Walk down the stairs from the living area, and you enter the home's lower level tailor-made for family gatherings. Ana Claudia has created unique nooks in every room of the home. Just below the staircase a reading nook has been carved out, with favorite books on display. A Windsor chair invites visitors to take a seat and read a good book.
The home’s open plan living room is airy and fresh with windows that look out onto the Hudson River. On the wall, sketches of the home’s original design have been framed, a testament to how far the interior design has come in just one year. Ana Claudia and her husband took on a full-scale renovation, bringing this midcentury home fully into the 21st century. In the living room, the fireplace, once an eyesore, makes a bold statement, tiled to resemble the sidewalks of Copacabana. It’s flanked by colorful side chairs upholstered in Kelly Wearstler Graffito fabric.
The master bedroom features a wall mural designed by Ana Claudia and installed by a local artist. The abstract design is repeated in painted lamp shades on the bedside tables. The cozy bedroom vignette is completed with art and textiles in a calming palette of blue and light pink.
In the bathroom, Ana Claudia shows off her unique talent for picking just the right tile for a space. White subway tile looks uber-cool laid both vertically and horizontally for maximum whimsy. Warm brick adds sophistication to the bathroom design. And modern brass his-and-her mirrors finish off the space, giving it a modern feel. The mix of aesthetics works perfectly in this forever family home.
Interior designer Ana Claudia Schultz (https://anaclaudiadesign.com/) has an eye for good design. Born in Brazil and raised in Miami, this designer made the move from her Brooklyn apartment to her first home in the idyllic town of Hyde Park, New York. About two hours north of New York City, the space she lovingly refers to as her “forever home,” offers a sparkling view of the Hudson River and, from another vantage, a fairytale forest. The home is striking from the moment you arrive, painted in a brick red hue. And upon entering you are met with layers of unique elements that work together effortlessly, guided by Ana Claudia’s confident design eye.
The beautiful finish on the cabinets in this contemporary open plan kitchen echoes both the hardwood floors and the exposed beams of the ceiling. One row of elegant pendant lights illuminates the kitchen island; a second sets apart the adjacent dining area.
Neutral, light colors make this master bedroom feel calm and fresh. Bed and night tables: Bernhardt; Custom mill work: AWWSI; Fabrics: Robert Allen; Seating: Lee Industries; White grasscloth wall covering: Seabrook; Lighting: Arteriors
This kitchen was redesigned to have an open plan layout to make it brighter, friendlier and easier to get around in. Soapstone and Aurea stone (a marble lookalike) have a classic feel that's in keeping with the home's original architecture.
The open plan living room is grounded by a refined color palette of navy blue, black and pops of red. Over the sofa, a painting of a lion mane’s mushroom adds a modern, rustic touch to the living area. The mushroom silhouette continues with two bright Verner Panton Flowerpot Lamps. The table lamps bring a 1960s vibe into this modern living room.
Everything in this interior was thoughtfully designed by Ana Claudia and her husband. In the kitchen, custom details stand out as unique statement pieces. Chevron brick tile creates a graphic display as the backsplash behind the kitchen stove. At the center of the kitchen, an island has been designed, blending stone and natural wood in an unexpected way. The mix of materials adds to the home’s story of midcentury meets modern design.
The living room can easily seat 10-15 guests. To one side, a large sectional provides an inviting view of the great outdoors. The streamlined sofa is featured alongside a vintage coffee table. Ana Claudia loves sourcing vintage finds in neighborhood stores. The living area also brings the outdoors in with sculptural plants in the corner.