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Isabelle de Borchgrave Cuts a New Cloth with Sartorially Inspired Home Textiles

Isabelle de Borchgrave was first inspired upon seeing numerous collections within New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. "I wanted to possess each and every one of those costumes," she recalls. "I wanted to recreate them, to make them mine." She decided that "the easiest way was to make sculptures with the first media I ever used: paper." Today, de Borchgrave is best known for her meticulous interpretations of historic costumes that she crafts with paper and paint.

Inside Fashion Designer Dennis Basso's Glamorous Hamptons Getaway

At Basso and Cominotto’s house, any table—from the kitchen to the lounge to the dining room—has plenty of room for an extra chair.

In Sagaponack, Tamara Magel Displays Her Winning Ways, Decorating a House for Clients Near Gibson Beach

Even though this Sagaponack house is just steps from the ocean, you won’t find any sand on the kitchen floor. Or wet beach towels in a pile next to a screen door, or flip-flops by a hose. None of the scraps of summer can be found here, because this house isn’t a part-time beach escape, but rather a year-round, sophisticated home for a couple who came to the conclusion that weekends were just not enough.

In Rioja, High-Design Wineries Are Producing Even-More-Tempting Tempranillos

There’s a rebellion underway in Rioja, the Spanish wine region famous for its reasonably priced, aged red wines. Classicists—devoted to the old ways of aging Tempranillo (the dominant red grape) into restrictive categories (Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva)—are being challenged by modernists inspired by French techniques. The upstarts are excavating for the best terroir, using pricey French oak barrels, and aging their wines just long enough to express the grapes’ true personality.

Rising Star: Sydney Maag

Like a lot of designers, Texas native Sydney Maag has been fussing with furnishings since she was a young kid. “I was always moving the furniture around and changing the rooms in our house,” she says. “Even at nine years old, I was constantly thinking about space, materials, finishes, and how to make a room look better.”

A Visit to a Grand Estate from the Birth of French Baroque

Before there was Versailles, there was Vaux le Vicomte. French-lawyer- turned-finance-minister Nicolas Fouquet finished this aesthetically pioneering French Baroque chateau and garden in 1661, several years before Louis XIV would even begin work on his glittering palace at Versailles, which he would go on to build using the same triumvirate of accomplished, forward-thinking design talents first brought together at Vaux—and many of their ideas, too.

From His San Francisco Studio, Paul Benson Turns Raw Materials Into Refined Furnishings

San Francisco based artist, Paul Benson, is known for turning raw materials into refined furnishings. He works with antique machines and hand tools in his San Francisco studio. His innovative and unique pieces are coveted by A-list designers throughout the nation. And whether an industrially inspired, riveted bedframe or a delicate, hand-turned vessel, each work speaks to a true artist's commitment to his craft.

On Fire Island, Bromley Caldari Architects Reinvents a 1960s A-Frame Overlooking Great South Bay

Several times a day at our home in Fire Island Pines, the same scene plays out. Visitors, in knots of twos or threes, stand unannounced in our entryway, craning their necks to get a glimpse of the suspended staircase dangling like sculpture above the 18-foot-high living room. “Excuse me, but we’ve known this house since we were little, and we’ve been watching it change the past few years, and well . . . .” At this point, my partner, Doug Harris, and I usually invite them in.

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

Announcing the winners of the 2014 NYC&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 Design.

Fashion Designer Rebecca Taylor Kicks Up Her Heels in an 1890s Park Slope Brownstone

It’s a long way from Down Under to downtown New York—literally and figuratively—but for New Zealand–born fashion designer Rebecca Taylor, the trip has really paid off. After studying her craft at a polytechnic university in the Kiwi capital of Wellington, she decamped for Manhattan in 1992 and never looked back.

In His Duplex Penthouse in Chelsea, Decorator Scott Sanders Brings the Outside In and Vice Versa, Saturating Everything in Bright Color

In the course of his career, Sanders has developed a signature look he calls “New American Style,” and he’s known for designing homes that are rooted in tradition. But this apartment, with its many mid-20th-century pieces by Eames, Wegner, Wormley, Saarinen, and others, is more overtly contemporary than most of the work he has done for his clients. “‘New American Style,’” Sanders elaborates, “is about warmth, and creating spaces people feel comfortable in. There’s no velvet rope.

Designer Tori Golub Puts Her Signature Spin on a Carnegie Hill Apartment

Go with your gut: It’s an instinct that’s been said to lead to the right decision, and in the right direction, more often than not. When Amy and Mitchell Kaneff found themselves in need of a designer for their Park Avenue apartment, they did just that: Mitchell had met Tori Golub through mutual friends and thought of her immediately. The designer’s sensibility, not to mention demeanor, struck him as one that would fall in sync with theirs.

Erin Martin Brings the Loft Life to a Classic St. Helena Victorian

A pair of Virginia transplants who purchased a wine country Victorian commissioned designer Erin Martin to give their home an urbane yet laid-back look. Martin recalls of her initial meeting with them, “The wife was so chic my first thought was Anna Wintour has nothing on this woman!”

Taking Cues From Nature, Georgette Farkas Sets a Table on the Connecticut Coast That’s a Treat for All of the Senses

Farkas likes a menu that has a sense of place—for the party at Flying Point, she used vegetables from her mother’s garden to create a colorful spread of crudités and appetizer salads, and flowers for the tables’ centerpieces. Her mother, Francine Farkas Sears, has always enjoyed cooking and imparted the idea to her daughter that taking the time to invite guests to a meal in your home is like offering a gift.

With An Eye Toward Sustainability, Architect McKee Patterson Upgrades a 20th-Century Colonial

When you’ve completed three major interior design projects with the same couple, you might not be able to finish each other’s sentences but you likely know the answer to “chintz or stripes?” without having to ask the question. So when the owners of an early 20th-century Colonial Revival contacted Paul Stuart Rankin for a fourth go around, he knew just what to do.

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

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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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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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Consiglio Builders
Consiglio Builders is a luxury residential construction company located on the East End of Long Island. We have developed a unique method of residential construction in the Hamptons—we call it "The Considered Approach." It stems from our experience which demonstrates that meticulous planning and transparency throughout the process, combined with our expertise and emphasis on perfection, enable us to deliver consistently the best-constructed homes on time and within budget to our discerning clientele.


 
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80 Brookwood Drive, Briarcliff Manor, NY
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 Bluewater Lane, Westport, CT
Exquisite Westport Compo Beach residence in the Bluewater Association offers a unique and masterfully executed blend of custom elegance with sophisticated architectural details for an extraordinary LI Sound waterfront experience. Enjoy endless waterviews from the abundance of floor to ceiling windows, French doors and balconies which span the entire length of the house and open to expansive outdoor spaces with terraces, lawns, an al fresco kitchen and a wrap-around infinity pool with spa.



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235 McCagg Road, Kinderhook, NY
Just like a fine Swiss watch, this exceptional property is masterfully designed, precisely constructed, and meticulously cared for. Neatly nestled on 95 acres of rolling fields and woodlands, architect Clark and Green created a structure of glass, stone, and wood, which is elegant, warm, and lighthearted. Absolute privacy, with stunning views and pristine landscaping create a country retreat with a zen like atmosphere. Life will be that much sweeter enjoying the bounty of the Hudson Valley from this extraordinary property.



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12 Sunnyside Lane, Westport, CT
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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