Summer in Style with Kate Rheinstein Brodsky

Tastemaker and shopkeeper Kate Rheinstein Brodsky blends East Coast chic and West Coast nonchalance when entertaining outdoors at her family’s East Hampton home.

Kate Rheinstein Brodsky keeps a packed calendar three-fourths of the year, but when the weather starts to warm up, life slows down a bit—especially when she arrives at her home in East Hampton. “Time seems to stand still a little longer here,” says the wife, mother of three tween daughters, and founder of KRB, her eponymous boutique featuring impeccably curated antique, vintage, and one-of-a-kind furniture, art, and accessories. “It’s a much-needed change of pace.”

Kate knows firsthand about living life in the fast lane. The Los Angeles native moved to New York City to attend NYU and then completed stints with Jeffrey Bilhuber, Ralph Lauren Home, and ELLE DECOR before setting up shop just a few blocks from her pre-war apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Needing an escape from the city, she and husband Alex purchased their circa-1901 home after years of searching for the perfect location.

A brunette Kate Brodsky stands in a floral caftan holding a bowl of lemons.
“It’s like an addiction—I just can’t stop collecting anything and everything for the table,” says homeowner Kate Rheinstein Brodsky, who discovered her passion for collecting at age 6 with miniature watering cans.
An all American white house sits on a manicured green lawn.
Kate Brodsky’s early 20th-century shingle-style house is located near the beach in East Hampton.
An arrangement of bright pink zinnias sits on a green tray next to bright cherries.
Freshly clipped zinnias and other flowers from the garden sit on a tray from The Lacquer Company.

The house, situated on almost an acre near the beach, is just a few blocks from the homes of several family members, so when they get away, they can do so in good company. In fact, Kate says that one of her favorite things about retreating to East Hampton during the summer is having the opportunity to gather with family and friends outdoors.

A scalloped-edge bright green tent stands next to a teal pool in lieu of a pool house.
Architects Richard Bories and James Shearron designed the tent to serve as a temporary pool house that packs away during the colder seasons. Appointed in varying shades of green, it blends with the lush landscape.
“I was intent on having a variety of outdoor ‘rooms’ that serve different functions just like interior rooms do.”

-Kate Rheinstein Brodsky

Big white hydrangeas overpower a glass bowl inside the green tent.
A mini bar is set up on scalloped metal consoles by Reed Smythe & Company. The rich green hue of the tables is the same 18th-century shade chosen by James and Dolley Madison for the shutters at Montpelier. Annabelle hydrangeas straight from the garden are corralled in an amber glass leech bowl designed by Kate and hand-blown by local artisans exclusively for her shop, KRB.

“Growing up in California, we lived a very ‘alfresco’ lifestyle,” she says. “I wanted to replicate that here since that’s not very doable in the city. When we embarked on our extensive renovation, I was intent on having a variety of outdoor ‘rooms’ that serve different functions just like interior rooms do. I was also firmly against adding any other structures to the property. I love that our house is old, wonky, and a little quirky! Anything too new or too big would have taken away from that.”

With that mindset, Kate worked with Bories & Shearron Architects to create a seasonal pool “tent” in lieu of a permanent pool house. Roughly 15 feet by 9 feet in size, it consists of an all-weather awning that ties to a metal frame so that it can be deconstructed and stored during the winter months. In true California fashion, the tent is every bit as comfortable for lounging as an interior room would be—and its appointments are just as chic.

A white kitchen overflows with flowers ready to be arranged.
“It’s where everything gets done,” Kate says of the cutting room. Zinc countertops and high-gloss painted wood floors bring elegance and endurance to the hardworking hub.

For a dining space, the architects dreamed up a pavilion featuring an allée of plane trees trained with bamboo rods to forge a canopy. A slender Fermob bistro table paired with French-inspired folding chairs stands atop the gravel floor, giving off a very Euro-Cali wine country vibe. “A ‘dining pavilion’ sounds so glamorous, doesn’t it?” laughs Kate. “I have to have a little glam—after all, I’m from L.A.!” Then she quickly adds, “We don’t take ourselves too seriously, though! The dinner parties we host usually include something simple like a fresh salad, some roasted vegetables, or even takeout. As I say to my husband, I can cook, but sometimes I just choose not to. Besides, if you spread out an embroidered tablecloth and bring out festive, colored plates and glassware, no one will think twice about who made the food!”

A pink tablecloth covers an outdoor table on gravel under some shady trees.
A bubblegum pink embroidered tablecloth by Carolina Irving & Daughters and magenta antique French damask napkins from Guinevere Antiques pack some punch into the layers of green in the dining pavilion. In lieu of a matching dining set, Kate paired a Fermob table with metal folding chairs by Terrain. The chair frames recall the iconic late 19th-century style but feature deeper seats for modern comfort.

Kate’s Outdoor Entertaining Essentials

A living, interesting centerpiece
Fresh flowers on a table are lovely, but a potted begonia stripped of its petals is much more intriguing. I also think an artful arrangement of fruits or vegetables keeps things interesting. There is nothing more fabulous looking than Romanesco.

Glass hurricanes
In addition to being pretty, they are practical on breezy nights when candles are prone to blowing out. I hoard 19th-century American glass, and I based my KRB hurricane off an extra curvy one I have in my own collection.

Cloth napkins
I don’t do paper; however, I’m not above using a good-looking dish towel as a napkin if the meal is messy. Some of my favorite cloth napkins come from Houses & Parties. They have a great selection in various sizes and styles.

A “mini” bar
Not the kind you’re thinking of, but a little bar set up outside so guests (or hosts) aren’t traipsing back and forth to the house for refills. We always have wine, sparkling water, and a cocktail option or two. My husband is partial to a gin and tonic, which feels very summery, so we generally have the makings for that.

Bright pink zinnias contrast with lime green colored glassware on a bubblegum pink tablecloth.
Colorful linens and glassware, including Kate’s bespoke handblown hurricanes, adorn the table. Big, bold zinnias are contained in quirky ceramic vases resembling tin cans sourced at Bloom in nearby Sag Harbor.

Put some pre-made goodies on a gorgeous plate. It’s just that easy! Pre-shucked oysters from your local seafood market are delicious and feel festive when displayed with all the accoutrements. Even chips and dip somehow seem special when you put them in an antique bowl set on a lacquer tray.

Text and Styling by Margaret Rainey Roux

Photography by Tria Giovan

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