Elliott Interiors has restored a farmhouse in upstate New York after 20 years of neglect

The deep renovation of a 3,400-square-foot classic colonial farmhouse in Bedford, New York, felt extra close to home for Zan Young and Sara Haydock, the duo behind Bedford-based interior design firm Elliott Interiors. The goal was to make it a forever home for Haydock and her growing family.

Haydock’s former home felt “in style of a transition,” she says. “We were looking for something with more charm and character.” The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom property, nestled between horse farms, was a hit, but needed some work to bring it back to life.

“The bones were full of potential,” Haydock says. “It had great details like elaborate moldings, old pine floors and so much light.” But after being passed between tenants and after 20 years of neglect, it also had wall-to-wall carpeting (even in the dining room!), a small kitchen, and layers of peeling white paint.

Haydock and Young started by replacing all the carpet with wood floors, which had been given a dark, rich brown that was meant to show its age over time, then turned their attention to creating a sense of place in the interior. They used earth tones (think bright shades of green and blue), natural textures and playful pattern layers.

“We were looking for something with charm and character.”

Even in the most formal space of the house – the living room – nothing feels too stuffy or precious, thanks to a juxtaposition of lacquered finishes against natural cane and contemporary textiles combined with colored velvet and linen.

A combination of high-low furniture, such as CB2 dining chairs with a Made Goods dining table, keeps the design interesting and the duo also breathed new life into vintage pieces. They painted a thrift store mirror in high-gloss Benjamin Moore Peale Green and reupholstered some of Haydock’s existing furniture instead of buying new.

“It’s easy for your mind to spin when you’re trying to pick personal favorites from a whole arsenal of designs,” says Young. “I would like to remind Sara, ‘We search for you, but also for the details of this house.'”

That meant using iconic wallpaper that had been on both designers’ lists for years—Quadrille’s Bali Hai, Soane’s Dianthus Chintz, and Brunschwig & Fils’ Les Touches—and layering in Haydock’s husband’s American Art collection, whose Hudson River School— paintings seemed “made for” the space.

“Zan would remind me to get out of my head and go with my gut like we always do,” Haydock added. That gut feeling has resulted in a warm and inhabited house that combines farm heritage with contemporary charm.


entry of house designed by elliot interiors

Jane Beiles

Traditional climbing Soane Dianthus Chintz flowers set the tone in this entry. A Mainly Baskets wicker console and custom Coleen Rider sconces add to the charm.

Family room

family room designed by elliot interiors

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This is the smallest room in the house “but the most used,” says Haydock. “Kids and dogs pile up for movies on the weekends.” The mirror is by Ballard Designs, the rug is Stark, the ottoman is custom in Alice Sergeant fabric, chairs are upholstered in Lee Industries in Sister Parish fabric and the lampshades are custom in Les Submitnes fabric.

Dining room

dining room

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Reluctant to say goodbye to the home’s formal dining room, Elliott Interiors relied on Quadrille wallpaper to keep this room its own space, “ready to be dressed up for dinner parties if needed, but also open with the kitchen,” says Haydock. The dining table is Made Goods, dining room chairs are CB2, chandelier is Julie Neill for visual comfort, and the rug is custom from Jaipur Living.


kitchen with bar stools

Jane Beiles

What was once an enclosed galley is now open to the dining room and serves as a respite for Haydock. With so much pattern in the surrounding rooms, this space is a breath of fresh air. Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace cabinets contrast with Bianco Angelico’s marble-tiled backsplash. Unpainted brass finishes from Waterworks and Rejuvenation nod to the home’s farm roots. And Hudson Valley Lighting’s green pendants match the dining room wallpaper.



bedroom with side table

Jane Beiles

D Porthault and Clarence House pillows add a pop of color. The headboard is by Serena & Lily and the lampshades are custom made in a Kelly Wearstler fabric.

children’s room


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“It’s no secret that we love blue, especially in a little girl’s room,” says Haydock. The wallpaper is Schumacher, the crib is Serena & Lily, window treatments are Emily Burningham and the seat is Serena & Lily in a Sister Parish fabric.

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