Love at second sight

The history of this interior is a bit like a difficult love story. As the owner, photographer Chris Mottalini, recalled when he found out that he had managed to make a winning bid for a 1950s house, he felt fear instead of joy. His wife, on the other hand, saw potential in a stone building in the Hudson Valley from the very beginning. And as it turned out, she was right!

Author: JC

Photos: Chris Mottalini

http://www.mottalini.com

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The house was hand-built by an Irish mason. However, as his health deteriorated, so did the condition of the property. The interior was full of rubbish and neglected furniture.

However, the new owners of the building, Chris Mottalini and his wife Nepal Asatthawasi, did not give up and decided to restore the house to its former glory. They did some of the work themselves.

As Chris recalls, one of the first things he did was to peel the acoustic panels off the ceiling that covered the wooden beams. Considering that he was doing this job in August with a Tyvek costume, the job was definitely not an easy one.

The kitchen and wardrobes were built by Erik Blinderman, a carpenter from EB Joinery in Los Angeles. In many places, the hosts decided to keep the original, though not necessarily perfect solutions - in order to preserve the unique character of the house.

The walls are painted in the color St. Giles from the Farrow & Ball palette, and the interior is complemented by original furniture, decorations and works of art (including some of Chris's own works and paintings by the couple's three-year-old son, Nino). The whole has a very cozy and family character.

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