The great thing about this midcentury home in Hyde Park, New York, was its near-pristine 1950s condition when my husband and I purchased it in November 2016. It was also in dire need of a complete overhaul. Much of the home was out of date and not up to code, but the potential was clear. Nothing less than a full gut renovation was in order. The dramatic results can be seen in each room of the house.
Before & After: Living room
Despite good bones, the living room of this Hyde Park home was a sea of paneling. The panels were ripped off the walls, while the fantastically long ceiling beams were kept in place. Heavy stone walls flaking the fireplace were removed in favor of a “floating” fireplace separating the living room from the kitchen.
The new fireplace gives the ultra-long space a breather – and a graphic punctuation point with Brazilian Cle Rio tiles.
Before & After: Kitchen & Dining
With cabinets in an electric blue rarely seen in kitchens for about 50 years, the room needed a complete gut and renovation. Although the tiles were stylish, they had not been installed under the old appliances and had to be removed. The new interior design of the kitchen reveals an open, contemporary eating and cooking space that’s beautifully functional for the family.
Before & After: Entry
The entry of this Hudson Valley home was authentic 1950s interior design, complete with a rock garden. While the rock garden and other parts had to go, the steps were a keeper. We sanded the steps and just ditched the metal railings. Simple wood railings went up in their place, and an adjacent area was transformed into a handy mudroom, bathroom and laundry room.
After: Master Bedroom
The Master Bedroom was given new life with repainted light grey paneling and fresh white walls. Midcentury furniture pays homage to the home’s era of the house. Colorful art and accessories were also added to the decor.
After: Master Bathroom
A one-sink red vanity, walls, floors — were all ripped out of this Hudson Valley, NY home. The newly renovated bathroom has subway tiles in a herringbone pattern and a revamped layout with shower and double vanity.