Some of you may have already seen the Hamptons home of Katie Couric as featured in Hampton Cottages & Gardens last month. If like me you haven't, take a look. It's quite lovely. For starters, what an unconventional colour. Reminds me of this rather bold local statement found by Ashley over at Penguin Begets Penguins.
Though when you're looking back at the house from the pool and tennis courts, the colour looks far more traditional.
French doors in the living room open into a sun room and the backyard.
Apparently blue and white is one of Katie's favourite colour combinations and it is splendidly shown off in a dining room that comfortably fits large groups of family and friends. Though if it was my house, the seashell mirror would have to go. Just sayin'.
A painting by local artist Walter Us hangs above an antique chest.
The master bedroom is painted in sea-foam blue which is rather perfect for the area don't you think. I love the double bookcases on either side of the bed, imagine falling asleep being surrounded by books (and I don't mean the messy stack on my side table threatening to topple over me each night). Oh, and FYI the watercolour hanging above the bed is from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis auction. I wonder where Jackie had it hanging?
A collection of bright bottles belonging to Katie's late husband Jay Monahan.
Given that occasional tables are my favourite piece of furniture I'm crazy about this antique drum that is doubling as a bar and table. Love the flamboyant glasses that contrast with the sensible black leather and silver too. Of course now I won't be able to rest until I also find an old drum to use as a table.
While the house itself needed very little work when Katie bought it, the outside was quite another story so for this she called on the expertise of her landscape architect sister Clara Couric Batchelor.
Her sister's plan for the property focused on outdoor living and relaxing.
An old picket fence and overgrown hydrangeas were removed to unveil an unobstructed view from the living room.
A sweet and simple statement.
All images from Hamptons Cottages & Gardens here
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