Meet Shawn & Kris


We’re two boys from the big city – a designer/artist (the perfectionist) and a doctor (the free spirit) – who decided to unplug and embark on the project of a lifetime; historically renovating a 216 year-old farmhouse in the Catskills. A little bit Green Acres, a little bit HGTV Dream Home…on a budget.


In 2012 we fell in love with and purchased a home built in 1800 by the Woodman family, owners at the time of the local wood mill. While it is the oldest home in town, both the house and barn have been well preserved, with original details left untouched. The Woodman house is minutes from the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.


We invite you to follow us as we transform our weekend retreat room by room, undertake a variety of DIY projects, adjust to country living and narrowly escape killing each other.

*A big thank you to our talented friend Patricia for creating all the watercolor illustrations you see throughout the site. Please check out her work here – PVE Design