This Victorian Home Received a Stunning Renovation in Copake

Photos by Matthew Williams

Peek inside Twin Bridges, the eye-catching Victorian abode that got a major upgrade thanks to the Brooklyn-based Workstead design studio.

Welcome to Twin Bridges, a stately Copake Victorian that has been reimagined for modern living with the addition of a contemporary pavilion. The recently completed renovation, imagined by the brilliant team at Workstead design studio, is a striking blend of old and new.


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The circa-1860s dining room is clad in Marthe Armitage nature-inspired wallpaper and contains a variety of collected and custom furnishings.
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Workstead iterated the exact size and scale of the addition according to the activity their client had envisioned: raising his daughter and ensuring that her grandparents always felt welcome; accommodating an out-of-town sister and her family for the holidays; never turning away a friend who wanted to crash for the night. A breezeway, not only connects the Victorian house to the new pavilion, but it also mediates the dialogue between old and new construction. The pavilion’s supple geometry has a lantern-like appearance when illuminated at night.
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Inside the pavilion, ground-floor common spaces that include this living area are organized around a monumental core. A Workstead-designed Orbit chandelier hangs above a pair of De Sede sofas and a Nathan Lindberg coffee table, while the sculptural, hand-plastered hearth imparts gravity to the vignette.
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In the main bedroom, Lodge sconces from Workstead Lighting flank the bed. The pavilion’s signature windows and doors were manufactured by Lepage.
Workstead programmed the front rooms of the original home as seating and gaming areas. The walls are coated in Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue.
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Workstead faithfully restored the Victorian home’s original entry while updating the space with luminaires from its Chamber collection of lighting as well as colorful C.F.A. Voysey-designed wallpaper.
In the kitchen of this Victorian home, a hanging pot rack emerges from a granite-topped island. What is traditionally considered an accessory was reinvented as an architectural element. The cabinet faces were fabricated from sustainably harvested cherry. The generously proportioned kitchen hugs one side of the home’s pavilion extension, overlooking a towering sycamore tree.

Excerpted with permission from Workstead: Interiors of Beauty and Necessity by David Sokol. Published by Rizzoli (2021).

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