As July 4th rolls around, we are again in high gear for celebrating the season with loved ones. For many, entertaining at home is the best, and we couldn't agree more as we share with you some wonderful get-togethers—both large and small.
The house that Mimi and Lorin Reisner had "revamped and redesigned" by architect Carol Di Cicco Vinci embodies a sleek yet welcoming space, all on one level, where the relationship of the inside to the outside is blurred. As Mimi explains, she wanted their house to be long, lean and sculptural. The materials used throughout make the structure into a work of art. But this is not a precious house. Their kids can play in the backyard or swim in the pool, and she can keep an eye on them even from inside. In fact, their large group of extended family and friends are always dropping by and the house swings into high gear for entertaining quite easily.
When designer Penny Drue Baird wanted to celebrate the paperback release of her dear friend Gael Greene's book, Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess, she also made her home come to life. It was easy for Penny to transform her family home as she had all the ingredients necessary for a wonderful party: a beautiful scene and exquisite table settings. All she added was the delicious recreation of recipes from Gael's book (prepared by Almond/Almondito owners Eric Lemonides and Jason Weiner) and the guests. Come with us as we spend the day with Jason: from the time food prep starts at Almond, to guests being welcomed at Penny and her husband's home and finishing with Eric and Gael toasting each other.
When artist Alexandra Penney entertains in the Hamptons, it is often under an outdoor dining space that was created between the cottage and studio that also reside on her wonderful property. Dinner parties are always casual and small so she can relax with dear friends. This compound is more for escaping, unwinding and working. It is whitewashed, pristine and devoid of any real color unless she is hanging some of her photography to review for a show. We captured her sorting through a variety of photos from her many series.
Consummate event planners Ron Wendt and Philip MacGregor also consider their Bridgehampton retreat off limits to extensive entertaining—except with close friends. As Ron explains, "At the end of our usual grueling week, we often feel too selfish to share the place with anyone." Fortunately for us, they decided to share their place with us. We are still remembering the thirst-quenching drink Philip made for us with sparkling water, cucumber and rosemary syrup. When we left that day, we were satiated in every way.
May you enjoy this holiday with family, close friends and, of course, with HC&G. And please join us at our 2007 Idea House located on the Warner LeRoy Estate in Amagansett. Our gala opening is July 13th, and the house is open through August 12. See you there.
Barbara L. Dixon