Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Southampton Dreaming


I'm going to hit the ground running, when I get to New York, and hightail it straight up to the Hampton's, before the 'BlogHer' conference.

I am staying in the most beautiful B&B, in Southampton. I have been emailing the owners and they have been very helpful, helping me plan my time while I am there. I told them all about my travel goals and they emailed me to let me know that The Hampton's Designer Showhouse will be open when I am there. Exciting! I'm am going to take all their wonderful advice and spend full 3 days exploring as much as I can before I head back to NYC.


In the meantime, I have been admiring some of the homes for sale up there! This gorgeous waterfront cottage is close to the Southampton Village. It's currently on the market for just under $2 million USD.


Isn't the kitchen lovely? 
I love the country bench and the rustic VJ's......
.. and the beautiful stone benchtop and modern tapware. A nice mix.


.... oh, and the view from the window seat! 
 I like the idea of the little bistro table set up near the window seat too!....
... and I love windows with lights. Love. Love. Love... but you know that!


Looks so cosy!



Love all the neutrals. So calming.
I want to see those VJ's close up.... hard to see what they have done with the walls. The cottage is only 20 years old. The walls look like they have history.


You can view the listing HERE. Tell me if you buy it. I'll be your first house guest! #selfinvite

Happy Tuesday!

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25 comments:

  1. The grey outside is like perfect driftwood colour. I am so jealous ha. The people you are staying with sound just lovely , what a bonus to have friendly helpful folk to guide you. I think that is a good omen for the trip it is going to be so inspiring and something you never forget I'm sure xxx

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    1. Oh they're lovely K. I'm going to enjoy their hospitality! xx

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  2. This may be my second comment (think I hit a button and it disappeared on me).

    Thanks for your morning posts as they give me a hit of happiness before I head off to work to face the day!
    Oh, cottage above - gorgeous! Location, location, location!!!

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    1. Ha, yes, nothing else came through HMB. Hit and miss somedays. What I hate is when you tweet from your phone and it saves in drafts so you try to send it again and again and it publishes a hundred of the same comment on twitter. How embarrassment! A-M xx

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    2. Hahahaha! I too say 'how embarrassment':-)

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  3. I love that house, you're right the colours are very calming. I may be heading to NY later in the year if I can organise kids?? So will be reading your posts very carefully. xT

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    1. Thanks SG. I will endeavour to share as much as I can. I don't think I'll have much time for blogging while I am there. I plan to 'do' and blog when I get home! xx

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  4. What a kitchen. Love that rustic island.

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  5. All very gorgeous, I hope you instagram all these places so we can keep up and dream! Mx

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    1. Just normal photos M. I don't do data roaming OS! I turn everything off! xx

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  6. I can see why you love that part of the world. Looking forward to the pics!

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  7. I just love that you're going to squeeze everything in and out of your trip that you want. The Hamptons is made for you A-M. You'll never want to leave!

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    1. Oh dear, really? It's going to be hard...leaving! xx

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  8. Look at the bedroom with the lovely verandah off to the side! We can split it and I'll have that piece. Le sigh. Roz

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    1. ... with beautiful sunshine streaming in the windows. It's all so serene! xx

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  9. Hi A-M,
    Thank you for your kind comments and emails recently. I was so grateful. Have been meaning to email you with tips for the Hamptons, as we've just been!

    A few things:
    - Just hire a car from JFK airport. Easier than the Jitney. (There's also a train from Penn Station in NY.) A Budget car will cost you $100 and you just drive straight out of JFK and onto the Expressway to the end of Long Is. So simple! (Follow the GPS) You can then toodle around, drive up to Sag Harbor, or Montauk, or Shelter Is (so beautiful). Otherwise, you can hire a bike, but you'll miss out on the far-flung places (Sag Harbor), which are full of gorgeous Victorian architecture.
    - Be sure to get some kind of confirmation or receipt if you send a deposit to B&Bs in the Hamptons. Lots of B&S are coming under scrutiny for being rather dodgy and double-booking.
    - East Hampton is pretty (the street to see is Lily Pond Lane, where lots of stars live), but Sagaponack is cute too.
    - Weekends are FILLED with people, which makes for great people-watching but is frustrating too. If you want to be there on a weekend, drive out Thurs, before the traffic. Fri night/Sat traffic to the Hamptons in summer is horrendous. (The Jitney is full too.) Week days are quieter, but less atmosphere.
    - The shops are as interesting as the architecture. Ralph Lauren has 4 (?) stores on East Hampton's Main Street, all with unusual interiors. Sag Habor has beautiful stores too.
    The best way is just to meander around and look at the houses. Many are behind hedges, but go to the beaches: you'll be able to see them from there.

    Janelle McCulloch | Library of Design xx

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    1. Thank you so much Janelle. Great tips. I will be up there on Tuesday - Thursday so hopefully I will miss the crowds. I deliberately planned it that way as I had heard a rumour about the crowds! My B&B has offered to drive me to the beaches to see the houses! Beside myself! Even if it is raining... if there is someone on the beach under a battered umbrella?... it will be me. A-M xx

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  10. I'm so happy you are going to New York. If the windows at Anthropologie change, you must take a picture and post it, if nothing else, email it to me. I can't get enough of their window displays. I wish you all the best in your travels. I know you will be on cloud Nine. So happy to see all of the bloggers giving you such great advice. I have never been, but I know the ones who do fall Madly In Love. All my love, Heidi

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    1. I so will. Your post got me all excited Heidi! Aren't I getting the best advice! Anna Spiro (Absolutely Beautiful Things) also gave me a wonderful design list of things I must see... so I have all bases covered! Beyond exciting! A-M xx

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  11. These shots look dangerous A-M... what gorgeous places... you will have a brilliant time... I have always wanted to visit the Hamptons... I am so jealous... Can't wait to read your full report on it all when you come home... xv

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  12. Oh Anne-Maree, you will return an unstoppable force of Hampton expertise & inspiration, i can't wait!! Love Posie

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  13. A-M I wonder if the VJ's are tongue and groove or if they have used green wood because they look a bit ragged for 20 year old walls!!!! I think we do it better in Queensland!!!
    Other than that the lace is just sheer bliss and I know you are going to find some magic ideas to bring back with you! xx

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  14. I am also going to BlogHer but not leaving NYC. I just love the look of the Hamptons and hope to get there another time. Have an absolute ball.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx