Sandra Saiger: The Owner of Mount Kisco’s Blithewold Home Settles In
After years of flipping houses for a savvy profit, the Westchester native puts down roots in Bedford Hills.
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Sandra Saiger had no intention of falling in love. A permanent relationship with a home and garden was the last thing on her mind when she bought a 1918 Dutch Colonial and its surrounding four acres in Bedford Hills. Her plan was to flip that house—just as she had flipped several others, using her talent for renovating homes in need of a savvy eye and an instinct for what makes people want to settle in, happily ever after. So she went to work creating all the comforts of home—for someone else.
Saiger never thought she would be in residence long enough to wade through the fluffy nap of densely packed pachysandra that flows around her front door. She never imagined that she would see the viburnums that she placed around the walkways in full glory. All she really wanted when she bought the house 15 years ago was to rid the property of its invasive hoard of weeds, thronging just footsteps from the back door, and get it fixed up for someone else to enjoy, a talent she discovered out of necessity.
When her husband, Sherman Saiger, passed away after a brief illness in 1991, leaving her with four children under the age of 16, her first step to family survival was to sell her stately Federal house and buy something less expensive, with the intention of reselling. She was so successful in that game that she ultimately flipped three houses and bought her current home—all within the span of ten years. “I had no attachment whatsoever to those houses—they were just money in the bank for me. I figured that I’d go live on a mountain or something when the kids grew up.”
Meanwhile, she had another strategy to keep the family solvent. She realized her longtime dream of opening her own design shop when the perfect location in Mount Kisco became available in 1994. Simultaneously, a decorator took her under his wing and taught her the ropes of retail. Together, they blew through tag sales and auction houses. She shadowed him at gift shows. And she became a veteran at putting a polish on tarnished furniture. As a result of her finesse, her shop—Blithewold Home—is still perking along 19 years later. Conceived as a creative outlet, it remains the go-to place for Saiger’s ingenuity.