Our biggest project to date. A four bedroom, three bathroom house on the North Fork of Long Island. Gorgeous sea views and wood beams galore were the guiding force for this newly built house that was in need of a serious character injection.
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A little spot just over a little hill from the Magic Egg farmhouse. The guest house was filled with spiders and piles (and piles) of books when we got there, but it was easy to see the promise of this space. We let the original floors and wood beams steer the style, and kept things simple and light. Textured linens, white plaster, brass accents, some hanging sage from the garden, and of course, some built in bunk beds. It’s the perfect sized weekend getaway.
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A late-18th-century farmhouse tucked away in 167 acres of fields and forest, complete with a barn, pool, pond, and tennis court. Over its many years the house has seen plenty of renovations and, we can only imagine, has lived just as many lives. Its most recent iteration featured a rainbow’s array of wall colors and strange furniture choices. It was immediately clear that all that needed to go, and that we’d basically need to start from scratch, while keeping just a few old details like the wide-plank floors and rich chestnut paneling.
You can see a rather unabridged photo tour on our blog.
A kitchen decked out in orange granite countertops and other McMansion features is no place for Saveur’s Best Food Photography Blogger. Beth had pinned roughly a million images before we started working on the place, so we were really able to hit the ground running. We managed to keep the existing cabinet frames by altering them, making new doors, and giving everything a fresh coat of paint. We popped in a “new” old window and built a custom range hood, plus floating shelves from reclaimed late-19th-century factory beams, and an island and additional table from old barn siding. Beth went to Atlanta to pick out a slab of marble for the counters and had a beautiful Lacanche range delivered. Then we finished up with plastered walls (half polished, half hand combed), antique brass drawer pulls from Restore in Philadelphia, and a beautiful old French faucet Tara found on eBay.
This job was a whirlwind, plain and simple. It’s a tiny little house, but I still don’t understand how the two of us did everything we did in just under two months. We moved the bathroom and all the interior walls, pushed the kitchen back and put in a huge picture window, put down all new floors, shiplapped and plastered the walls, and on and on. Plus we spent plenty of time hiking, eating at the Phoenicia diner, having run-ins with bears, and getting drinking water from the fresh spring up the hill.
We were super honored when Justine Hand, one of Remodelista’s editors, got in touch and wanted us to give her kitchen a quick facelift. Though a full renovation wasn’t in the cards quite yet, she’d lived with the orange cabinets and orange granite counters long enough. It was time for the orange to go. The base cabinets had nice lines, so we kept them and gave them a fresh coat of paint, but we tore out the wall cabinets and the countertops in favor of open wall shelving and butcher block countertops. We added shiplap behind the sink and a chair rail to the extremely large room to tie everything together, plus we swapped out all the old hardware, the faucet, and light fixtures. Voila!
Featured on Remodelista. (Though because we get so many emails about the so-called “Dream Kitchen for Under $3000,” I should mention here that that price tag was for materials only!)
This 19th-century Hudson Valley cottage will always hold a special place in our hearts as our first major job as homeless home designers. We’d been subletting for a few months in Fort Green while hunting for a permanent apartment; then all in a handful of days we found a place, signed a lease, started moving in, had a car towed, got this job offer, found someone to take over the freshly-signed lease, and moved operations north, to this tiny and (then) empty cottage about thirty minutes west of Hudson.
In classic Catskills fashion, the original house had seen one bad renovation after another over the years. It was our job to update everything and tie this disjointed place back together. So we did everything we could think of. We tore up ugly brown carpeting, refinished some floors and painted others, cobbled together a new banister from old pieces, made curtains and bed frames, redid the kitchen and the bathroom, and plastered everything in sight. Oh, and then Tara decorated beautifully in an up-to-the-minute scramble before the clients arrived for Christmas. Easier said than done. In all, we lived and breathed this house for about four months. Then we went to Hawaii for a month. Not a bad life!
A true labor of love. Percy bought this house way back in the pre-Tara days of 2009 and slowly started about renovating it all by himself. The previous owner had neglected a nasty roof leak in the back left corner for so long that the kitchen cabinets two floors below were rotted out. He had roofers scheduled to come the day after closing, so right after he signed all the paperwork, he and his dad headed over and tore up the dilapidated old roof deck. Then he set about gutting the kitchen, tearing up a ton of wall-to-wall carpeting (turns out the floors underneath had been painted over several times), refinishing the floors, and redoing the kitchen. He added a bathroom and plugged away at the other rooms one by one. Paneling the living room (with reclaimed base cap molding from an abandoned school in North Philly) was the most difficult by far, but it also paid off the most. Then it was finally time to start furnishing and decorating. And Tara came along at just the right time! They hit a ton of flea markets together and she worked her magic, whipping everything into shape and photographing it all.