July, 2014

Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball

I am honored to have been asked to be one of Farrow & Ball’s design tastemakers for their #CityPalette campaign. The craftsmen at Farrow & Ball produce the very best British paints and wallpapers bar none. I was asked to tell the story of the Hamptons through color, what a brilliant idea! I captured the areas natural blue tones of the sky and the water which, for me, are the true essence of summer. Their bespoke paints and papers capture the nuances with colors such as Cook’s Blue and papers such as Closet Stripe. And look, they took them and created this quirky piece of art with my selects (I love the lighthouse and windmill, both iconic visuals of the Hamptons). This certainly is a #spyluxe project and so too is Farrow & Ball’s newly launched blog, The Chromologist. www.thechromologist.com

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The Dock House

The Dock House

There certainly isn’t a lack of local fresh fish in the Hamptons. There are great restaurants near Montauk and the fisherman sell their catch all over town at great spots like the Seafood Shop in Wainscott if you are cooking. But the best spot have a causal seafood meal is the Dock House, right at the start of the Wharf in Sag Harbor. They have a huge bathtub filled with lobsters and the best fried clam strips around.

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Cheese Plate

Cheese Plate

Curating a perfect cheese plate always starts with discovering the best cheese purveyors in your location. In the Hamptons I go to Cavaniolas, Lucy’s Whey, the Cheese Shop in Southampton and Citarella. What makes them that much more local is finding chips and nuts made right in your town. For the board I used parsley potato chips from The Art of Eating (one of my favorite caterers) and Nutsz from Old school Faborites.

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Alvin Valley

Alvin Valley

There’s nothing quite as #spyluxe as at-home same-day designer delivery services. This summer (starting July 7th) Alvin Valley is offering this service to his Hamptons clients and it comes with personalized tailoring services to boot. See something in the morning, order it and wear it to an event that evening. Perfect. www.alvinvalley.com

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Honor

Honor

When I recently went to a lunch at Julie Macklowe’s Sagaponack home for Giovanna Randall and her line Honor I was taken aback by the treasures she creates. Every garment is hand made in NYC and one, more exquisite than the next. Her silhouettes are flattering and the attention to detail with her one-of-a-kind prints, laser cutting, and beading is sublime. www.honornyc.com

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