Remodeling and Home Design

Putnam Farmhouse

A Country Retreat

A combined family purchased a Country Home on 66 acres of Farmland. The property consisted of a 7 Bedroom/6 Bathroom Main House, a 14 Stable Barn, Caretaker's Cottage and Outbuildings.

This Project started as a simple Decorating Project- new Color Schemes, Window Treatments, new Furniture incorporated with the Client's existing Arts and Crafts Furniture from their previous Weekend Home. It grew into changing and upgrading Lighting, and developing the Basement into a Multi-Purpose Family Environment: a Media/Game Room, Wine Storage, Gym, Massage Room, and a Bathroom with a Sauna.

My philosophy in Design when working on this type of Project is to understand the relationship of the House to its Surroundings. Situated facing west, the Home sits on the highest peak of the property offering the most spectacular sunsets. Colors were developed from the surrounding vistas- various Greens from Nature, Deep Maroons reflect the Maple Trees, soft Golds bring in the sunshine.

Both the Dining Room and the Living Room can access the Terrace through French Doors and these spectacular views that greet you from the Entry Foyer. Therefore, these rooms were designed using simple lines in furniture, and soft palettes. Natural elements are brought into the interiors by way of the Dining Room Wall Covering, the twig floor lamp and the stump table in the Living Room.

The Master Bedroom is washed in sunlight all day long and it too shares the mountain views. Rather than countering the sunlight with a contrasting palette, we worked in taming the glow with soft renditions of cream and accenting with earthy greens and browns.

The Master Bathroom was kept as is, except for updating the lighting, changing paint, and window treatments. The design of the Window Treatment, using a translucent sheer, allows privacy from the entry drive below without cutting off the treetops.

The Basement had been used by the former owner as a Pantry and for Vegetable Storage. My Clients with 6 children of varied ages needed something else. When it came to the Lower Level, we became more playful- we borrowed the idea of creating a "Farm" atmosphere. Wall Covering from The Netherlands truly fools the eyes as old, painted planks, Tree Wall Covering for the corridor, Barn Doors and Hardware defies the thought of being in a windowless "basement".

This House became a home for the family with diverse interests who can find their own space or share in the family activities. An appreciation for nature farmlands and mountain vistas truly dictated its interior design.