Author: James Servin

Despite having its own private beach and wraparound views of Peconic Bay, the five-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot mid-20th-century home at the edge of a peninsula had been languishing on the market forever. The structure’s slapdash exterior and gloomy interior spaces—heavy mahogany woodwork and crown molding, red wallpaper, brass chandeliers, and view-obscuring mullioned windows—had discouraged buyers for years. Then the recession gave the listing a little nudge forward.

“The objective was to open up everything that faces the park—I wanted to make it very pure, with bursts of color,” says Post.

“I'm attracted to rooms that are more precarious," says the designer. "I'm okay with imperfection."

Despite having its own private beach and wraparound views of Peconic Bay, the five-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot mid-20th-century home at the edge of a peninsula had been languishing on the market forever. The structure’s slapdash exterior and gloomy interior spaces—heavy mahogany woodwork and crown molding, red wallpaper, brass chandeliers, and view-obscuring mullioned windows—had discouraged buyers for years. Then the recession gave the listing a little nudge forward.

David Howell had been living in a Union Square loft with his wife, interior designer Steffani Aarons, and their twin daughters and wanted to overcome the somewhat ironic limitations of so much vast, open space. So what’s an architect to do? Find the perfect location, then build a condo to suit his needs.

In her Turtle Bay townhouse, tea impresario and artist Tracy Stern indulges her longtime passion for decorating.

An Amagansett colonial is transformed into a home of intriguing comforts and contrasts.

A couple turns a Central Park West apartment into a New York pied-à-terre thats bright and relaxing. With help from Mascarenhas, the two created a natural setting with accents from Brazilian furniture emporium, Espasso and a palette of...

A couple turns a Central Park West apartment into a New York pied-à-terre thats bright and relaxing. With help from Mascarenhas, the two created a natural setting with accents from Brazilian furniture emporium, Espasso and a palette of...

In her whitewashed, sun-splashed new digs in Southampton, beauty expert and cosmetics entrepreneur Sue Devitt is positively radiant.

In her whitewashed, sun-splashed new digs in Southampton, beauty expert and cosmetics entrepreneur Sue Devitt is positively radiant.

Decorator Kevin Byrne and art dealer Will Ameringer turn a Sag Harbor saltbox into an oasis of tranquility.

Decorator Kevin Byrne and art dealer Will Ameringer turn a Sag Harbor saltbox into an oasis of tranquility.

Mark Markheim and Philip Saunders infuse their Sag Harbor rental with Garden District charm.

Endlessly energetic and deeply passionate about nature, horse enthusiast and sculptor Marsia Holzer lives life to the fullest at her circa-1910 oceanfront cottage in Water Mill.

Endlessly energetic and deeply passionate about nature, horse enthusiast and sculptor Marsia Holzer lives life to the fullest at her circa-1910 oceanfront cottage in Water Mill.