August 23, 2013 | by katy b. olson
La Hacienda Camargue arm chair with upholstered back, Ralph Lauren Home (from $3,525).
Since its storied debut 30 years ago, Ralph Lauren Home has produced collections that reflect—and deftly elaborate upon—the brand’s exquisite runway creations. Released in tandem with the Apartment No. One collection (so titled for the Kensington Palace abode where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will live) is Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2013 home collection, La Hacienda.
August 22, 2013 | by Michelle Soriano
We pay homage to the 2013 Hampton Classic with seven equestrian-themed picks.
August 21, 2013
Tide & Pool towels ($90 each).
While the construction is remarkable—Tide & Pool works with a long-established Brazilian company to produce 100 percent cotton, 530-gram weight terry towels ($90) considered “twice as plush” as the ordinary variety—gorgeous colors and designs are the brand’s true signature. “The Hamptons are synonymous with a joyful escape,” explains Tide & Pool cofounder Jaclyn Munzer. “The area has a long legacy of art, surfing, and architecture, all set against a stunning backdrop of natural coastal beauty. These are all elements that inspire our design and make us, and our towels, feel right at home there.” Sunset Beach Boutique, 35 Shore Road, Shelter Island, 749-2001
August 19, 2013
A variety of Durban plates and platters ($98–$178).
Artisinal in every aspect, the Durban Plates from Serena & Lily are made of handcrafted stoneware, each expertly hand-painted. With deep cobalt or dramatic black bordering the plates’ ivory centers, the pieces are entirely individual—none is exactly the same as another—and they can be easily mixed and matched. Available in a selection of summertime soirée-ready sizes, the plates come in either 11-inch or nine-inch diameter sets of four, and platters in two sizes are available as well.
The sets transition well from casual barbecues to elegant brunches and tabletop settings seamlessly. Says Serena & Lily CEO Lily Kanter: “The Durban plates are artful, but also simple so they can be dressed up or down. They’re great for formal dining or an outdoor dinner party.” 332 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott, 537-5544
August 16, 2013
Ram’s Murex Shell, AERIN ($340).
Organic, sculptural, and supernatural all at once, the Ram’s Murex Shell ($340) by AERIN may evoke an image of a modern-day King Midas, his golden touch put to more exquisite use along the shell-scattered shores of the East End. Measuring eight inches by five inches by four inches, the home accent piece is detailed with 18k gold, which draws out the natural shell’s innate beauty. “The soft gold accents on this natural shell add an element of subtle luxury to any vacation home,” explains AERIN founder and creative director Aerin Lauder, whose Southampton concept store has offered seasonally influenced décor and clothing throughout the summer. She also plans to incorporate autumn and holiday picks before closing at the end of the year.
As a tabletop or desk accent, the Ram’s Murex Shell channels the enchanting beauty of the ocean, even if the sound of the waves is just out of earshot. Interior designer Malcolm James Kutner calls it, simply, “the perfect little accent piece to add just the right amount of bling to any house by the sea.” 83 Main St., Southampton, 353-3773