When artist Kat O'Sullivan (a.k.a. Katwise) and her partner Mason Brown bought a run-down, nondescript farmhouse in the middle of the woods near High Falls, New York in 2009, they knew they had to breathe some life into the old building to reveal its true charm. With the help of their friends, the couple worked their artistic magic on the house, transforming the abode into a striking, rainbow-colored home that somehow fits in perfectly with the beauty of the surrounding natural landscape.
The farmhouse, which was originally built in 1840, was in a state of neglect when O'Sullivan unleashed her imagination on it. Away went the plain white facade, decrepit roof, and linoleum floors; in splashed a palette of bright hues, bold patterns, and outdoor furnishings like a chandelier, tent, and patio. Colorful and filled with personality on both the interior and the exterior, the house was renovated according to O'Sullivan's philosophy of “artistic upcycling,” which she explains as breathing new life into castaway objects. The final result, called Calico, is a gorgeous and unique house that is a perfect match for the artist's dynamic lifestyle.
O'Sullivan told us, “I am inspired by the colorful life we live, surrounded by our carnival of friends and constant revelry. I wanted a home that felt like a celebration of our beautiful community, and a monument to many years of international hitchhiking adventures.
“It feels like a museum of the moments in our lives that have been the most joyous. Our home feels like a sweet embrace. It is hard to ever feel anything but lucky when we come home and see our silly house smiling back at us.”