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Inside Keren Craig’s Upstate Oasis

To call Keren and Pierre Craig’s upstate home a labor of love would be an understatement. The two spent roughly 10 years renovating, designing, and decorating the barn-turned-family-home, and it still isn’t finished. I’m never like, ‘Oh, that room is done,'” muses Keren. “I’m always tweaking and moving things around, but I think that’s the fun of it.” 

While the Marchesa co-founder lent her celebrated eye for design to the project (not to mention her impressive textile collection), Pierre served as lead architect. He opened up the barn and refurbished the bedrooms and bathrooms himself. “I’m lucky that my husband is handy,” she laughs. “He would come up here by himself and do a bathroom in a week.”

The two wanted an airy, open space with plenty of natural light, which required rearranging walls, painting the interior, and installing brand-new windows. “It’s been a slow process,” she admits. “But it’s such an awesome space. We just knew that once the windows and everything were installed, it was going to be an amazing home.”

Ten short years later, the transformation from rustic barn to cozy family home is complete. “When I look at old pictures, I’m like, ‘Wow, it’s really changed!'” she laughs. “But when do you do it gradually, you don’t really feel it. It’s not like builders came in and it was done three months later. It’s been years in the making.”

Below, step inside Keren and Pierre Craig’s eclectic upstate oasis, and learn how to re-create the look in your space. 

“IT’S ALWAYS EVOLVING. I’M NEVER LIKE, ‘OH, THAT ROOM IS DONE.’ I’M ALWAYS MOVING THINGS AROUND. BUT THAT’S THE FUN OF IT.”
— Keren Craig

Collect & Curate.

Keren’s background in textile design truly brings the space to life—the home is awash in unique fabrics, throw pillows, and poufs sourced from far-flung destinations like India, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi. “I’ve always collected fabrics and textiles while traveling,” she notes. “I suppose I gravitate towards materials that are sort of ethnic and patterned—I think I’m attracted to my own style.”

Strike a balance.

Though impractical at times, the white walls and flooring are integral to the home’s design. Not only do they serve as a sort of blank canvas for Craig’s colorful textiles and eclectic artwork, they allow these vibrant elements to breathe without creating visual clutter. The resulting look is streamlined and balanced, despite the surplus of pattern.

“IT’S NOT LIKE BUILDERS CAME IN AND IT WAS DONE THREE MONTHS LATER. IT’S BEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING.” 

Lean On Family & Friends.

The decorating process was a collaborative effort—Craig unearthed unique vintage finds from friends, neighbors, and family members. The travertine coffee tables came from friend Ron Sharkey, who owns Main Street Antiques in High Falls, while the settee bench and easel were sourced by their upstate neighbor and collector Sean. Keren comes from a long line of artists, which accounts for the many paintings peppered throughout the space. “My father was a painter and kinetic sculptor, my grandfather was an oil painter, and my great grandfather was a well-known illustrator,” says Craig. “We’re very lucky to have a lot of family artwork.” 

 

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