Buy It Now: Farmhouse Charmer

Luca and Laura wanted to buy an ‘oldie but goodie’ home with some old-world charm. But with limited funds, it had to be affordable and it had to pay for itself. Can they renovate an old house, maintain its character, and mix in the modern amenities necessary to rent it out reliably?

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Idyllic Mountain Retreat

This charming 1930s farm house was in desperate need of some TLC if it was going to become a sought-after getaway in the Catskills and a vacation home for Laura and Luca Arrigoni. These Italian natives have made NYC their home sweet home for 7 years and are ready to have a vacation property that pays for itself in a location they visit often. Fresh paint and new landscaping brighten the façade tremendously while maintaining the home’s rich character. 

Farm House with a Modern Twist

Soft taupe paint and a mix of contemporary and country-chic furnishings make this room cozy and inviting. The room’s style and personality will make the owners feel at home while they’re here yet it’s neutral enough for guests who may rent the place.

The Old and the New

A crackle-coated chest of drawers juxtaposes brilliantly with a modern, molded plastic chair. Can you picture these items in your home? Click the hotspot to find out where to find them.

Criss-Crossing Styles

Industrial meets contemporary in this night stand set-up. Mixing elements from different design styles is most successful when the pieces share a common quality – in this case, both have metallic components. Click the hotspot for more details on the items seen here.

Less-Is-More Kitchen Redo

Removing the upper cabinets gave this kitchen the breathing room it needed to allow for the island. The island provides much-needed counter space and a casual dining table without feeling too clunky or out-of-place in the center of this modest kitchen. White subway tiles, a retro oven and hood and the red accents add pops of interest. Learn how to create this look in your home by clicking on the hotspot in this image.

Chic Farm House Sink

An under-mount, stainless steel sink creates a sleek look that compliments the white Corian countertop and tile backsplash. The original lower cabinets remained in the kitchen, keeping the space tied to the original farm house-style. Have questions about the products seen here? Click on the hotspots for more details.

A New Perspective

Repositioning the sliding glass door to a new wall means that Luca and Laura can now relax in their living room and enjoy views of the mountains. Contemporary furnishings including a sophisticated ceiling fan and chevron rug give the room a much more updated look. Click on the hotspot for a closer look and more details on selected items.

Bold Media Wall

A flat screen TV hangs where the sliding glass door once was, giving this room its first-ever dedicated media space. Closing off the wall and painting it a charcoal gray were smart choices; it created a focal wall without making the TV too obvious. Click the hotspots to find the details you need to make this look happen in your home.

Conversation Corner… Or Not

This sleek, mid-century modern chair is perfectly positioned for guests to chat across the room or to sit quietly and get lost in a good book. The wooden arms and base are a flawless fit with the home’s original hardwood floors, which the new owners were able to save. Want more details on these pieces? Click the hotspots to find out more.

Divine Dining

A modern take on a traditional farm table and out-of-this-world lighting transport this room into the current century and beyond. The wood-burning stove in the corner keeps the space grounded in its farm house roots. Learn more about each product by clicking the hotspot.

Simple Seating

The dining chairs are low on maintenance but high on style. Bring this no-fuss look home. Click the hotspot to find out more.

Comfy Basement Lounge

Just outside the new sauna – a must on Laura and Luca’s wish list for the house – is this comfortable communal space where tired skiers and hikers can rest after a day on the mountain. Cool, soothing tones and a plush sectional are just what weary adventurists need to relax and recharge. Click the hotspot to get details on the décor.

Form-Meets-Function Ski Storage

Why stash your equipment in a closet when you can make it a work of art? Skis and poles turn this utilitarian rack into a clever display. Boots tuck neatly under the reclaimed wood bench so they are out of the way but can be accessed easily when it’s time to hit the slopes again. Add sophisticated utility to your space with these elements. Click the hotspots to learn how to get your hands on them.

Make More of the Great Outdoors

A little TLC and new outdoor furnishings make this deck not only livable but enviable. 

One-Stop Cooking

Feed a party of 2 to 22 with this high-end grill. Grill vegetables alongside the main dish and let the stove have the day off. If you think you could put a grill like this to good use, click the hotspot and learn where to find it.

Bright Idea

This charming, transitional light fixture gives guests a preview of the updated interior of this home while giving a nod to its farm house heritage. Click the hotspot to get more details.

Have a Loveseat and Stay a While

Bold colors give personality to this simply stated outdoor sofa. It’s the perfect way to take in the mountain view from Luca and Laura’s deck.