5 Hudson Valley Interior Designers Share Their Local Trade Secrets
Interior Design Ana Claudia Schultz, ASID, Ana Claudia Design Studio, Inc. | Photo by Rikki Synder
Does your house seem a little jaded? Read on for insights and top trends from some of the Valley’s talented interior design professionals.
Your home has been through a lot lately: the wear and tear of winter, as well as the demands of working “from home”, school, streaming fitness classes, and more over the past two years. last years. But spring is fast approaching with its longer, brighter and warmer days. Prepare your home to welcome it with a strategic refresh. We spoke to five of the Hudson Valley’s top interior designers to get their thoughts on what’s hot, what’s not and where to shop.
Gabriel Anderson, Dean & Dahl
Known for its contemporary yet playful interiors, Dean & Dahl is run by husband and wife team Gabriel and Brooke Anderson. After making a name for themselves with their chic and stylish furniture, they have now turned their attention to whole home design. Having been mentored by design stars such as Jamie Drake and Vicente Wolfe, Gabriel Anderson says his goal is always to design spaces that embrace an artsy, craftsmanlike vibe.
His house style “We have three kids, so anything we design is meant to be livable for them as well as us, so there’s nothing too precious,” he says of the couple’s County home. Putnam. “We have rooms they can climb on, lockers they can put their stuff in.” Indeed, the oversized double-sided gray sofa in their living room begs to be Come jump on me!
Tendency to try “Handmade imperfections. We’re really moving away from machine-made objects. We want to see that someone has touched an object, made it with love,” Anderson notes. moment, from plates and crockery to light fixtures and cabinetry hardware.”
Secret shopping sources “Hudson, full stop. Walk Warren Street and be inspired,” he says. “There are tons of shops specializing in everything from Victorian to Mid-Century Modern.” Among his favorite fields: Minna with its “beautiful handmade textiles”. Come summer, he likes to spend a Sunday at the Elephant’s Trunk flea market in New Milford, Connecticut (“a little hike, but worth it”) and says Hudson Valley Lighting in Wappingers Falls is a fabulous source when you need to literally thin out the top.
Ana Claudia SchultzASID, Ana Claudia Design Studio, Inc.
A dining room with white walls and a gigantic floral pattern on the ceiling? In the world of Ana Claudia Design Studio, it’s a typically inspired look. With her contemporary yet eclectic eye and love for all things artisanal, Schultz works both as a designer and, with her husband Aaron Smyle, the co-owner of The Beck, a trendy Rhinebeck showroom/gallery of works made by manufacturers.
Her house style To say Aaah: Schultz says that all of his projects are united by “being uncluttered. When you come home from the stresses of the day, you need to open the door and be able to breathe and relax. For her, it happens when she walks into her entryway and sees a bookcase she designed, with her carefully curated selection of favorite books and plants.
Trends to try Get ready to have fun! “Covid’s mindset was very relaxed and palette-neutral,” says Schultz, “but now people are getting bolder with color again because they’re not home 100% of the time.”
Secret shopping sources Schultz loves maker-made products, like the ones she shows at The Beck: ceramics from Re Jin Lee, chairs from Phaedo, pillows and fabric from Christin Ripley, and wood and alabaster furniture from Swell Studio. . Other favorite spots: Gallery and Goods in Pine Plains, Casa Ziki in Woodstock and the Hyde Park Antiques Center.
Jennifer Salvemini, Jennifer L. Salvemini Design
With a charming and eclectic style (a moss-covered coffee table? Why not!), Jennifer Salvemini is dedicated to “keeping and producing your happy home.” Based in Shokan, she collaborates with her clients to “plan, design, purge, buy, reuse and style to truly make your home your own.” When not advancing these projects, Salvemini also runs Hinterland, a gallery of locally made products, and organizes classes and encounters in the space.
Her house style “My aesthetic is eclectic vintage; I like spaces that seem to have been organized over a period of time, rather than having come together at a specific time and remaining static,” says Salvemini. She is particularly fond of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern design, and “how they interact and play together”.
Trends to try After a fascination with “soft, chalky pastels,” Salvemini says her clients have “a desire to lean toward more vibrancy, with pops of highly saturated color.” There’s also a craving for more patterns, she adds: “I use wallpaper on pretty much all of my projects.” She also encourages customers to switch to gently used furniture because “it’s better for the environment, avoids pandemic-related supply chain issues, and creates more interesting spaces.”
Secret shopping sources Salvemini says she’s Kingston Consignments’ number one fan: “I never leave home without something, and there are some great deals to be found there.” She frequents Ulster and Albany Habitat for Humanity stores, saying they are “for a good cause and you can find all kinds of things: tiles, a $10 coffee table, kitchen equipment.” For lighting, she likes Roger’s Antiques, next to her own hinterland in Shokan: “Roger is a genius who can transform nothing in a lamp.
Nicole R.Fisher, BNR Interiors
After beginning her career as a fashion designer working with Lady Gaga, Fisher turned to interior design with an eclectic approach that won over her legions of fans, whether they work for e-tailer One King’s Lane or actress Lucy Liu. Fisher recently said goodbye to her “dream apartment” in Brooklyn and landed in design mecca Hudson, doubling down on her love of living upstate.
His house style “Like so many people, I want my home to be a beautiful oasis, and I wanted to amplify its 1870s roots with its wood paneling and tin ceilings, so I used wallpaper throughout and layered antique rugs. But I also have a 2 year old and have found that there is no need to sacrifice aesthetics for function with the breadth of performance fabrics that are now available.
Tendency to try “There’s a lot of maximalism going on right now!” said Fisher. “We’ve spent so much time at home – working, with family, playing – that we want to create ‘wow’ moments. Multi-purpose furniture is also huge; Folding tables in particular are wonderful as they range from console to desk to dining table. And Fisher is currently fangirling over the color green: “It really brings the outdoors in.”
Secret shopping sources “The pandemic has made it very difficult to deliver things right now, so I’m finding vintage pieces locally that I can reupholster for a custom vibe,” says Fisher. “I love The Shop in Hudson for antique furniture and rugs. Hammertown in Rhinebeck and Pine Plains is another wonderful source – they have so much in stock, from new to antique, from crockery and napkins to accent pieces. For those looking for new lighting, Fisher recommends Hudson’s Antique Warehouse: “There are tons of floor and ceiling hanging lighting, so you can see the scale right away, which is really helpful when shopping. .”
Arielle Duker, Ariella Duker Interiors
A former recipient of the International Furnishings and Design Association’s Rising Star Award, Duker is now an established designer whose signature look is calm, cool and collected. As well as creating sophisticated and soothing interiors for her clients, she has also just completed her own home in Amenia, which reflects her love of subtle and inviting interiors. (For a tour of his home, see page 19.)
Her house style “I like to buy locally, where the parts you find are probably from a neighboring house and work so well,” Duker observes. “Even though my house is new, I like to mix European farmhouse pieces, like Swedish and French provincial painted furniture. My favorite items are the French bakery tables which can be a desk or a dining nook and a table bistro as a bedside table.
Tendency to try Embrace the well-worn, says Duker. “A country house doesn’t need super formal furniture. Rather than waiting six months for a piece to arrive from overseas, pick up nearby antiques that are a bit worn. They add personality and history to a room, and it’s also better for the environment.
Secret shopping sources “Montage in Millerton has so much inventory that’s constantly changing, whether you’re looking for a farmhouse table, dining chairs, a fireplace screen, or pottery. I bought a folk art embroidered room divider there that I use as a headboard,” she says. In Hudson, Duker likes Red Chair on Warren for its French, Swedish, and Belgian antiques, as well as three women-run businesses that share the space: The Modern Exchange, Ida’s Eye and Upstate Rug Supply.
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