There are so many exciting things ahead this season that it is hard to know where to begin. To celebrate our seventh anniversary, we chose seven tastemakers in the arenas of art, culture, media, interior design, architecture, landscape and real estate and asked them to look forward, reflect and share observations of this wonderful area of ours in "Seven Stars."
Of breathtaking beauty in this issue is the not-to-be-missed garden by the dynamic design duo of Tony Ingrao and Ron Kemper, "Enchanted Gardens." Their extensive property, even though just a stone's throw from East Hampton Village, transports you to an idyllic time and place through towering trees, verdant lawns, pergolas, obelisks and follies. You can support the Planned Parenthood (Peconic Chapter) fundraiser on May 31st hosted by Ingrao and Kemper and tour the landscape yourself.
The land and the light have always played a large role in why so many are passionate about the East End. In "The Colors of Sagaponack," we learn the owners were drawn to the area because of its rural aesthetic. Architect Sam Mitchell took his cues for designing the nearly 6,000-square-foot house from the landscape. And interior designer Marshall Watson created a seamless interior that echoes the homeowners' desire—to be one with the area.
In "A History Lesson," designer Kerry Delrose respected the past of an 1800s barn while bringing it into the 21st century. Even though the owners loved the property (it is on the border of a secluded, large expanse of land), the barn look wasn't their style. Delrose knew exactly what was needed spatially, and he assured his clients he could adapt a more contemporary look even with the barn's original doors.
Homeowners Bob Weinstein and Eric Hensley were drawn to their Sag Harbor cottage because of the location—a quiet street within walking distance of the village. The fact that it was in a state of mid-renovation was a plus. Weinstein, an avid midcentury modern collector, was able to influence the functional aspects of the rooms, which would accommodate his cherished possessions, to fit their lifestyle.
A new column to look for is "Kitchen & Bath IQ." Associate editor Mollie Magill hit the floors at K/BIS, the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, and she shares a sampling of the latest new products and seven trends to look out for.
Even though seven is the magic number for this anniversary issue, five is the magic number for this year's Idea House. For our fifth annual show house, we have teamed up with ModernGreenHome, design director Kyle Timothy Blood and 22 talented design firms to create a brilliant, eco-friendly house. The '08 HC&G Idea House opens July 25th with a gala for the Peconic Land Trust but we will update you every issue on its progress. Till next issue...
Barbara L. Dixon