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And he has these Soumak rugs from Iran, which I use frequently. They generally come as runners and you can have several stitched together to form a larger rug. I like to layer them over sisal or sea grass; the colors melt together and the rugs add a soft touch." Stilin also offers new upholstered sofas and chairs, with horsehair and down filling, covered in beefy Belgian linen. "You can use his cocoa sofa, the cream club chair with the 18th-century Italian trestle table and a Soumak to combine the best of both worlds," Jackson suggests. "Even the basket on the wall looks terrific with it for some extra texture." (74 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton, 631-329-7144)
In Southampton we head to Walker Zabriskie, one of Jackson's favorites. "A few weeks ago, Cathe Reale, who manages the shop, gave me a set of chopsticks in a little woven bamboo traveling case," she recalls. "It's so simple and chic—how nice was that?" Here, amidst the Asian artifacts and the pillows that Zabriskie has custom made for the shop, Jackson has set her sights upon a giant 1940s Filipino fishing basket made of impossibly thin dark brown reeds. Shaped like an oversized bell jar, it will stop design aficionados in their tracks as an extraordinary piece of sculpture. (10 Job's Lane, Southampton, 631-283-5500)
"At H Groome you can change the look of a room completely with a few purchases," says Jackson, admiring the wall of neatly folded throws and stacked pillows arranged by color. "The white selection is so pure and elegant and these browns could really warm up a room for winter."