Thanksgiving evokes images of bountiful spreads, hunkering down by the fire, crisp fall walks—and one place is seemingly the best place to do all these things. The newly opened Greydon House in Nantucket designed by Roman + Williams (of Ace Hotel fame) draws on the island’s history as a Colonial settlement where today, every rafter and paint color is inspected to respect the architectural integrity of the Greek revival shingle buildings that stand in this sheltered time capsule. Roman + Williams wasn’t about to jeopardize the local history and aesthetics—departing from their habitual edgy modern tendencies to create a place that’s integrally timeless—but not without an expertly curated aesthetic that’s firmly planted in the present. All this to say—I couldn’t think of a better place to get away for Thanksgiving than Greydon House—where one can sip on a cocktail at the bar, cuddle in blankets on the porch, read a book in the library, sleep in for hours, and taste the culinary delights of Michelin-starred chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware.
Perched atop the Montauk bluffs sits a modern shingle house with an unassuming exterior—it blends in the landscape, untouched and undisturbed. But the interiors paint another picture: a collection of midcentury vintage pieces to rival the best antique stores. It’s the work of interior designer Robert McKinley, who masterfully blended the essence of the seascape with a discerning midcentury collection in this beachy Montauk house. Each room has its dose of 1950s accents mixed with bright reds and blues and softened with sisal or rattan. Outside, cushy long chairs overlook the ocean below, surfboards are stacked against the
Outside, cushy long chairs overlook the ocean below, surfboards are stacked against the shingeld house, and a pool surrounded by native shrubs awaits the surfers’ return. It’s a true surfer’s dream—where low-maintenance furnishings and outdoor showers cohabit high above the waves of Ditch Plains.
Picture this: waking up to linen curtains flowing, palms swaying, and waves crashing—the smell of fresh croissants and coffee. Welcome to St. Barts where island charm meets French flair. Take just a few steps, and dip your toes in the clear turquoise pool. Villa Palmier is nestled in the St. Bart’s hills, with towering views over the red tin roofs and sailboats below. Take just a few steps more and find yourself at the local boulangerie, or buying freshly caught fish right at the source.
The house, owned by Matt and Kate Holstein, an Aspen couple who fell in love with the island at first sight, is meticulously designed to suit a laid-back yet refined lifestyle: kilim rugs, linen sofas, woven pendants. “With a passion for both the ocean and French culture, St. Barts stole our hearts. We believe in a curated home, where every part of the house has a story, a purpose and aesthetic appeal. We are passionate about timeless, simple, elegant design, and spaces that cultivate a sense of well being.”
I couldn’t think of a better place to getaway with a few friends than Villa Palmier in St. Barts. A place where you can at once read a book in the hammock swaying over the pool, play dominoes, drink rosé, and have a dance party in the living. And the cooking—that’s easy: between the abundance of French delicacies, and the gorgeous Lacanche range, there’s lots to be inspired about.
I need a pink rug. In his coffee table book released last October, architect and interior designer Mark Zeff presents Blackbarn, his ultimate sanctuary on Long Island’s East End. The barn style Hamptons home is washed in a pitch black tone contrasted with white walls—and deep fuchsia accent rugs. The house is outfitted with modern furniture—womb and Bertoia chairs—against a collection of antiques and items collected throughout’s Zeff’s travels: Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs, cowry shell necklaces, 1960s surfboards… The bathroom is complete with a double vanity, soak tub an dramatic pitched roof—and softened with a Moroccan rug and modern bench in the home’s accent fuchsia color. The exterior mimics the interior with a stark black structure set against a turquoise pool surrounded by lush green grass—pink lounge chairs complete the idyllic scenery. Someone call my realtor!