Inviting family retreat radiates with rustic warmth in Upstate New York


This gorgeous year-round vacation home was designed as a weekend retreat by James Thomas Interiors, located in the woods of Upstate New York. This dream home features rustic interiors mixed with modern elements to create a warm and cozy atmosphere for relaxing with family and friends. Designed for a couple with three teenagers, this 3,700 square foot, five bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home was originally constructed in the 1920s.

Above: The stunning screened-in porch welcomes groups of all sizes. The space acts as an extension of the outdoors. Highlights includes an extra-large rattan sectional sofa sourced from Restoration Hardware, part of their outdoor collection. The Salvaged Elm Pallat Coffee table is from Restoration Hardware. A hanging chair was requested by the daughter; a place to chill-out while enjoying the views. The pendant came from Barn Light Electric: 20″ Chestnut Pendant with guard and ribbed glass. The beams and ceiling material are cedar, while the walls are painted cedar.


Above: The design of the living room was inspired by an afternoon spent playing board games. A dramatic window seat creates a comfy, cozy focal point. While a corner game table and vintage board games set the mood for comfort and fun. There is also a game table in the corner and board-game inspired wall hangings, which sets the mood for comfort and fun.

The flooring is plain-sawn walnut. The walls are painted in White Dove OC-17 | Benjamin Moore. The windows are wood and custom-made through Marvin.


What We Love: This Upstate New York retreat feels rustic, but also fresh and modern. There are so many beautiful details, from the vaulted ceilings, to the stone fireplace, and expansive windows framing the surrounding woods. Our favorite space is the screened-in porch, the perfect spot to enjoy year-round for relaxing and entertaining! …Readers, what details in this home stands out to you? Would this be your ideal weekend getaway?

Note: Have a look at a couple of popular home tours that we have featured from the portfolio of James Thomas Interiors: Sexy urban loft with Chicago skyline views and Gorgeous mountain retreat in Idaho displaying a modern edge.


Above: The wall sconces are from Restoration Hardware; Reflector Filament Sconce, while the lantern pendants are from Urban Electric. The brown leather ottomans in front of the fireplace are from Crate & Barrel. The wingback chair has a custom fabric and is from Vanguard Furniture: V315-CH Wing Chair. The wall paint is White Dove OC-17 | Benjamin Moore.


Above: The stair railing was custom fabricated, however you can find a similar metal railing that looks like rustic tree branches from Menards.


Above: The chair was sourced from Arteriors.


Above: The pendant lights were sourced from Urban Electric.


Above: The dining table is vintage, while the dining chairs are from Guy Chaddock.


Above: The coffee table was sourced from Restoration Hardware.


Above: The sunburst mirrors were source from Wisteria, Global Views and vintage finds.


Above: The kitchen countertops are a flamed black absolute. The flamed finish gives the granite more of a matte finish. The chandelier above the island is the Brocante Rectangular Chandelier sourced from Interieurs. The counter stools are from TK Collections (this is to the trade only, Serena and Lilly has a similar option, the Riveria Chair). The walls and cabinets are White Dove OC-17 | Benjamin Moore.


Above: “This airy, breezy bedroom is the perfect example of high/low design,” states the designer. Urban Electric Company sconces helps to cozy up to the Antonia Canopy Bed from Pottery Barn. Shiplapped walls and ceiling gives the room texture and depth. The bedside chests are from Wisteria: Sleek Dutch chest of Drawers W3946. The walls are painted in Edgecomb Gray HC-173 | Benjamin Moore, and the Ceiling is White Dove OC-17 | Benjamin Moore (sheen is eggshell). The walls and ceiling are painted tongue and groove MDF paneling.


Above: The bathroom countertops are honed limestone with a sealer.


Above: For the exterior, the stain was a custom mix to match the existing, original stain on the house.

Photos: Courtesy of Jamesthomas

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