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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

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.

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Lovas Architects
Every project is a unique response to each client's lifestyle and programmatic needs as well as site characteristics and surrounding context. We create buildings that harmonize with their environment and dovetail into existing buildings when necessary. Styles are based in classical forms yet designed for a modern lifestyle. We work closely with our clients, to interpret their desires and are committed to providing each project, large or small, with the utmost in personal, specialized attention.

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Ben Krupinski Builder
Ben Krupinski Builder has been building luxury homes of the highest quality for over 30 years. From custom coastal, country and city residences to remodels and historic renovations, they are respected for their integrity and innovation by discerning clients, visionary architects and world-class designers. For projects of both modest and expansive scale, they work to exacting standards delivering consistent excellence through value engineering, deep knowledge and vast resources in the Hamptons, NYC and Connecticut.


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Yankee Custom Builder
Yankee Custom Builder’s priority is maintaining your original concept within budget and on schedule. YCB strives to make the process of building a home gratifying rather than overwhelming by providing clear communication and valuable product knowledge. This allows our clients to feel comfortable every step of the way. Because of our excellence in service, the majority of our business comes from architects & designers who feel confident in recommending us to their valued clients.

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6 Juniper Point Road, Branford, CT
Classic modernism, refined materials and stunning LI Sound views imbue this steel framed waterfront property with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, open floor plan, concrete radiant heated floors, high ceilings, large rooms and walls of glass. The main floor master is nearly 900 square feet with en-suite guest bedrooms, study and private in-law apartment set apart. A zen-like court-yard features a heated Gunite pool. Shoreline living at its architectural best.

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23 Remington Road
23 Remington Road is a 2,759-square-foot home in the River Road neighborhood of Palmetto Bluff. This four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home features a living room that effortlessly flows into the kitchen and back porch. Two gas brick fireplaces, custom molding and ample outdoor living space add a layer of charm. Conveniently located, this home is within walking distance of an amenity center and the River Road Preserve, a 120-acre protected maritime forest.



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Historic Wyndecote
Built in the heyday of 19th century Hamptons summers, Wyndecote has been meticulously renovated for which John David Rose won the 2018 AIA Peconic design award for outstanding achievement in historic preservation. The home offers ten bedrooms, eleven baths, three half-baths, and seven fireplaces. Among the refurbished and reinstalled elements are the 70+ “lead” paned windows. Wyndecote was built originally by noted owner-architect Robert H. Henderson, and hosted the Duke of Windsor and the King of Spain among its guests.

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248 Gay Street, Sharon, CT
Expansive & protected western views from this 5BR, 5BA completely renovated home on 18 acres in Sharon, CT. Kitchen, Dining, and Family Room open to an enclosed porch with distant views. Living Room w/fireplace overlooks pastoral views and pond. First-floor master suite with fireplace. 3 Upper BRs and 2 Full BAs. Guest suite w/ full BA & separate entry. Bonus Room in Basement. Heated Gunite Pool. Privately situated.



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