An early 19th century farmhouse sits comfortable on the side of a hill, part of a 30-acre property in upstate New York once used to raise sheep and chickens. Its new owners, a couple with two young children – as well as two bouncy black Labs – have given the once-undistinguished farmhouse a new lease on life by transforming it into a home that embodies the best of both the past and the present.
When the family first discovered this rural retreat, the only structural change they planned was to glass in the existing porch to create a year round room. This turned out to be a more complex job than anticipated, requiring the removal of the roof, so they turned for advice to Architect Jimmy Crisp of Millbrook, New York. Crisp redesigned the roof with three dormer windows, which gave a graceful uplift to the south elevation, and added under-the-eaves built-ins throughout the second floor.
In tackling the interior of their new home, the owners amassed a pile of magazine clippings and realized that what the rooms they liked had in common was a pared down look with comfortable furnishings, simple fabrics, and pale, subtle colors. The limited palette of colors – creamy butter yellow, pale avocado, soft blue – is used in combinations with white trim to add light and sense of brightness to every room. For fabrics, they chose simple woven patterns with a homespun feel, all of which combines for a welcoming, enveloping warmth.
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Last Updated: October 15, 2020
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