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.
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 Lydon's Shortlist
Hudson Farmers Market
"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."
Hotel Tivoli & The Corner
"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..."
Talbott & Arding
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.
"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..."