Author: Maria Ricapito

“The concept of having nature become the focus was very compelling to us,” says the homeowner.

A thoroughly modern couple puts their own special spin on a traditional home in Bridgehampton.

Richard Sinnott, the accessories director at Michael Kors, makes everything picture perfect at his home in Hampton Bays.

A textile collector’s East Hampton home is inspired by the past, with all the comforts of today

Architecture firm Workshop/apd creates a rustic getaway for a beauty editor and her family.

It’s hard to believe it was almost a teardown. “Boscobel, an early architectural treasure in the Hudson River Valley, is ready for the scrap heap,” read a May 12, 1955, article in The New York Times. The Federal-era jewel had been languishing since 1923, when Westchester County bought the circa-1805 house and land, in the riverside hamlet of Montrose, with the intention of creating a park. But it remained vacant and began to slide into decay, and in 1941, the county’s parks department decided to raze it.

It’s hard to believe it was almost a teardown. “Boscobel, an early architectural treasure in the Hudson River Valley, is ready for the scrap heap,” read a May 12, 1955, article in The New York Times. The Federal-era jewel had been languishing since 1923, when Westchester County bought the circa-1805 house and land, in the riverside hamlet of Montrose, with the intention of creating a park. But it remained vacant and began to slide into decay, and in 1941, the county’s parks department decided to raze it. A local citizens’ group formed Boscobel, Inc., in an attempt to save the structure, and in 1945 the Veterans Administration bought the dilapidated mansion and built a giant hospital complex around it. Less than a decade later, though, the V.A. deemed it surplus, and it was slated for demolition once again.

For many people, a primary residence calls for a more ordered existence, but in a weekend house, there are no rules. Marie-Ève and Michel Berty realized this widely accepted truth when they bought a house in the Hamptons. The couple started visiting the East End not long after moving to New York from their native France, and it didn’t take long before they desired a place of their own.

A residential castle, re-envisioned as a condominium by Lee Balter, sits above the Hudson River.

At his shop and home in historic Hudson, New York, antiques dealer Vince Mulford creates a multistory cabinet de curiosités.

At his shop and home in historic Hudson, New York, antiques dealer Vince Mulford creates a multistory cabinet de curiosités.

"I like to move things around, so there's always constant change," says Sinnott. Big stuff like couches and chairs stay put, but when it comes to accents like lamps, art and textiles, they flow in and out, like the tides at the nearby beach.