Tour a Contemporary Post-and-Beam Home in Hudson, NY

The guest room.
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When Sarah Zames and Colin Stief of General Assembly were brought in to renovate a 1970s house in Hudson, New York, they worked with a deft hand. As is the case with all their work, discretion is the secret sauce, and despite the extensive heavy lifting the job entailed — installing new plumbing, recalibrating the layout, taking down walls, enlarging the door frames — the interiors were left looking not renovated but as if they were the finished product from the very start. “Our goal for the project was to build on the humble and honest character of the home,” Zames says. The one romantic design detail they left intact can be seen above in a guest room, where the original floral wallpaper conjures up visions of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women at home.

“We were drawn to the heavy timber construction that is exposed throughout the spaces and used it as an anchor to make our decisions,” Zames says. “To emphasize this, and to create some contrast with the dark flooring and the beam ceilings, we brightened up the color of the walls.” The original English-style latch door was repainted, and the floors were sanded and restained. The wall sconce is by Cedar and Moss.
Photo: Matthew Williams

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