// COMFORT ZONE

In a pre­view of her new book Dream Spaces, cel­e­brated in­te­rior de­signer Victoria Hagan of­fers an ex­clu­sive look at her de­signs for a gor­geous Hamptons beach house

Hamptons Magazine - - Contents - by JEAN NAYAR pho­tog­ra­phy by WILLIAM WALDRON

In a pre­view of her new book Dream Spaces, cel­e­brated in­te­rior de­signer Victoria Hagan of­fers an ex­clu­sive look at her de­signs for a gor­geous Hamptons beach house.

Qui­etly yet em­phat­i­cally re­cal­i­brat­ing our at­ti­tudes to­ward de­sign since she be­gan her ca­reer 25 years ago, Victoria Hagan has be­come one of the most in­flu­en­tial and cel­e­brated in­te­rior de­sign­ers in the coun­try. Although she makes a point of steer­ing clear of any one de­sign ver­nac­u­lar, she has nim­bly honed her own un­mis­tak­able sense of style—one that em­braces a dis­tinctly Amer­i­can sen­si­bil­ity and em­anates from a mod­ern way of living. She has also shown that she’s at ease in most any con­text by craft­ing re­strained, tai­lored, and spec­tac­u­larly beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors in homes that range from a his­toric town­house in Man­hat­tan to an ocean­front fam­ily com­pound in Florida to a mod­ern home on a moun­tain in Aspen, Colorado, to the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of the vice pres­i­dent of the United States in Wash­ing­ton, Dc—among so many oth­ers.

Her gift, Hagan says in the in­tro­duc­tion to her new­est book,

“I TAPPED INTO LOWKEY QUALITIES ABOUT THE HAMPTONS— FAM­ILY, NATURE, OCEAN BREEZES, THE QUAL­ITY OF LIGHT.”

Dream Spaces (to be pub­lished by Riz­zoli this Oc­to­ber), “is the abil­ity to coax op­por­tu­nity out of the process.” Her aim, she ex­plains, is al­ways to make her clients’ dreams a re­al­ity. In do­ing so, she re­lies on her sure­fire in­stincts to bring a mul­ti­plic­ity of el­e­ments—con­text, ma­te­ri­als, life­style, at­ti­tudes—into a flaw­less whole. “I look at homes as they are and imag­ine what they might be,” says the award­win­ning de­signer, who is also known for VH Col­lec­tions—her hand­crafted Amer­i­can-made fur­ni­ture, fab­ric, and rug lines—which de­buted in 2002 and are avail­able at de­signer show­rooms across the coun­try. “I do this both in my ca­reer as well as for what I call ‘my sport.’ I love to find the beauty in things, no mat­ter how far down you need to dig.” As such, dis­tilled through Hagan’s rar­efied lens, each new space—while in­vari­ably grounded in clas­si­cism—is unique and of­ten ex­u­ber­ant, with tra­di­tional el­e­ments min­gling art­fully with mod­ern ones in un­ex­pected yet re­as­sur­ing ways.

Like all of the ex­tra­or­di­nary in­te­ri­ors in the dreamy get­away homes in her new book, the rooms she crafted for this soul­ful beachside abode are crisp and clean, with a time­less Amer­i­can spirit. They also ef­fort­lessly blend lux­ury with a re­laxed sense of comfort—which are ad­di­tional in­evitable by-prod­ucts of Hagan’s rig­or­ous and thought­ful ap­proach to de­sign. “Peo­ple think de­sign is about dec­o­rat­ing,” she says. “But for me, it’s about all these other ideas, like the feel, the mood, the set­ting, and how the clients want to live.” And in this invit­ing home perched high on an ocean­front bluff, where it seems you can see from Southampton to Montauk, the em­pha­sis is on comfort, fam­ily, and the beach. vic­to­ri­a­ha­gan.com

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