The Catskills Farmhouse of Two Brooklyn Creatives, Weekend DIY Edition
Lately, we’ve been in awe of writer and florist Lisa Przystup’s Catskills Farm, first spotted via Jenni Kayne’s Rip & Tan site. Brooklynite Przystup and her husband Jonathon Linaberry were looking for a weekend getaway within two hours of the city when they decided to expand their search to three hours north. “By that time, we had looked at about 18 homes,” says Przystup, when they found an 1800s farmhouse on a hill in the Catskills. “The house we ended up in was definitely ready to move into, but it still needed work – part was making stylistic choices that suited our tastes and part was (and is) functional: the porch was crooked and the posts were balanced on piles of field stones and tilting breeze blocks.
The couple set out to remodel the house from the inside, doing most of the work themselves, just like weekend crafts: “For big projects like the porch and the excavation, we have brings in professionals because, well, we don’t know how to operate an excavator, ”says Przystup. “We did smaller things like painting most of the interior and some floors, installing a tongue and groove ceiling in the kitchen, cutting stone for a fireplace, installing a pellet stove, knocking down a small wall for display the fireplace, hang a canvas from the ceiling of a bedroom, install a brass backsplash behind the stove, skim the plaster and sand the kitchen walls, build shelves, install light fixtures, hang screen doors. (Since we first published this article, they’ve also transformed the attic into a spare bedroom; see Before and After: A breezy summer bedroom on a Catskills farmhouse, remodeled with paint.)
We love the sparse and somewhat unmade nature of the house – canvas drop cloths draped over tables, wild tumbleweeds hanging from pegs – but Przystup told us it’s still a work in progress: they’re still planning rebuild the porch, transform another bedroom, and knock down a wall in the living room. Join us to find out what they’ve been up to so far.
Photograph by April Valencia, courtesy of Rip & Tan, unless otherwise noted.
Przystup’s first priority on the weekend’s DIY list: whitening the floors. “I had dreamed of white floors for years – they provide such a beautiful blank canvas and really make rooms stand out in a way they wouldn’t otherwise. They are also extremely impractical and difficult to clean, but such is life. She and Linaberry painted the existing wood floors and some of the walls in Sherwin Williams Extra White; the living room walls are Sherwin Williams Westhighland White. The rest of the palette, says Przystup, is “monochromatic with earthy undertones – wood and woven objects, mostly.
For contrast, the couple painted the interior doors in Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black (also recommended in Expert Advice: Architects’ Top 10 Gray Paint Picks). “There was a lot of brick red paint in the house that I wanted to get rid of,” says Przystup. “We painted everything, actually, and we still paint. It is endless.
“We are definitely working on a budget,” says Przystup. “We basically try to do whatever we can on our own and source our furniture and parts from Craigslist and garage sales. The previous owner sold us a handful of things for a great price and that was a big help. Other sets are from wild discoveries, inspired by Przystup’s work as the flower designer behind James’s Daughter Flowers.