Hamptons Cottages & Gardens - July-15 2014

The Sag Harbor Home of Tracey and Michael Cavaniola is a Shrine to the Natural World

The sight lines within the house are exceptionally long. From the entryway, one sees through the soaring living room into the kitchen, and then, through French doors, to the bluestone patio beyond, topped with a pergola on which Merlot grapevines grow. Light floods in through skylights and an abundance of windows. “I wanted views of the outside from every room,” says Tracey.

Deeds & Don'ts: Waterfront Gems in Sag Harbor, Southampton Village and East Hampton

Despite superstorms and the ever-growing threat of climate change, people will always want to live on the water. Christopher Burnside of Brown Harris Stevens has a brand-new $3.695 million waterfront listing in Sag Harbor that could satisfy many a water baby. As for oceanfront homes, Halcyon Lodge on Gin Lane, the former estate of Henry Ford II, is listed for $19.9 million with Tim Davis and Zachary and Cody Vichinsky of Corcoran, and Harald Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty.

Builders You Should Know

Discover why these builders, including John Petrocelli Construction, MKL Construction, McLoughlin Construction Corp, Reinhardt O'Brien, VilaBuilt, and Yankee Barn Homes, should be considered when building a new — or renovating an existing — home.

Fragrance Maker Anne Sanford Follows Her Instincts

Anne Sanford is a study in contradictions. A self-confessed “beauty product junkie,” she is fresh-faced and winsomely natural. Her hand-crafted, essential oil–based perfumes are mysteriously seductive, yet they’re packaged in simple glass vials coded with a series of letters and numbers instead of lofty titles suggesting romance and allure. Even the name of her product line, Lurk, is subject to murky interpretation.

Mary Woltz Is All Abuzz About the Importance of Bees in the Hamptons

The Hamptons Honey Company is more of a distribution business than a honey-producing business, but it continues to support my work and allows me to use its facility to package and market honey under my Bees’ Needs label. As a beekeeper, I manage hives that I have intentionally placed in hospitable locations and am always trying to get the message across about the plight of the bees. It’s my bully pulpit!

Shelter Island's Sylvester Manor Prepares for its New Role as a Nonprofit Educational Institution

Nothing remains of the original 1652 manor home that belonged to Nathaniel Sylvester, his wife, Grizzell, and their 11 children, although Grizzell’s boxwoods, the cuttings of which were brought from England, still tower over the gardens. The pretty house that stands here now dates from 1737, when Nathaniel’s grandson, Brinley Sylvester, leveled the original structure to create a gentleman’s farm with a new home—the oldest extant Georgian on the East End, according to Maura Doyle, Sylvester Manor’s historic preservation and programs coordinator. The front parlor’s original paneling has received only two coats of paint: Prussian Blue, applied in 1737, and a modest biscuit color, added in 1842.

Interior Designer Lilielle Bucks Puts a Scandinavian Spin on a Tiny Cottage in Sag Harbor

Bucks calls it a “spiffing-up,” rather than a renovation. “We didn’t move a single wall,” she says, nor did they need to raise the peaked ceilings in the combined entryway/living room or the two en suite bedrooms. As many families do, the Buckses spend most of their time in the large kitchen/dining area and the inviting brick patio and swimming pool just outside, both of which were in place when they bought the house.

Decorator Tom Fallon’s Carpenter Gothic Cottage on Shelter Island is a Storyteller’s Dream

It was 1981, and Tom Fallon had no intention of buying a new house. A designer and creative brand executive who worked with Bill Blass for 20 years before branching out on his own, Fallon had received an invitation from industry pal Joanne Creveling to visit her house on Shelter Island one weekend. He and Creveling had met in the 1960s, when Fallon was working at Bergdorf Goodman as Halston’s assistant and Creveling was beginning her stellar career as a publicist.