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