A Modern, Classic Hamptons Home Is A Work Of Art


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A trio of photos by Bert Stern from The Last Sitting with Marilyn Monroe, dating to 1962, dominates one wall in the lightbathed living room. The catwalk above features a balcony detailed with a handmade custom railing by Shelton Studios.

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The living room's Giorgio USA sectional is joined by a split-bamboo cocktail table from Wyeth, a slatted bench from John Salibello and a Stark rug. French doors open to the covered terrace.

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An hand-oil-rubbed-bronze- clad fireplace is inset into built-in mahogany bookcases in the den, where midcentury tall-backed chairs from Homenature are teamed with a graphic rug from Doris Leslie Blau.

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In the dining room, glass shelves above a custom buffet house a collection of Edouard Cazaux French pottery from the 1920s. The Equazione chandelier from Pagani Studio is crafted from antiqued bronze with handoiled ipe-wood arms and white sandblasted glass fixtures. Custom chairs with aqua slips featuring laced-up backs and skirted seats lend a stylish vibe around a custom round mahogany table.

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Pendant lights from Ann-Morris are suspended above the kitchen island, which has a French limestone top. In the background, Barbara Barry's Dressmaker's chandelier with brass rods finished in bronze over a rayon shade hangs above a white Saarinen table paired with rattan-and-metal chairs.

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In the backyard, the husband's love of gardening is reflected in the assortment of plants in glazed pots around the pool, including hibiscus, lantana, mandevilla, belladonna trumpets, cannas, passiflora and gardenias.

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A vibrant Missoni chandelier adds a splash of color to the daughter's room, where a banquette built into the turret overlooks the rose garden. The antique bench at the end of the bed is from Converso and features a tufted cushion.

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Lush landscaping features a range of trees including Japanese pagoda, copper beech, crape myrtle and green linden, with river birches, hydrangeas and grasses by the pool.

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A Waterworks tub and faucet are set into a beadboard-clad frame with limestone decking in the wife's master bathroom. A built-in niche holds a glass collection, while an antique iron stool is covered in a leopard print; the green tufted chair is vintage.

At first glance, it’s the quintessential Hamptons home — from the pale gray shingle-and-stone facade to the thoughtfully chosen boxwood framing the entry. But closer inspection reveals various engaging architectural details: a copper-topped turret with whalebone striping, diamond detailing on the rounded tower, a roof line reminiscent of the Dutch gambrel style.

“There’s a beautiful scale to everything,” says architect Mark Stumer, who built the Southampton home for long-time friends. “It’s important to not overdo anything.”

The interiors — which include plenty of wall space for the homeowners’ sizable art collection — possess details that are just as impressive. Distressed Brazilian walnut plank floors flow throughout the home, while the staircase features a hand-pounded iron railing that guides guests to the second story of the retreat. There, a catwalk overlooks the light-filled great room, which boasts dramatic 25-foot ceilings and opens to the covered terrace and pool.

“Double height windows allow the gardens to come inside, creating a sense of indoor-outdoor living,” Stumer says.

When it came to decor, interior designer Nina Wexler chose to keep the feel light and balanced, using a mix of functional yet stylish pieces, such as the midcentury chairs in the den or the cozy upholstered window seat in one of the bedrooms.

In the end, Stumer discloses what he likes most about the home: “It’s a contemporary statement in a traditional world.” Take a peek inside.

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