In this issue we celebrate great ideas. HC&G's 2008 Idea House was a wonderful collaboration with ModernGreenHome, our Design Director Kyle Timothy Blood and 23 terrific design firms. I can't thank them enough for their hard work and dedication to this project. But how did this all begin? HC&G President Richard Ekstract thought it was a good time to demonstrate how luxury and environmental consciousness can go hand in hand. Peter Sabbeth, with Melissa Green from ModernGreenHome, presented the unique project and had the foresight to renovate and renew the farmhouse that once belonged to James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity. Then Design Director Kyle Timothy Blood had to practically live with me since before last Thanksgiving as we put this project together, not to mention seeing it through to fruition. Although this was a major undertaking, it was well worth every second of hard work.
Renewal is also the word to describe the dwelling in "Raise the Roof," which chronicles a Bridgehampton summer home created through the vision of Ed Victor, the esteemed literary agent, and his elegant wife Carol Ryan, an entertainment lawyer. Ryan was living in a converted barn the summer she met Victor. What could be better than bringing two historic barns over from their adopted London, where they reside during the winter months, to Bridgehampton, their summer locale of choice?
When I think of amazing transformations, I think of what designer Craig Socia did to create his own East End home. What was once a nondescript house is today a Norman-style manor home built on a berm. It is fascinating to see how his aesthetic eye for landscape design translates to all he touches. When we photographed his estate, I found myself mesmerized by his attention to detail. I was also envious that there is a place for absolutely everything. I didn't want to go home!
Landscape designer Jack deLashmet's alchemic transformation of the Friedman grounds is astounding considering the numerous obstacles he faced. But they were no match for this Southern gentleman. Putting the pieces of the puzzle—in this case the landscape—together appeared to be an effortless feat. Creating this work of art for all seasons could have been a Herculean undertaking for many; for deLashmet, it was not. See for yourself why the Friedmans, and any of his other clients, believe in his vision.
Although, as the season closes, it may appear we are taking a breather here at the magazine, we are not. You will see HC&G soon as we introduce our Holiday Issue, which comes out mid-November. Until then, take good care...
Barbara L. Dixon