Step Inside Designer Jenny Wolf’s Stylish Living Quarters

Above her shop in Pound Ridge, Wolf cultivates a cozy lair.
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The living area includes a sofa from Nickey Kehoe and a pair of vintage armchairs covered in a chintz from Holly Hunt. Photography by Kate Jordan.

The path to a thriving interior design business and shop wasn’t exactly a straight one for Jenny Wolf. The South Carolina native had been enjoying a successful career in retail development at Ralph Lauren in New York when she caught the decorating bug. “I was working on the opening of a Ralph Lauren store at the Greenbrier hotel, and I was so inspired by Dorothy Draper’s whimsical design that I decided to enroll at Parsons,” recalls Wolf, who earned an interior design degree from the school, launched her own firm in 2011, and was named an NYC&G “Rising Star” in 2013.

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The kitchen features a floral-print wallpaper from House of Hackney, a Bertazzoni range, and Benjamin Moore’s Fieldstone on the cabinetry. Photography by Kate Jordan.

Wolf’s shopkeeper impulses were perhaps more deeply ingrained. “My parents were furniture retailers, and I grew up around showrooms,” she says. “So it was always a dream of mine to have a store.” The opportunity presented itself in 2017, when a for sale sign on a turn-of-the-20th-century building in Pound Ridge, New York, caught her eye. “I had never even been to Pound Ridge before, but I stopped the car and had the real estate agent there within 10 minutes. It just felt like the right next step.”

The 5,500-square-foot building had an ideal amount of space for a ground-floor lifestyle shop and an apartment upstairs, but it was in disrepair and required major renovations. “It’s the biggest project I have ever undertaken,” says Wolf, whose first order of business after gutting the structure was to build out the three-bedroom second-floor apartment so that she would “have somewhere to stay when I came up from the city to manage the construction. I needed a place to focus, think, and dream about the store.”

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Depending on her needs, Wolf can easily transform her living area into an office, gallery, or event space. Photography by Kate Jordan.

She essentially started from scratch, installing a new roof, steel beams, and framing, lifting the ceiling, and laying wide-plank reclaimed-wood floors. “The only original items that remain are some joists and the two shop windows in the front. My goal throughout was to stay true to the period while incorporating modern amenities.” A favorite spot in the new apartment is the primary bath, which is painted a charcoal black and features a classic clawfoot tub. “I always use some black to cut the sweetness and add a little edge. Having this space was central to my process of working through the project. There, I could be still and connect with myself.”

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The wall covering in the daughters’ room is from Studio Four. Photography by Kate Jordan.

The main living area—a vaulted great room enveloped in a moody blue hue—is flanked by two sections of private living quarters: the green primary bedroom and bath and a pink-patterned bedroom for Wolf’s three daughters on one side, and another bath and a third bedroom on the other. “The great room is super flexible,” Wolf says. “Aside from being a living area, it also serves as an office, a gallery, and an event space for the business.” The charming galley kitchen has a floral flourish, thanks to one of Wolf’s favorite wallpapers from House of Hackney. “I’ve used this paper in various homes of mine, and it always brings me such joy. When you buy pieces that mean something to you, they will work anywhere.”

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The bed frame and desk chair in the primary bedroom are from Chelsea Textiles. Photography by Kate Jordan.

Although Wolf confesses to being “a traditionalist at heart,” she likes a modern touch here and there among all the antiques and vintage furnishings. Her distinct take on style reaches its apogee in the store, called the Huntress and open for business since 2019. Carrying everything from furnishings and decor to jewelry, clothing, and bath and beauty essentials, “it has become my passion project,” the designer muses. “It’s a place for self- expression and creativity.”

The print version of this article appears with the headline: Minding the Store.