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sneak peek: josh vogel of blackcreek mercantile

by Amy Azzarito

When I saw the amazing sculptural wood-turned objects that Josh Vogel creates for Blackcreek Mercantile, I knew I wanted to see the inside of his home. I wasn’t disappointed — get a look at those floors!!! Josh and his girlfriend, Kelly Zaneto, live in what was originally a small, two-room stone cottage in the Hudson Valley. Like many older homes, this stone house had been subject to numerous renovations. Since purchasing it about five years ago, the couple has worked to restore some sense of authenticity. Josh says that this is part of a “constant conversation [he] has with the house.” Josh listens to the house as he listens to the wood he works with, constantly encouraging its soul and story to come out. (I love that sentiment!) Thanks, Josh! And a big thanks to Jeff Goldman (interior photos) & Vivian Lanzarone (exterior photos & photo of settee) — Amy A.

More than a specific decorating “style,” our house reflects the attitude of our lives. My girlfriend and I live in the forest of the mid-Hudson Valley. In the summertime we love to keep the doors and windows open, we cut flowers and herbs from our garden and take showers outside. In the winter, we keep the fires burning and a kettle on the stove. Nothing we own is so precious that it can’t get dinged or scratched; in fact there is a softness and warmth we enjoy that can only be created through use and a simple beauty that is inherent in basic functionality. Our home is a work in progress and as we grow into it, we seek to simplify, support and create balance.

Image above: Perhaps a bit unorthodox — when we renovated, we put a door in our bathroom that opens onto the back deck. Our backyard is very private and expansive, and in the warm months, we enjoy using the outdoor shower because it is invigorating & keeps us connected to our larger, natural environment.

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Image above: We love to play with textures and materials. These design fundamentals are often more interesting to me than what color, or if we decide to paint something. Chestnut . . . raw-hemlock floor, rough-plastered walls, a lace tablecloth and some freshly cut flowers.

Image above: Between simple property maintenance around the house and having a woodworking business, there is never a shortage of wood for us to burn in the stove. A current project we are working on for the house is hand-making our own tiles for the floor to ceiling backing of the wood stove.

Image above: The stone walls of the house were solidly mortared together with the same famous “Rosendale cement” used in the Empire State Building. Our fences and gates, which I put together, are all constructed from white oak saplings cleared right off the property.

Image above: Living in the forest is important for my business, Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. All of the materials I use come from local resources. A lot of the work I do is so exacting and meticulous that I find these types of sculptural “sketches” liberating and a great way to exercise excess creative energy.

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  • This house is an inspiration, I love the rural feel you have emphasized throughout, it would be an honour to call this home!

  • I LOVE that bathtub and the simplicity of it all. Sometimes I overthink decorating, but this reminds me to just make it my own.

  • Absolutely stunning. I love the use of texture to create subtle style and simplicity amongst obvious practicality.

  • I love the rustic/pioneer environnment of this home!
    I never thought I’d want to put my husband’s guns on display (as much as he’d want to!) until seeing these photos…so simple and organically elegant!

  • Stellar … organic and handsome, great attention to details.

    Totally unrelated – patiently waiting for ac’s guide for guys 2010. When will it be online?

    Thnx, Grace.

  • the thought of an outdoor shower in this beautiful surrounding nature makes me want to cry! gorgeous photographs of a beautiful home. thank you!

  • In Love! This place feels like “home”. I grew up and still live in the mountains of NC and this house brings all the feelings of that lifestyle to the surface beautifully.

  • i really appreciate the exterior images. one of my favorite things to do is wander around interesting neighborhoods, admire homes from the streets or sidewalks and imagine what they look like on the inside. i love to browse sneak peaks because we get to see what’s on the inside, but there is rarely a strong connection between the interior and exterior of these homes. thank you for offering the interior-exterior connection on this post!

  • This is wonderful. The idea of a dialogue between the house and its people really shows and I think that also extends to the greater environment. Living and working in a place like this must be so rewarding. What an inspiration!

  • A stunning home, thank you for sharing with us.

    I LOVE this sentiment:

    “Nothing we own is so precious that it can’t get dinged or scratched; in fact there is a softness and warmth we enjoy that can only be created through use and a simple beauty that is inherent in basic functionality. Our home is a work in progress and as we grow into it, we seek to simplify, support and create balance.”

  • Love this house. As the wife of a carpenter I fully appreciate the constant work on a house. Reminds me how much I love an outdoor shower in the summer. Great job, especially love the raw flooors

  • Minus the rifles, this is exactly my idea of serenity. Thank you for letting us into your home!

  • The space has so much emotion! Beautifully photographed. The kitchen and bathroom just make my heart flutter.

    I got to visit & photo their woodworking studio on assignment for thescoutmag.com, and the pieces that Josh makes are exquisite. Absolutely check them out in person if you get a chance. It made me look at wood very differently.

  • A wonderful place to be. Living in a metro area this is just so appealing… they have made a beautiful home for themselves and I am sure that it will continue to evolve over time.

  • Wow! This place is beautiful…I love the bedroom and dining table shots, and the couch looks so inviting.
    Curious, was the exterior always exposed stone or was it ever rendered?
    I love your attitude to the house and the surrounding environment.

  • Absolutely beautiful, with so much character! Where are those black and white pillows on the couch from???

  • Oh wow. This is beautiful! There’s something about shaping and creating something with your hands that gives you a sense of ownership. It’s clear that these two have put a lot of love and hard work into this home.

  • I get it! The poetry of wood and listening to what it has to say.
    Beautiful home! Even the wood patterns on the rifles are lyrical. I would love to learn how to shoot (just in case I came upon a large, hungry wild animal while hiking in the woods).

  • WOW…just wow. I would love to do a check in with them after they complete the handmade tiles for the stove backing. I’m sure it will be stunning.

  • thank you for all of your wonderful words. we truly appreciate them and were happy to share our home!

    to answer some of the questions: the blanket on the bed was a gift from josh’s mom, not sure where she purchased it from. the pillow coverlets on the sofa are from pottery barn (a few years ago…). regarding the walls, the have not been rendered.
    thanks again,
    kz & jv

  • Love that kitchen! love the whole house really. we’ve been renovating and so are looking at these house tours with a whole new appreciation these days.

  • I could swoon. Love that pantry. Love the bedroom. Love that the house is obviously in progress yet so peaceful and lovely. I missed that phase in my home renovation.

  • Fantastic!
    The color palette and variety of textures are extraordinarily rich.
    Thank you for these wonderful photos.

  • oh. ohjeez. this is just so amazing and soothing and great – where I can see myself finding balance. the door to the deck/outdoor shower from the bathroom is a total highlight.

  • Not one but two rifles hanging on the wall..can someone explain me the beauty or poetry of weapon which shoot bursting bullet into flesh?I am really astonished someone might find cute hanging a gun

    • john

      it’s not for everyone, but there is artistry in building any object, including rifles. not everyone sees them as something that “bursts bullets into flesh”. in the same way that some people collect knives and never use them, there are people that collect guns for the same reason. the metalwork and woodwork can be very beautiful when you look closely and will remind you that these pieces were often made by hand, by very skilled artisans. that said, i understand that the purpose of the object itself may be too much to overcome. but speaking as someone who knows people who collects guns for display, i can assure you not everyone uses them for that purpose and many people really value the skill that goes into building them as objects.


  • Such a gorgeous setting, and I LOVE stone houses. That bathroom is so lovely and peaceful. You have done a wonderful job. I am jealous of the outdoor shower.

  • First, thanks for showing us your home – simply beautiful!
    Secondly, what is that black box on the table in the 1st and 6th photos? It looks like an antique, but I wonder what it’s original purpose was.