasn’t able to use real tools, but still wanted to pretend to. He has since learned how to use a few, like a hammer, and he’s really, really responsible with them.


Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Bedframe: Wayfair. Stool side tables: from Rachael’s grandmother, similar. Painting: John Petach. Bedside carafe: Ichendorf Milano. Sheets: Bed Threads.

On winding down: Yellow is my favorite color — I find it uplifting yet calming. At the end of the day, I try to carve out time for a quiet solo activity, whether that’s reading, taking a bath, or watering the garden.


Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Bookshelf: Ikea. Chair: Design Within Reach. Desk: handmade by Rachael and Steve. Flower vase: Group Partner.

On work/life balance: Having kids makes it difficult to work the long hours that you often need for entrepreneurship. ‘How will I make this work?’ became my biggest question when I was pregnant. With C. Cassis, I try to keep the work schedule as reasonable as possible, with my team working 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., four days a week. Being able to finish the day at a time where you’re still able to take a walk, see friends, or do something for yourself feels important.


Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Chairs: Wayfair. Table: handmade by Rachael and Steve.

On a different business model: Earlier in my career, I worked hard and put in long hours for other people’s projects. I was thirsty for the experience and knowledge. You learn a lot that way, but at the end of the day, it isn’t yours. With C. Cassis, we’re exploring paths to collective ownership. I want to make sure our growth also benefits my team.

Rachael Petach house tour cassis

Chairs: Kaufmann Mercantile. Stock tank: Tractor Supply. Foot stool: vintage, similar. Towel: Baina. Light: Lowe’s.

On backyard fun: Last summer, it was getting so hot, and I was like, a stock tank tub needs to happen right now! I called my favorite store, Tractor Supply, and luckily they had the right size. We filled it with hose water and took a cold plunge. We’re thinking of eventually turning it into a hot tub if we can score a secondhand scuba stove somewhere. (Please share any leads!)

Thanks so much for sharing your home, Rachael!

P.S. More house tours, including a book-lover’s dream in Brooklyn and 12 readers’ cozy corners.

(Photos by John Gruen.)

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