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Designing A Soft Place To Land in the Hamptons

Living in the Hamptons, we are privileged to reside in such visually beautiful surroundings.  The quality of the light reflected off the water surrounding the eastern end of Long Island has traditionally drawn artistic and creative individuals as well as those seeking relaxation and retreat. The best way to design our interiors here draws inspiration from the landscape outside our windows. The “Hamptons Style” takes cues from ocean, farm, beach grass and elements from nature. It also reflects the casual yet affluent style of life that the Hamptons are famous for. Simple yet elegant interiors that complement sea, sky and land are well suited here.  One popular approach is called the Coastal Cottage Style. It’s a casual look that doesn’t overwhelm or compete with the remarkable environment outside our windows.


One of the hallmarks of this look is to begin with a neutral canvas; walls painted linen, white, creamy bone, or subtle warm gray are all good possible choices.  These “neutral” walls become enhanced when supported by the use of strong architectural elements; simple yet over scaled moldings, bead board and millwork.  Furniture which is solid, not fussy, low maintenance and comfortable complements the style. Suitable wood finishes are weathered and distressed woods, lime washes and painted pieces. Crisp tailored upholstery (again neutral) is wonderful layered with sumptuous textiles and pillows. When using subtle color schemes, textures become all important and can transform an otherwise lackluster color palette into a sophisticated look; from sisal to shimmering silk and gauzy linens to bamboo these textural inspirations from nature are combined for elegance.  Accent your space with accessories in hues inspired by beach glass from the palest of greens, watery blues, all the way to indigo creating a serene palette.


We are all unique individuals, and Coastal Cottage is one style. No matter what your style, you are certain to be inspired by the beauty of our area and can find whatever you desire among the exclusive array of home furnishing and accessory selections found in the Hamptons.