Ju­nior

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Bazaar Junior -

Aa ma­jes­tic row of manses on a sto­ried Southamp­ton lane sits a lus­trous pile of white bricks that dates from the Jazz Age. Hid­den be­hind high-trimmed privet hedges, the sprawl­ing Colo­nial Re­vival stands in stately iso­la­tion on a bluff over­look­ing the surf and dunes be­low. Wedg­wood-blue shut­ters frame a gleam­ing fa­cade flush with shin­gled gables and Pal­la­dian win­dows, while columned log­gias boxed in laven­der flank a pris­tine swim­ming pool. It looks like a clas­sic preppy East Egg es­tate – that is, un­til you step in­side.

Be­hind the tra­di­tional ex­te­rior, white­washed rooms burst with kalei­do­scopic pops of con­tem­po­rary art and sleek min­i­mal­ist fur­nish­ings. A long, light-flooded en­trance hall dou­bles as a gallery, where Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s mus­tard-yel­low por­trait of Ron­ald Rea­gan, Thin Lips, vies with playful as­sem­blages of bright plas­tic let­ters by Jack Pier­son, a 19th-cen­tury mar­ble re­pro­duc­tion of a horse from the Parthenon, and Lee Kras­ner’s swirling pink-and-olive-green paint­ing Sun Woman II. Wel­come to the beau­ti­ful, idyl­lic beach house of Sa­man­tha Board­man and her hus­band, the real es­tate mogul and art mega­col­lec­tor Aby Rosen.

“The mo­ment I ar­rive, I lit­er­ally ex­hale – it’s a re­set but­ton,” says Board­man, an el­e­gant, pa­tri­cian brunette with an M.D. “I be­lieve that well-be­ing is a verb.” How peo­ple tick in their sur­round­ings is Board­man’s ex­per­tise: A psy­chi­a­trist, she spends her week­days see­ing pa­tients on Man­hat­tan’s Up­per East Side. She points to a Dan Colen bleached linen can­vas cov­ered in flow­ers and lemon juice that was re­cently in­stalled in the fam­ily room, re­plac­ing a Warhol cam­ou­flage paint­ing. “I smile each time I walk past,” she says. “It’s vis­ual Prozac!” Damien Hirst’s Two Pills hangs across from it, hov­er­ing next to an An­dré Ar­bus bronze sculp­ture.

From mid-May to early Oc­to­ber, the place is abuzz: Cock­tails are poured at sun­set on the sec­ond-story ter­race, meals are served on the pa­tio, and evenings end with bon­fires on the beach and a never-end­ing sup­ply of

Board­man in the master bed­room, next to a John Cur­rin paint­ing

The chic din­ing room

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