Living out East this summer has given me a lot of breathing room ~ both creatively and literally. It’s nice to be outside the cramped confines of the city, in a place where windows and doors are always left open, where I wake up to birds singing and can crawl out of bed and slip straight into the swimming pool. And I’ve enjoyed seeing how my friends and fashion peers decorate when they too are in vacation mode. There’s a beautiful ease of living that’s integral to design codes out here. Nothing can be too precious in a land where sandy feet and spilled rosé are de rigueur daily.
The two friends of mine who have done the best job of marrying high style with countryside casualness are interior designer and Eye Swoon writer Athena Calderone, and fashion designer Nanette Lepore. Their respective Amagansett homes couldn’t be more different from each other, yet they are both defined by unexpected combinations of rough natural elements juxtaposed with bold pops of glossy color. Because Athena creates spaces for a living, and because I see so many surprising similarities in her and Nanette’s disparate decorating approaches, I invited the former over to the latter’s place last week ~ knowing it would delight and inspire her. I was also excited to commission her to shoot this charming spot for you all to see; since launching Eye Swoon, the multi-talented Athena has blossomed into quite the photographer, and I love watching my creative friends discover new gifts. If I were to make a Wes Anderson-ian summer camp movie, this is undoubtedly where it would be set…|ABOVE| The house is filled with mementos of family life, coalesced most beautifully in this living room wall filled with paintings made primarily by Nanette’s husband, Robert Savage. |ABOVE| The two paintings flanking the fireplace were done by Nanette’s father, an abstract expressionist. |ABOVE + BELOW| Midcentury charm meets signature Nanette Lepore prints meet rustic cabin vibes in this sprawling bayside space. |ABOVE + BELOW| Delightful details are tucked into every nook and cranny, from the kitschy plastic beads anointing the living room’s entrance to the naughty naked lady that welcomes visitors at the front door. |CLICK HERE| to tour the rest of Nanette Lepore’s special summertime space!
|CLICK ANY IMAGE| to enlarge |PHOTOS| by Athena Calderone