HOME & DESIGN:

Staged Art

“You can judge the quality of a house by the quality of its art,” so said Rick Friedman, the head of Art Hamptons during his latest art fair in July. And many builders, brokers and interior designers have discovered that staging houses with art helps their properties sell.

Pembrooke Fine Landscapes

One of the Hamptons’ hidden treasures is Pembrooke Fine Landscapes, a boutique landscape design/build company that for ten years has worked with select clients. Pembrooke’s founding partner, Bill D’Agata, is as talented as he is meticulous, overseeing the smallest detail.

Hampton House Must-Haves

It used to be that a media room was de rigueur in the upscale Hamptons residence. Not so any longer. Ditto for wine cellars. While awfully nice (especially for oenophiles), they’re a bit passé. Gyms are still the norm but yoga rooms are much more now. Homeowners on the South Fork are nothing if not trendy.

M&M Custom Homes

For the past decade, Gary DePersia has considered himself fortunate to represent and sell the homes being built in the Hamptons by M & M Custom Homes, an organization founded some 15 years ago by Marc Underberg and Michael Axelrod. Starting with the development of real estate and the building of houses on the Gold Coast of Long Island and western Suffolk county, M & M Custom Homes came out to the Hamptons a decade ago to offer exceptional homes, both north and south of the highway, from East Hampton to Southampton.

A Visionary - Plum Builders

Large and shingle-style are often the first words that come to mind when thinking of homes in the Hamptons. In the last few years, one of those descriptions has changed. The ubiquitous “shingle-style” home has some people looking around for a more modern house, one with the warmth of tradition but with modern details for clean lines and convenience.

Breaking from the Norm

Award-winning architect Stuart Narofsky’s office may be in Long Island City, but he has designed many a noteworthy residence in the Hamptons, along with his wife, Jennifer Rusch, who handles the interiors. The couple lives with their children in the bucolic upstate town of Chatham...

Designer Showcase - Bennett Leifer

Raised between New York City and Great Neck, Long Island, interior designer Bennett Leifer was exposed to Fine Art, Architecture and Interior Design from a young age. In August of 2013, Bennett launched his namesake company with over a decade of experience working at high-­end residential interior design and architecture firms. Bennett Leifer Interiors is New York based, specializing in bespoke residences for clients all over the world.

Hydrangea - Add Beauty to Your Hamptons Garden

The billowy blue hydrangea is the iconic summer flower of the East End of Long Island. Bushes covered with blue balls of blossoms echoing the summer sky are everywhere in summer gardens on both the North and South Forks. Much as we love it, the classic hydrangea is not without its downside. Deer love to eat them, especially in winter when they will nibble the tips of the stems.

Ways of Seeing

“What do you see when you look at a tree on your property? What do you think about?” This is Bill Miller speaking from his Water Mill office. A slight man with deepset eyes and a squirrely pony tail, Miller is an arborist, one of our very best. His talent is overshadowed only by his humility: he has no web page and does not advertise, and in conversation he is not given to self-promotion.

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