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A Tale of Three Houses
Photographs by Peter Murdock
 

ANN PYNE, A DESIGNER AT MCMILLEN, INC., AMERICA'S OLDEST AND MOST ESTEEMED DECORATING FIRM, PRACTICES WHAT SHE PREACHES IN NOT ONE BUT THREE HAMPTONS HOMES METICULOUSLY ARRANGED TO DISPLAY HER COLLECTION OF ENGLISH AND AMERICAN ANTIQUES AND OBJECTS. AS THE DAUGHTER OF MCMILLEN CHAIRMAN BETTY SHERRILL, SHE HAS PUT HER WELL-HONED KNOWLEDGE OF THE DECORATIVE ARTS TO GOOD USE, ARRANGING FINE FURNISHINGS AND ARTIFACTS IN A LOGICAL, BEAUTIFUL AND OCCASIONALLY WHIMSICAL FASHION IN A FARMHOUSE, A BARN AND AN ARCHETYPAL HAMPTONS SUMMER COTTAGE. READ ON TO SEE WHAT'S LURKING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

[threehouses By Design] [The Farmhouse]
[The Barn] [The Cottage]

Discerning Eye | Decorator and collector Ann Pyne in front of her Hamptons home (upper left photo), with her beloved poodle Louis Quatorze and 1971 2002 series BMW.
The Farmhouse | An 1850 American candelabra by Cornelius and Son shimmers against a 19th-century Rococo-style gilt-wood mirror; Parian porcelain statues of Dionysus and the slave Xanthius, an iconic Victorian coupling, grace the dining room.
The Barn | An 1870s Cox and Company English Aesthetic Movement hand-painted plate depicting a marsh scene and a detail from a circa-1890 French stained-glass rendering of The Mikado.
The Cottage | A spun-aluminum bun warmer from the 1930s by Russel Wright and 2008 ceramics of an age-old agricultural form, the gourd, by potter Greg Kuharic.

 

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