Sandanona: The 5th Annual Orvis Cup

Many of the interiors I’ve designed include textures and colors reminiscent of Sandanona, the oldest shooting preserve in the country and a place that’s been personally meaningful for many years.

The Sandanona Lodge

Iconic textures like wools, oil cloth and leathers, and colors such as greens, loden and plaids that appear in my designs can be traced back to this Millbrook, NY destination, which was founded in 1907 by the Wing family and later purchased by my father, George Bednar.

I did this painiting when I was 16 – my father and the club's manager are in the foreground

This is an original map of the Sandanona Preserve.So many fond memories include going to Sandanona and learning to shoot as a child with my dad, an avid sportsman who not only developed the property into a private club, but also expanded the buildings and designed and built the sporting clays course.

Sandanona is now owned by Orvis and I had the pleasure of attending the annual Orvis Cup there a few weekends ago. The event showcased the latest from top outfitters like BraeVal—a heritage brand of luxe sporting apparel—Beretta, Barbour, Holland & Holland, and Land Rover Experience Driving School. Take a look at some of the photos I captured while I was there…

It was great to be back!

Images: Sandanona Lodge courtesy of Orvis. All others from S. B. Long

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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