Living in New York’s Hudson Valley can feel like paradise. Just an hour or two outside of the city, you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the most beautiful waterfalls and mountaintops. My husband and I sell antiques at
Field and Barn, a local flea market, where we met designers Leong Ong and Philip Leeming.
Originally from the United Kingdom and Malaysia, husbands Philip and Leong, both designers, are co-founders of
Pool 28 LLC, The Falls and, for Anthropologie, Carnation Lily Lily Rose. It’s no surprise that they spend a lot of their time traveling both nationally and internationally for business, and their home, a former horse farm nestled against a hillside, tells the story of who they both are and where they’ve been.
After a catastrophic flood in 2014, they had to redo most of their home. This unfortunate incident led them to cathedral-vault the ceilings in the bath/pantry area and gave them the opportunity to hide plumbing, update heating and electrical systems and generally make things exactly the way they wanted. While everyone whose home is photographed wants it to look its best, I was surprised — but not shocked — to learn that they had made me lunch
and had a dinner party planned for that evening. With so much going on in their lives, and on that day in particular, they still managed to be the same two friendly guys I met at the flea market. (Full disclosure — I was not allowed to leave at the end of the day until I had one amazing cocktail with them and their guests.) By the time I left their home that night, I couldn’t wait to come back. – – Kelly
Photography by Kelly Merchant
The airy, light-filled view from Leong and Philip's living room into the library. The purple floral sofa's fabric is vintage 1950s that came from a hotel in Asbury Park, NJ. A pair of yellow love seats flanks either side of the living room to offer tons of seating for guests. The custom designed shelves installed by Jed Tucker and
highlight their colorful book collection.
“We are first and foremost textile and print designers, with an obsession for vintage fabrics and embroideries. Therefore we wanted a clean space, quite neutral, that we could add color to in the furnishings and art we put in it.” The sofa was re-upholstered in 1960s floral fabric found at a flea market in Italy. A rug from
is topped with a footstool covered in vintage rabbit fur.
Designers Leong and Philip, whose home reflects the desire to relax in a happy, colorful place. “Since we also had to replace 80% of the furniture after the flood, we were able to refurbish/rework collected vintage pieces with archival/vintage fabrics, and make them one-of-a-kind, including the two 11-foot sofas in the living room, and the dining chairs -- all reclaimed pieces.” Both sofas are Adrian Pearsall circa 1954. Rug by
A deco fireplace screen in front of a stark and serene fireplace in the living room. The artwork, titled "Bird," is by English artist Gary Hume and the photograph is by Georgie Hopton. The sleekness of the vintage Danish pottery offsets the harvested hornet's nest.
The dining room showstopper is a Heywood-Wakefield butterfly wishbone table illuminated by a glass chandelier lovingly carried home from Italy by Philip. The table is surrounded by a mix of chairs -- two American circa 1800, two Italian circa 1930, with repurposed hand-dyed linen fabric, and two Italian high backs re-covered with vintage jacquard fabric. The fabric on the French door curtains, drawn by Leong, are a remnant from one of their collections. Rug by
As you travel up the staircase to the second floor, a collection of vintage illustrations of Mount Fuji collected all over the world, but never from Japan, greet you. A reclaimed Victorian gilt wood salon-style chair was refinished with matte black paint. The stone wall is original to the home and the floors are white oak.
Just a small sampling of Leong's collection of antique Victorian hair, floral and nature artwork nestled next to a stone wall by the staircase.
The original and functional stone fireplace in the dining room hosts a collection of artwork. A portrait of Philip's dad by Louise Morgan, a vintage chalk portrait titled "Bert" and pottery by Leong. Red and yellow daffodils from their garden add a smart pop of color to this neutral space.
“It was the first place (but not the last) that we looked at, and we fell in love with the light, the layout and most of all the kitchen. We love to cook and entertain, and the kitchen has always been the heart of our home.” The refurnished and powder-coated 1950s Garland stove is perfect for the couple who loves to cook. The simplicity of
lighting pendants complements the black walnut island by
The glass-fronted cabinets by Rowan are perfect for displaying the couple's collection of vintage teapots and dishware. Handy outlet and iPad holders by
make it easy to cook and check out what Design*Sponge is up to! The cutting board from
works nicely with the butcher block counter by
. The vintage milk glass collection and scale were sourced from flea markets.
In the kitchen, a rug -- made from remnants from one of their collections, The Falls -- and vintage metal dental cabinet powder-coated by Tech coatings. Modern
glassware mixes beautifully with the vintage milk glass plates. An antique painted stool acts as a nifty plant stand for a begonia.
This unbelievably airy beaded top, one of Leong's Urban Renewal designs for
, hangs on a vintage hook.
The guest bed is a showcase for their love of textiles. The vintage 1970s American quilt is layered with a crochet, hand done, a 100% cashmere afghan, from one of their lines The Falls, a caernarfon design welsh blanket and an Indian hand stitch quilt from Delhi, both vintage. The happy floral pillows are by Georgie Hopton.
rug and vintage mirror.
The white master bedroom bursts with splashes of color. The couple made the velvet headboard. The Scandinavian coverlet is paired with pillows whose fabric they repurposed from one of their lines. The table lamp creates a sweet pattern of light on the sloped ceiling, while the beveled mirror throws light back into the room from the opposite windows. All pieces are vintage finds except for the rugs by
. Artwork by Josie Wilkinson.
In the master bedroom more handiwork is displayed, this time samplers and floral work. The desk, lucite chair, lamp, and musical ballerina cigarette/jewel box, marked Hamburg, Germany 1939, are all vintage finds. The fun tiny water pistol artwork is by Robert Moylan. The pottery was made by Leong and his friend Jack. Basket from
and rug from
The front exterior of Philip and Leong's 1850 home is framed by a classic white picket fence. The kitchen addition on the left and the enclosed mud room on the lower right were added in the 1940s. “We'd driven past this house every weekend for over three years and always loved the look of it.”
Nestled against a flowering tree, the stone steps lead you through the fence which overlooks one of the patio and garden areas.
A carpet of wildflowers and daffodils by the home's front door.
A dry-laid stone fence, built by the couple with repurposed stone, and the original barn across the country road from the home.
One of the couple's cast iron chairs -- powder-coated by Tech coatings -- is the perfect place for a little note. If you can't pick just one thing you love about your home, you can always pick them all.
Photographer's rendering of Leong and Philip's home. First floor.
Photographer's rendering of Leong and Philip's home. Second floor.
Photographer's rendering of Leong and Philip's home. Third floor.