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It’s tempting to imagine a life in which every day is a constant vacation. And, when you build your dream home in the Hamptons’ most sought-after vacation spot, that fantasy can indeed come true. That’s exactly what the owners of this shingle-style Sagaponack estate did when they purchased an empty lot just minutes away from an area where thousands of New Yorkers flock at the mere mention of summer. “We built this house to reflect our tastes,” says the wife. “It has every amenity and every luxury we could ever ask for.”
The couple, who’d been residing in a smaller house in East Hampton they purchased as a spec home years back, sought a place that would fuse their needs with the fresh, contemporary style of the Hamptons. They called up Nanjoo Joung, principal designer at New York City’s NR Design Studio, who the husband had previously entrusted with two separate projects, including the redesign of their East Hampton home. “Their direction was, ‘Do exactly what you did for our previous home,’” says Joung, who spearheaded the design with now-partner Rick Garofalo. But, working with a clean slate and a new location, “the challenge was conveying what they wanted in a home with something they haven’t had before.”
Prior to tackling the interior aesthetic, plans for the custom build would have to be finalized. Joung and Garofalo collaborated with the late architect Michael Conroy of Bridgehampton’s McDonough & Conroy Architects, and Keith Feldmann, president of Southampton-based LandMark Development, to hash out ideas for a design. The couple opted for a shingle-style exterior evocative of the Hamptons, with long banks of windows looking out to south- and western-facing views. The dining room, library and bedrooms were positioned for maximum sun exposure, while the kitchen, living and great rooms boast adjacency to the backyard pool.
“They don’t like clutter, so everything had to have a sense of lightness and airiness about it,” Garofalo says. The first floor, designed for entertaining large groups yet still cozy enough for a couple to live year-round, consists of a series of large rooms flowing effortlessly into one another. In the great room and kitchen, sets of white-painted French doors open on to a spacious pool deck and patio that runs the entire length of the home. “It’s great for comfortably hosting large dinner parties indoors and out,” notes the wife.
Inside the home’s classically elegant shell, Joung and Garofalo searched for pieces that would evoke “simplicity with a splash of beautiful colors,” Joung says. Because the couple had differing feelings on color—he was more open; she was more reserved—the designers balanced bolder hues with lighter shades. “I think of color as I would music,” Joung says. “There have to be high notes and low notes in order for it to work.” Colors subtly transition from room to room, beginning with the nearly all-white entry and traveling through to the great room where shades of serene blue and gray take center stage. In the living room, lemony yellow fabrics and furnishings are complemented by bright red-orange accessories and, in the den, coral walls are reflective of winter sunsets shedding light through the windows. Dark, walnut-stained fir floors unify the spaces and offer a feeling of warmth.
Every piece of furniture in the home—save for a classically shaped dining room buffet the owner coveted—was hand-selected by Joung and Garofalo for comfort and style. “The dining room is the most formal room in the home,” Joung notes. The owner’s dining buffet was complete with a table and chairs from Dessin Fournir, two Murano glass chandeliers and a chartreuse wallcovering from Cowtan & Tout with a classical motif. Throughout the home, the designers incorporated a mix of textures and materials, including dark-stained oak tables, grasscloth wallcoverings, polished nickel chandeliers and wool rugs. “We chose furniture that is durable and easy to maintain, but still has an elegant look to it,” Joung says. “The intention was to evoke what Hamptons luxury living is all about.”
Judging by the owners’ reactions to their new home, they seem to be enjoying every minute of their Hamptons lifestyle. “Every morning when I wake up, I trim berries outside and make coffee in the kitchen while the sun is streaming in through the windows,” says the wife. “It’s the nicest way to start the day. It really is pure joy.” And so they lived happily—and rather stylishly—ever after.