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August 1-15, 2006


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House of Joy
By Dianne Benson
Photographs by Palma Kolansky
Styling by Tim Ebneth and Palma Kolansky

A BRIDGEHAMPTON FAMILY THRIVES ON DECADENT FOOD, LUSH GARDENS AND A LOVING HOUSEHOLD

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A house filled with character, and characters, an unabashed love of entertaining and a devotion to food makes the Kolansky Troiano residence a true home. Palma Kolansky takes glamorous, high-style photographs for clients like Clairol, L'Oreal and Revlon. Her husband, Joe Troiano, writes children's books (Spookley the Square Pumpkin, his best seller, is now a movie for Lion's Gate Films). He's also a chef extraordinaire and collects museum quality motorcycles. They have a handsome teenage son, Nick, and two dogs: Toby, a docile, dreamy sheepdog and a sweet, big black dog named Buttons.

Collectively, the family makes everyone around them feel delightful and usually make everything they touch look like things you wish you had.

The family's Bridgehampton house appears as if it's been around for ages, though it has actually only existed for 15 years. Refreshingly, its design has evolved over time rather than borne of a grand plan that materialized miraculously overnight and got decorated to death. In this rare circumstance, the owners have called the shots and various decorators and designers have been called in to execute, or better still, to just give friendly opinions and have a good time. Mimicking a Sicilian farmer's house, everything in it has been re-imagined, from the plumbing to the paint.

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