New York City based interior designer Elizabeth Bolognino recently joined a growing tribe of home-owning upstate weekenders. Best known for the layered minimalist spaces she creates inside urban lofts and townhouses, her more recent project includes the renovation of a 1900s barn in the Catskills.
WHICH PART OF OUR REGION DO YOU CALL HOME?
WHEN DID YOU ARRIVE?
WHAT’S YOUR VOCATION?
I own a residential interior design firm.
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THE AREA?
We came up to see a show at Bethel Woods. A group of friends rented a house.
YOUR UPSTATE ANTHEM:
’77 Eyes of the World, The Grateful Dead
WHAT’S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?
I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Coffee in my porch swing, hours on the dock, a dip in our pond or the Delaware river, dinner outside in our meadow, a sunset drive atop the Beechwoods, marshmallows around the fire, stargazing in the hot tub.
BEST PART OF UPSTATE LIFE:
The ability to totally disconnect and be completely present with friends, family and nature.
WHERE DO YOU GO TO MIX AND MINGLE?
The North Branch Inn and The Heron.
HOW DOES LIVING UP HERE INFLUENCE YOUR WORK?
I’m less stringent, less strict about what is and isn’t “good” design.
WHAT HAS LIVING UP HERE TAUGHT YOU?
Simplicity wins. Always.
WHAT DOES THE COUNTRY GIVE YOU THAT YOU CANT FIND IN THE CITY?
Breath. Fresh Air. Space internally and externally.
MOST OVERRATED PART OF UPSTATE LIFE:
HOW DO YOU KNOW SPRING HAS ARRIVED UPSTATE?
The true telling of spring’s arrival is the growing symphony of birds returning north.
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR WEEKEND DO YOU TYPICALLY SPEND OUTSIDE?
In the summertime ninety percent and in the winter fifteen percent. I’m a cozy up fireside kind of girl.
WHAT NEW SKILL HAVE YOU ACQUIRED UPSTATE?
I can stack a cord of wood.
BEST UPSTATE SPRING FOOTWEAR?
My floral waterproof wellies from Agway.
FAVORITE WAY TO ENTERTAIN UPSTATE?
We are known for having both intimate and large gatherings.Our favorite way to entertain is to bring up one of our very best friends, Chef Dave Kornell, to concoct an epic meal from the farmers market. We have a two fire pits on property—think filet mignon over open fire paired with the perfect malbec.
DO YOU HEAD HOME SUNDAY NIGHT OR MONDAY MORNING?
Sunday night around 7pm.
WHAT 3 WORDS BEST DESCRIBE THE PERFECT UPSTATE WEEKEND?
Timeless. Friendship. Jubilant.