Jesse James, founder and creative director for Aesthetic Movement, and his poet husband (and A/M style director) Kostas Anagnopoulos spend their weekdays in the Jackson Heights historic district in Queens, but on the weekends, they escape with daughter Olympia Baltimore James to a tiny town in upstate New York. They’ve named their getaway The Smithy, in a nod to the home’s past life as a blacksmith shop. They wanted the home to feel light, airy and uncluttered, and as part of a conscious effort to avoid clutter, the couple turned closets into “secret spaces” — a little writing room and a cozy sleeping nook. The home’s all-white interior is the perfect backdrop for the objects that have moved in with them — mostly strays within a 50-mile radius — and an excellent foil to the verdant landscape just outside the windows. — Amy A.
Image above: We picked up this 1950s Wincroft stove from a guy in Troy, New York, and the vintage enamel backsplash was brought back from a trip to Chicago.
Image above: Olympia loves this little sleeping nook, which is actually a converted closet within the master bedroom.
The rest of Jesse + Kostas’ sneak peek continues after the jump…
Image above: This view into the kitchen shows a collection of stoneware bowls on open shelves.
Image above: A well-worn café au lait bowl and some bright red pushpins in an upstairs cupboard.
Image above: An antique bed in the creekside bedroom.
Image above: The hand-painted Belgian science charts in the living area were bought many years ago, and we covered the wingbacks with big sheets of raw linen painter’s canvas.
Image above: In the dining area, you can see a few examples of a large collection of three-legged milking stools peeking out from beneath a milking bench.
Image above: The open living/dining space once served as an auto repair shop.
Image above: These built-in cupboards are in an upstairs bedroom that once served as a dining room.
Image above: These whitewashed doors are under the original kitchen sink, which now serves as an auxiliary sink to the upstairs laundry room.
Image above: A pomander ball made during a snowy winter weekend sits among a collection of transferware dishes.
Image above: The watercolor, quoting Kostas, was gifted by a friend.
Image above: This spindle bed in a front bedroom provides a sunny spot for daytime naps and reading.
Image above: The lush side patio was laid with stones from the adjacent creek.
Image above: First built as a blacksmith’s shop, the house later served as a repair shop with the only gas pump for miles in all directions. We often sit to write in the original shop window.