Author: Photographs by William Geddes

"I definitely dreamed of having a home that was like a couture dress, one where the design on the outside would be just as beautiful as the detailing on the inside," says the homeowner.

"I definitely dreamed of having a home that was like a couture dress, one where the design on the outside would be just as beautiful as the detailing on the inside," says the homeowner.

One snowy January day six years ago, Kathy Reilly and her husband set out for the Hamptons to look for a second home. The Manhattan residents had rented in the off-season in Sag Harbor and liked being part of the year-round community, but as they thought about obtaining a more permanent abode, renting increasingly didn’t make sense.

One snowy January day six years ago, Kathy Reilly and her husband set out for the Hamptons to look for a second home. The Manhattan residents had rented in the off-season in Sag Harbor and liked being part of the year-round community, but as they thought about obtaining a more permanent abode, renting increasingly didn’t make sense.

Even though this Sagaponack house is just steps from the ocean, you won’t find any sand on the kitchen floor. Or wet beach towels in a pile next to a screen door, or flip-flops by a hose. None of the scraps of summer can be found here, because this house isn’t a part-time beach escape, but rather a year-round, sophisticated home for a couple who came to the conclusion that weekends were just not enough.

Even though this Sagaponack house is just steps from the ocean, you won’t find any sand on the kitchen floor. Or wet beach towels in a pile next to a screen door, or flip-flops by a hose. None of the scraps of summer can be found here, because this house isn’t a part-time beach escape, but rather a year-round, sophisticated home for a couple who came to the conclusion that weekends were just not enough.

In her prewar apartment in Lenox Hill, decorator Christina Murphy integrates contemporary art with a soft, pretty palette for a thoroughly modern appeal

Chef Jamie Cooper and wife Kim make home entertaining a breeze, 
with a meal as heartwarming as their home’s décor