Make Yourself at Home in the Hamptons
For frequent travelers, the East End may already feel like home. But whether it’s your first visit or your 100th, you’ll never want it to end. And it doesn’t have to! Thanks to the Hamptons’ abundance of world-class home design and décor shops, you can take a piece of the famed summertime aesthetic home with you to savor all year long. Here are eight of our favorite local gems perfect for finding that memorable keepsake – or thoughtful gift – before returning to reality at the other end of the island or beyond.
When Michael Kors sings a shop’s praises, we take notice. Such is the case at Homenature, where elemental materials become elegant furnishings and décor touches. Their geode coasters are at once elegant and natural, and even more compelling is their knack for sourcing vintage pieces that complement and enhance their casually cool aesthetic. From terrariums to linen-upholstered couches, this is beach living for everyone (and everywhere). (6 Main St., Southampton; 631.287.6277)
Hildreth’s Home Goods
The Hamptons’ breezy, beachy style (after all, they practically invented shabby chic) is on full display, via on-trend housewares and furnishings, at Hildreth’s Home Goods. Shop for cozy, overstuffed linen couches and white-washed benches with wicker baskets, all available for delivery to Montauk, Manhattan, and the greater tri-state area. Luxe duvets and pillows complement sturdy upholstered headboards, and even beach towels and sunscreen are available for your vacation and beyond. (51 Main St., Southampton; 631.283.2300)
Stephanie Michaan is the kind of friend we all wish we had: thoughtful, stylish, and effortlessly cool. Her style is equally informed by the ocean and by the Hamptons’ breezy minimalism, as reflected in The Interior’s artfully simple selections. Bring home a plush throw pillow in breathable linen or perfume your home with scented oils and diffusing sticks to keep the air full of sea breezes long after the leaves begin to fall.
(11 Bridge St., Sag Harbor; 631.808.3707)
From rope-woven placemats to marble bowls, supple leather chairs to cozy knitted “poufs” (something between an ottoman and a bean bag), Monc XIII is all about texture. Their pieces evoke natural scenes with from-nature and repurposed materials smartly crafted into artfully simple shapes, and their beauty and wellness department will have you feeling as good on the outside as your home looks on the inside. It’s the ultimate inside-out Hamptons indulgence. (40 Madison St., Sag Harbor; 631.808.3333)
If you’ve ever dreamed of running away to live at the beach full time, outfitting your home in goodies from the Serena & Lily Beach Market is the next best thing to changing your address. Their crisp linens, comfy wicker benches, cozy bucket chairs, and – especially – sturdy-yet-inviting outdoor lounge furniture will have your castle feeling like a sandcastle in no time. We especially love their sturdy outdoor rugs (practical) and their custom Public C7 bike (whimsical). (332 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott; 631.537.5544)
See The Hamptons through the lens of California at St. Frank, whose “The Cottage” pop-up brings colorful textiles, art, and more to the East End this summer through Labor Day. The San Francisco brand has an easygoing, island-inspired style that’s livelier than many subdued Hamptons palates but boasts playful summer brightness and an ethnic-inspired vibe. Feeling really inspired? Many of their beautiful fabric prints are also available as wallpaper patterns. (78 Main St., East Hampton; 631.527.7281)
A whale-shaped paperweight that doubles as a weathervane. Vintage pirate nesting dolls. A candle scent called “Sun Burn.” Montauk- by-way-of-Montecito’s Mate Gallery takes their bicoastal oceanfront aesthetic seriously, but their wares are playful and fun. Pick up a beach blanket or a baseball cap with a needlepoint seagull on the front, or browse vintage textiles from sailing ags to OP corduroy surf shorts. Cowabunga, dude.
(725 Montauk Hwy., Montauk; matt@ mategallery.com)