In a quaint town where he spends his own summer weekends, Steven Gambrel just finished a dreamy coastal cottage.
I finally had lunch at Café Clover in the West Village yesterday. It’s a restaurant I’ve been dying to try, not for its menu—although it was delicious—but for its interior design. Leather banquettes in a perfect shade of blue, antiqued mirror panels, glossy black window frames, oversized sconces and a bar made out of the most beautiful veined marble.
I’m a huge fan of Steven Gambrel‘s designs. And after visiting his latest restaurant project yesterday, I had to look up his website to see what he had been up to since my last post. I wasn’t disappointed. In latest news: a Sag Harbor home that strangely looks like his own Hamptons escape. The kitchen is my favorite room: more perfect shades of blue, his signature shaker cabinets and marble countertops. In the sitting room, an extra deep sofa and a couple of oversized sconces.
I’m super excited to be packing for a girls weekend in Montauk today! To be honest, I’m kind of struggling with my packing (I feel like I need a shopping spree stat). BUT if I had it my way, this is exactly what I would pack. Four versatile outfits to take me from day to night; and from the beach to dinner. The key to Montauk style is to keep your outfits simple, chic and to the point. Flats are definitely the way to go as the flooring of choice in many places consists of sand, pebbles or grass… And a good frizz control hair product is essential!
“When I set out to design this home I knew exactly what I wanted to create: a beach-y, layered and relaxed environment. I yearned to balance the modern architecture with the texture of natural elements and rich history of vintage finds.”
If a genie came out of a bottle and offered me to swap lives with anyone in the world, I’d pick Athena Calderone. Not only is she the queen of entertaining, cooking, interior designing and blogging, but her sense of style, family life and joie de vivre is seemingly perfect.
First, her duplex penthouse in NYC is what dreams are made of. She spends her weekends in this beautiful 60s midcentury modern Amagansett home—one of my favorite Hamptons town because of its laid-back and unassuming vibe.
“I like to hang out at the house at the weekend and read by the pool. It’s such a peaceful escape away from the city.”
Technically I’m a day late for #ManCrushMonday—but I doubt anyone will complain. Who couldn’t use a little eye-candy on a Tuesday?
I spotted this portrait of fashion photographer Bjorn Iooss at home in Montauk on Mr.Porter and I just had to share. I love reading about the real Montauk. The one that existed before the crowds, the status and before it became known as a party destination in the Hamptons. The way I remember it, there was no Surf Lodge or Ruschmeyer’s; no boozy afternoons at Sloppy Tuna or late nights at Memory Motel… Gurney’s was certainly not a hot spot.
His family house in Montauk seems to accommodate just the right type of laid-back comfort and low-key attitude that Montauk once was; sandy feet, lazy mornings and all. Bjorn shares the house with his parents; famous Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss; his wife, painter Eva Iooss; and his brother Christopher, director of photography at Golf Digest. His neighbors: Julian Schnabel and celebrated photographer Bruce Weber. He spends his weekends surfing Ditch Plains, hitting local haunts like The Dock and Montauket, or reading poolside. I wouldn’t say no to those weekend plans.