When Ted Kennedy Watson and Ted Sive first heard about a charming 1920s farmhouse for sale in Ghent, NY, they bought it sight unseen. “We actually learned of [our home] the very first morning it was listed via email and we bought it [without visiting] because we knew it was just what we were looking for,” says Ted Kennedy Watson (Ted KW). Located in the Hawthorne Valley area of Ghent, Ted and Ted’s home had been painstakingly restored by a talented architect who lived there previously. Both longtime fans of the Hudson Valley (Ted Sive grew up spending his summers on a farm in the Catskills), Ted and Ted decided that this home was the perfect place to call their own when they needed to escape from their busy city life in Seattle, WA where Ted KW owns two beautiful stores called Watson Kennedy.
Along with their rescue dog, Bailey, Ted and Ted (who were married in nearby Nyack, NY in 2011) moved into their home two years ago and began the process of making it feel like their own. Having written a beloved style & decorating book, Ted KW is no stranger to great design. He explains, “The process of turning a house into a home, for us, is really just about filling it with things you love. We fixed on a few strong organizing themes early on [and stuck to them]: a rich and varied use of green, art celebrating the natural landscape, furniture to comfortably accommodate lots of visitors, black and white, and lots of vintage furniture and farm implements.”
The result is a beautiful and welcoming home that feels full of life and color. “Our decorating goal is always stylish comfort. It can look cool, but if it isn’t comfy, it does not pass the test,” says Ted KW. “We have six sofas in the house. Snuggling up with a comfortable blanket and a good book holds great importance in our home.” I love the way each room has its own feel, but ties together seamlessly, thanks to the variations in green paint. Though we only spent a few hours inside for this photo shoot, we felt immediately at-home and welcomed. You can feel how much Ted, Ted and Bailey enjoy being in their home and how much they enjoy welcoming others, too. “What we love and are most thankful about the house is that we get to spend time with family and friends, both old and new,” says Ted KW. Read on to see their full home tour. Thank you so much to Ted, Ted and Bailey for having us! xo, grace
Photography by Kelly Merchant Photography