When we first drove up the long driveway leading up to the Harbour House, we were convinced we had accidentally landed onto the set of a sequel to ‘Something’s Gotta Give’. We were fully expecting Diane Keaton to open the front door. Even inside, the similarities to the Hampton’s beach house in the movie were uncanny.
This custom-built, entertainer’s dream house feels as if you are in the Hamptons, just without the 4 hrs of traffic. Only 50 minutes from New York City, you can quickly shrug away any stress by jumping out on a kayak or paddle board, directly from your private dock and breathe in fresh sea water air.
Staging this beautiful 8,300 square feet Hampton-esque house was a staging designers dream as the focal point in every room is the harbour with oversized floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water. But even though the view outside dominates, we made sure that the inside felt just as alluring and welcoming. An expansive entry with 3 custom archways leading directly into the Great Room, with its 12ft ceilings, immediately sets the tone.
These beautiful arches add a layer of charm to the entry. We removed the floor rugs to expose the exquisite rich wood floor and changed the wall color to add depth and bounce the natural light around this space. The result made the entry feel very polished.
Complete with two large limestone fireplaces on each end of the Great Room, we choose to fill this expansive space with a mixture of seating areas and a large dining table. We created an arrangement of pieces that played to entertaining a large number of people but equally could be used for a more intimate setting and day-to-day living.
Off of the Great Room is a casual living room, where we could envision a girl’s night of book club meetings and long conversations. Once again in this room we took queues from the surrounding nature and chose to display objects such as beach driftwood.
Leading off of the Great Room on the other end lays the kitchen – the heart of a home. As in the movie, ‘Something’s Gotta Give,’ the cabinets are all white, which we chose to contrast with black knobs to make the cabinets pop. This kitchen was the perfect place to display some new pieces to our inventory – the beautifully hand-woven rope counter stools, which echo the nautical references outside.
Off of the kitchen is a cozy sitting room with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace that brings an outdoor feel to the room. Above the sofa we hung a piece of artwork with strings of fabric intricately woven together to add texture and depth to the room. Lastly, we honored our signature style of using a quiet, subdued color palette.
The five en-suite bedrooms on the second floor all boast views to the water and as with the rooms on the first floor are bathed in amazing natural light which reach deep into every nook and cranny of the interior spaces. We designed the master bedroom with a clean palette to serve as a calming oasis. We kept the master bath in line with this. Every day begins and ends in these rooms and they need to be subdued in order to help your mind and body relax and unwind after a busy day.
We can’t sign off without mentioning the exterior of the property and its ‘wow’ factor. The house is set on 7.1 acres complete with a pool and outdoor shower.
The backyard leading down to the dock is a picture of a flat manicured lawn, on which we were imagining grand summer parties, with or without a marquee and an invitation stating that guests can arrive by land or sea!
This luxurious piece of real estate screams exclusivity with its Hampton-esque house, its privacy and unobstructed views to the Sound. When can we move in…