HAMP­TONS RE­TREAT

The keys to cre­at­ing a rest­ful re­treat? They are sim­pler than you think.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY GAP IN­TE­RI­ORS

The keys to cre­at­ing a charm­ing, rest­ful haven are eas­ier than you think.

“Even if we come out here for only 24 hours, we still feel re­laxed and re-en­er­gized,” Lien Do says of the Hamp­tons cot­tage she shares with her hus­band, Pa­trick Ho­gan, and their three chil­dren Con­nor, Ai­den and Elaine. Lien and her hus­band have been reg­u­lar vis­i­tors to this pic­turesque group of vil­lages just out­side of New York City for many years. “We first shared homes with other sin­gle cou­ples, and we re­ally fell in love with the tran­quil­ity and the beau­ti­ful beaches,” Lien ex­plains, “There’s some­thing about the smell of the privet hedges in bloom that is just gor­geous, and the light, and the birds. You hear the birds, which you don’t hear in the city.”

HIS­TORY RE­FRESHED

Lien and Pa­trick loved the quaint char­ac­ter of the home that dates to the 1940s. They made some big changes to make room for their grow­ing fam­ily. “[We] took off the roof and added an­other master bed­room to the se­cond floor, gut­ted the kitchen and made it into a big kitchen and ad­join­ing fam­ily room.”

Shawn Leonard, an ar­chi­tect out of Southamp­ton, and Brian McGuin­ness, a lo­cal builder, as­sisted with the task of trans­form­ing the home into some­thing akin to a Nan­tucket-style cot­tage. “What we re­ally like about the house is [that] it’s small,” Lien says, “It’s not a gar­gan­tuan house, but it has a lot of pri­vate ar­eas. Off to the right there’s a bed­room, off to the left there’s a bed­room, and there’s out­door ac­cess from the back of the house.”

REN­O­VAT­ING FOR TWO LOVES

A big pri­or­ity for Lien was the kitchen. “I love to cook and I wanted to be able to cook look­ing out into the back­yard; that was al­ways my dream, that I would be pre­par­ing and chop­ping the food and look­ing out at my gar­den.” She re­did all the flow­ers around the home to cre­ate what she refers to as “kind of an English peren­nial gar­den” that would flower from April through Septem­ber. “I want to see color ev­ery­where,” she says of what she de­scribes as a “con­tin­u­ing project.” In ad­di­tion to a mix of col­or­ful flow­ers, the back­yard also houses a swing set and a tram­po­line that are pop­u­lar with her kids.

ECLEC­TIC ACCESSORIES

Liv­ing by the coast, as the fam­ily does, the wa­ter is a strong in­flu­ence on Lien’s dé­cor. The blues, greens and whites through­out the home cre­ate a beach feel echoed in paint­ings of Nan­tucket and nearby Ge­or­gica Beach and other nau­ti­cal in­flu­ences.

But Lien’s accessories draw from other, more un­ex­pected sources. The home is pep­pered with art­work that in­cludes Ba­li­nese paint­ings from Tokyo, print work from Viet­nam and a lo­cal artist’s wa­ter­color of an 18th-cen­tury house that is now a restau­rant fre­quented by Lien and her fam­ily.

Even though the home has the ap­pear­ance of a clas­sic sum­mer res­i­dence char­ac­ter­is­tic of the

“What we re­ally like about the house is [that] it’s small,” Lien says, “It’s not a gar­gan­tuan house, but it has a lot of pri­vate ar­eas. Off to the right there’s a bed­room, off to the left there’s a bed­room, and there’s out­door ac­cess from the back of the house.”

Hamp­tons, Lien and her fam­ily visit fre­quently through­out the year. “We come out here all the way through Novem­ber,” she says, “We spend Thanks­giv­ing here and March and April if it’s not deathly cold. We light fires, and it’s re­ally a warm house in the win­ter, so it’s not just a sum­mer house.”

“The kitchen and the fam­ily room are the heart of the home,” Lien notes, ex­plain­ing why these are pre­ferred in­door ar­eas of the house for her fam­ily. “I like it be­cause it’s a house I can see grow­ing old in,” Lien says. “My fa­vorite place is to sit in the back of the gar­den on a bench at the end of the yard. From there I can see my chil­dren play­ing and watch the light hit the gar­den in the early evening. It’s just very peace­ful and quiet.”

“I love to cook and I wanted to be able to cook look­ing out into the back­yard; that was al­ways my dream, that I would be pre­par­ing and chop­ping the food and look­ing out at my gar­den.”

PIECE OF THE PAST. The chairs sur­round­ing the din­ing room ta­ble were as­sem­bled by the pre­vi­ous owner, which Lien be­lieves adds more char­ac­ter.

NAU­TI­CAL NOTES. Light wood floor­ing,white cab­i­nets and coun­ter­tops mix with hints of blue in the dé­cor. The sleeker fin­ishes, mod­ern chairs and glass pen­dants adda nau­ti­cal vibe.

|OP­PO­SITE| COZY COM­FORT. The back fam­ily room is all about re­laxed tex­tures. The Bel­gian linen win­dow cov­er­ings have aneasy swag that com­ple­ments theFrench chairs.

|ABOVE| BLOS­SOM­ING STYLE. Her daugh­ter Elaine’s room is equipped with twin beds to ac­com­mo­date friends stay­ing overnight. A shabby and chic arm­chair fits right in with the young-girl mo­tif but will work in the room when her style ma­tures too.

|RIGHT| BEACH CHIC. Lien wanted to cre­ate a sense of lux­u­ri­ous “beachy” calm us­ing all white and aqua­ma­rine. The French doors lead to a bal­cony over­look­ing the back­yard.

LUSH AND LAY­ERED. Aside from en­hanc­ing the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, hy­drangea bushes around the pool area also help to min­i­mize the fence.

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