Inside a farmhouse retreat with a serene makeover in rural New York


Architecture firm Hendricks Churchill together with Boston-based interiors studio KJ Designs has renovated this serene farmhouse retreat that is located in Bedford, a town in Westchester County, New York. The project team was commissioned to transform this modest farmhouse that was constructed in the early 1800s into a fabulous weekend getaway home for a New York City-based couple with young children. 

The home had been in the family for 30 years, so it was important to the homeowners to honor the history of the dwelling. It had been several additions through the years, which included renovations such as a garage conversion into a spacious family room. To make this project a success, the architects embraced existing details, ceiling heights, and interior layout, while modernizing the living spaces.


Above: The foyer features stone tile floors. The overhead light fixture was sourced from The Urban Electric Company. The scope of this project entailed tearing out the main staircase, reorienting the foyer, installing extensive custom millwork and a dozen new windows, lowering the floors of the kitchen and pantry, and creating a spacious addition to the kitchen.


Above: In the living room, the custom sofa is by Montauk and upholstered in fabric by Holland & Sherry. The chairs and the area rug are vintage.


What We Love: Gutting two-thirds of the interior of this serene farmhouse retreat to reorganize the living spaces, the project team was able to create a beautiful open layout that respects this home’s historic past. We are loving the finished result of this farmhouse transformation — understated and clean-lined yet warm and welcoming to accommodate a young family who wanted a weekend escape from their busy city life.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this weekend retreat? Let us know in the Comments below, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Check out a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of New York: Shou Sugi Ban house blends with its woodsy setting in the Hudson Valley and An elegant farmhouse getaway gets updated in the scenic Hudson Valley.


Above: In the dining room, the table, benches and chairs were sourced from Sawkille Co. The light fixture over the table is the Twig 2 Pendant light from Apparatus Studio. Brand new white oak flooring was installed throughout the interior living spaces. The walls, wood paneling and trim in each of the spaces has been painted in Farrow & Ball.


Above: The dining room is conveniently located next to the kitchen. An opening into the kitchen features wall sconces by Workstead.


Above: In the kitchen, the countertops and backsplash are stone, while the range is Wolf. A pair of pendant lights over the island is by Muuto.


Above: The project team expanded the kitchen with a 6’ x 20” addition. This allowed for a new sink area along with brand new, double-hung Marvin windows above it, bathing the space with natural light. The island counter stools are vintage.







Above: The den and enclosed staircase are a brand new addition to the farmhouse. The chair and accent table are both vintage.


Above: The owner’s bath is brand new and features a tub with a view.



Above: In the family room, the antler sconces over the fireplace were sourced from Roll & Hill. A built-in window seat features a daybed cushion custom upholstered in fabric from Holland & Sherry. Curl up in this space with a good read using a reading light sourced from Allied Maker. The window shade fabric is linen from C&C Milano.


Above: Daylight streams through this cozy sun porch decked out with an inviting sofa from JANUS et Cie. The cocktail table is vintage, while the shades were custom fabricated in a textile from Chris Barrett Design.

PHOTOGRAPHER Amanda Kirkpatrick

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