House Call: Jesse James in Upstate New York
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Aesthetic Movement founder and creative director Jesse James has spent the last decade carefully renovating his upstate New York country house, The Smithy , in verdant Schoharie County. Originally built as a blacksmith's shop in the 1800s, the house is simple and bright, with painted wood floors and clean white walls, very much in keeping with Aesthetic Movement's design credo: "Considered design and frequent brushes with beauty can enhance the overall quality of life." Above: The house is located on a quiet country lane. Above: A pair of wing chairs are draped in simple canvas painter's drop cloths. Above: James sticks to a simple black and white palette throughout the interiors. Above: A period gas range anchors the kitchen. Above: The kitchen is flooded with natural light. Above: A collection of stoneware mixing bowls. Above: A shelf serves as a landing station for dishwashing accoutrements. Above: A minimalist stairwell. Above: An oak desk anchors a workspace. Above: A framed artwork from James' collection. Above: A simple spool bed, a painted floor. Above: Circular mirrors add a modern note to an otherwise classic white bath.