A perfect respite for a busy family: Right at home in eclectic mix of cottage, traditional styles

Peggy DeYoung

What is the perfect house for a busy family of four plus two energetic dogs?

This new home was inspired by the Arts-and-Craft style and built in a quiet neighborhood near the St. Lawrence River in Clayton. Nicole and Eric Listemann wanted to design a home that was an eclectic mix of cottage and traditional styles — something beautiful, yet comfortable. Once inside, the spacious great room is the center of the family’s activity.

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A retirement dream comes true: Post-and-beam beauty on cherished family location

Peggy DeYoung

Overlooking Clayton’s French Bay on Bartlett’s Point, this home is a retirement dream on a stretch of St. Lawrence River waterfront treasured by six generations of owners Rob and Sharron Grant’s family. The new home was built on the site of an original small cottage. When repairs became too great to tackle, it was torn down and plans for a new river home began.

The couple wanted to build a post-and-beam home, which would allow expansive views down river. They eventually decided to build a Lindal Cedar home. Lindal is based in Seattle and provides a package of building materials that includes posts and beams and windows and doors. Other materials were customized to the owners’ tastes and design needs and could be bought separately.

One of the first challenges was to determine if a full walk-out basement with a living space for their family and guests could be built. The sloping grass hill originally had 11 steps down to the water. The process not only revealed that there was enough height to build the walk-out basement, but just below the topsoil the site had beautiful limestone bedrock that is so prevalent along the river. The family now enjoys large areas of natural limestone defining the outdoor living space. [Read more...]

Hot — and cool — new design trends

Bold patterns, colors all the buzz for the new year

Peggy DeYoung stands outside her shop, Porch and Paddle, on James Street in Clayton. Photo by Justin Sorensen.

Every October, North Carolina is host to the largest furniture trade show in the country.

For one week, every building in the city of Highpoint’s downtown district is a showplace for the furniture and home interiors market. Here, manufacturers unveil their latest collections, new fabrics, and colors to the trade. Touring the showrooms, distinct themes emerge. This year my visit to the market found trends based on natural textiles, traditional patterns and recycled materials.

Linen is the upholstery fabric of choice on sofas and chairs. It is a natural fiber that is durable, comfortable, and easy to live with. Linen’s natural color varies in shades of beige, but it dyes well and is commonly shown in grays and blues. Linen also hangs well, making it a wonderful fabric for drapery, allowing just enough sunlight to pass through an open weave. The fabric softens and mellows with age and will always have a slightly wrinkled texture. [Read more...]

Bright palette for Sackets log home

Adirondack weaver, artist creates living room centerpiece

Living room furniture from above. Photo by Justin Sorensen

Family traditions and the owner’s deep desire to move back to the north country inspired this log home. It reflects special memories from spending summers with her family in their log cabin. To create her own special place, she first found the land: a few acres of woods along a creek. Situating the home was the most difficult task of the entire project. She spent months looking at the land off Dodge Avenue and the views from many angles. In the end, the site allowed her to keep most of the trees on the land, including a pine tree cluster for privacy and a wonderful creek view.

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Clayton classic inspires creativity: 1910 Arts and Craft-style bungalow sees extreme makeover

The Taylor family moved back to Clayton to raise their daughter on the St. Lawrence River that they both love. John, a historic architect, chose an Arts and Craft Bungalow in the heart of the village one block from the river and main business district as his home and office.

He opened Taylored Architecture this past year after renovating their home. Clients meet in the upper office, while they’re surrounded by John and Kristen’s creativity. What was the cold attic, became the “sky suite” which was dramatically brightened by skylights and painted wide plank floors in Benjamin Moore’s “freshly cut grass” swatch.

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Create outdoor spaces that shine: Hannawa Falls home great example of life with nature

Peggy DeYoung

Summer is finally here. Whether it is along the shores of the St. Lawrence River or Lake Ontario, at a retreat in the woods or backyard in town, outdoor living is a necessity.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Northern New Yorkers spend as much time as possible outdoors. Today, many new products are designed for outdoor living, tolerating sun, wind and the elements.

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Victorian charm in Alexandria Bay: A quaint bed and breakfast with the classic touches of home

Peggy DeYoung

The Captain Visger House opened in June of 2007, providing Alexandria Bay with an upscale, intimate lodging and dining alternative. Today, the inn has three guest suites on the second floor as well as a gathering room. There is also a first floor suite that is handicapped accessible with common areas that include a parlor and dining room with breakfast nook.

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New York loft living – in Clayton

Eclectic blend of new and old design spells ‘unique and unexpected’

Candles and a Russian Impressionist painting line the walls and shelves of a Clayton loft. Photo by Amanda Morrison.

North Country towns have wonderful historic commercial buildings, often in good condition with beautifully crafted details. In Clayton, the downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The community offers the added bonus of being set on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. So, it is little wonder that the community reflects a national trend of reclaiming downtown buildings as live-work spaces.

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Classic design meets modern comfort

A family fishing getaway is born from long-time camp traditions

Interior designer Peggy DeYoung, left, and architect Diana Grater inside a home they collaborated on in Hannawa Falls. Photo by Jason Hunter.

By Peggy DeYoung and Diana Grater

The owner of this family compound grew up in Potsdam through high school, as his four brothers before him. When the brothers left for college, his parents retired to the family fishing camp on the Raquette River in Hannawa Falls. Through the years the camp became the site for family reunions. It was remodeled and renovated to accommodate an increasing number of in laws and cousins. When water damage and the ensuing structural deficiencies proved too significant, the house was torn down and rebuilt on the existing footprint.

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Design creatively with small spaces

Wellesley Island guest house proves bigger isn’t always better

Photo by Justin Sorensen

The Thousand islands is full of interesting homes- from small colorful Victorian cottages built on tent platforms to Gilded Age castles and even boathouses and houseboats. Many of these homes were built as seasonal summer camps and now many of the owners of these homes want a year round home with all of the amenities of a modern home. Sometimes, the structure can be altered to accommodate changing needs but often a new home replaces the old on the original land with careful attention to blend into the neighborhood and mimic the past.

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