Author: Photographs Courtesy of Jeff Lincoln

"When it came to designing the interiors," writes Jeff Lincoln of his Southampton cottage, "I decided to embrace the cottage-y style of my house, rather than try to make it into something it’s not. While I am very decisive about what’s best for my clients, I am less so when it comes to my own place. It’s a fairly common conundrum for interior decorators: Confronted with so much choice for themselves, they often don’t do much in the end.

"When it came to designing the interiors," writes Jeff Lincoln of his Southampton cottage, "I decided to embrace the cottage-y style of my house, rather than try to make it into something it’s not. While I am very decisive about what’s best for my clients, I am less so when it comes to my own place. It’s a fairly common conundrum for interior decorators: Confronted with so much choice for themselves, they often don’t do much in the end. Therefore, I declare my house to be “eclectic,” that convenient design-speak catchall, though it is a thorough representation of the great decorative items to be found in some of my favorite local Hamptons antiques and home accessories shops. As Hillary Clinton says, it takes a village, and one of the rewarding aspects of being an interior designer in the Hamptons is working with so many talented and wonderful people.