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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.

Fragrance Maker Anne Sanford Follows Her Instincts

Anne Sanford is a study in contradictions. A self-confessed “beauty product junkie,” she is fresh-faced and winsomely natural. Her hand-crafted, essential oil–based perfumes are mysteriously seductive, yet they’re packaged in simple glass vials coded with a series of letters and numbers instead of lofty titles suggesting romance and allure. Even the name of her product line, Lurk, is subject to murky interpretation.

Decorator Tom Fallon’s Carpenter Gothic Cottage on Shelter Island is a Storyteller’s Dream

It was 1981, and Tom Fallon had no intention of buying a new house. A designer and creative brand executive who worked with Bill Blass for 20 years before branching out on his own, Fallon had received an invitation from industry pal Joanne Creveling to visit her house on Shelter Island one weekend. He and Creveling had met in the 1960s, when Fallon was working at Bergdorf Goodman as Halston’s assistant and Creveling was beginning her stellar career as a publicist.

Luxury Under Foot: Amy Darrah on Edelman Leather’s Collaboration with Ruckstuhl

On the market for some beautiful custom leather? Edelman Leather is your go-to, and designers have trusted the luxury brand with all of their clients’ leather needs for decades. Looking to bring clients a wider variety of natural, quality materials to enhance their living spaces, the iconic brand met its European match in Ruckstuhl, a Swiss manufacturer with a remarkably similar history in the design industry. A chance introduction by a mutual friend brought Edelman Leather president Amy Darrah and Ruckstuhl CEO Peter Ruckstuhl together, and it was instantly clear that these brands should connect.

Serena & Lily’s New Pacific Heights Shop is for the Designer in All of Us

Just in time for the arrival of the first houseguests of the season, Sausalito-based lifestyle outfitter Serena & Lily has launched its new destination Design Shop. Located on white-hot Sacramento Street, the boutique showcases the brand’s easy elegance—think classic Hamptons by way of the Bay. Its shelves are laden with crisp linens, signature bedding and plump pillows, all perfect for summer entertaining. And from its breezy playlist to a well-stocked mini-bar, Serena & Lily invites lounging amidst its cozy and comfortable vignettes.

Local Antiques with Floral Motifs

These local discoveries have caught our expert’s eye – check out five beautiful objects, from a mid-20th-century Italian brass pendant to George Jones for Wedgwood's majolica jardinière circa-1857, that can add some history to your home.

Galanter & Jones Heat Up the Bay Area's Outdoor Spaces

When industrial designer Aaron Jones moved to San Francisco four years ago to be closer to his sister Miranda, a casual experiment designing a heated bench for a client’s backyard kicked off a new family enterprise. He and Miranda teamed up to launch Galanter & Jones in 2013, crafting thoroughly modern cast-concrete seating with embedded radiant heating that can ward off a chill on the foggiest of Bay Area evenings.

Father and Son Charlie and Silas Marder on the Need for Organic Gardening

You start with the basics—looking at the foundation of the garden and the history of the landscape. You can walk on the property and literally feel it with your feet, and then start fixing any problems you’ve found. But if you’re building a house, keep in mind that it’s a very invasive process. A landscape is being completely dug up, driven over, rained on, and so on.

New and Notable Design Objects from the Hamptons and Beyond: Natural Instincts

Feathering your nest this summer? These whimsical design objects, from C. Wonder's Sea Life porcelain coasters to an embroidered natural linen Spider and Ladybug pillow by Klaus Haapaniemi, are hard to resist.

An Award-Winning Landscape in Portola Valley by Stefan Thuilot Unfolds in Sculptural Forms

Principal of Thuilot Associates, an award-winning landscape architecture firm based in Berkeley, Thuilot designed the hard-and-soft-scapes surrounding the new ground-up residence by architect Tom Carrubba of Square Three Design. The site features several distinct areas, including a terrace with custom fire pit, outdoor kitchen and infinity pool, a sunken amphitheater, treehouse (designed by Carrubba) and a meadow overlook that symbolically releases the property back into nature.

San Francisco Architecture Firm Sagan Piechota Designs a Monterey Beach Home Angled to the Sea

Architect Daniel Piechota of San Francisco–based Sagan Piechota Architecture faced exactly that challenge when commissioned to design a Monterey Bay house for a couple who met 29 years ago and knew, from their very first conversation, that one day they would have a house on the beach. “We’d been looking for a property for forever, truly forever, and for some reason nothing ever clicked,” one of the clients says. “And then this little cul-de-sac popped up.”

Summer Design Finds with Ease and Elegance

Summer design finds with ease and elegance. ​

The Hamptons Getaway of Artist Karin Waisman and Architect Carlos Brillembourg

Brillembourg, a Venezuelan-born architect who is an adjunct professor at Columbia, put his skill set to use in planning the house; Waisman, a fine artist who studied architecture as an undergraduate in her native Buenos Aires and later earned an MFA in sculpture from Cornell, took on the role of “editor,” helping her husband shape and hone the design. The collaboration paid off.

A Look Back at Legendary Illustrator Jeremiah Goodman’s East Hampton Carriage House

The legendary interiors illustrator Jeremiah Goodman created window displays and advertisements for Lord & Taylor for more than 30 years, not to mention memorable drawings for decorators such as Billy Baldwin and magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Now, at 91, he reflects on one of his proudest achievements, his beloved East Hampton carriage house, originally built for the J. Harper Poor family in 1917 and now part of the Baker House hotel.

Artist Zoë Pennebaker Finds a Haven of Creativity in East Hampton

Designed in 1913 by J. Curtis Lawrence, the architect of the historic Ring Lardner residence nearby, the home now bears the couple’s stamp, its decor an accumulation of unusual finds and family heirlooms. A lacquer-topped table holding dozens of family photographs anchors the living room, where Breen’s abstract winter landscape The Gloaming hangs above the fireplace. The view through the entryway reveals various seating pieces with mix-and-match upholstery and pink mandevilla vines climbing the trellis on the back patio.

At Their Home in East Hampton, Artist Billy Sullivan and Curator Klaus Kertess Fully Embrace the World That Surrounds Them

At first glance, the East Hampton home and studio of artist Billy Sullivan and his partner, curator and author Klaus Kertess, is really just two boxes with several more rectilinear spaces tucked inside it—just like one of those Russian nesting dolls. That’s all there is, it seems, until one sees the goldfish darting about in the tank garden that separates the living quarters from the newer studio.

Holiday House Hamptons, a Showhouse Presented by HC&G

An exclusive sneak peek of the Second Annual Holiday House Hamptons at Watchcase in Sag Harbor where a stellar list of interior designers, including Ani Antreasyan, Brady Design, Campion Platt, Dale Cohen Design Studio, Elizabeth Dow Home, Elsa Soyars Interior Design, Bjornen Design, Huniford Design, ID Creations, Milly de Cabrol LTD, Tamara Magel Home, Scott Formby, Studio MRS, Vicente Wolf and West Chin Architects & Interior Designers, created original holiday-themed indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Garden Designer Hal Goldberg’s Guide to the East End’s Best Blossoms

It takes about three years to convert a chemically dependent rose garden, after which you should start replacing roses that aren’t recovering from the change that well. Buy own-root, non-grafted roses, which are inherently more disease resistant. Roses Unlimited, Chamblee Rose Nursery, and Palatine Roses are great mail-order sources for own-root roses.

7 Sleek and Modern Bathroom Faucets

Bathroom must-haves, including Moen's 90 Degree roman tub faucet, Kallista's basin faucet with crystal handles, and the long spout wall-mounted faucet available in chrome and gold finishes from Collection O by Studio Putman for THG, sport smooth lines and sleek silhouettes

Peter Fasano Discusses His Artist Process and Inspiration for His New Collection of Handmade Textiles

It is really exciting for us when somebody comes to us with an idea that allows our thinking to go in a different direction. We have a private client that we’ve been doing a lot of work for recently. She had an idea based loosely on a Monet painting and a botanical print that would incorporate flowers and perennials in her garden. The key in cases like this is to get a client to point to a visual realization in some form that will eliminate nine of the 10 possibilities.

The Sumptuous Style of San Francisco's Leading Design Duo

Interiors firm Fisher Weisman is renowned for creating grand, dramatic spaces for clients worldwide. Founders Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman recently debuted two additions to their design domain: a retail showroom, Casa Acanto, named for their vacation home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and a wondrous collection of furniture, lighting and accessories that includes shell-encrusted chairs, fantastical egg boxes, coffee-filter tapestries and twig-legged tables.

The Post Road Welcomes RH Greenwich

Originally built in 1917, Greenwich’s downtown post office has been resurrected as RH’s (née Restoration Hardware) newest location. Opening this month, RH Greenwich: The Gallery at the Historic Post Office follows the success of the transformation of Boston’s Museum of Natural History into the retailer’s 40,000-square-foot design gallery.

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The Tailored Home
Now with shops in Greenwich and Westport, Jhon Ortiz andThe Tailored Home have become the area’s premier furniture design business. All new designs are created by Jhon and manufactured at his atelier in Norwalk. Stop by their latest shop at 2 Greenwich Avenue to see what you’ve been missing!

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Haver & Skolnick Architects
Haver & Skolnick Architects creates award-winning homes of timeless design, providing personal service & impeccable attention to detail. For 22 years, Charles Haver, AIA and Stewart Skolnick, AIA have offered a single source for architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, creating seamless environments which are a reflection of their clients’ personalities. The firm has been nationally recognized for comfortable, classic country homes and elegant apartments which reflect history while responding to a contemporary lifestyle.

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Located close to ocean beaches in a very popular section of Southampton Village, this top-to-bottom thoroughly-renovated, transitional/modern residence is done and move-in ready. Light-toned wide-plank flooring, dark-toned accents, wide horizontal wainscoting, superb modern bathrooms, and a brand new ultra- modern kitchen with top appliances have all been installed. The six-bedroom, six-bath home includes a finished lower level, covered patio, back yard with 30'x12' heated Gunite pool, and pool house with attached garage.

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53 Myanos Road, New Canaan, CT
The Gratwick House was designed by Mid Century architect Victor Christ-Janer and further enhanced and improved by important architect/owner Harvey Kaufman. Built in 1953, this 3,696 SF 4-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath home sits on a rise with gorgeous views of a stunning oval swimming pool. Large entertaining spaces with floor to ceiling windows look out to a sweeping lawn in back and manicured courtyard to the side. This house is the perfect culmination of architectural significance & livability.

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