Since I have never been one to follow the latest fashion trends (those of you who know me can attest to this!), great fashion to me has always meant solid design that is timeless. This issue is no exception.
When I first met with architect S. Russell Groves and his clients in their house in Wainscott, there was a serenity that permeated the home. Flow has always been important to me in how a space works, and this project definitely has it. There is an openness and airiness that is infused in the architecture, which is layered with interiors in shades of white. Since the couple deals with color every day at their cosmetics company, "We wanted a tranquil retreat," the wife explains.
When I asked Nancy Corzine which of her many homes tugged most at her heartstrings, she shared with us that it is her Bridgehampton house. Even though her daughter made her take some time for herself in the Hamptons one year, soon after she purchased land and went about designing her home from the inside out, as it were. When you are with Nancy, you can feel the spiritual connection she has to this residence, which she has filled with favorite fabrics and furnishings from her collections interspersed with much-loved antiques.
John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross also utilized pieces from their home furnishings company—peppered with possessions from their travels—to turn their 1863 house into a sanctuary. But as they are quick to point out, nothing is too precious here. They consider their Amagansett home a "playful laboratory" that is constantly evolving.
When art dealer Paige West collaborated with interior designer and dear friend Ghislaine Vinas, there was not much fine-tuning involved. Their communication was seamless in transforming the cedar-shingled beach house West and her husband fell in love with in Montauk. A bright color palette, which only someone with an artistic eye can fully execute with wild abandon, was called into play throughout the home. As an art lover and gallery owner, this homeowner planned her rooms around which paintings were going where.
Artist Hedy Klineman and color are synonymous. Even though her East Hampton home is white and tranquil, her art, dress and garden are infused with color. In this issue, Hedy talks about her art, her century-old home and the garden that has even been documented by the Smithsonian.
Whatever fashion inspires you with your home, may it be a place of peace and tranquility.
Barbara L. Dixon