Tour a Midcentury Modern Home in the Hudson Valley

Designer Anna Claudia Schultz brings city chic to an upstate New York abode.

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December 11, 2019

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Photo By: Chinasa Cooper

Graphic Impact

Interior designer Ana Claudia Schultz has an eye for good design. Born in Brazil and raised in Miami, this designer made the move from her Brooklyn apartment to her first home in the idyllic town of Hyde Park, New York. About two hours north of New York City, the space she lovingly refers to as her “forever home” offers a sparkling view of the Hudson River and, from another vantage, a fairytale forest. The home is striking from the moment you arrive, painted in a brick red hue. And upon entering you are met with layers of unique elements that work together effortlessly, guided by Ana Claudia’s confident design eye.

Open-Ended Design

The home’s open plan living room is airy and fresh with windows that look out onto the Hudson River. On the wall, sketches of the home’s original design have been framed, a testament to how far the interior design has come in just one year. Ana Claudia and her husband took on a full-scale renovation, bringing this midcentury home fully into the 21st century. In the living room, the fireplace, once an eyesore, makes a bold statement, tiled to resemble the sidewalks of Copacabana. It’s flanked by colorful side chairs upholstered in Kelly Wearstler Graffito fabric.

Color Crush

The open plan living room is grounded by a refined color palette of navy blue, black and pops of red. Over the sofa, a painting of a lion mane’s mushroom adds a modern, rustic touch to the living area. The mushroom silhouette continues with two bright Verner Panton Flowerpot Lamps. The table lamps bring a 1960s vibe into this modern living room.

Space for Entertaining

The living room can easily seat 10-15 guests. To one side, a large sectional provides an inviting view of the great outdoors. The streamlined sofa is featured alongside a vintage coffee table. Ana Claudia loves sourcing vintage finds in neighborhood stores. The living area also brings the outdoors in with sculptural plants in the corner.

Custom Counts

Everything in this interior was thoughtfully designed by Ana Claudia and her husband. In the kitchen, custom details stand out as unique statement pieces. Chevron brick tile creates a graphic display as the backsplash behind the kitchen stove. At the center of the kitchen, an island has been designed, blending stone and natural wood in an unexpected way. The mix of materials adds to the home’s story of midcentury meets modern design.

Make It Plain

In the dining room, contemporary seating surrounds a traditional dining table. The mix of influences, including a jaguar clay pot, keeps this dining room interesting, even with a muted color palette.

A Vintage View

The final vintage touch in the bedroom comes by way of a large-scale dresser. Topped with a collection of vases and plants, it’s a perfect setting that looks out on the lush landscape that surrounds this upstate home.

A Bath Built for Two

In the bathroom, Ana Claudia shows off her unique talent for picking just the right tile for a space. White subway tile looks uber-cool laid both vertically and horizontally for maximum whimsy. Warm brick adds sophistication to the bathroom design. And modern brass his-and-her mirrors finish off the space, giving it a modern feel. The mix of aesthetics works perfectly in this forever family home.

Statement Mural

The master bedroom features a wall mural designed by Ana Claudia and installed by a local artist. The abstract design is repeated in painted lamp shades on the bedside tables. The cozy bedroom vignette is completed with art and textiles in a calming palette of blue and light pink.

Curves Ahead

Ana Claudia has an eye for discovering unique furnishings. In the master bedroom, two unique side tables blend midcentury style with eclectic craftsmanship.

Fun Station

In the family room, a midcentury modern console doubles as a bar cart for entertaining. Expertly styled, it’s ready for mixing up cocktails at a moment’s notice.

Making an Entrance

Walk down the stairs from the living area and you enter the home's lower level tailor-made for family gatherings. Ana Claudia has created unique nooks in every room of the home. Just below the staircase a reading nook has been carved out with favorite books on display. A Windsor chair invites visitors to take a seat and read a good book.

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