A Contemporary New Paltz Home Featuring Douglas Fir Interiors
Mirjana and Levi Blankenship |

Mirjana and Levi Blankenship’s home in New Paltz, NY is like a modern treehouse – intimate, with a flair of whimsy. “When friends come to visit, they say we’ve found our ‘forever home,’” she says. “All of the light in the windows of this house, and the amazing expansive landscape outside, remind me that I’m always in nature.”

The house is located on one of those special roads where their daughter Mila can ride her bike to visit friends and the family can walk to the end of the road and land at an organic farmstand. Inside, the home features Douglas fir interiors, floor-to-ceiling glass, a lofted master bedroom, and a basement converted into a full studio for Jana’s organic beauty product company – Captain Blankenship. The home is cozied with unique curios that Jana and Levi have collected at various times in their lives. From upstate NY: a ten-foot dining table from Character Unlimited in the Hudson River Valley; from San Francisco: art and beloved flea market finds; from Jana’s childhood: antiques from the Tudor home she grew up in.

“Anyone who comes to visit me, I take them hiking. Growing up, [my family] would go to the Mt. Auburn Cemetery and take long walks there,” she says. “Its been exciting when our friends come and call our house their ‘country home’…at least the ones who haven’t decided to move this way too.”

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“I used to work as a curator and have always been a collector of art and objects. The space is so full of light, warmth and exquisite details that colors just pop against it. It has been so much fun to decorate.”

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“The wooden ceilings are so dramatic and organic. I always feel like I am nestled in a treehouse or the hull of a ship.”

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“We lived in the Bay Area for seven years, but met in upstate New York. We have always been drawn to open spaces that are full of light. Our home feels like a merging of our East and West Coast selves.”

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“Most of the artwork on our walls was made by myself or by loved ones. So many objects came from the home I grew up in so it feels like being surrounded by old friends.”

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“Levi and I have been together for ten years. We got married in Maine six years ago. After so many years rambling together, I am glad we found our place to settle down and raise our daughter.”

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“I love our bathrooms – the mix of wood and marble makes it feel so clean and warm. Running an organic beauty company, it is important to have a nice bathtub to test out bath salts.”

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“It has been such a joy to get to decorate Mila’s room. It is awash in light and color. I made this dreamcatcher for Mila right before she was born and I found the crystals on it in the Shawangunk Mountains!”

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“We feel so comfortable in this home already. We just moved in this past June, but it is already feeling cozy and dialed in. There are so many good nooks.”

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“We are just starting to dream about landscaping. The original owner was an avid gardener and we want to keep that spirit alive on our land. Next year, I am hoping to put in a medicinal herb and natural dye garden for our personal use and for my company Captain Blankenship.”

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“The house was designed by local architect Matthew Bialecki and was oriented around the courtyard. The connection with nature is always present, you see green outside of every window. The home has an expansive, wild and welcoming feel.”

6 comments

  1. Lovely home. Can I just say how refreshing it is to see that the owners didn’t obsessively pluck the yellowing leaves and dried out grasses in their landscaping. LOVE to see a home really lived in.

    1. Thanks so much Katie, it is important to us to document the way people live their life, to the best of our ability. I am so glad that the images spoke to you!

  2. What a fabulous piece in the HV. Beautiful. Thank goodness I found you guys in the Watershed Post.

    1. So glad you found us Theresa! Stay tuned for “Peeks” into more Hudson Valley this Spring.

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