Hamptons Cottages & Gardens - August-1 2014

Holiday House Hamptons

Summertime in the Hamptons means days at the beach, starry (and sometimes star-filled) nights, and events galore, including Holiday House Hamptons, a showhouse presented by HC&G that benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. After a smashing debut last summer, Holiday House Hamptons has switched things up a bit this season, challenging 18 outstanding designers to reimagine the interiors and outdoor spaces of the newly renovated 19th-century Watchcase factory in Sag Harbor. The team has transformed a factory loft, a bungalow, and a freestanding townhouse in the 64-unit luxury condo complex, conceived as a “village within a village” by developers Cape Advisors and architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle. Indeed, this year’s showhouse proves that “it takes a village” to put great minds and great design to work, all for a good cause.

Five Secrets to Selling Your Real Estate in the Hamptons

Decorators and home stagers earn big bucks by following a few simple steps: Play up a home’s best features, hide its flaws, and make it appealing to the largest audience possible. Most Hamptons brokers say that buyers are looking for a turnkey property. So how do you take your sale from “just listed” to “in contract”? Consider these pointers.

Victoria Amory Pulls Off Five Summer Fêtes Sourcing Local Hamptons Vendors

Summer entertaining doesn’t have to mean standing over a hot stove while everyone else is outside having a good time. As HC&G contributing editor and entertaining expert Victoria Amory proves here, it’s easy to pull off five summertime fêtes using fresh store-bought food and fun decorative items from local Hamptons vendors, all without breaking a sweat.

For a Group of Hardworking Designers, Serena & Lily Hosts a Summer Sunday Cruise

The designers set off on two Hinckley yachts, part of a fleet of vessels owned by Barton & Gray Mariners Club, a private yachting excursion club founded in 2006. “These boats are custom made in Southwest Harbor, Maine, and are top of the line,” says Wil Lockman, director of business development for Barton & Gray Mariners Club. The Down East–style lobster boats are powered by jet drives instead of standard propellers—almost like big Jet Skis—and don’t lie as low as traditional craft. Because of this design, it’s easier to pull into knee-deep water if passengers wish to board or disembark—or just take a quick swim on a hot summer day.

Paul Koster's, aka "Cutter," Tips For How to Have the Summer's Best Clambake

According to “the Clamman” Paul Koster—whom everyone knows as Cutter—the perfect clambake recipe is “a great group of friends on the beach and some lobsters, steamers, and corn.” While the Clamman in Southampton is famous for its preassembled Clambake-in-a-Can (a five-gallon can serves four), if you have the time and inclination, it can be more fun to do it yourself.

Considering the Impact of Butterflies on East End Gardens

We have to get past thinking of our gardens as just pretty ornamental places and start treating them as habitats and ecosystems that can make a difference. Butterflies and caterpillars are host-specific—they’re picky eaters that have evolved with plants over millions of years. They have attracted a lot of recent interest because they are so visible, and people relate to them.

How to Throw a Holiday BBQ and Bingo Party in the Hamptons

July 4, 2014: It was a dark and stormy night, thanks in part to Hurricane Arthur, which dumped several inches of rain on Independence Day. What’s a Hamptonite with cabin fever to do? Like any good American, play bingo and eat barbecue! Which is exactly what transpired at Lisa Cohen’s oceanfront estate in East Hampton.

Jay and Anne Hearst McInerney Throw a Party For the Launch of Elisabeth de Kergorlay's New Line of Gourmet Frozen Food

Where in the Hamptons can you find a princess, a countess, a rock musician, a television news anchor, and an emu, all in the same place? Only at the home of Jay and Anne Hearst McInerney, passionate collectors of wine, art, antiques, people, and a handful of exotic birds. The occasion? A cocktail party and dinner celebrating the launch of their friend Elisabeth de Kergorlay’s new line of gourmet frozen foods, Babeth’s Feast, which has just opened a brick-and-mortar takeout shop on the Upper East Side.