Interior designer Jenny Fischbach designed this new East Hampton home with elements intentionally made to look old.
Restoration Hardware furniture fills the outdoor seating area that extends off the living room and the husband’s office toward the Ed Hollander-designed landscape.
When interior designer Jenny Fischbach and her clients originally saw this six-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bath house on Middle Lane in East Hampton, there were a number of elements that revealed its “built in 1984” age, namely a lot of pink floral and an oversize crystal chandelier. “I was really proud of my clients, who could see past what it was when they walked in,” says Fischbach. “They fell in love with this house because it felt so different from the typical Hamptons house. It felt a little more special, a little more unique, and they really loved the carriage house feel of it.”
During the nearly yearlong renovation, the home was taken down to the studs; only the wood beams that framed the door between the entryway and the living room and the rough wood ceiling in the dining room were saved.
“THEY FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS HOUSE BECAUSE IT FELT SO DIFFERENT FROM THE TYPICAL HAMPTONS HOUSE.” —JENNY FISCHBACH
“Rustic and refined” became the guiding principle when Fischbach and architect Mike Brown of Southampton-based Pospisil & Brown Architects rebuilt the space, extending those original wood beams up to the ceiling and then re-creating them to serve as a visual element in the living room with newly added steel accents. Furniture bought locally at Coastal Home in Bridgehampton and Homenature brought the room together.
The melding of old and new is most evident in the striking dining room, which uses a high-gloss lacquer paint on the walls to contrast with the texture of the rough wood ceiling. “There were elements that just kept repeating as we were shopping,” says Fischbach of the dining room, which also features circles on the back of the dining room chairs, in the custom-designed light fixture, at the base of the yacht table found in London, and in mercury glass lamps with urchin-like raised circles.
Architect Mike Brown of Pospisil & Brown Architects designed a new custom railing for the upstairs hallway while blending in newly installed wood beams designed to match a few previously existing beams in the entryway.
The couple’s vast collection of photography punctuated the space, including a gallery wall of works by Slim Aarons (which artfully incorporates a few family photos as well). Also giving the home an added layer of uniqueness was a smattering of bold colors not frequently seen in Hamptons homes, such as an office space with bright orange and aqua elements, a purple guest suite, and a cobalt blue “cabana” powder room that connects the family room and kitchen inside with the pool outside. “It is intense,” says Fischbach of the cabana. “They’re not afraid of color, and they’re risk-takers, so there was no arm-twisting for this.” Jenny Fischbach Design, 127 E. 69th St., New York, NY, 212-602-1440