| August 20, 2012 | People
Occupation: Interior designers, Mabley Handler Interior Design
Hamlet: Water Mill
When did you start coming to the Hamptons and how has it changed since then?
The funny thing is, we never came to the Hamptons before we moved here! It wasn’t until we worked on an amazing project in the estate section of Southampton Village that we came out here and got to know the area. Back when we were talking about getting married and moving out of NYC we said, “Hey, why don’t we move out to the Hamptons? It’s beautiful out there!” A total whim in retrospect, but it was the best decision that we’ve ever made.
What’s your best, worst, or most hilarious Hamptons memory?
Last month we went to the opening preview gala for The Hampton Designer Showhouse with a large group of our friends and family, and then had dinner in the courtyard at Nobu Southampton. The weather was perfect, the showhouse was a huge success, and the dinner and company was fabulous. It was the perfect Hamptons summer experience.
Do you have an inner circle or group of friends that you hang out with most?
We’ve met so many wonderful people since we moved here ten years ago. Some we’ve met through our children, others we’ve met through our business, and some have happened totally randomly. We met one of our Hamptons friends at a castle in Scotland—she lives a mile away from us in Water Mill.
What are your East End traditions or must-dos every summer?
Our favorite summer tradition is to invite our friends out to visit and then we stay home and chill and grill and swim in the pool. Then we sneak out to the beach and try to soak up every bit of summer that we can.
Who throws the best parties?
Carole and Tim Reed's summer parties are legendary. Costumes aren't required, but are always encouraged! In the wintertime, look for the pop-up dance parties at Studio 34. And Jennifer would argue that Stacey G.'s Saturday morning Soul Cycle class is a party unto itself.
Where do you go for a drink and what’s your usual?
We love to have a drink and dinner at the bar at Pierre's in Bridgehampton or Suki Zuki in Water Mill. Jennifer's usual is Chalk Hill chardonnay, and I enjoy a sparkling water with lime, stirred not shaken.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten in the Hamptons?
Too hard! We’ve had many amazing meals out here. In ten years, we’ve never had a bad meal at Almond in Bridgehampton or Red Bar in Southampton—those have been our favorite go-to places. Recently, we’re loving Tutto il Giorno and Little Red in Southampton Village. But if we had to pick one thing, well, the shepherd’s pie at Bobby Vans in Bridgehampton is pretty spectacular.
Where do you go to totally unplug?
We take our family to Flying Point Beach in Water Mill. It’s our favorite beach in the Hamptons. It's where we go to recharge our batteries and spend time with our sons, Colin and Wesley. We also like to go out to Montauk in the spring and the fall. It’s become a ritual: we drive out to see the lighthouse, get lobster rolls at Duryea’s Lobster Deck, and then go watch the surfers at Ditch Plains.
What’s your summer anthem?
Jennifer’s are "Bring it Back" by Travis Porter and "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Mine are “We Are Young” by Fun and “Colours” by Grouplove. Yes, our taste in music is that different!
What’s the last thing you bought in the Hamptons?
We purchased some great lighting and accessories from Mecox Gardens and Rumrunner Home for the dining room that we designed at The Hampton Designer Showhouse this summer. Also, Jennifer recently found a gorgeous necklace at Michelle Farmer Collaborate in Bridgehampton.
Last night of the summer, where can we find you and what are you doing?
At a bonfire on the beach with our friends and family, fighting back the tears that another summer is over. But as every real Hamptonite knows, September is the best month of the year. It’s much more quiet, and it’s still warm enough to go to the beach. If the weather behaves itself, you can get a great, elongated summer. There are years that we’ve been swimming in the ocean well into October.
What’s the difference between a true Hamptonite and a weekender?
A weekender tries to cram a summer full of experiences into a few weekends or a couple of weeks. A true Hamptonite is more relaxed and enjoys every day, rain or shine, summer or winter. But if you are a weekender, leave that city stress at the Midtown Tunnel and try to live like a true Hamptonite once you get out here!