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few things bring us more joy than creating bespoke spaces for our clients. even if that means that certain projects, like this family home in the hamptons, will progress in stages.

in this particular situation, what began as a gut renovation of the main house expanded in scope. just one year later, we were back to design and oversee a full kitchen remodel and the addition of an attached guesthouse.

with each stage came new opportunities and a welcome reminder that a designer’s work is never truly done. let’s dive into the delightful details…


our client, hardworking family man (let’s call him “bill”) purchased a bridgehampton home circa 2007 a few years back. it had all the trappings of an old school colonial style home. we’re talking orange/red hardwood floors, dark painted wainscoting and trim, and furnishings true to the style of the house. it was beautiful in its own time, but now needed some love.

bill came to use ready to modernize, beautify, and fall in love with this luxury vacation home all over again. and in true dhny style, we rubbed out hands together in conspiratorial delight and then got down to business…

project goals

phase 1: the main house

  • revive the floors with an updated finish
  • remove the wainscoting and replace with bright architectural detailing
  • reface the fireplaces with modern materials for a designer look
  • reconfigure the master bathroom to incorporate a his and hers vanity and larger shower
  • renovate all other bathrooms as well
  • source all new furnishings with spatial planning in mind
  • source all new fabrics, furniture, and window treatments with high-end, modern selections

phase 2: the guest house

  • adjoin another wing onto the house, inclusive of a garage, living room, bedrooms, bathroom, etc.
  • add a mudroom off of the kitchen and enlarge the kitchen for greater ease of use
  • allow for turn-key living – ensuring all beds are made, bathrooms outfitted, and the kitchen stocked

sound like a tall order? those are our favorite kind. in fact, we didn’t run into a single challenge with this project thanks to our refined systems, remarkable team, and ready communication with our out-of-town trades.

are you ready to see how this project (featured in cottages & gardens magazine, by the way) turned out?

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phase 1: a magnificent hamptons home makeover

fabulously refreshed flooring and accents


we stripped the existing pine hardwood floors, bleached them, and then added a custom watered-down light grey stain to tone down the newly-revealed blonde hardwoods. the lighter finish highlighted the knots of the wood, adding to the beach house feel.

we added texture by placing durable seagrass rugs throughout the space. these look great and can take a lot of abuse — perfect for family-friendly beachside living!

paint and pretty architectural details

photo by emily gilbert photography

we removed all of the heavy wainscoting in the living room and opted for a clean profile base moulding and painted all of the trim a bright white.

throughout the rest of the house, we painted the interior doors a soft black and added bronzed hardware. we installed roller shades on all of the windows to keep the sun out without hiding the views. and while we were at it, we also refaced the fireplaces in both the living room and master suite, modernizing them with clean-lined designs and beautiful stone finishes.

luxury in the living room

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since entertaining is almost always on the agenda for our client and his family, we were tasked with designing a social living room. we incorporated ample seating without compromising the intimate and cozy vibe of the space.we selected an array of sofas, chairs, and stools that could be mixed and matched as needed.

fans of london-based street installation and photographic artist slinkachu might notice “the jetty” (southbank, london, 2014) placed above the bar cabinet.

cozy, contemporary, and collected accents

photo by emily gilbert photography

second-homes are no longer for a single season here in new york, and bill wanted the house to function as a year-round retreat.

cozy accents — like cable-knit toss pillows, stylish throw blankets, and a modern log holder — take this hamptons home and its inhabitants from cool summer nights to chilly winter days without a hitch.

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accents of dark metal and natural wood tones ground the look. a curated selection of found objects continues the collected feel throughout the house, while an underlying geometric theme — like the gabriel scott fixture installed above the dining table — makes for a more modern contrast.

photo by emily gilbert photography

since escaping to the east end is all about easy living, we made sure to achieve a no muss, no fuss vibe with performance fabrics in a palette of whites and steel blues. these can stand up to the wear and tear of beach house living while still looking chic and timeless.

beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms

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for the bedrooms, we selected a mix of modern and relaxed materials like blackened steel, honed black stone, leather, raw wood, raffia, and soft brass.

photo by emily gilbert photography

we gutted all 3 bathrooms and installed clean, classic materials (like drop-dead gorgeous carrara marble) that seamlessly blend with the colonial style house, yet feel updated and modern at the same time.

phase 2: kitchen, mudroom & a gorgeous guest house addition

further improvements to an already fantastic space

one year after the initial main house renovation, bill decided to expand the estate, adding a mudroom off of the kitchen, enlarging the kitchen itself, and adding an adjoining wing onto the home. the new wing includes a garage, pool-house living room complete with wet bar, powder room, and two guest bedrooms upstairs, which share a jack-and-jill bathroom.

let’s start in the kitchen…

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photo by emily gilbert photography

in the kitchen, we mixed contemporary and classic elements to create a timeless and functional space. for the walls, we selected 2”x 8” tiles — which are longer and thinner than traditional subway tiles — to achieve a more modern feel.

for storage, we mixed white open shelving with brass mounts, perimeter cabinets in a blue-grey shaker style, and a dark charcoal island (pictured above). high-end appliances and top of the line finishes — like a wolf range with coordinating hood and outstanding brass hardware from waterworks — finished the look.

just off the kitchen, a light and airy breezeway connects the original house to the new addition, which brings us to…

a marvelous mudroom

photo by emily gilbert photography

this mudroom transitions the main house to the addition and is as functional as it is tasteful. built-ins offer storage and seating. dark tile flooring pairs with classic white walls for a crisp look. meanwhile, an oversized, rope chandelier fuse modern and coastal style into something fresh and elevated. the perfect stop on your way in (or out) of the pool.

the guest house

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in the guest house, we designed a tv room complete with kitchenette and perfect for mixing those afternoon cocktails. to create a cohesive feel, our builder installed reclaimed beams to match those found in the dining room and master bedroom of the main house. oversized artwork purchased at local gallery adds a pop of personality to this welcoming space.

brilliantly designed bedrooms and baths

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upstairs, two bedrooms offer light and bright accommodations for guests. a jack and jill bathroom adjoins the two spaces allowing the homeowners to double up on accessories and storage (the brady bunch got it right with that design!).

photo by emily gilbert photography

a mix of carrara marble and classic subway tiles were used in all of the baths — in both the main house and guests houses — for a combination of durability and enduring elegance.

opulent outdoor living

finally, what’s a hamptons home without an outdoor area? we designed the layout for the patio with practicality and plentiful entertainment in mind.

photo by emily gilbert photography

the versatile set-up is equipped for everything from summer soirées to daily poolside hosting (aperol spritzes, anyone?). bill hired a landscape architect to complete the retreat-like feel, and their work grows more and more beautiful with each passing season.

with so many different places to gather — the screened-in porch, outdoor seating around the fire pit, and pool-house living room (ideal for a 5 o’clock apero) — there is no shortage of entertainment possibilities.

photo by emily gilbert photography

the verdict: haute hamptons home

you probably saw this one coming… our client loved every little detail! from the unexpected color of the kitchen cabinets and hardware to the bespoke outdoor living spaces, he couldn’t be happier.

his absolute favorite feature? the fact that the whole house (outdoor area included) is a smart home. with speakers and smart lighting throughout that can be controlled by any number of touchscreen devices located around the house, he can choose the perfect music and ambiance for every occasion, and even vary that from room to room. hello, party jams and bright lights by day, relaxing jazz plays and dimmed “candlelight” by night…

if this haute hamptons home has sparked ideas for your elevated lifestyle, let’s chat.

the dhny team would be delighted to dream up a design perfect for your individual aesthetic and hard-earned way of life. after all, your perfect vacation home is just one brilliant decision away… 😉

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