Upstate Update: A Writer’s “Layered,” Eclectic Catskills Farmhouse, Three Years In

When we first featured the Catskills farmhouse of writer Lisa Przystup, it was the summer of 2017; the first solar eclipse in a century was about to take over the sky and cast little moon-shaped shadows on the ground; and Lisa and her husband, musician Jonathon Linaberry, then Brooklynites, had just found an 1800s farmhouse on a hilltop in Delhi, New York, to serve as their weekend escape. It became their weekend project, too: painting nearly every interior surface creamy white, DIY-ing a brass backsplash in the kitchen, knocking out some walls. We loved the thoughtful, unfussy, pared-back nature of the place—though, Lisa told us at the time, it was still a work in progress.

So when we spotted updated shots on Jenni Kayne’s site Rip & Tan this autumn, some three years later, we figured it was time for a round of Where Are They Now: Upstate Farmhouse Edition.

What’s changed? “SO much,” Lisa wrote to me via email this week. “I think we had been in the house for maybe eight months” at the time it first appeared on Remodelista, “so at that point we were in that stage where everything feels a little sparse and bare. We were still understanding how we’d be using the house and what made sense for the space. After living in a 500/600-square-foot railroad apartment [in Brooklyn] where it felt like we were living on top of each other and buried under tchotchkes, it felt really good to just take a deep visual breath and leave room for space.

“I started hankering for layers and warmth and texture at about the two year mark—pillows and quilts and blankets and filling out nooks with things. Also this magical thing ends up happening the longer you’re in a space: You start living in it, like really living in it, and making memories and adding emotional layers—bits and pieces of memories, drawings from my godsons, gifts from family and friends, dried bits and pieces from nature walks—and that’s what really starts to make everything feel filled out.”

Another development? Lisa has a new book out this fall: Upstate: Living Spaces with Space to Live, by Lisa herself, with photography by Sarah Elliott.

Join us for an updated walk through the newly eclectic, ever-shifting interiors, and head to Rip & Tan for more.

Photography by Christian Harder, courtesy of Rip & Tan.

Three years ago, Jonathon and a friend painstakingly removed the acoustic ceiling tiles in the kitchen and replaced them with tongue-and-groove pine boards. &#8
Above: Three years ago, Jonathon and a friend painstakingly removed the acoustic ceiling tiles in the kitchen and replaced them with tongue-and-groove pine boards. “I think the aesthetic I was drawn to when we first moved in was very sparse and minimal—a lot of white and earth tones,” Lisa writes. “That felt nice for a bit, but then I started really digging that unexpected quirky vibe that started happening in interiors and wanted to find pieces that would punctuate all that minimalism with pops of color and some eclectic-ish pieces without going overboard or being too heavy-handed about it. Just a smattering of little things to help add character and life to that baseline we had set.”

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