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sneak peek: raina kattelson

by Amy Azzarito

when stylist and designer raina kattelson shared her experiments with colored chalkboard paints this summer, we all knew that we wanted a closer look into the beautiful hudson valley home that she shares with architect husband robert butscher and two daughters. (if you’re planning a visit to the hudson valley, be sure to check out raina’s guide to the area!) with two such aesthetic-minded people, the home is all about compromise! robert loves saturated color while raina gravitates more towards whites. the resulting palette of white with pops of color definitely works. however, the couple’s eight-year old is beginning to express her own aesthetic sensibility – she requested a panton chair for her eighth birthday! i guess that’s what happens when you have two stylish parents! watch out mom and dad! {thanks raina and family! and many thanks to john gruen for the lovely photographs} amy a.

[The house,which is in Tivoli – a village on the Hudson River in upstate NY – is about 150 years old.  When we bought it, it had been gutted and then abandoned for 15 years.  My husband, Robert Butscher, is an architect.  Together we essentially rebuilt the house.  We tried to keep the overall look in keeping with the age and style of the house while adding some modern touches, doing most of the work ourselves.]

[photo above: The lounge in the living room corner I found at the town yard sale day. It is supposed to be upholstered but I love the raw quality of it so I left the stripped frame and just made a wool felt cushion and marimekko pillows.  We like to travel and bring back interesting pieces from the various places we have been, the living room rug is from Marrakech, the black basket from our recent trip to Istanbul.  My father is fine art photographer Sy Kattelson and in addition to many of his photo’s we have work by Lewis Hine, (over the lounge), Tanya Marcuse, (the large tree over the couch) , and others.]

[photo above: I collect pottery, both old and new and use it both for styling gigs as well as our daily use.  The Emeco chairs at the dining table had vinyl seats and I replaced them with industrial felt pads.The table is an Ikea table that I sanded down and then whitewashed.  The orange chairs are vintage Herman Miller. The light fixture is from Ikea. The picture is vintage NY by my dad.]

[photo above: We have raised platform in the kitchen that was left over from the original house that is now our sunny breakfast nook. I love the graphic quality of old signs and have collections of them throughout the house. I also have a weakness for chairs, the green thonet chairs in the kitchen are the first I ever owned and have been painted various colors over the years and now look great with the Saarinen table which at the moment has a chalkboard oilcloth cover on it – the base is original but has a temporary top which at some point I am planning on replacing with a white marble one. The light is a vintage shade originally used in a dentist office.]

CLICK HERE for Raina’s full peek (and all the photos on one page) after the jump!


[photo above: My office is the only all white room in the house but is so filled with books, magazines and craft projects and props it is sometimes hard to tell! I am a magazine junky, so in addition to shelves of them I have them piled in vintage, industrial metal boxes. I have lot’s of collections; vintage knitting needles, old camera’s, tray’s, bottles-all stuff that will end up on my work at some point. The chair is one of a pair that I found at the Brooklyn Flea and reupholstered. . The sign is an Anthony Burrill print- shouldn’t we all!!]



[photo above: I love Tord Boontje’s work and own several of his lights, for our daughter’s room i did my own version of his style on her floor. She is a future style junky in the making as she requested the Panton chair for her 8th birthday. She also asked that her dresser be silver. She loves to draw on the chalkboard paint wall (Hudson Paint).]

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