Friday, December 31, 2010

The Nature of Birds

I looked into the back yard this morning and there are no birds at the feeders. Sometimes it is a feeding frenzy and other times just a stray bird poking about. This flock of sea gulls at the beach seemed very set in being a group. Maybe my yard birds are also in a group.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Flat Top

Flat top homes and modern architecture are making a comeback. You can see this trend in many of the shelter magazines and books that have come out in the last few years. This stunning oceanfront home has been recently completed. The choice of the finest materials and detailing contribute to the success of this home.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

White Lights

The Village of Southampton has added a lot of white lights to there past holiday lighting. It has made the sidewalks of Main Street and Jobs Lane much brighter at night. It seems that there are more people walking around after dark even with the colder weather.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

North Main Victorian Queen Anne

This home on North Main Street looked great in the sun and snow. When writing this blog I often check terms and details in the book A FIELD GUIDE TO AMERICAN HOUSES by Virginia & Lee McAlester. The book was helpful in setting this home apart as a Queen Anne Victorian.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Real Snow

Much of the east coast was hit with a snow storm over the weekend. The storm moved up the coast and started here around 1:30 on Sunday afternoon. It snowed all night with a lot of wind, the gusts are still blowing this evening.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Shingle Style

This home is a relatively new addition to Meadow Lane. The exterior has a simple honesty that lets the interior of the home expresses it's self . I just want to be in that window-wrapped room with fantastic water views.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Chistmas

This tree grows in the park at Lake Agawam, the war monument is in the background near the lake's edge.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Modern Apples

The modern apple tree produces fruit without having to grow tall. This makes it much easier to get at the apples. This newer orchard on Head of Pond Road has the tress in very organized rows by variety of apple. The fields looks striped in the fall as the different colored apples make varied bright colored mounds under the rows.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Caesar's Row

This amazing gallery of nineteen marble Caesars is tucked between the Parrish Museum and the old Rogers Library. The brick walkway is a handy short cut from Jobs Lane to the parking lot. A few years ago the Parrish made a plaster copy of one of the Caesars. They are long sold out at the Museum shop but they do turn up at yard sales.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Nice Old Bricks

This side door to the Parrish Museum is set in a handsome brick wall. The pattern of brick work is called Flemish Bond. This brick wall is two rows of brick thick, the alternate bricks turned on end are used to tie the two rows of brick into one unit. The ends of the bricks are darker than the face bricks. These bricks are sometimes called clinkers. The end of the brick has been exposed to more heat in the kiln giving the brick a char tone adding depth and texture to the wall. These distinctive bricks can can also be found in many older homes in Southampton.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Meadow Lane Folly

I have long enjoyed this abandoned structure on Meadow Lane. Perched on the edge of the bay across a wide section of the Meadow I enjoy the moment when it comes into view. Folly- whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Established Setting

I enjoy the organic shapes that the plantings around the old library have acquired over many years of careful pruning.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Architect's Dream

In 1887 the architect Robert Robertson started work on his own home located on South Main Street. The home known as Wyndecote still stands and has long been a favorite. I got to see inside when the house was for sale, every inch delights. Mr. Robertson was also the architect for the old library located at the corners of Main Street and Jobs Lane.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Model Homes

A few years back the Parrish Art Museum had a bird house competition and sale as a fund raiser. Soon after that event architect enhanced mailboxes began to appear on the streets of the estate area. I liked this one a lot.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Perfect Greenhouse

If I could have a greenhouse I would want it to look like this one. In an earlier time when shipping to the Hamptons was harder many estates hard greenhouses. This one still stands on a property on First Neck Lane.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wave Action

After some storms the sand at the beach gets washed away leaving a shelf and drop down to the surf. In the fall and winter  home owners put up snow fence to help catch the wind blown sand to rebuild the dunes.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Many villages on the east end have windmills. This one located in Southampton Village across the street from the ocean has been expanded into a private home. If the windmill was in action the vanes would have canvas sails stretched over the wooden frames to catch the wind and make turn.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

First Snow

This morning I woke to the first snow this season.I knew while still in bed, the world outside just sounded different.We did not get a lot of snow but more than a dusting. This photo is of the edge of my driveway with holly tree and 15" granite ball.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Main Street Neon

Our village puts up a lot of lights for holidays including installing cut Christmas trees with multi color lights. In past years I have especially like the lights when the roadway is wet.. This picture was taken last night after yesterdays rain.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gate Posts

Gate posts like gate houses can give a hint of the house down the drive. These posts greet a guest arriving at Blue Haven. Both the gate posts and the home sport a blue glazed ceramic tile roof. From the road you can get a peak a blue topped turret. This home was once very famous for it's parties, at the front door there was a stair leading down to a replica on the El Morocco Lounge. I think the lounge is no more as the zebra print bar stools ended up for sale at Second Chance on Main St.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Fern the Cat

For the summer party in 2009 ARF wanted to ad a cat. Here they are on the lawn at the beach club. Fern & Eddie stay at ARF full time and visit events over the year. 

Friday, December 10, 2010


In 2008 The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons was having a benefit dinner at a club on the beach. The director contacted me and asked if I could design a big dog to great guests when they arrived at the event. After a few cardboard models Eddie we cut him out from 3/4 birch plywood. He stands over ten feet tall and is now painted.  His parts fit are held together with gravity so he can be taken apart for moving. Eddie now winters at ARF with smaller dogs.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holiday Sparkle

Lynch's garden center has a great selection of holiday decor that they organize by color theme. This table of mercury glass and other silvery objects caught my eye.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gate House

Many of the estates on Lake Agawam extend through to First Neck Lane. Some of these properties have gate houses on First Neck Lane that are built in the style of their lake front homes. I love this gate house with its rich Beaux Arts style.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

South Main Beach

This fantastic ocean front home is tucked behind a beautiful brick garden wall. I love the details of these distinctive  chimneys. I remember a big construction project here a few years back, the expansion they made is totally seamless. Once when out showing homes I was asked if this was the Dark Shadows House, I believe that home is larger than this home and located in Newport RI. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sunset on the Beach

The Hampton's are located on the east end of Long Island. Long Island is a huge island running east from New York City for over 150 miles, most of our beaches face south. In the late fall and winter the sun sets to the south. This mean we get evening sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean., rare to find on the east coast.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Winter Views

Now that the leaves have fallen you can get a street side glimpse of some of the great estates. These homes are hidden during the busy summer season.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

December Garden

So far we have not had a hard frost out east here. This marigold has just kept going.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The BIG Duck

The Big Duck is located on RT 24 between Hampton Bays and Riverhead in Flanders, NY. I first visited the duck in the mid 1980's at that time they sold lunch from a kitchen inside the duck. I stopped in and asked for duck, I was told that duck had to be ordered in advance but they had fried chicken. Having my heart set on duck I passed. Later the duck closed, the land was sold and the Duck was going to be torn down to make room for condos. People organized, the duck got moved down the road to safety and became a gift shop selling duckness. The condo project never got going, the land is now a park and the duck is back home. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010


This hawk landed on the stone wall at the end of the pool. The bird looked around for a flew then took off. I happened to be in the pool house and took this photo from behind the French doors. The property was very quiet with  no sign of the other birds and squirrels that are usually around.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

South Main Street Again

South Main Street
is a rich source of fine homes. I love this classic New England Cape set at the corner of
Linden Lane
.  The chunky central chimney is typical of older homes where the fire place provided a warm core to the home. For reasons I do not understand an older home can feel right sitting much closer to the road than a new homes. Maybe this is because newer homes are set on higher foundations giving the home a more abrupt facade. The simple white fence defines a lovely cottage garden.