Lodge-Worthy Visitor Rooms and a Bar Impressed by Le Coucou Make This Hudson Valley Dwelling the Splendid Weekend Retreat


The ramshackle horse barn, which sat quietly among the many lush maples and oaks of New York’s Hudson Valley, was barely salvageable. But it surely had a type of the Aristocracy that captivated designer Richard Felix-Ashman. “At first I didn’t know whether or not to go the additional mile—or the additional thousand miles—to renovate one thing that was dilapidated,” he says. “However the proportions had been simply outstanding; in structure we solely get these sorts of areas in spiritual buildings or railway stations, so my shoppers and I started to think about methods to reimagine this fallen-down construction that had a lot dignity to it.”

Felix-Ashman’s shoppers, a bicoastal couple with grown youngsters, needed a spot the place they might host family and friends. One among their priorities was to construct an ultraspacious restaurant-style kitchen, a request that could possibly be simply accommodated within the barn, what with its double-height ceilings and practically 4,000 sq. ft of dwelling house. And they also determined to go forward with the reconstruction of the Nineteen Twenties construction, which included elevating the pitched roof of its nave to create a better clerestory with extra pure gentle. 

The work was in depth, however the house remained, in essence, a barn. “We felt it was essential to protect the group of the unique flooring plan,” says the designer, whose eponymous studio is predicated in California and who directed many of the venture from the West Coast. “The previous horse stalls had been remodeled into bedrooms, and the nave was given over to household life.”

One other view of the eating part exhibits a customized black-ash desk paired with Hans Wegner’s iconic Wishbone chairs, additionally in black ash. The brass gentle pendant within the background is from the City Electrical Firm, and the only pendants within the foreground are from Schoolhouse.

Very like a loft, the home has an unlimited open space the place Felix-Ashman created a parlor with a comfortable nook bar, a sunny eating part, and an open kitchen match for a restaurateur—full with a sweeping soapstone island and an array {of professional} ovens, burners, and griddles. “We jokingly name it the celebration barn,” says one of many owners. “It’s good for hanging out and cooking; it is not valuable however not too informal both.”

Certainly, there are parts of each upstate simplicity and Manhattan polish all through the three-bedroom abode. White shiplap partitions, concrete flooring, and iron-framed French doorways present a clear backdrop to an eclectic decor with frequent nods to Danish modernism. Within the eating part, Felix-Ashman paired a customized rectangular desk fabricated from black ash wooden with Hans Wegner’s iconic Wishbone chairs, additionally in black ash, and a steel-framed credenza with auburn leather-based doorways and brass pulls. “I at all times envisioned Danish furnishings becoming throughout the house,” he says. “The Danish trendy motion managed to steadiness the dialog between rusticity and class, it created a really profitable marriage.” With out veering an excessive amount of from that type, Felix-Ashman created pockets of glamour, most notably within the bar by the parlor, which options mirrored cabinets, a brass-rimmed counter, darkish inexperienced partitions, and cushioned leather-based stools. “The bar is an surprising contact; it creates a darker, extra intimate counterpoint to the remainder of the nave,” provides the designer. “Our shoppers had a few favourite bars in thoughts, together with Le Coucou and the Metrograph Commissary.”

It’s no shock that the shoppers had been effectively conscious of those modern New York Metropolis locations: The previous tech entrepreneurs are on the point of change gears and open their very own restaurant in Tribeca later this 12 months. A lot of the components will come from the nine-acre natural farm they’ve been rising close to the barn, and the recipes are being examined proper this second of their fabulous Hudson Valley kitchen.

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