Upon entering the foyer of this stunning Hamptons home, one is greeted by an Andrew Martin Ltd. burnished steel chest of drawers finished with leather luggage handles and rivets at all corners. Dark oak flooring grounds the exceptionally crafted wainscoting custom-designed by John Willey. Immediately one gains a sense of the home's personality: sophisticated yet fun-loving, worldly but chic.

In an adjacent Living Room, a 1960s Milo Baughman burl wood and chrome credenza elegantly mixes with carefully chosen accessories atop it in wood, coral and metal, while allowing the brilliant photograph to take center stage in this composition. Nature is subtly represented in materials found in the woven chair arms, baskets, and blanket throws.

Sunshine and seaside colors reflect nature. Deft eclecticism mixes artwork with boldly printed fabrics, as with the custom ottoman covered in chocolate and blue zebra stripes. 1960s ceramic lamps depict an authentic Aztec design, and were discovered at Duane Antiques in New York City. While costly, Willey promises that they were "well worth the splurge!"

In the Great Room, reflection is used intentionally and with great effect. Often reflections double as artwork, as the television screen mirrors a carefully edited still life. Sand and sea colors soothe.

A welcoming blue sectional suits the client's easygoing lifestyle. The high gloss lacquer finish on the chair pair's woven texture shines like water. A distressed brick fireplace surround suits the textured geometry of Stark Carpet's custom-colored African tribal print rug. The brick maker's coffee table sits on a burnished steel base. The woven multi-striped pattern of browns and blues on throw pillows is by Fabricut. Surfaces with sheen juxtapose others coarse to achieve a natural balance.

In the Media Room - now the most frequented space in the home - a tan suede sectional complements sea blue fabrics and chocolate colored walls. Swing arm lamps glow like the setting sun, and artwork offsets the striking graphic divider bookcase custom designed by Willey. The English spool chair in bleached oak is from Mecox Gardens NYC.

The kitchen offers sleek elegance with practical sense. Cerused oak cabinetry proffers a durable finish: this process distresses oak with a wire brush before it is rubbed with limed stain. This highlights the wood grain and adds depth. A polished nickel pendant by Remains Lighting illuminates the island, and seating from Design Within Reach below are brown leather swivel stools with stainless bases.

This Water Mill location demands synergy with its environment which Willey's design achieves brilliantly. Rattan and leather Klismos chairs present a basket weave grid of interwoven leather straps and the seats are upholstered in practical leather. This basket weave pattern relates to the adjacent kitchen's mosaic tile backsplash.

In the dining area, a striking polished nickel light fixture ("Veronique" from Remains Lighting) grants chic drama over the custom table made with brushed stainless steel base topped with two-inch think American Walnut. This piece (from ROOM, with showrooms in Westport, CT and New York City) anchors the space. Practical and purposeful woven wicker picnic baskets near the doorway finish the composition.

A fixture from David Weeks Lighting for Ralph Pucci illuminates the stunning Entry Foyer, where classic elements contrast colorful pizzazz. Upholstered in lush purple velvet, a pair of vintage benches rest under abstract oil on canvas artwork.

Willey's custom-designed wainscoting and stair rail is classic and timeless, while achieving "modern Hamptons" flair. This treatment dramatically updates the entry with a reflective metal chest providing practical storage alongside woven storage baskets.

A tan wool carpet runner custom trimmed in blue on the staircase is by Beauvais Carpets and underscores sand and sea colors used throughout the home.

In the Master Bedroom, drapery and shades are in Clarence House fabric "Petraia." The upholstered bed lends casual elegance to the sumptuous suite. Covered in soft cotton velvet called by Pollack, the headboard shimmers with a silvery thread in a sandstone color.

The fabulous 1950s Sputnik polished brass and blue socket pendant was a client discovery and provides a sensational focal point. A pair of Asian Kittinger bedside tables adds flair in contrasting black and walnut. Symmetry continues with a pair of vintage brass Stiffel lamps. Trimmed with solid blue satin from Hines, these custom linen shades were provided by Dovecote in Westport, CT. Perfectly chosen accessories bring in natural elements with topiaries, shells, and fresh flowers.

The Salvador Dali sketch above the sitting area blends with abstract carved wooden fish sculptures Willey purchased on holiday in Mexico, and rests on the black dresser with stone top. The faceted white ceramic side table is from Comerford Hennessey in Bridgehampton, and woven baskets tame necessities and provide homes for blankets. An over-scale lounge chair and ottoman provide intimate practicality.

Willey added finishes and new hardware to the existing traditional bathroom that featured a stone tub deck and slate tile floor. Benjamin Moore's Yarmouth Blue sets the scene for restful respite in this spa-like bath. Botanical ferns float in glass frames. The bamboo étagère provides elegant storage and displays personal photographs amidst luxurious necessities (scented candle, plush white towels).

Throughout the home, furnishings are practical and inviting while demonstrating a classic modern Hamptons global chic.


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