Name: Eliza Clark and Tim Trojian
Location: Foxfire Mountain House — Mt Tremper, New York
Size: 7200 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 3 years
The Foxfire Mountain House is a recently restored 100-year-old vintage inn in the Catskill Mountains of New York that has been a labor of love for Eliza Clark and Tim Trojian, a creative married couple (and passionate DIYers) who tackled many of the renovation projects themselves. From the fun design work like hand-tiling the Moroccan tiles that are sprinkled throughout, Eliza and Tim have poured their heart into every corner of this inn. It's this visible, palpable love of design that makes this more than just a hotel and more like a cozy home away from home.
Eliza, a lifestyle television producer/director, and Tim, a talented chef, bought the property—a large white main house, ten nature-filled acres and cozy guest cottage—in April of 2013.
Their thoughtful renovation of this beautiful building took two years—and they did many of the projects themselves. They tiled the 72' veranda with Moroccan tiles (creating visual "rugs" so they could use multiple tile patterns.), as well as added them to the risers on the stairs to the second and third floors.
In the dining room, they tiled the kitchen wall with handmade glazed tiles, created a wall niche for storage and display and made the concrete bar from scratch. Do you think the pendant lights in the dining room alcove are neat? Eliza and Tim created those from salvaged blue lamp bases and disassembled candlesticks.
The bead-board ceiling in the lounge was totally installed by them. As was the herringbone tile wall in the lounge on the other side of the fireplace. And they even built the firewood holder in the lounge by hand. Also handy with a paint brush, they stenciled the wall behind the bed in one of the guest rooms and painted the lobby, lounge and dining room floors black, then distressed the paint by hand sanding.
To say that they've put a lot of blood, sweat, tears and love into this inn is an understatement.
They remained hands-on and creative when it came to furnishing the inn; vintage furniture, art and accessories picked out and picked up around the Catskills by Eliza fill the space. The colorful, patterned Moroccan tiles inside and out were found in a warehouse in Brooklyn. In the public areas (that guests are invited to wander around at their leisure) and the guest rooms alike, Eliza deftly mixed cozy finds to create a collection of items that all have their own interesting stories—which in turn add to the history of the whole property.
How Eliza and Tim describe Foxfire Mountain House on the inn's website:
"Bohemian and relaxed, Foxfire is like your globe-trotting uncle's country estate. ... Whether it's the collections of butterflies and antlers, old silver, or the Moroccan tiles, there's a simple sophistication throughout. The 100-year-old inn has 11 guest rooms, each with white linen bedding on sun-bleached wood beds crafted by a local carpenter to ensure a good night's sleep. In the morning, guests help themselves to a bountiful breakfast laid out on the concrete bar—hot coffee/tea, house-made granola, yogurt, fruit and juice, fresh-from-the-oven banana bread or apple cake, hot dishes, soft buttery cheeses, smoked fish, and meats with a Nordic country influence. ..."
Because there's so much to see of this vintage inn—and so much potential design inspiration to absorb from it—we've split the tour into two posts: The main house's public spaces (this post), and a peek at a handful of the guest rooms and the private cottage.
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Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Vintage Bohemian
Inspiration: Country manor houses with their appealing mix of worldly treasures: lovely worn velvet furniture, soft lighting, and collections from the natural world: feathers, nests, taxidermy.
Favorite Element: Our Moroccan tiles everywhere—from the long veranda to the stair risers and guest rooms, and even our patchwork tile dance floor that's unique and beautiful.
Biggest Challenge: Renovating such a large building from top to toe on a tight budget.
What Friends Say: Foxfire has a great vibe - it feels comfortable and happy.
Biggest Embarrassment: We decided to pour the concrete bar on one of the coldest nights of the year and had to stay up all night with propane heaters watching over it to make sure it set.
Proudest DIY: Uncovering a gorgeous floor to ceiling stone fireplace in the lounge that had been hidden behind drywall.
Biggest Indulgence: Fresh flowers in every room - foraged if we can from the grounds, or bought at the market every week.
Best Advice: Only buy new when you have to. Vintage finds and craigslist are the best.
Dream Sources: Red Chair in Hudson; Les Indiennes; flea markets and country antique shops.