It's great when you see a house you loved in print come up for sale - its like getting to revisit an old friend. I know loads of people are going to feel similarly about this cedar shake charmer in East Hampton, done up wonderfully by Meg Braff. A former cover girl for House Beautiful this family home is classic and covetable.
I really like the pediments in this design - two on the house and one over the garage. New build houses on the east end of Long Island can be "Dutch gambrel monstrosities" (to quote my terrifically dramatic father) and I appreciate the architect's aversion to that ubiquitous motif. The asymmetrical facade gives the home the spirit of the old farm houses in East Hampton and neighboring Amagansett.
Oh yes, the room that launched a thousand miles of Cinderella Blue silk curtains. I never loved the waffle-y coffered ceilings in this space, but Braff's decorating is too pretty not to absolutely love.
A nice big room with four sets of french doors is both formal living room and dining room. Which is much more useful for family life at a beach house than a separate dining room. One brass curtain rod running along the whole far wall gives nice visual continuity.
In this show you can get a good sense of how all the lovely blue fabrics relate to each other (especially love the Quadrille Bali on the club chairs with the little white tape trim on the skirt) across the space, and how this room flows into the den. Seriously, whats better for tying together a dining space and a living space than a gigantic Stark "Neptune"? Nada.
Oh yes, the room that launched a thousand miles of navy grasscloth wallpaper. And rightly so! A yummy mix of textures with grasscloth walls, board and batten paneling, linen upholsterey, tufted ottoman, bamboo side chairs, and a sisal rug. And antlers, obviously.
The powder room is clad in Thibaut's "Cabrera" paper that has a twisting, floral, Chinoiserie inspired appeal. The juicy green apple colorway is a fun departure from the home's blues and creams, and relates back to the accents of chartreuse featured in the den.
Usually, I prefer to see upper cabinets, but in this open and airy kitchen, I think the lack of upper cabinets really works. Especially considering the wonderful built-in snuggled next to the fridge. And the lack of upper cabinets also helps to highlight the lovely lattice mullions in the windows. Pale celery green cabinetry is always a good move, and a giant contrasting wood island and a round breakfast table (complete with fretwork back chairs) give nice seating options. A collection of blue and green accessories round out this breezy space.
For all my love of pretty over-the-top things, this has always been one of my favorite master bedrooms. Grass green grasscloth, a green and cream greek key rug, green Arbre de Matisse upholstered chairs, plain creamy drapes, and a slim, classic bed in a rustic white keep this bedroom polished yet relaxed.
The all-green color scheme is so refreshing and simple. And I love the beautiful, streamlined lines of the fireplace mantel, round mirror, and sconces. Lovely.
The master bath is similarly decorated in a fresh green and cream palette. The petite paisley wallpaper is charming without being cloying, and is the perfect scale to contrast nicely with the slim beadboard of the vaulted ceiling.
Is it just me, or have I seen pictures of this guest bedroom absolutely everywhere over the past few years? A tan and white cabana stripe paper is cheery and mixes wonderfully with the similarly hued chinoiserie fabric on the headboard, bedskirt, and roan shades. Touches of pale aqua on the lamps and x-benches bring in a beach-y ocean feeling.
Another guest bedroom charms in simple hydrangea blue and white. I love the window seat with the two glass paneled doors to either side.
Twin beds in a boys' bedroom on the first floor are clad in faded navy upholstery with white welting and tape trim. The same paisley print from the master bathroom wallpaper is seen here in a navy and cream colorway on the drapes. I love how this room is definitely nautical without being anywhere near kitschy.
What could be better than trimmed hedges, a green lawn, and a shimmering blue pool? The simple rectangular lines of the pool and pool deck really compliment the classic, clean shape of the house.
A hedge-lined driveway leads out to the very private, yet central, East Hampton street where this house is located. Conveniently close to Goldberg's Bagels, might I add, for optimal breakfast retrieval. As they say in the Hamptons, "location, location, location."
PS: If you're in the market, the listing is here.