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The 2014 Hampton Classic Horse Show

Horses and riders in the ring aren't the only competitors on closing day of the Hampton Classic. Every year, innovative decorators play off equestrian themes, beach topics, end-of-summer flowers, business logos, bright bursts of color, to create table settings for their guests in the ringside VIP tent. The Editor in Chief of HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens), Kendell Cronstrom, selects the winning tables each year. Choosing among the myriad creations isn't easy but here is the outcome this year.

Dreaming Big in a Cozy Cottage Filled with Heavenly Hues and Classic Charm

I am still in my color phase,” says interior designer Kelly Hohla, standing in her dining room beside a pair of chartreuse chairs with plaid seat cushions and floral-pillow backs. “When I was younger, I did a lot of drawing and painting. I’m sure that influenced how I think about color—its layering and pairing, texture and pattern.”

New and Notable Design Objects from the Hamptons and Beyond: Style File for Fall

As fall approaches, bridge one season to the next with luxury in mind, including pieces from Custom Cool, Christell Campaign and Le Premier Parfum.

Designer Eric Cohler Brings Cinematic Glamour to a Nob Hill Penthouse

Ever since he was captivated in his early teens by Dark Passage, the 1947 Bogart crime drama set in San Francisco, interior designer Eric Cohler has been fascinated by the city’s film noir atmosphere. “It’s such a mysterious place,” says Cohler. “The fog, the thirties storefronts and that sense of a glamorous era when people dressed for dinner.” Now, the designer has brought that sensibility to the penthouse of what has been called San Francisco’s “most desirable” apartment, the Chambord atop Nob Hill.

Highlights from the Fourth Annual HC&G Innovation in Design Awards

On Thursday, August 7, HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens) hosted its fourth annual HC&G Innovation in Design Awards at Guild Hall of East Hampton. Here, highlights from the event, which included a cocktail party furnished by Room & Board and an awards ceremony where first place and runner-up trophies were given in the categories of Architecture, Interior Design, Kitchen and Bath Design, Garden Design and Innovative Product. Madeline Weinrib was presented with the 2014 HC&G Innovator Award.

Design Icon Paul Vincent Wiseman Celebrates a Life in Design and the Debut of His First Book, Inner Spaces

“When a room tells our life story and reflects who we are, it gives us license to open up to our true self,” says interior designer Paul Wiseman, by way of explaining the philosophy behind Inner Spaces (Gibbs Smith, 2014), the first monograph of his stellar 35-year career.

Architect Preston Phillips’s Bridgehampton Home and Studio Speaks Volumes About His Work

The house is a machine for living” is not a phrase that immediately conjures feelings of comfort and domestic tranquility, yet Le Corbusier’s words have been a mantra for architects since he wrote them in 1923. For Bridgehampton-based architect Preston Phillips, the master’s words couldn’t be more appropriate. While Phillips’s house, tucked deep in the woods near the Bridge-Sag Turnpike, might seem anything but “homey” to some, he designed it with comfort and style in mind.

Manhattan Design Firm Workshop/apd Creates an Environmentally Friendly Home by Mecox Bay

It’s an especially rare kind of kismet: clients who click with their architects right off the bat, who come to the table knowing exactly what they want their dream house to be. But it happened for Vicki Kaplan and her family when they hired the Manhattan design firm Workshop/apd to create a new home in Water Mill, overlooking a pristine reserve a stone’s throw from Mecox Bay.

East Hampton–Based Architect Maziar Behrooz Designs an Art-Filled House That’s Perfect from Every Angle

For many people, a primary residence calls for a more ordered existence, but in a weekend house, there are no rules. Marie-Ève and Michel Berty realized this widely accepted truth when they bought a house in the Hamptons. The couple started visiting the East End not long after moving to New York from their native France, and it didn’t take long before they desired a place of their own.

Architect Nick Martin Helps Transform the Amagansett Home of Art Dealer John Cheim

In the late 1980s, when Cheim & Read gallery co-founder John Cheim bought his Amagansett retreat, it was a diminutive barn-red 1960 kit house on a half-acre lot, dominated by a prodigious weeping willow. He did away with the driveway (“I didn’t want to see cars in my yard,” he says), enclosed the property with plantings for privacy, painted the house white, and then hid the structure in a lovely tangle of wisteria and trumpet vines.

The Fourth Annual HC&G Innovation in Design Awards

On Thursday, August 7, HC&G hosted its fourth annual Innovation in Design Awards at Guild Hall in East Hampton honoring the best design in the following categories: Kitchen, Bath, Interior Design, Garden, Architecture and Innovative Product.

New and Notable Design Objects from the Hamptons and Beyond: Party Starters

Rally the troops and celebrate the height of summer with these party starters, from a lightweight champagne bucket by Tina Frey to Kim Seybert’s Pom Pom napkins.

In Her Studio Near Three Mile Harbor, Artist Sue Heatley Celebrates the Great Outdoors

Living and working in a tranquil spot near Three Mile Harbor, Sue Heatley is surrounded by nature. A printmaker who creates limited-edition and one-of-a-kind abstract linocuts and monotypes, she draws inspiration from the beauty of the area’s trees and ripples on the water.

Be Original is Shining the Spotlight on Home-Furnishing Knock-Offs

Inspired by a similar campaign run by Fritz Hansen in 2009, Beth Dickstein of BDE reached out to 10 charter members with her vision for Be Original. All of them signed on. The manifest includes top executives from Alessi, Artek, Bernhardt Design, Cassina/Poltrona Frau/Cappellini, Emeco, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Herman Miller, Ligne Roset and Vitra. Through a series of educational programs, lectures and workshops, Be Original hopes to raise awareness and engage in dialogue about the inherent value of innovative and original design, and how to identify it. In particular, the group hopes to influence the younger generation of emerging designers and students.

Congratulations to the 2014 HC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners

Announcing the winners of the 2014 HC&G Innovation in Design Awards! Find out who took home awards in the categories of Kitchen Design, Bath Design, Interior Design, Garden Design, Architecture, and Innovative Product

From the Desk of Scott Fellows

We never planned to be New Englanders. We were New Yorkers through and through. I couldn’t wait to move to the City after growing up in a small town in western New York State. And Craig Bassam, my partner, made his way to New York from his native Australia. We had the quintessential New York life—including an apartment with a wraparound terrace in West Chelsea.

Statement Antiques with Name Brands Attached

These name-brand statement pieces from designers Mark Weinstein, Eero Saarinen, Hermes, Ludwig Miles van der Rohe and Henry Olko have caught our expert’s eye

Five Secrets to Selling Your Real Estate in the Hamptons

Decorators and home stagers earn big bucks by following a few simple steps: Play up a home’s best features, hide its flaws, and make it appealing to the largest audience possible. Most Hamptons brokers say that buyers are looking for a turnkey property. So how do you take your sale from “just listed” to “in contract”? Consider these pointers.

Victoria Amory Pulls Off Five Summer Fêtes Sourcing Local Hamptons Vendors

Summer entertaining doesn’t have to mean standing over a hot stove while everyone else is outside having a good time. As HC&G contributing editor and entertaining expert Victoria Amory proves here, it’s easy to pull off five summertime fêtes using fresh store-bought food and fun decorative items from local Hamptons vendors, all without breaking a sweat.

Christopher Peacock on the Latest Design Trend: Luxury Dressing Rooms

According to lifestyle product designer Christopher Peacock, luxury dressing rooms are the home design trend of today. Peacock is known for transforming raw timbers into cabinetry for kitchens, libraries and bathrooms. He recently utilized his attention to impeccable detail and color to create a show stopping dressing room for the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. The warm, cheerful pink walls of the closet livened the mood of the home and put a smile on the faces of visitors.

For a Group of Hardworking Designers, Serena & Lily Hosts a Summer Sunday Cruise

The designers set off on two Hinckley yachts, part of a fleet of vessels owned by Barton & Gray Mariners Club, a private yachting excursion club founded in 2006. “These boats are custom made in Southwest Harbor, Maine, and are top of the line,” says Wil Lockman, director of business development for Barton & Gray Mariners Club. The Down East–style lobster boats are powered by jet drives instead of standard propellers—almost like big Jet Skis—and don’t lie as low as traditional craft. Because of this design, it’s easier to pull into knee-deep water if passengers wish to board or disembark—or just take a quick swim on a hot summer day.

How to Throw a Holiday BBQ and Bingo Party in the Hamptons

July 4, 2014: It was a dark and stormy night, thanks in part to Hurricane Arthur, which dumped several inches of rain on Independence Day. What’s a Hamptonite with cabin fever to do? Like any good American, play bingo and eat barbecue! Which is exactly what transpired at Lisa Cohen’s oceanfront estate in East Hampton.

Jay and Anne Hearst McInerney Throw a Party For the Launch of Elisabeth de Kergorlay's New Line of Gourmet Frozen Food

Where in the Hamptons can you find a princess, a countess, a rock musician, a television news anchor, and an emu, all in the same place? Only at the home of Jay and Anne Hearst McInerney, passionate collectors of wine, art, antiques, people, and a handful of exotic birds. The occasion? A cocktail party and dinner celebrating the launch of their friend Elisabeth de Kergorlay’s new line of gourmet frozen foods, Babeth’s Feast, which has just opened a brick-and-mortar takeout shop on the Upper East Side.

32 Hostess Gifts to Bring to Your Next Summer Soirée

Show your appreciation in style with one of these summer-perfect hostess gifts. From Michael Aram's Fig collection mesh-lid serving bowl, which keeps party food pest-free, to stackable, hand-blown uranium glass bowls, designed by Pia Wüstenberg of Utopia & Utility, which make ideal catchalls or petite snack bowls for cocktail parties, consider this roundup a checklist for your next RSVP.

10 Great Ideas from Connecticut's Top Designers

Our CTC&G IDA judges handpick 10 design projects from IDA winners, including Vicente Burin Architects, Bonnie Paige Interiors, Saniee Architects, Devore Associates, Patrick Mele Design, PL Design, Douglas VanderHorn Architects, Jennifer Anderson Design and Development, Nautilus Architects, Mark P. Finlay Architects, Mark P. Finlay Interiors, that inspire—and that we applaud!

The Sag Harbor Home of Tracey and Michael Cavaniola is a Shrine to the Natural World

The sight lines within the house are exceptionally long. From the entryway, one sees through the soaring living room into the kitchen, and then, through French doors, to the bluestone patio beyond, topped with a pergola on which Merlot grapevines grow. Light floods in through skylights and an abundance of windows. “I wanted views of the outside from every room,” says Tracey.

Deeds & Don'ts: Waterfront Gems in Sag Harbor, Southampton Village and East Hampton

Despite superstorms and the ever-growing threat of climate change, people will always want to live on the water. Christopher Burnside of Brown Harris Stevens has a brand-new $3.695 million waterfront listing in Sag Harbor that could satisfy many a water baby. As for oceanfront homes, Halcyon Lodge on Gin Lane, the former estate of Henry Ford II, is listed for $19.9 million with Tim Davis and Zachary and Cody Vichinsky of Corcoran, and Harald Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty.

Announcing the 2014 NYC&G IDA Finalists

NYC&G's Innovation in Design Awards honors outstanding design in the categories of Architecture, Interior Design, Kitchen, Bath, Garden Design and Innovative Product Design

Privet House Debuts a Pop-up Series, Kicking off with a Spotlight on Madeline Weinrib

Enter Privet Lives, a shop next door that will feature collaborations with notable designers, artisans and brands whose products are hard to find in the area. When the store opened up next door, Cassano and Lamberston knew that it would be the perfect locale to create a space fit for the spectacular products of Madeline Weinrib, whose work the duo has always coveted. What Cassano describes as “the world of Madeline Weinrib” debuted this past Saturday. She explains, “The small, intimate space is a riot of color and pattern that allows you to get up close and personal and engage with everything.”

Meet the 2014 CTC&G IDA Winners

View the winning projects from the 2014 CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards in the categories of Architecture, Bath, Landscape, Kitchen, Interior Design and Builder Recognition. This year's winning projects came courtesy of Joeb Moore + Partners, LLC, Robert A. Cardello Architects and Douglas VanderHorn Architects, Brooks & Falotico Associates, Inc., Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects and McGuire Home, Janice Parker Landscape Architects, Doyle Herman Design Associates and Cummin Associates, Inc., MB Interiors, Granoff Architects and Vicente Burin Architects, Kelly & Co. Design, Charlotte Barnes Interior Design and Decoration and Bonnie Paige Interiors

Interior Designer Kendall Wilkinson Redesigns a Victorian Grande Dame to Suit a Family's Relaxed Lifestyle

Doffing his hat to Victorian formality and his client’s lavish entertaining, architect William H. Hamilton incorporated generous hallways and grand rooms into the Pacific Heights mansion he designed in 1894. To impress guests, he coffered ceilings, crafted wainscoting, and built a central staircase with liberal amounts of oak, mahogany and walnut. More than a century later, the current owners, a stylish young couple with two children, asked San Francisco interior designer Kendall Wilkinson to re-envision the grande dame as a space that would accommodate their relaxed lifestyle while preserving its elegant legacy.

Six Soaking Tubs, from Traditional to Modern-Soaking-Tubs-Modern-Traditional

A selection of soaking tubs, from traditional to modern, from Victoria + Albert, MTI Batha, Laufen, Stone Forest, DXV American Standard and Bain Ultra.

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Designer Spotlight

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Karen Wells Design
Karen Wells Design creates professionally finished, uniquely beautiful interiors. Interior design, furniture design, interior architecture, project management, space planning, and curating collections are our specialty. Each project brings a fresh aesthetic based on the clients tastes, idiosyncrasies, and how they want to live. Interpreting each space for its functionality, refining it through the use of color, texture ,light, art, and furniture proportions allows KWD to create environments called home.

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Builder Spotlight

M&M Custom Homes
M&M Custom Homes is recognized as one of the premier home builders in the Hamptons and throughout Nassau County. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, we provide a superior client experience—creating exceptional value with state-of-the-art construction and unsurpassed design.


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Garden Spotlight

Gardeneering
For thirty three years, every design we create stems from our holistic approach to landscape gardening. Beginning with developing the best possible soil, our attention branches out to address all facets of a project with similar focus. Whether it's hardscape or quality of plant material, the installations are of the highest order -- as is the quality of our estate maintenance services. Every effort is made to blend the client's vision with the aesthetic aspects of the house and property -- ultimately, to create an organic realization.


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Garden Spotlight

Kathryn’s Flower Gardens
Kathryn’s Flower Gardens is committed to providing exquisite cutting gardens, container plantings and unique and heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs, all grown right outside your door. Inspired by the agricultural heritage of the east end, Kathryn’s was created as a sentimental tribute to the owner’s young daughter. Led by a team of experienced horticulturalists, the firm’s sole focus is on providing boutique and personalized containers, flower and vegetable gardens. Located in Sag Harbor, Kathryn’s Flower Gardens is a subsidiary of Summerhill Landscapes.


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HARMONIA INC Creative Landscapes and Fine Stonework
HARMONIA INC was founded out of a profound passion for creating complete landscapes and gardens that co-exist in harmony, with the natural settings that grace each property. Harmonia will design and install a customized landscape complimentary to your visual desires, and your personal lifestyle. “ Our work is a reflection of how you will want to enjoy your property for years to come.” Harmonia Inc is a full service design, installation and maintenance company, beautifying the Hamptons every day. 631-537-9672

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Property of Note

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80 Brookwood Drive
Architecture and setting blend to stunning effect at this sensational Colonial featuring panoramic views of the Hudson River. Convenient to Manhattan, the renovated 5-BR residence offers spectacular living spaces perfectly designed for today’s lifestyle. Expansive formal rooms opening to grand terraces, a sparkling pool, outdoor kitchen and an entire lower level devoted to fun are ideal for entertaining. Especially alluring is the inviting front porch, the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular sunsets and water views.



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6 Deer Lane, Greenwich, CT
This exceptional new Modern Farmhouse is infused with natural light as walls of floor to ceiling windows creating a casual elegance while maintaining its strong sense of modern style. An unrivaled open floor plan with extensive use of glass creates the perfect balance of indoor-outdoor, West Coast style living, employing clean architectural lines, sophisticated materials and fine craftsmanship. A premier Greenwich CT local on a quiet cul-de-sac with pool and pool house.



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28 East 4th Street, New York, NY
Located within the NoHo Historic District, the intersection of SoHo, the Bowery, the Lower East Side and the Village, 28 East 4th Street is a Classical Revival store-and-loft building featuring cast iron, limestone and brick detailing. Spanning 1,800 square feet with 11 windows facing the north, west, and south, this impressive home dazzles from every angle. Soaring ceilings rise overhead, hardwood floors run underfoot, and ample designer touches set a chic tone throughout. This stunning unit presents a rare opportunity to buy in a historic neighborhood and building with limited sales inventory. Currently configured as a one bedroom with a home office, this expansive floor plan can easily accommodate a second bedroom without sacrificing space.



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35 Hudson Yards, New York, NY
35 Hudson Yards, designed by David Childs/SOM with interiors by Ingrao Inc., will be home to 143 luxurious residences, 22,000SF of private amenities, a world-class Equinox® Club and Spa, an Equinox Hotel®, SoulCycle and two restaurant concepts by Stephen Starr. This exceptional limestone tower will rise 92 stories, offering sweeping panoramic views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. Residents will benefit from hotel-style amenities and superior services. Construction under way for 2019 occupancy, pricing from approximately $5MM.

35 Hudson Yards

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727 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT
Stunning 5-acre estate with carbon-free footprint. Masterful Gardner & Larson home with attention to every detail is supported by clean renewable energy from its high-efficiency solar array. Sparkling Christopher Peacock kitchen, new Master Bath by DEANE, whole-house entertainment system, home gym, sauna, theater & extensively designed gardens, punctuated by a stunning pool with spa. Free yourself of utility costs while enjoying ultimate privacy, location, and luxury.

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12 Sunnyside Lane
This sublime Colonial captivates with its New England charm and dazzling 2.7-acre setting featuring beautiful plantings, a formal English garden and bluestone pool. Offering approximately 8600fs of living space, the home hosts spectacular formal rooms, a paneled library, recreation room with a projector screen, sunroom, 6 bedrooms and 7.5 baths. Front and back patios add further allure to this ADA-compliant home which also offers double railings on stairs as well as elevator service to all 3 floors.



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