August 01, 2013 | by Alison Price Becker
Nobody wants to slave away in a hot kitchen during the summer months, so my motto for preparing a summer picnic is all about keeping it simple. All the recipes here are easy to transport and don’t require hours in front of the stove. And with the right equipment to facilitate your picnic—for the beach, I bring a fold-up table, beautiful tablecloths, tiki torches, picnic blakets or towels, and even pillows for a more formal touch—you’ll be ready to dine alfresco all season long.
July 29, 2013
An antique Portuguese chestnut bench lends a rustic touch to Hamptons homes.
“I love the juxtaposition of rustic with more serious pieces of art and furniture,” says Kitty Clay, who discovered a late-19th-century Portuguese chestnut bench ($6,000) on a recent Vermont trip. The piece is particularly fitting for Hamptons décor. “I envision it in a beautiful foyer or hallway. This light, aged wood looks great in a beach house or a more formal setting,” Clay suggests. “The movement of the back actually reminds me of waves."
July 24, 2013 | by Barbara Page
Summer entertaining requires chic, versatile pieces that can take your party from poolside to tableside with ease and elegance. Whether they’re meant to carry margarita pitchers or bedside carafes of water, fashionable serving trays are essential.
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.
July 22, 2013
Artist Nancy Lorenz designed this “Skies and Beyond” box for Bottega Veneta.
Skies and Beyond, the most current expression of artist Nancy Lorenz and luxury brand Bottega Veneta’s artistic alliance, features a set of 25 unique leather-and-suede boxes, adorned with an ornate assemblage of traditional-Asian-art-inspired materials, including silver leaf, resin, and mother-of-pearl (price on request).
An ardently anticipated third chapter to the collaboration, which include 2003’s “Lunar Landscapes” and 2002’s “Botanical,” the Skies and Beyond boxes, which are signed and numbered, are perfectly sized for capturing jewelry, notes, and other everyday treasures on East End side tables and chests of drawers.
July 19, 2013 | by Andrea Correale
Andrea Correale's Cabo-themed fiesta calls for black and white to offset brightly hued dishes.
Dress your table in thick black-and-white-striped linens to exude a modern Cabo flair and highlight the bright colors of the food. Use big sunflowers as bookends for the buffet table, and lay out black lacquered serving platters to make the vibrant hues of the food pop even further.