ISSUE 79  |  Made in America

Jesse James in Upstate New York

July 04, 2013 9:00 AM

BY Francesca Connolly

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.”

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

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

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

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

Above: The kitchen is flooded with natural light.

Above: A minimalist stairwell.

Above: An oak desk anchors a workspace.

Above R: A framed artwork from James’ collection.

Above: A simple spool bed, a painted floor.

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

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