Step inside real estate agent and designer Arlena-Armstrong Petock's Stone Ridge, NY home. With some grit and design know-how, she's adding charm and personality to her new home.
Designer Name: Arlena Armstrong-Petock
Project Name: Petock Residence
Type of Project: Residential
Project Location: Stone Ridge, NY
When real estate agent and design enthusiast Arlena Armstrong-Petock was house hunting with her partner, she thought they’d get their hands on a fixer-upper. Instead, they wound up taking an entirely new challenge: turning their new construction home into something that actually felt like home, with character and charm. “We were looking for an old farmhouse or ugly 90s/00s colonial we could take down to the studs, but this popped up and it just felt like the right fit — and very easy. So now we’re trying to add some character to this big white box.”
Let’s hear from Arlena and take a look at what DIY projects and renovations she has tackled so far in her Stone Ridge, NY home.
I’m a real estate agent in the Catskills and Hudson Valley region. I cover a lot of ground from Cornwall on Hudson and Cold Spring, all the way up to Hudson and Athens, and even as far west as Delhi. As a designer, I would say I’m somewhere between a hobbyist and a professional. I recently started a design business, Beige Studio, and have been working with some past real estate clients on design projects.
Classic and timeless, with modern touches. I love hunting for antiques and one-offs to create a unique space.
Definitely holding true to the style. I’m mixing old and new furniture, trending colors, and vintage-inspired wallpaper. Our home is a farmhouse style and I am sticking to that throughout the design process.
The main setback is there are so many options and decisions to make! Our home is truly a blank canvas, and the infinite number of options in finishings — hardware, paint, wallpaper, furniture, artwork, plants, rugs — is tough to grapple with when it is so personal.
Too much white! And lacking character.
Color! And charm. I love the vintage pieces I’ve found so far. And I’m starting to play with the bedding and textiles in general in all rooms.
It’s so helpful to “try on” furniture pieces or paint colors before making the investment. Sometimes you may think something will look great, and then it arrives and just doesn’t work. Spoak has saved me a lot of stress and helped me get organized around budgeting. It’s easy to impulse buy anything that speaks to you, but Spoak helps me create a cohesive space and make the right choices.
I get to live in it, and it’s always evolving.
Know when to DIY vs. contract something out. And consider what day-to-day living in your space will truly be like in the design process.
A truly vintage farmhouse renovation for a client that is starting soon :)
Photography Credit: Capture:Catskills
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