Home Tour | It's All in the Details in this Hudson Valley Reno
For Brooklyners Carly and Dan Seibald, happy weekends spent at their Catskills weekend home led to a decision to trade city dwelling in for more permanent respite upstate. After a search for the right property and location, the couple landed on a 5 bed, 3.5 bath Side Hall Colonial in Chatham, NY and began a 9 month renovation. Lucky for them, they weren't novices, having completed a gut renovation of their floor-through one bedroom co-op in Park Slope. In fact, that Brooklyn reno sparked a passion for design and architecture that led to the launch of Harper Home Company, a full-service design firm offering renovation and interior design services in Upstate NY. We love that they named the company after their beloved rescue dog Harper :) Dan, the primary designer behind the duo, is already working on two new projects, each with their own very distinct design schemes. And after seeing what they've done with their home, we can't wait to check them out. Read on for the tour of their gorgeous home and the full interview, including lots of details about where to source what you see!
How long have you been designing & renovating homes?
We renovated our first home in 2012. It was a one bedroom floor through in a Park Slope Co-op. We did a full-gut on a very outdated apartment and were really pleased with the outcome.
Dan, has this always been your day job? If not, what did you do before and what sparked the change?
While I’ve always had an interest in design and architecture, I had previously worked in the jewelry business and then attempted to launch a health focused cucumber water beverage around 2010. Upon buying our first apartment in 2012, I realized I was really interested in the design and renovation business, and from there have focused primarily in this field. Brooklyn was a great place to be as that interest developed as there was so much buzz around the real estate market at the time.
What kind of dog is Harper and how long have you had her?
Harper is as pure a mutt as they come. She’s probably got some German Shepherd, Boxer and Staffordshire Terrier. She’s a wonderful animal who has brought a lot of light and joy to our lives. We rescued her when she was 3 months old and she’s now almost 5.
What’s in the works for the company? Upcoming projects?
Having just completed a full renovation of our home, we now have two projects in the works in Columbia County: a village historic home in Kinderhook, NY and a more modern, Scandinavian style home in Canaan, NY. They’ll require varying degrees of work and showcase two very different design styles. In addition to renovating our own properties, Harper Home Company is looking to provide design and renovation services to clients who already own their own homes. Ideally, we’d like to have a mix of working for ourselves and working for clients.
What was the impetus for the move Upstate?
We own “weekend” property in the Catskills which we really love, however it wasn’t a home we could make full-time due to it’s location. We were spending a lot of time there and found we were happy in the “up-state” way of life and didn’t need to be in Manhattan or Brooklyn. So, from there, we began a search for a home that checked a few more boxes off our list, which we found in Chatham, NY. We still own the Catskills property and it is primarily an AirBnB rental property which we’ve branded. It’s called The Mitchel House and located in Central Catskills.
What was the inspiration for the design scheme in the house?
We were really excited to be able to take some risks with color, tiles and wallpaper. Because the house is relatively large, we had ample opportunities to explore a variety of design styles in different spaces of the house. Having played it somewhat safe in our first renovation, this was a great chance to expand our design style.
We tried to use a lot of small companies and makers, especially for things like lighting (e.g., Allied Maker, Park Studio LA). We buy a lot of vintage for furniture and mix that with more contemporary pieces. For decorating, we like to buy from more local makers like Andrew Molleur Ceramics.
Is there a chef in the family? What appliances did you choose for the kitchen?
We both love to cook, and Carly especially likes to bake, so appliances were a big part of our kitchen design. We have a Wolf 36” 6 burner range and a second 30” Bosch wall oven. Our dishwashers are Fisher-Peykel — we love the two drawer system. We have a sub-zero french door 36” refrigerator.
Favorite part of living Upstate?
We love the pace of life outside of the city and the opportunity to meet so many like-minded people taking advantage of the beautiful region and all it has to offer. There’s so much creativity buzzing around, from food and hospitality to art and culture. We love the focus on small businesses and makers which is exactly what we love too.
Our style: Truly eclectic, with a mix of modern, vintage, neutral tones and pops of color.
Favorite room: Kitchen — it’s bright with great flow and an open feel to the center of the home. We’re especially excited for summer to use the large screened in porch accessed through sliding doors in the kitchen.
Favorite element or piece in the home: The dining set — vintage mastercraft gold octagonal drum with glass top and 2 sets of mix and match vintage iron chairs with camel leather upholstery.
Biggest change in the space: We added our master bath to make a master suite. It had previously been a small extra bedroom/office.
Any other changes: We vaulted the ceiling in our master bedroom and bath which really opened up the space and allowed for a much more open feel, which is great as we have minimal furniture in the space. The wallpaper reads really well on the peaked wall. We installed the wood panelling in the den and one of the guest rooms as well to give them a more elegant and classic feel with the dark wall. Originally, the “den” was a downstairs master. Although it’s no longer a true bedroom, the couch pulls out allowing it to be a guest suite as it has it’s own bathroom.
Paint: Den is Benjamin Moore Grey. Kitchen Cabinets are Sherwin Williams Gale Force.
Tiles: Powder bath is Popham Design Hex Dot. Master bedroom is Mission Stone and Tile. Guest bedroom is Cement Tile Shop Starburst Hex. Kids is Cement Tile Shop Bob Hex.
Hardware: Powder bath is Newport Brass. Kitchen's sink faucet is Hansgrohe.
Wallpaper: Master bedroom is Ferm Living. Dining room is Ellie Cashman. Guest room is Thibaut.
Lighting: Living room is Park Studio LA. Master is Restoration Hardware. Dining room is Robert Abbey. Kitchen is Allied Maker.
Furniture: Dining table is a vintage mastercraft gold drum with glass top. Dining chairs are vintage Muriel Coleman & Vista Furniture Company. Master Bed is Environment Furniture. Living room side chairs are Dwell Studio (upholstered) and CB2 (leather). Pillows on leather are Pure Home LA (etsy shop).
Accents: Is that Madeline Weinrib in the living? Yes it is :) Rug in the dining room is Safavieh.
Flooring: Flooring upstairs is new — solid hardwood herringbone natural oil tint from Siberian Flooring. We’ve worked with their product before and really loved it. The wood floors downstairs are original to the house, and we re-stained them.
Textiles: Master bedding is Restoration Hardware. The bedding in the guest room with the grey graphic wallpaper is a mix — Les Indiennes pillow cases, John Robshaw accent pillow, Target (white quilt), Tilonia (blue quilt).