A Weekend Home in Ancram Gets a Tasteful Transformation

Interior designer Todd Raymond helps craft a weekend home with a modern vibe, beautiful art, and magnificent vistas that make Saturdays and Sundays better than ever.

When Todd Raymond first started working in the interior design field, it made sense to focus on the hospitality side, building on his years of experience at the highest of high-end NYC restaurants. (At one point he strongly considered opening a luxury eatery of his own, but the global financial crisis derailed that plan.) So instead, he took a job at a furniture showroom, enrolled at Parsons School of Design, and started working his way around best-in-class Manhattan design firms with hospitality expertise. But before long, he craved more personal client interaction. Rather than collaborate with companies building hotels, he wanted to help people design their dream home and then make it a reality. Studio Todd Raymond was born of that business plan.

Oversized black mohair Ox chairs create a hang-out vibe in this seating area. Deep orange throw pillows on the couch provide a color hit that gives the otherwise mellow space some good energy.
Oversized black mohair Ox chairs create a hang-out vibe in this seating area. Deep orange throw pillows on the couch provide a color hit that gives the otherwise mellow space some good energy.
A Lostine sconce highlights a guest bedroom.
A Lostine sconce highlights a guest bedroom.

Fast forward a few years. Satisfied clients happily introduce Raymond to a New York City couple who had just purchased a weekend home in Ancram. As it happened, Raymond and his husband had fallen in love with the singular ethos of the Hudson Valley a decade earlier, purchasing a home in the area to escape the city on weekends. He had already worked on several properties. In other words, Raymond was ready to hit the ground running. At over 5,000 square feet, the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath house was ripe for transformation, for the couple but also for family and friends they hoped would visit often. They liked what Raymond had done with their friend’s HV hideaway, so they were confident he could fully channel their wish for a modern, relaxed take on a Hudson Valley haven. “Architecturally, the home has more of a contemporary spirit to it, so we didn’t want to try and force the design to be something that it wasn’t,” says Raymond. “We cleaned up some things where we could, replaced arched bulkheads and thresholds with squared, flat ones, meticulously stripped and refinished the floors, swapped out the cabinetry hardware, and redid the lighting. And a fresh coat of paint went a long way.”

In the foyer, a floating console creatively anchors the pass-through space.
In the foyer, a floating console creatively anchors the pass-through space.
The ceramic vase, on a custom wood pedestal, is by Italian ceramicist Paola Paronetto.
The ceramic vase, on a custom wood pedestal, is by Italian ceramicist Paola Paronetto.

Choosing neutral rugs and subtle upholstery helps conversation-piece light fixtures and art installations really shine.

It’s hard to argue against a hanging chair, and this seat takes advantage of a big picture window.
It’s hard to argue against a hanging chair, and this seat takes advantage of a big picture window.

The interior color palette leans heavily on sophisticated neutrals with pops of burnt orange, dusty grapefruit, and lush green. A carefully curated collection of art and antiques throughout makes for a space that feels warm, welcoming, and perfectly reflects its owners.

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In the primary bedroom, handcrafted artwork by Victoria Holly beautifully complements a sleek platform RH bed.
In the primary bedroom, handcrafted artwork by Victoria Holly beautifully complements a sleek platform RH bed.

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