10 Years of ‘NYC&G’: A Classic Victorian Farmhouse With A Swedish Twist

Kendell Cronstrom looks back at the serene home of Face Stockholm’s founder.
Germantown Home Tour Designer Gun Nowak Living Room

The living room features a cast-iron table and various seating pieces upholstered in silk. Religious totems are displayed throughout the home. Photograph by Mick Hales.

Revisited for the 10th Anniversary issue of NYC&G. Previously featured in the September 2016 issue of NYC&G.  Read the full story here.


At some point along the way, the enduringly popular “Swedish style” hit critical mass among the decorating-obsessed, so it was a distinct pleasure to publish the real deal: Gun Nowak’s 1870 farmhouse in Germantown, in Columbia County. Who better than the founder and CEO of the cosmetics juggernaut Face Stockholm, which is 40 years old this year, to show readers how its done? Naturally, white-painted floors, furniture in faded hues, cane-backed chairs, and gilt accents were in abundance, but I remember most the unexpected array of Buddhas, prayer beads, and religious totems, souvenirs from Nowak’s extensive travels to India. —K. C.

The print version of this article appears with the headline: A Hus on the Hudson.