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.

Deeds & Don'ts: An Insider's Trick to Attracting Top Buyers

“A home in the Hamptons”: It’s a fraught phrase. To the uninitiated, the East End is a wonderland of famous folks and captains of industry. To aspirational types, becoming a homeowner in the Hamptons means joining the in-crowd and reaching a pinnacle that’s beyond the grasp of mere mortals. But it doesn’t stop there.

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.

Hoop Dreams

Wear these pieces, from Jennifer Miller's oval earrings to an enamel bangle with pave starfish by C.Wonder, and you'll run circles around the competition.

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.

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.