It’s hard to resist the lure of the Hudson Valley. My story of falling in love with this area and coming up to live here full-time is not unique, and every week I meet someone new who came here on vacation and didn’t want to leave. But I’ve yet to hear of another couple that shares our exact trajectory from Brooklyn to upstate — until I found Roy Caires and Tommy Cole. Roy and Tommy own Alter in Brooklyn and first fell in love with the Woodstock/Saugerties area during a visit for a friends’ birthday party back in 2010. After their wedding in 2013, Tommy and Roy started to take the area seriously as a spot for their potential home (especially after the reality of Brooklyn housing costs sunk in) and the next year they headed upstate to meet with a realtor. After seeing five houses they headed back to Brooklyn where they decided this house, originally built around the 1850s, was the one. They put in an offer the next day and the deal was finished within six weeks. Sometimes when you know, you know.
Roy and Tommy knew their home needed a lot of work (the kitchen and bathrooms required a gut renovation), but they wisely decided to get to know their home before making any big decisions. So their first three months of life upstate were spent sleeping on an air mattress in the living room and cooking on a charcoal grill outside. During those early days they learned a lot about the flow of the house, what needed to be changed, and what could actually get by with a little sanding and paint. So after their first winter the couple spent five months opening up walls downstairs, repainting, renovating the kitchen and bathroom and creating a mudroom to help keep their floors clean during snowy weather. The result is a beautiful, modern farmhouse that mixes rustic and contemporary styles with ease. The couple’s collection of antiques, folk art and repurposed furniture adds personality to the space and the clean lines and open areas created during renovation give the space an open, loft-like feel. “This home is an escape from the city for us,” Roy explains. “We are so very thankful to have been able to purchase this home and renovate it to create a place where we can sit back, relax and be surrounded by nature with friends and family.” We’re so thankful that Roy and Tommy welcomed us into their home for this tour today. Enjoy! xo, grace
PAINT – The entire house was painted one color, Benjamin Moore Affinty Series, color is called STEAM.
KITCHEN: Cabinets are custom made in Pennsylvania and painted, a cheslea grey with a coffee glaze in the Hudson Valley.
Countertops- Ceasarstone Quartz ( London Grey)
Sink and faucet are Kohler,
Fridge and Dishwasher- Blomberg,
Stove range is Viking
Island is custom made from old factory legs and reclaimed butcher block by Brooklyn designer Dorset Finds
2 Metal stools (Roy’s sitting on one) are vintage Toledo work stools
2 other chairs (one white other brown with back) in room are vintage finds
Open shelves on subway tile wall are reclaimed Redwood taken from defuct water towers from NYC brackets are from Rejuvenation.
All light fixtures are from Schoolhouse Electric Company.
DINING ROOM: Walnut top table with copper legs, French style X back chairs- all from a furniture showroom in Canada.
Light fixture: Schoolhouse Electric
Arched Mirror on wall: Flea market find
Mud room and bath room doors are reclaimed form original doors that were in the house.
Old church bench, Flea market Find
Light Grey couch- Blu Dot
Tweed grey couch- Find Brooklyn
Jute Rug- West Elm
TV / Wood Console- custom built by us
Coffee table, Church Pew, side table and table lamp- All Flea Market Finds
1ST FLOOR BATH:
Sink and Medicine Cabinet- Kohler
Wall sconces- Schoolhouse Electric
Shelves- Reclaimed Redwood, Brackets from Rejuvenation
Subway tile walls with black grout
Glass shower stall
marble tile floor
Rug- West Elm
Bench and dresser- vintage
GUEST ROOM 1:
Pattern Rug form Mexico
Wool felt rug from Nepal
Dresser- Vintage find- repainted with Milk Paint
Artwork- Custom framed fabric swatches
Indigo Pillow- made by homeowners
Chairs- Vintage finds
Indigo blanket- Vintage 1930’s-40’s Dazzle print blanket found at Country Living Fair
GUEST ROOM 2:
Blanket- reworked military blankets
German Alphabet Scroll wall hanging- Fern in Hudson, Ny
ceiling light- School house Electric
WRITING ROOM/ OFFICE
Desk- family heirloom
Chair and double headed lamp- vintage finds