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An Up­state New York house proves that when the best-laid de­sign plans go awry, things can turn out best.

this photo: One step inside Deb and hus­band Jef Pol­lock’s home and you know it’s all smiles ahead as you’re greeted with a vivid glossy blue door and a vin­tage rug that seems to sug­gest the home’s en­tire pal­ette in one graphic punch.

re­mem­bers hear­ing dur­ing the fran­tic call from her dear friend and client Deb Brown. Just weeks af­ter Deb and her hus­band, Jef Pol­lock, pur­chased their Dutchess County, New York, home, they re­turned to a night­mare—the pipes had burst and the in­te­rior of their long-searched-for coun­try house was in sham­bles. “It was about as bad as you can imag­ine,” Deb says. “The floors were ru­ined, the walls were fall­ing down— the kitchen ceil­ing lit­er­ally fell on our heads.”

Dam­age as­sessed, it was quickly ev­i­dent that what they had orig­i­nally planned as only a cos­metic dec­o­rat­ing pro­ject was now up­graded to a full-fledged ren­o­va­tion. Luck­ily, the 2007-built home’s charm­ing stone ex­te­rior and barn­like ad­di­tion sur­vived un­scathed, so they could fo­cus on the inside, find­ing a way to turn their heart­break into op­por­tu­nity. “Even though it was un­ex­pected, it was nice to be able to ad­dress some space chal­lenges of the orig­i­nal floor plan, such as its small rooms and a flow that wasn’t right,” Berman says. Exit un­needed walls and cramped spa­ces, and en­ter an ex­tra-large din­ing room, abun­dant built-in bunks to max­i­mize sleep­ing op­tions, and big and small seat­ing spots through­out the house. “We’re al­ways host­ing friends and fam­ily, and we never want to turn any­one down be­cause we don’t have room,” Deb says.

To com­ple­ment its so­phis­ti­cated farm­house ex­te­rior, Berman ap­proached the fur­nish­ings with the same mod­ern-meets-coun­try aes­thetic. Against crisp, light back­grounds, she art­fully lay­ered tra­di­tional shapes and pat­terns with clean-lined light­ing, dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als, and happy punches of bold, vivid col­ors—pri­mar­ily vi­brant blues—to give each room a de­cid­edly mod­ern twist. “I love that it doesn’t take much to cre­ate that in­ter­sec­tion be­tween mod­ern and coun­try,” she says.

“It’s rain­ing in our house,” de­signer Mona Ross Berman

this photo: Piled with pil­lows, the break­fast nook’s comfy ban­quette is the fam­ily of four’s un­plugged zone, host­ing ca­sual meals and af­ter­noon read­ing ses­sions. Home­owner Deb Brown loves the way the un­treated table­top records daily life. “A pitcher of...

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