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  • Interior Designer
  • Home Base: New York City

Katie Lydon, originally from London, founded her downtown New York interior design firm in 2002. Educated at Wimbledon Art School in London and then Cambridge University, Katie’s interiors reflect her knowledge and passion for antiques and architecture as well as an eye for contemporary art and design. She believes that a balance of classic and modern pieces creates a home that is at once timeless and exciting.

What are you up to these days?

One of my favorite things about the Hudson Valley is the peace and quiet! It’s such a lovely respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Waking up to the sound of birds chirping is one of my favorite ways to start the day. It really is a great antidote to living in NYC. Our family home in Germantown, which is about 10 minutes from Hudson, was built in 1863, and it’s been a labor of love since we bought it eight years ago. I’ve really tried to preserve the history and beauty of the farmhouse, yet continually make necessary upgrades to keep it fresh and modern, as well. (Think: a new cedar roof, replacing 70s asphalt, new kitchen and mudroom, new porch, a contemporary glass extension, to name a few.)

We are quite respectful of the house’s heritage, and I do love its creative feel and welcoming charm as I slowly collect and curate the interior décor. We’ve had some amazing and truly special family times in Hudson, and I love that we’re laying roots in such a unique little town.

Katie’s shortlist for Upstate NY

"The Valley is best known for tapping into its local farming and artisan community, so it’s no surprise that the Farmer’s Market is absolutely fantastic. I often head over first thing in the morning for some fresh flowers and food for the house. Everything is garden-fresh and the people are lovely."


Instagram @hfmny

N 6th St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA - map  • 
(646) 256-4797

"If we are lucky we’ll snag a table at The Corner Hotel in Tivoli for brunch. The owners (Brice Marden and his family) have done a fantastic job redecorating the hotel, which is also home to his outstanding personal art collection. It is set in a charming century-old building and the farm-to-table menu somehow seems to appeal to all members of the family—a rare yet important factor, for sure. More than likely I will see a familiar face in there, too!"


Instagram @hoteltivoli

53 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583, USA - map  • 
(845) 757-2100

“One activity we absolutely love to do is play tennis. We have a red clay court and there are always people coming over to play with my husband, Harris. The kids sometimes hang out there, too. We’ve even been known to have a family game if you can believe it!”

"If you’re ever in Hudson you MUST go to this incredible little cheese and provisions shop. Not only do they have one of the best selections of curated artisanal cheeses I’ve ever seen, their sandwiches are absolutely delicious. They have amazing baked goods and salads, and their prepared foods are excellent, too. Everything is so thoughtfully done; you can tell a lot of love goes into it."


Instagram @talbottandarding

323 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA - map  • 
(518) 828-3558

"I would by no means consider myself a biker, but it is a joy to ride along Wire Road, which all the locals (myself included) consider to have one of the most spectacular views across farmland and the Hudson River to the Catskill Mountains. My family and I have our own bikes that we finally invested in to keep at the house. If you’re in the market, I highly recommend stopping by Steiner’s Sports, a family-owned store in Hudson—it’s where we went!"


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301 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA - map  • 
(518) 828-5063


Germantown, NY

"I really enjoy Gaskins, a great restaurant in Germantown. It’s our go-to spot when we’re looking for delicious local farm-to-table fare and to have a really charming and fun evening. The location is cozy and it has a delightful sparkle to the interior. Plus, the owners are consistently warm and friendly."


Instagram @gaskinsny

2 Church Ave, Germantown, NY 12526, USA - map  • 
(518) 537-2107

“After dinner, you can probably find us in the TV room laughing at SNL and lounging around like stuffed Buddhas.”