Home in the Hamptons: A Carnegie Summer Cottage

Labor Day Weekend -- my favorite weekend of the year, and also the most bittersweet. The most beautiful weather, my birthday, getting to spent time on the East End of Long Island with my family, but also, the end of the summer.

The Hamptons are packed (mostly I stay in my parents house, drinking Sancerre in my pjs with my mom and my cousins), so I'll spare you all the traffic and take a tour of a Grande Dame of a house in Southampton. This giant, cedar shake "cottage" was built in 1890 for the Carnegie family, so you know its going to be good!


An enormous white gate topped with lanterns and surrounded by hydrangeas is pretty much required in SH, so I'm glad they've got it.


The facade of the house has a big ol' central gambrel and is surrounded by a killer covered porch complete with a porte cochere.

Love the green painted floors of the porch, and this view of a perfect little allee of trees running up the driveway.

Yep, a huge living room complete with barrel vault ceiling. These guys are not messing around. The listing doesn't say, but I'm like 99% sure this is Mario Buatta's work.

Yes, this has got the Prince of Chintz's name alllll over it. I adore the yellow rose chintz and the fluffy yellow balloon shades. And the central skirted table anchoring the room. And basically everything else.

The expansive dining room is swathed in super swanky metallic paper panels, I think they're Fromental, but whatevs. That dining table is killer, as are those sabre leg chairs and that console table with lion paw feet!

This is clearly the one room is all 12,000+ sqaure feet of this house that gets the most use and love. And who could blame them? This den is absolutely charming, cozy, and friendly. I think these are both Clarence House fabrics (the ikat curtains and the fun monkey print on the chairs), and I love their bright, happy appeal.

The home has a charming grasscloth-covered kitchen, but this gigantic butler's pantry really steals the show. The real question is, does this family get tipsy and play candlepin bowling in here? Because they should. I would.

And who would ever eat in the dining room when you could sit in this amazing breakfast room? Hand painted paper with a jungle scene is pretty and charming. Apparently this family really likes monkeys!


The main artery of the house is this big, open, stair hall. The columns and millwork are stellar and the striped wallpaper enhances the verticality of the space. The light yellow and cream color palette keeps the feeling bright and airy. The more obvious blue and white would be too much contrast on the ol' eyeballs, I think.

Echoing the central stair hall, the double-height master bedroom has millwork galore and creamy striped wallpaper. I would do some terrible, terrible things for that pagoda cabinet.

This absolutely perfect guest bedroom is a green-and-pink rise garden delight. The rose chintz is perfection on the slipper chairs (obsessed with their trim too!), and matching draperies. The deep green grasscloth makes the room interesting and a little moody as opposed to the more obvious pale pink.

The porch is pretty sublime. White wicker furniture with blue cushions and white welting are so wonderfully classic. I can't imagine anyone spending any time inside this house from May through September when you've got a porch like this.


Instead of a pool house, they've got a gorgeous, rustic PARTY BARN! Its obviously perfect for lovely parties and fundraisers, but can you imagine the drunken ragers that have gone down here? Like the classiest beer pong venue ever.

The party barn overlooks the pool and patio with gorgeous landscaping.

The fabulous pool area is complete with chaise lounges with beautiful green and white cushions. The pool is bordered on one side by a stone wall topped with a boxwood hedge, and steps leading down from the patio. And a stunning row of mature limelight hydrangea trees hugs the left side of the pool.

Yep, as I suspected, its good to be a Carnegie. You can live like one too if you'd like as this house is for sale. Its on 4.5+ acres (which is a lot in this neck of the woods) two blocks from the ocean. Classic, and charming, and beautiful, and comfortable, this Southampton home is making 126 years old look pretty good.