You grew up coming to the Hamptons, but why is the East End a special place to work?
I love designing in the Hamptons because there is so much natural inspiration, from the beaches to the colors of the sunsets, and the woodlands. The Hamptons have such a rich history that oozes classic Americana with a glamorous twist. I always joke around that it’s the American Riviera. It’s meaningful for me to create a space where you know there will be memorable summer nights and family gatherings.
Your projects are known to break Hamptons stereotypes. What kind of architecture are you drawn to out East?
I may be the only one, but I love the 1970s and 1980s homes you find in the Amagansett dunes. They remind me of that scene in Wolf of Wall Street when they are partying in the Hamptons at the beach house and everyone was on Quaaludes. I love the fact that they are all-white and irregularly sculptural. All you need is a vintage white Lamborghini to match.
You’re currently breaking ground on your new Springs home. Why this hamlet?
The area is artistic and humble, and naturally the most untouched area in the Hamptons. I decided to do a modern barn house, all-white clad with a white aluminum roof and bronze window paneling. I love the idea of an all-white home in the summer. It feels fresh, clean and happy.
Your fearless approach to decorating is refreshing. What’s your signature element you have to include in every Hamptons home you design?
COLOR! Even if you have a neutral, modern, minimalist home, I encourage everyone to add a touch of color to your home. Color brings joy and happiness.
Tell us about the recent project you just wrapped in Sag Harbor.
My client is a stylish gentleman in real estate. So he had his eye on this historic house from 1810 for quite some time.
What was one of the best investments you made when remodeling this historic property?
We just invested in a pretty cedar shake roof. So worth it.
Although this house doesn’t have a ton of outdoor space, you’ve made the most of it and created all of these pockets for entertaining. What outdoor furniture brands are go-tos?
McKinnon and Harris is like the Bentley of outdoor furniture brands. It’s really beautiful stuff that will last. People need to invest in outdoor furniture because otherwise it lasts a season, two max, and then you’re just replacing it. But my new favorite outdoor collection is by Miles Redd for Ballard Designs. His white trellis pieces are sturdy and beautiful, but the best part is, each has hidden drawers underneath for cushions. So you never have worry about storing them and can just pop them in there when it’s bad weather. It’s very smart.
When you’re decorating houses in the Hamptons, you admittedly go very Americana. How do you incorporate this patriotic color palette without going too thematic?
That’s kind of how I grew up, but my mother was much more into stencils and that early Colonial Era kind of decorating. But Americana can be done in high style. It’s just kind of what you pair it with. Here, I’m mixing American flags and Madagascar cloth, and there’s contemporary artwork next to red, white and blue ikat and plaid print throw pillows.
When you’re decorating a historic home like this, how do you make it feel modern?
Lighting and the perfect mix of artwork change the game in terms of making things fresh for me.
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