This issue we celebrate fashion in all its many incarnations. We visit a family that could not be more fashionable and progressive if they tried. One could say it is in their genes. (Their parents were in the fashion world.) I am talking about the talented and creative sister brother team of Allison Julius and Louis Marra. We first introduced them to you and their new Bridgehampton store, Maison 24, in this year's Anniversary Issue. Now we share with you their well designed and accessorized home. Would you expect anything less?
Artist Dianne Blell also comes from a family that was in fashion. Did it cultivate her creativity? Her repertoire is vast, adding photographer, gardener, decorator and architect to her numerous talents. This doesn't half describe her or her home and garden.
Most of you know designer Kim Seybert from her fashion-forward line of tabletop products and accessories. If you have been in her store in East Hampton, you might think she also has a fashion background. It shows in everything she does, between her color sense and her attention to seamless detail. We joined her for Sunday lunch and was totally satiated by the glorious table she set and the meal she served by New York chef Fabio Trabocchi.
When new homeowner Carolina Esquenazi was in need of a total overhaul of the house she and her husband Jared Friedberg had bought, she turned to her multi-talented brother Moises Esquenazi. You can see why she never doubted she would have their dream second home. Moises' bag of talents includes interior design, furniture design, architecture and photography. Did I mention he took the photos of his final creation that appear here?
Fashionista Kathy Kramer also kept it all in the family when she needed a bit of help in transforming a new spec house into the home she had always wanted for herself and her family. Uncle Dennis Miller—an architect and owner of Dennis Miller Associates (fine contemporary furnishings)—guided her when needed. But Kramer was already on her way. She has been known to create product to fit a need. See her newly created "Invisibelt" in "Out of the Box."
And did you ever think that "green" design would be "eco-luxurious"? Our recently opened Idea House, which runs through August 24th, is a great example. This project was pulled together by our contributing editor and Idea House Design Director Kyle Timothy Blood. From its initial conception by Peter Sabbeth of ModernGreenHome to our choosing the talented designers who kept "green" in their thoughts every step of the way, there is now a house at 151 Sagg Main in Sagaponack that marries the history of an old farm house with the newness of a contemporary home. Eco-luxury is fashionable and here!
Barbara L. Dixon