This vintage and modern New York farmhouse are owned by Dr. Brent Ridbe and Josh Kilmer-Purcell.
Co-founders of skin-and-body-care company Beekman 1802 the two fill many roles. They are best-selling authors, television personalities, farms and artisanal goat-milk purveyors.
Their Sharon Springs, New York farmhouse gives them plenty of space and is located on what is known as Beekman Farm.
It was built in 1802 and desperately needed some TLC. Together, Josh and Brent devised a plan to bring the home back to life.
“It has such a long history and the architectural lines are so distinct and boxy, we decided to lean into the opposite of that with decor that’s a bit more organic and modern,” said Josh.
“Historically, Americans utilized very bright colors.
“They had incredible wallpapers and woven rugs that were bright because those were the things that you kept forever. The furniture was plain and more likely to be replaced,” said Brent. “We embraced that approach.”
The entry hall’s large zinc table harkens back to the days when spacious hallways also doubled as entertaining spaces. On top is a terrarium made in the shape of their farmhouse that was crafted by a local blacksmith.
The Dining Room:
The dining room has a red and green color scheme with simple furnishings and mismatched chairs. The dining table was built by Brent for Josh’s 40th birthday,
The couple loved the extravagance of the dining room’s pre-existing red gilt wallpaper.
A Collection Of Mirrors:
Only the largest mirror in the light-reflecting grouping of Federal-style mirrors is a pricey antique.
The others are reproductions found on eBay, some of which were laser-cut to appear as if they are disappearing into the molding.
“We believe in the rule of three. We wouldn’t have just two metals in the kitchen, but three makes it work,” said Brent of their kitchen.
A hardworking prep area tucked away next to the fireplace houses recessed shelves to keep ingredients within arm’s reach.
With 60 acres and stunning views, the couple chose to forgo window treatments except for a few sheer panels in the bedroom.
“There are more than 40 windows, and each one of them has a beautiful vista. It’s like living inside a snow globe at times, with the outdoors integral to what’s inside,” said Brent.
The library with pale yellow walls is one of the couple’s favorite spaces in the entire house.
“At the time the house was built, there was a great sense of exploration and collecting exotic things from around the world,” explained Josh.
“Home libraries were where they put those items on display. This is where we keep finds from our own travels. It’s our life, but also historically representative at the time.”
Blue & White Bedroom:
“We love how the modern pattern in the wallpaper puts an unexpected spin on the look,” said Brent.
“We made working around the existing millwork a priority,” said Josh.
For a cocoon effect in the main bedroom, the couple painted the frames and interior backings of a gallery of photos the same green shade as the walls and woodwork.
A stately eagle sculpture keeps watch by the window.
“It blew off of the top of the courthouse in a neighboring small town,” explained Josh. “It was too damaged and too old to re-install, but he fits in just fine here.”
The recently added Moon Garden is named after the many light-colored flowers and foliage that glow in the moonlight.
There are lilies, lavender, maples, salvia, petunias, allium, daisies, and mock orange flowers.
The original barn is the epicenter for all things Beekman 1802. The skin-and-body-care brand might have never been if not for their neighbor, “Farmer John.”
“When we moved in, we found a letter in our mailbox from John asking if his goats could live in our barn,” explained Josh. “That’s how Beekman 1802 started, with a herd of goats and an act of kindness.”
A group of goats watch from the old distressed barn. They are the Beekman 1802 goats.