Tour A Historic Sag Harbor Home With Modern Flair

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wo historic Sag Harbor properties...

Two historic Sag Harbor properties are transformed into a year-round family compound.

In a historic Sag Harbor...

In a historic Sag Harbor property, the homeowners' fondness for wallpaper is evident in the guesthouse's entry hall, which is dressed in an Osborne & Little Dutch-blue-and-white stripe wallcovering. The new stairwell, baluster and handrail were designed by architect Kathrine "Kitty" McCoy; the upholstered bench in the hallway is from One Kings Lane.

The living room in the...

The living room in the guesthouse features upholstered wing chairs from RH and an antique chandelier purchased in Paris by the owners. The bamboo-and-glass coffee table is from Ruby Beets.

n the main house's rear...

In the main house's rear parlor, perfect for an intimate gathering, the soothing white-and-gray palette contrasts with striking yellow accents. The damask wallpaper is Elise by Sanderson; the settee, sofa and tufted side chairs are from George Smith.

Stone pavers create a foliage-lined...

Stone pavers create a foliage-lined path to the back entrance to the guesthouse, which showcases custom doors by Upstate Door in Warsaw, New York.

For the main house's formal...

For the main house's formal dining room, McCoy designed a new fireplace mantel, fabricated by Greg D'Angelo Construction, although the fireplace itself is original, dating to 1740. The wallpaper is Paisley Circles by Sanderson, and the antique marble-and-oak dining table is by Derouet Jean-Paul from Marché Vernaison in Paris.

In the main house, McCoy...

In the main house, McCoy designed the custom kitchen cabinetry, which was fabricated by Darren Sternlieb Woodworking. The countertops are from Southampton Gallery of Marble & Tile, the Drucker bistro chairs are from Walters Wicker, and the antique chandelier is from Paul Bert Serpette in Paris.

he main house has a...

The main house has a suite of his-and- hers bathrooms with a shared bath-and-shower area. A dragonfly painting from One Kings Lane complements the Scion wallpaper. The antique iron- and-crystal chandelier is from Paul Bert Serpette.

The master bedroom in the...

The master bedroom in the main house is a splendor of warm tones, notably yellow, with wallpaper from Clarence House and Toile bedding from Pottery Barn. The settee is from Ruby Beets.

A guest bedroom in the...

A guest bedroom in the main house is a garden scene with Zoffany's floral Manchu wallpaper in turquoise and a painted metalwork antique chandelier with a pineapple motif from Ruby Beets. The mirror is from Pottery Barn; beneath it, the inlaid mother-of-pearl cabinet is from ABC Carpet & Home.

Toile abounds in a second-floor...

Toile abounds in a second-floor bedroom in the main house, decorated with L'ile Des Lanternes wallpaper from Zoffany. An antique desk from Ruby Beets is paired with a chair from RH. The convex mirror is from One Kings Lane; the sconce is from ABC Carpet & Home.

The peaceful master guest bedroom...

The peaceful master guest bedroom is swathed in Designers Guild's Linnaeus wallpaper. The oval mirror and brass metalwork chandelier are both antiques from Paris.

A cozy bedroom in the...

A cozy bedroom in the guesthouse features custom built-in beds with pull-out trundle beds and a chest of drawers, all designed by McCoy and fabricated by Greg D'Angelo Construction. The linens are by John Robshaw from Fishers Home Furnishings.

In a bathroom in the...

In a bathroom in the guesthouse, Sanderson's Etchings & Roses wallpaper provides a rich, warm contrast to the polished Carrara marble countertop from Nunzio & Sons Tile & Stone. The Carrara basketweave floor tiles are from Stone Source.

Thanks to the exquisite landscape...

Thanks to the exquisite landscape design by Charlie Marder, the grounds are as much of an oasis as the main home and the guesthouse. The outdoor furniture is from Dodds & Eder Home.

The owners of this circa-1790 property in Sag Harbor–a historic whaling village on the east end of Long Island–had been visiting the Hamptons for years before they fell in love with the landmark home and adjacent residence.

Over the course of four years, architect Kathrine “Kitty” McCoy helped the couple transform both homes into a modern, elegant family retreat, while designer Darlene Fridstein reimagined the interiors with vibrant wallcoverings and furnishings throughout the two residences. Luckily, says Fridstein, the wife has great taste. “She knows what she likes, and she has a very good sense of how she wants her home to feel,” she says.

Still, the homeowners wanted to carefully balance their own needs with the property’s rich history as a sea captain’s home. “The vision was to create a compound for multiple generations of both family and friends that respected the historic structures, yet fashion living spaces for a 21st century lifestyle.”

Adorned with a mix of patterned wallpaper, French antiques and family heirlooms, the result is something close to perfection.

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