August 08, 2013 | by Barbara Page
Bring the warm sand and cool ocean breeze to your summer dining experience with a whimsical selection of nature-inspired tabletop accessories.
Hampton Hostess, a lifestyle blog by interior designer Barbara Page, explores the latest in home design, travel, and entertaining, with a specific focus on the Hamptons. Stay tuned for Barbara's biweekly blogs on décor, entertaining, and more in the Hamptons.
August 07, 2013 | by Michelle Soriano
A treasure trove of home goods and lifestyle accessories lies within Love, Adorned's cabinets in Ruschmeyer's lobby.
Love, Adorned will showcase whimsical pottery and textile collections at their Ruschmeyer’s and Amagansett Square locations on Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11 (10 a.m.-6 p.m). Founded by Lori Leven in 2010, Love, Adorned prides itself on curating worldly and unique inventory that ranges from jewelry to tools for the home, travel accessories to jewelry, and beyond.
August 05, 2013
Egg Chair, Pierantonio Bonacina ($2,989).
The ethereal, pendant-like Egg Chair ($2,989) has been a European-style staple since it first swung onto the home design scene in 1957. Designed by Danish artists Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, the hanging armchair, available in wicker and outdoor versions, is produced by Italian firm Pierantonio Bonacina, which hand-builds a variety of boutique furniture in wicker, polycore, oak, cowhide, and a variety of other elements in its factory outside of Milan.
Jan Oostdijk, who carries the chair at his Jangeorge shop in Sag Harbor, says the chair communicates “exquisite design mixed with the renowned Italian craftsmanship.” 11-17 Madison St., Sag Harbor, 899-4848
August 02, 2013 | by Mary Giuliani
A culinary dream come true: Mario Batali and Mary Giuliani join forces.
When I was a little girl, my mother picked me up from my first gymnastics class. In the back seat of her yellow Cougar (yes, my mother drove a car called a Cougar), I broke into tears.
“What’s wrong, Mary? Didn’t you like gymnastics?” my mother asked.
“No, Mom, I loved gymnastics! It’s just that I’m really going to miss you and Dad when I have to go to the Olympics!” I tearfully replied.
Please keep in mind that it was my first class and I could barely do a cartwheel.
Later on that year I was cast in our school production of Carnival as “the feet” in a sawed box magic trick. My parents took me out to celebrate my theatrical debut at Swensen’s Ice Cream Parlor post-show. Halfway though our feast, tears yet again came streaming down my face.
“What’s wrong, Mary? Don’t you like your ice cream?” my mother asked.
“No, Mom, I love my ice cream! It’s just that I think I’m only allowed one guest to take to the Academy Awards and it would be SO hard to choose between you and Daddy,” I said.
Delusions of grandeur—big ones—started for me at quite an early age.
And while you’d think that as I grew older these delusions or “magical thinking” went away…not even close!
August 02, 2013
The Rope Knot Table Lamp Base ($150) complements most East End beach house décor.
Shaped from sturdy, tightly wound and knotted twine, the Rope Knot Table Lamp Base ($150) by Pottery Barn contributes equal parts structure, texture, and maritime charm to an East End alcove. Available at the brand’s new Southampton store, the lamp features a corresponding finial and a polished nickel pole and stem, and stands 25 inches tall.
Pair the nautically influenced knot base with a “rustic burlap shade,” recommends Pottery Barn’s Kendra Stewart. Shades—including the Linen Tapered Drum Lamp Shade in Bisque (shown, $44)—are available in a range of neutral hues that provide a warm accompaniment to beach house tones and textures. The Knot Lamp, says Stewart, “embodies the rustic beach-chic style that defines East End décor.” 1 Hampton Road, Southampton, 283-0141
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOE SCHMELZER