Design and the Circle of Life: Main House at Hammertown


Main House circa 1880s

Main House circa 1880s

We bought the Hammertown property, which included the Main House, the Barn and the Gatehouse, in 1985 (about 100 years after it was built) with the dream of escaping city life and finding happiness in the country.  I’d open a little knitting shop and raise my kids in a beautiful place.

1985 to 2010

Well…almost 30 years later…my kids are grown with families of their own and my little knitting shop blossomed into 3 successful lifestyle stores located in the most beautiful parts of the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires.

The Greek Revival Main House on the Hammertown property is a real historic beauty but, aside from the kitchen renovation and creating a new office space for our office manager, it has been a bit ignored over the last 40 years.  It’s a great house with good bones and I wanted to make more of it usable; not only for myself but as a space I could rent out for events, small retreats and weddings, or family gatherings when you just need more space than you have.   With the big open kitchen, you could cook for a large group, you could hire a chef to come in and cook for private dinner parties…the possibilities are really endless.

Of course, I have enlisted the help of the extraordinary Wandy Furman — who I would never do a project like this without.  And, we’re inviting you to follow our renovation from beginning to end.  This installment will show you where we’re starting.

Phase One:

The upstairs bedrooms will all be redone; some with private baths and one private suite

First things first:  The BATHROOMS
(which were in desperate need of updating)

Stay tuned over the following  weeks for the further adventures of the Main House.  It’s an ongoing project which we hope to complete later this Spring.  When we’re finished we’ll have a grand opening and you’ll be able to see how everything comes together.
We’re so excited about this renovation and the prospect of  bringing new life back to this 19th Century Grande Dame and are eager to share the journey with all of you.