Hamptons Cottages & Gardens - June 2014

Designer Kathy Prounis Infuses a Bridgehampton Cape with Spirited Flair

After 15-plus years of weekending in the Hamptons, Prounis had decided it was time to settle in a permanent home with her family, so she and her husband purchased a traditional Cape Cod in Bridgehampton with the intention of tearing it down. But while waiting for the phone to ring and the sound of her contractor’s voice on the other end of the line, summer was fast approaching. So Prounis did what could be done with the house as it was, at least to get through the season. Much to her surprise, “the place really grew on us,” she recalls.

A Diamond in the Rough Gets a Stylish Second Chance on a Peninsula Overlooking Peconic Bay

Despite having its own private beach and wraparound views of Peconic Bay, the five-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot mid-20th-century home at the edge of a peninsula had been languishing on the market forever. The structure’s slapdash exterior and gloomy interior spaces—heavy mahogany woodwork and crown molding, red wallpaper, brass chandeliers, and view-obscuring mullioned windows—had discouraged buyers for years. Then the recession gave the listing a little nudge forward.

Anthony Baratta Puts His Trademark Spin On a Classic Hamptons Beach House

When longtime clients of Anthony Baratta purchased property in the Hamptons for a summer vacation home, they immediately contacted the design dynamo to help them create a suitable manor for their large family. Working with architect Ernest Schieferstein, Baratta and his former partner William Diamond concocted an imposing home with two gambrel-roofed wings separated by ample public spaces. This being the East End, cedar shingles were the natural choice for the exterior.

Get Up to Speed on the Latest Happenings in Long Island’s Wine Country

In 2007, when Paumanok’s Massoud family heard that PlumpJack in Napa Valley was screw-capping its $100 Cabernet, they decided to put the screw to all their whites, investing in a $50,000 machine that is capable of both corking and capping bottles. “Capping keeps the wine quality purer and eliminates any worries about cork taint,” says Kareem Massoud, Paumanok’s winemaker. “Now we’re 90 percent screw-cap, and we let others use our machine.” Fellow wineries Martha Clara, McCall, Lieb, Bouké, Wölffer, Suhru, and T’Jara have all followed suit.

A Diamond in the Rough Gets a Stylish Second Chance on a Peninsula Overlooking Peconic Bay

Despite having its own private beach and wraparound views of Peconic Bay, the five-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot mid-20th-century home at the edge of a peninsula had been languishing on the market forever. The structure’s slapdash exterior and gloomy interior spaces—heavy mahogany woodwork and crown molding, red wallpaper, brass chandeliers, and view-obscuring mullioned windows—had discouraged buyers for years. Then the recession gave the listing a little nudge forward.

Designer Kathy Prounis Infuses a Bridgehampton Cape with Spirited Flair

After 15-plus years of weekending in the Hamptons, Prounis had decided it was time to settle in a permanent home with her family, so she and her husband purchased a traditional Cape Cod in Bridgehampton with the intention of tearing it down. But while waiting for the phone to ring and the sound of her contractor’s voice on the other end of the line, summer was fast approaching. So Prounis did what could be done with the house as it was, at least to get through the season. Much to her surprise, “the place really grew on us,” she recalls.

Anthony Baratta Puts His Trademark Spin On a Classic Hamptons Beach House

When longtime clients of Anthony Baratta purchased property in the Hamptons for a summer vacation home, they immediately contacted the design dynamo to help them create a suitable manor for their large family. Working with architect Ernest Schieferstein, Baratta and his former partner William Diamond concocted an imposing home with two gambrel-roofed wings separated by ample public spaces. This being the East End, cedar shingles were the natural choice for the exterior.