Before and After: An Upstate New York Home Gets the World's Most Colorful Makeover

Before and After: An Upstate New York Home Gets the World's Most Colorful Makeover

Nestled near the base of the Catskill Mountains in New York, you'll find what can arguably be described as the world's most colorful home. A labor of love, every visible surface of this 1840s home has been given a coat of paint by artist Kat O'Sullivan (and a group of very supportive friends). The result is a structure that seemingly spans the entire perceivable color spectrum.      

Inside, the home takes on a life of its own: a hallway of heads, checkerboard stairs, a ballroom filled with gilded frames. The entire property is imbued with a sense of wild creativity and uninhibited imagination -- blending, oddly enough, quite perfectly with the wilderness that surrounds it.

When she's not adding new structural shapes (those round windows!) or painted patterns to her home, Kat pours her creative efforts into her incredibly successful business making and selling patchwork coats made from thrifted sweaters. These recycled creations are just as colorful and jaw dropping as her home. (Check out her Etsy shop for more!)

Check out more of this unapologetically colorful home over on Kat's website -- and be sure to take a peek at her amazing clothing creations as well!

More 'before and after' pics below:

[h/t DesignBoom]

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nunya biz on Nov 27, 2015:

well, that will be sure to drag down the value of the neighborhood.glad I don't live near them. what an eyesore!

Anonymous on Dec 13, 2014:

Amazing! The people who have left disparaging remarks, were never taught "if you nothing nice to say, say nothing at all"

Anonymous on Dec 11, 2014:

Hideous. Destroyed the heritage of the house.

Anonymous on Dec 10, 2014:

Awful, I hope whoever lives there plans on staying permanently because resale is not going to happen looking like this!

Lynn on Dec 10, 2014:

I loved the room with the stained glass and light blue walls. There was also a white bathroom? White space anyway. I would not be able to get comfortable in a house with this much going on either! But wow I love the dedication to finishing the whole thing! I do like the very large exagerated victorian trim on the outsided. I belive its black.

Beth on Dec 08, 2014:

This is pretty much my nightmare home, haha. I get itchy just thinking about trying to relax in there.  But good for her for creating such a unique space that clearly reflects her artistic nature!

Conny on Nov 26, 2014:

Well, I think we have a serious case of schizofrenea here.

Karen Clifford on Nov 25, 2014:


I'm not sure about the resale value but this is definitely a home that reflects the owner's personality.

What a wonderfun adventure ;-)

Suzi on Nov 23, 2014:

Oh, my - it's absolutely beautiful!! Such an inspiration! :)

Erin on Nov 22, 2014:

I am in love!  Now to convince my housemates we should do this to their house!  I wonder if the neighbours would love it as much as I? 

Theresa Loomis on Nov 20, 2014:

Katwise has legions of fans and followers, mostly for her unique designs but also for Calico, her colorful home. Her spirit shines.

C.K. on Nov 20, 2014:

'I remember a cool HGTV show about unique houses like this. I miss that show.'

It was awesome interiors (i think) with Jennifer Convy. I loved that show.

Anonymous on Nov 20, 2014:

I remember a cool HGTV show about unique houses like this. I miss that show.

beryl on Nov 20, 2014:

colors,masks,frames... Awesome.I love it.

Anonymous on Nov 19, 2014:

I applaud people who see the potential. Maybe all this is over the top for some, but this is an awesome transformation of a place that was left behind. Bravo!

Anonymous on Nov 19, 2014:


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