Heidi Caillier – Heidi Caillier Bedford, New York Home

Like many families who joined the pandemic exodus from New York, one couple and their young son longed for a little more space, a little more quiet and a change of pace from city life.

That desire took them to the town of Bedford, New York, where they found a storybook-like dwelling dating back to the 1790s. While incredibly charming, the house was understandably in need of updating. But instead of battling potentially problematic quirks like low ceilings and lack of natural light, the interior designer Heidi Cailler embraced them, envisioning interiors that paid homage to the house’s history without feeling too planted in a bygone era.

“The scale was very important,” says Caillier. “The rooms are quite small and the ceilings are so low, especially at the front of the house, so I wanted to highlight the architectural elements, like the original beams and fireplaces. And we were really conscious of how we painted the moldings, the walls and the ceilings to make everything look special and interesting, but also to keep your eye not too busy.

For furniture, Caillier opted for elements that felt collected over time rather than overtly modern, as well as deep, moody colors and a mix of classic patterns. “In a house like this where the architecture is so beautiful, that’s the strength of the project, so I really wanted the interiors to be just appropriate to the house,” she says. “We didn’t want anything overloaded, anything too modern, but also nothing too fussy. »

Kitchen

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Since the family wasn’t keen on cooking, Caillier kept things simple in the kitchen with soapstone countertops and a Carrara marble island lined with simple wooden counter stools from Summer Studio. “I wanted something that felt a bit sparse to me,” she says. “I didn’t want anything fancy or overly designed, but rather something more laid back and collected.”

But while homeowners may not spend much time cooking, the dining area and fireplace adjoining the kitchen have made it a favorite gathering space for them. “It’s a very classic British or European thing, especially in old country houses, to have a seating area in the kitchen with a fireplace,” says Caillier. “And it’s nice to have a lounge chair and sit down and have a glass of wine or work on your laptop.”

Dining room

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Haris Kenjar

“I wanted the dining room to have a special wallpaper, so that it felt different from the living space and kind of drew you in when you walked in,” says Caillier. Cheerful floral wallpaper by Erdem for de Gournay brings a sort of Alice in Wonderland whimsy to the space, along with the picnic-style throw of Holland & Sherry fabric on the custom dining chairs . A custom fixture from O’Lampia adds a modern touch with its linear cluster of spheres. “There’s a beam that goes through the ceiling and the height is really low, so we needed something that didn’t have a big drop but still provided good lighting because it was quite dark.”

The dining room

heidi caillier bedford new york house

Haris Kenjar

For the living room, where the family likes to watch TV, Caillier wanted to keep things a little darker than the rest of the house, so she opted for Wellfleet, a bluish gray shade from Portola Paints. “It’s at the back of the house, and there’s a lot more natural light than the front of the house,” she says. “The ceilings are higher, but I wanted it to feel connected in some way, and I felt like doing a dark paint job here was appropriate.” But since this was a space meant for fellowship and relaxation, it was important that it remained laid back. So Caillier brought in things like the Jayson Home Teak Root cocktail table and an Apparatus chandelier to offset the more traditional aspects.

Unsurprisingly, the owners love every aspect of their fairytale abode. This fact is particularly satisfying for Caillier, given that they only provided him with a few initial inspiration images to work with. “Clients have contacted me many times to tell me how much they appreciate their home,” she says. “That’s really what it’s all about.”

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