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the COZY COTTAGE
By Pamela Abrahams
Photographs by Keith Scott Morton

CHARMING SAG HARBOR GREEK REVIVAL WITH 4BR, 2.5 BATH, COOK'S KITCHEN, ROSE GARDENS AND POOL! SWEET 1BR/1BATH GUEST HOUSE TOO. MUST BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED!

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IN THE MIX
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Even on a rainy day, this Sag Harbor Greek Revival has a warm and inviting glow—just what interior designer Gary Cruz had hoped to achieve. With his architectural training and background as a fine arts painter, it's no surprise to see such a sophisticated, yet playful, palette. Cruz grew up in Rockport, Texas, a tiny fishing village on the Gulf Coast that doubled as an art colony. "At the age of nine, I was painting the light-saturated seaside landscape," says Cruz. His love of color and pattern in nature permeate everything he designs—from his abstract portraits to his interiors to his new rug collection.

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A TOUCH OF PINK
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"I was thrilled when clients of mine in New York asked me to create a comfortable weekend family home," says Cruz, who had designed their city apartment. "We had a connection and they totally trusted me."

The 1840s house is located in the historic area with two outbuildings—a real prize in this town of small yards and narrow lots.

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"Soon my joy turned to panic when the owners gave me the schedule. My first design work in the Hamptons—with just two months to finish and furnish the house as well as complete the bare-shell outbuildings from top to bottom!" he recalls. (Not to mention the solo show of contemporary paintings that he was preparing for at the same time.)

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But the project gave Cruz the perfect scenario and a ton of creative license, for it was a blank canvas that he'd be able to design from scratch, calling upon his extensive design and architectural expertise. He began by mixing paint colors for the exterior, creating a warm, soft shade of green, with enough pigment to define the architecture but not overwhelm the street. (He favors Fine Paints of Europe for their thick consistency and high pigment concentration, which provide depth even in lighter shades.)

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