At Home in the Hamptons

July 20, 2012 by Natalie Hager

Cooper’s Beach, Southampton, Photo a la Moi

This summer is HOT! Sometimes you just need to take a break from the heat and escape for a weekend to the water. What better place for a weekend getaway than The Hamptons! This group of villages on Long Island, NY is a popular summer destination because of their long stretches of picturesque beaches, variety of chic shops and boutiques, and trendy top-tier restaurants – there’s something to please everyone!

East Hampton Village, Photo a la Moi

Last weekend, I flew to New York to celebrate my best friend’s 30th birthday with her. Instead of staying in muggy New York for the weekend, we decided to pack a bag, rent a car and drive to the lush beachside town of the Hamptons. The trip was so beautiful that I had to share a bit of it with you.

Birthday Girl in a Cab Driving to Get the Rental, Photo a la Moi

While Angela drove through the Hamptons, I stuck my head and my camera out the window and snapped away.

A Pretty Gate in Southampton, Photo a la Moi

The Hamptons are home to many celebrities and are best known for their Cape Cod style architecture.  Unpainted shingles, a steep roof with an overhang, and centrally located chimneys define the Cape Cod style homes.

Driving Through East Hampton, Photo a la Moi

Beautiful hydrangea bushes line the storefronts and streets in the Hamptons. Here’s just one of the many hydrangea photos that I took.

East Hampton Village, Photo a la Moi

One of my favorite details of Cape Cod style architecture are cedar shakes. Both stained and painted, cedar shakes (or cedar shingles) typify New England buildings. You can see them on this stretch of storefronts below.

More hydrangea planters, a white sided shop and patriotic flags.

Cedar shakes and white trim.

More cedar shakes and white trim.

More cedar shakes and white trim…are you getting a feel for the style homes that I love?

While I could look at the exteriors of these beautiful buildings all day long, what I really want to know is What Do These Beautiful Homes Look Like Inside?.

Homes in the Hamptons are typically characterized by a pale color palette and subtle details.

Below are some photos of foyers with a neutral color palette and lots of tiny details in the architecture, lighting, and furniture.

A Weekend Retreat, Architectural Digest

At Home in East Hampton, Architectural Digest

East Hampton Illusion, Architectural Digest

Here are some fresh and relaxing living rooms from the Hamptons…

A Weekend Retreat, Architectural Digest

At Home in East Hampton, Architectural Digest

Easy Living in the Hamptons, Architectural Digest

The Hamptons draw some inspiration from the French Country style, as seen in this updated country kitchen.

Easy Living in the Hamptons, Architectural Digest

Take a look at these calming master bedrooms…

A Weekend Retreat, Architectural Digest

At Home in East Hampton, Architectural Digest

Not all homes in The Hamptons are designed in a traditional style – here are some photos of some contemporary spaces…

At Play by the Sea, Architectural Digest

Easy Living in the Hamptons, Architectural Digest

I never realized the influence that Cape Cod interiors and architecture had on the South until visiting the Hamptons. Whether you’re a New Englander, a Southerner or just an interior design connoisseur, the Hamptons are sure to inspire. I know it did for me. Happy Thirtieth Ang! Love you and here’s to many more birthdays (and weekend getaways in New York) together!
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  1. I would love to visit the Hamptons sometime just to see all of the fabulous architecture. I think the great lengths in architectural details would be so inspiring. I also love the tile pattern in the contemporary bathroom, it really makes the floor come to life

    Comment by Sarah B Design — August 21, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

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