house crush: Ludlow Homestead

Although I love the ease of scrolling through Pinterest and seeing image upon image from various beautiful spaces (y'all, know how addicting this is), i'm a total sucker for well though out and well put together articles (the english major in me coming out). Its good for my sometimes scattered brain (ok, its really scattered most of the time) to read things that are cohesive and that keep my focus. Not to mention articles like these give you the FULL picture as opposed to seeing just little snippets of rooms a.k.a you get the full story not just the bullet list.

For me, so much of design is telling a story. Whether it is the story of the design choices and the process itself, or the story of the family within the home --of how they live, of whats important to them, of the ways they celebrate, of the way they spend their time.  You know what they say: its the journey not the destination... WELL (i guess) you could also say: its the story not just the ending.  annnd the pictures below tell a beautiful story of the restoration of a home in upstate New York. Read on! 

 The house was built in 1786 with bricks made on-site and the shutters are painted in Farrow and Ball’s Calke Green.  Peter Spears and brian Swardstrom restored the home 228 year old Lulow Homestead in Claverack, NYC into a house that both honors its distinguished history while also extending a gracious and comforting arm to all who visit.

Swardstrom said this of the home: "Our goal was to have it not be a museum piece but rather livable, commutable, warm, and relaxed.” As a history nerd, I love the owner’s intention to honor the phistory of the home.  I love this thought shared by the owners: “Its like we’re just part of the lineage of it now. We don’t really own the house so much as we’re custodians for the future.” what an amazing perspective. 

I love the paint coors throughout the house: Frrow and Ball’s Elephants’s Breath, Farrow and Ball’s Buff, and what looks like to me Farrow and Bal’s Oval Room Blue (although it isn’t credited in the article). 

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xo - kb

p.s. food for thought: