Author: Photographs by Stephen Kent Johnson

After raising their children in Tenafly, New Jersey, Beare and her husband now live in a landmarked prewar building.

This Water Mill home balances rustic beauty and traditional Hampton style for a nature-loving couple.

The house is a study in how to decorate a rental simply and stylishly.

It’s said that word of mouth is the best advertising for any business—whether you’re looking for an attorney or a designer. But for decorator Robert Couturier and his lawyer, David Berger, referrals weren’t even necessary when it came to doing business together. Berger had been looking to upgrade the decor in his four-story Cobble Hill townhouse, so he knew exactly the man to call. “David has been my attorney for a long time, and we are quite close,” says Couturier. “The entire design process was a wonderful experience."

It’s said that word of mouth is the best advertising for any business—whether you’re looking for an attorney or a designer. But for decorator Robert Couturier and his lawyer, David Berger, referrals weren’t even necessary when it came to doing business together. Berger had been looking to upgrade the decor in his four-story Cobble Hill townhouse, so he knew exactly the man to call. “David has been my attorney for a long time, and we are quite close,” says Couturier. “The entire design process was a wonderful experience."