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August 15-31, 2008


EDITOR'S LETTER

Reflections on Water

Water evokes a sense of well-being. There have always been the medicinal properties, the inspirational aspects and the visual wonders. The Hamptons, which has all three, has always had the good fortune of also interfacing our numerous bodies of water with differing vegetation and breathtaking light depending upon what part of the East End we find ourselves. We are blessed with the ocean, bays, ponds, creeks, natural waterscapes and unique swimming pools. And the symbolic aspect of water in various art forms and products cannot be ignored. In this issue, we bring you water in its various incarnations.

Designer Kyle Timothy Blood succinctly translated what a beach cottage in Amagansett should be for a family of five. He gave them the relaxed elegance they were looking for in a seaside home with views out to the Atlantic. It is an ocean escape (on the east coast) I often find myself going to mentally.

The design firm of Diamond Baratta had the challenge of creating a fresh, clean setting for a Sagaponack house set amidst farmlands. Their talents with color and form, utilizing the homeowners' art collection filled with waterscapes and a unique wallpaper accomplished this seamlessly. I thought of water literally when I saw it.

In our June 15th issue, you saw architect Lee Mindel's Southampton home. Now we bring you his pool and pool house where he combines the symbolism of pool toys with elements from nature. As he says, "Water is cathartic in addition to making things grow." When I need my mind to grow and air out, I talk with Lee. It is always expansive like the sea.

When a couple finally took the plunge and bought a 25-year old modern house described as an elegant tent with a moat-like swimming pool, they transformed it into their own family retreat. The metal, stone, wood and water materials used throughout worked. But the husband, a real estate developer with a keen design sense, knew exactly what else was required for their needs.

For many, the pool is the body of water that stimulates the senses. We turned to architect and landscape designer Ed Hollander and his firm to share some of their more enticing creations.

If you combine good food, the sea and Chef Love, you come up with the Hamptons burger bash we captured last summer. This story gives new meaning to being at the ocean. And glasses are always an important ingredient whether entertaining or for every-day use.

On another note, you have just until August 24th to visit our eco-friendly HC&G Idea House. We hope to see you there...

Barbara L. Dixon
Editorial Director
barbara.dixon@hcandg.com

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