Are you, like us, among the 11 million people worldwide virtually escaping to the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch? 

Preservation Long Island Curator, Lauren Brincat, shows off her antique furniture collection and the Sherwood-Jayne-inspired wall decorations inside her home in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Our curator has enjoyed visits to the local museum with friends, avidly collecting antique furniture, training her connoisseurial eye on forged masterworks, and decorating and redecorating her house. Now you can add a little bit of Long Island history to your virtual home! We’ve specially recreated the eighteenth-century painted wall decorations from Preservation Long Island’s own Sherwood-Jayne House!

The original hand-painted decorations on plaster featuring leafy vines, roses, and neoclassical swags and tassels were likely inspired by ancient Roman frescoes and are the best surviving examples of their kind on Long Island. An itinerant painter probably created them around 1785 for William Jayne (1732 –1802), a.k.a. “Big Bill the Tory,” as a less expensive alternative to printed French wallpapers. Follow the instructions below to add them to your house!

To use the Sherwood-Jayne House Custom Design:

    1. Download the Nintendo Switch app on your phone and link it to the account you use on your console.
    2. Open the Nintendo Switch app on your phone and go to Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NookLink).
    3. Select Designs to scan the QR code above.
    4. Scan and download/save via NookLink.
    5. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons on your Switch, open the Custom Designs app and press the (+) to download the design in an empty slot.
    6. Once the pattern is downloaded, you can now select Spread in Room (Walls).

Be sure to share your newly decorated home with us on Facebook and Instagram! @preservationlongisland