I had a beautiful little farmhouse in the Berkshires all lines up for this post to welcome fall etc etc BUT THEN Jackie Kennedy's childhood home, "Lasata," on Further Lane in East Hampton came on the market and OOOOEEE its a doozy! It's owned by Reed and Delphine Krakoff (yes, the head of Coach) and it was actually in Architectural Digest a few years ago, but these listing photos, unlike heavily styled magazine shoots, give a nice sense of how the house actually lives. And guess what, its actually really pretty tasteful and lovely. Fall is my favorite time of year at the beach anyway, so let's drool together.
Yes, its perfect. When I was little, you used to be able to see it from the street, but when the Krakoff's bought it they planted the front so you can't see the house from Further Lane.
The monochromatic white home is accented by a natural brown colored cedar shake roof.
Much like the facade of the home, the interiors are grand yet very understated.
A pale palette of salty sea grey accented with sunny yellow is seen throughout the home.
I love the contrast of the geometric board and batten paneling and the natural nubbliness (that's a word now, yes) of the sisal rug with its oversized weave.
The home was decorated by Delphine Krakoff, and she loves the crenelated valance, you see it all over the home and in some of her other projects as well. It's such a personality-filled touch. Also, I love the "house phone" on the side table.
Absolutely fabulous kitchen is so dang restrained that its almost an homage to the puritanical protestant founders of this area (and really the whole northeast).
Upstairs, the bedrooms reflect a similar restrained style.
What a breath-takingly restrained bedroom. That crenelated canopy in egg yolk yellow is left to be the star of this bedroom.
Back downstairs - the piece de reistsnace - is the trellised sunroom. Pops of green, blue, and turquoise reflect the gorgeous yard (7+ acres!) and shimmering pool that this space looks out upon. The furniture is definitely clean-lined without screaming "HEY LOOK IM MODERN FURNITURE IN A TRADITIONAL HOUSE ISNT THAT COOL?!"
The pool house is a little slice of perfection. Vaulted ceiling, eyebrow window, trellis to the max, crenelated valance wrapping the room. topiaries in box planters, classic dark green garden furniture, yes, this is heaven.
The pool (covered for the fall and winter here) is surrounded by simple hedges, and the pool house reflects the original architecture of the home.
Formal gardens spread out from the rear of the home. Immaculately clipped and simple, they are both formal and understated.
I remember driving past this house my whole childhood and thinking it was simply stunning. Then when I was a little older and the Krakoffs bought it there was some fanfare in the local papers stating "fashion exec buys Bouvier home" - and I remember thinking, "oh yes, that would be the Bouvier's home." In this neck of the woods nowadays (and by "nowadays" I mean the last, what, like 30 years at least?) there's so much unfortunate new construction, and, infinitely worse, awful renovation of old houses. This house is obviously neither. There's nothing crazy in this house because this house doesn't need it. Such a careful, and eminently restrained touch has let this house breathe and age gracefully. I hope the next owners are as kind.