Kai Avent-deLeon’s Fashionable Rustic Cabin in Upstate New York

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We’ve been following artist/designer/entrepreneur Kai Avent-deLeon’s strikes since 2019. Again then, we photographed her one-bedroom railroad condominium in Mattress-Stuy, Brooklyn. A yr later, we reconnected when she moved into a bigger duplex in the identical neighborhood, and we shot it for our latest e-book Remodelista: The Low-Influence Dwelling. Not lengthy after that, she discovered a weekend dwelling removed from town, in Sullivan County, New York—and at present, we’re sharing it with you.

Kai’s roots in Mattress-Stuy run deep (she was born there and each her grandmother and mom reside within the neighborhood), however she longed for land to name her personal and extra space—each literal and metaphorical—for her and her now four-year-old son to roam freely. She discovered it upstate when she stumbled upon a property (3 acres of principally woods) on which stood a run-down Sixties cell dwelling. It was excellent.

Kai shortly drew up a plan—double the scale of the unique 700-foot construction; concrete flooring; a easy, fundamental kitchen made up of workbench-style items; plenty of pottery and baskets; a smattering of antiques; impactful furnishings; and quiet moments of magnificence in all places—and employed a contractor to precise her imaginative and prescient. Quickly sufficient, she was making weekend journeys to the bucolic property, feeling the stress of metropolis residing ease with each mile. “Once I’m right here, I’m at peace,” she says. “My every day routine is way more structured, however not in the best way you assume. I can get up and meditate and work out. And I do stuff round the home. I really feel far more relaxed right here versus within the metropolis, the place I’m attempting to get these issues in however am in additional response mode.”

She’s grateful for the open area and what that may do for one’s sense of wellbeing—a lot in order that she desires to share it with others. “This property feels meant to be greater than only a weekend dwelling. I’ve all these buddies who work in numerous practices that connect with wellness. We simply got here collectively and begin doing these retreats—three final summer time, every with a theme,” explains Kai (like “Sensuality and Sensitivity: Connecting to Your Senses Via the 4 Parts”).

“It began final yr once I was going by means of some private transitions. I discover that a part of my therapeutic comes from [being] surrounded by girls going by means of related transitions.” Right this moment, as we converse by telephone, she’s making ready for one more retreat right here, this time for a bunch of 9-year-old ladies from her son’s faculty in Brooklyn. The theme: Rites of Passage, becoming for a property purchased with the specific function of private progress and exploration.

Beneath, Kai walks us by means of her particular place. (Comply with her on Instagram @kaiaventdeleon for information of future retreats.)

Images by Caroline Tompkins.

the entire home is now just 1,400 square feet. kai wanted to keep the scale sm 14
Above: All the house is now simply 1,400 sq. ft. Kai wished to maintain the dimensions small in order to not overwhelm the panorama.

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