Jennifer Ash Rudick describes the rich beauty and diversity of the Eastern Long Island through beloved Hamptons houses and gardens, and the personalities of their owners. “When something is personal and practical, more often than not it will also be beautiful and its appeal will stand the test of time. Like their owners, each of these houses exudes a depth of understanding mixed with design intuition.” —Jennifer Ash Rudick
Home of Ala & Ralph Isham
DESIGN STYLE: A combination of Alpine design with Newport influences built on a hillside with beautiful views and gardens. “Ala and Ralph Isham’s storybook house, the Moraine, is set in regal isolation on the crest of a magically landscaped hillside. The driveway’s ascent is so gradual that you don’t realize how far up you’ve climbed until you’ve reached the house and taken in the view: a glacial topography of ridges, swales, and farmland, as well as the Atlantic Ocean four miles away,” writes Jennifer Ash Rudick.
Home of Trey & Jenny Laird
DESIGN STYLE: An unpretentious farmhouse steeped in elegant comfort designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber with a series of gardens and outdoor spaces designed by Deborah Nevins. “Trey and Jenny are extremely visual and articulate about design,” says Bilhuber in Out East. “We found a common language. I knew right away it was going to be more complex than picking fabrics together. It was going to be about telling a story.”
Home of Peter Hallock and Craig Mowry
DESIGN STYLE: A mash-up of antiques, textiles, and contemporary art from all over the globe, and a lot of chairs. “I’m all about including people, and I like to have chairs you can pull up to join a conversation. I would hang them from the ceiling if I could,” says Hallock in Out East.
Home of Corbin and Beth Blake Day
DESIGN STYLE: Classic nineteenth-century Colonial with modern sensibilities designed by former owner Steven Gambrel. “Steven helped with window treatments and the paint schedule, what we call ‘Steven Gambrel’s fifty shades of grey,’ but we also incorporated some color. Steven understood how to do that without diminishing the spirit of the house that first attracted us,” says Blake in the book.
Captions Excerpted from Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons by Jennifer Ash Rudick (Vendome, 2017) | Photography by Tria GiovanBuy the Book