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Issue 79 · Made in America · July 4, 2013

Jesse James in Upstate New York

Issue 79 · Made in America · July 4, 2013

Aesthetic Movement founder and creative director Jesse James has spent the last decade carefully renovating his upstate New York country house, The Smithy, in verdant Schoharie County. Originally built as a blacksmith's shop in the 1800s, the house is simple and bright, with painted wood floors and clean white walls, very much in keeping with Aesthetic Movement's design credo: "Considered design and frequent brushes with beauty can enhance the overall quality of life."

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Above: The house is located on a quiet country lane.

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Above: A pair of wing chairs are draped in simple canvas painter's drop cloths.

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Above: James sticks to a simple black and white palette throughout the interiors.

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Above L: A period gas range anchors the kitchen. Above R: A collection of stoneware mixing bowls.

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Above: The kitchen is flooded with natural light.

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Above: A minimalist stairwell.

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Above: An oak desk anchors a workspace.

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Above R: A framed artwork from James' collection.

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Above: A simple spool bed, a painted floor.

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Above: Circular mirrors add a modern note to an otherwise classic white bath.

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

Jesse James The Smithy in Upstate New York, Remodelista

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 10, 2011.



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