While she was just getting started as an interior designer, Kate McCann of was approached with her biggest project to date — the complete renovation of . Sitting in the Catskills of upstate New York, Leton to be exact, the home was in need of a complete overhaul. The homeowners wanted a getaway for family and friends and a boutique hotel feel to the house so that it could be rented for weekends and vacations. Kate chose a monochromatic color palette for a couple of reasons: for the love of black, white and grey and also because the house is an escape from the over-stimulation of New York City. Keeping the color palette neutral and limited helped to create a sense of calm.
Working on a budget, Kate kept some costs down, like using the existing cabinets in the kitchen and just giving them a fresh coat of paint, and finding most of the art on the walls from Etsy and through a friend’s art auction. However, splurges were made on some items, like the beds. “We wanted sturdy and durable furniture since the house was going to be rented. I thought it would be nice to keep the rooms similar so that it would create continuity and feel like a boutique hotel, mi up the colors (white and natural steel) added a little variety,” Kate shares. The spiral staircase was also a splurge, more so because of how much trouble they went through to have it fabricated. After it didn’t work properly to begin with, Kate had to hire a second person to work on it. Since it’s such a focal point in the home, it was important that it was just right.
I love the bright, white fireplace, giving a sense of coziness in the winter, while brightening up the interior in the summer. Would you be able to see the vision of the property based on these before pictures? It’s certainly a remarkable transformation. —
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Image above: One of the six bedrooms at the , with natural light pouring in. The bed is from ; the art can be found on Etsy.
(Fabric: Manhattan Tuxedo)
Candle Holder: Vintage
Art to left of Fireplace: Zen Radish by Sue Tallon from
Art on Fireplace: The Miss Pixel Shop from Etsy (shop no longer exists)
Vase & Antler on Fireplace: Elephant Trunk Flea Market
: (Fabric: Hatta Flannel)
: fabric: notion gunsmoke
Lamp: Dwell Studio Naomi Floor Lamp (no longer available)