Inside a Southampton home that’s idyllic all year round | Architectural Summary
When summer begins to retreat, the string of quaint seaside communities that make up the Hamptons on Long Island’s South Fork traditionally begin to retreat to their small-town roots. The cooler, calmer fall months bring with them a slower pace.
This shift in tone certainly won’t detract Mimi Ritzen Crawford from the manicured two-acre property she owns with her husband in Southampton, New York. Though remnants of summer abound at his 8,000-square-foot residence — a heated gunite pool and lawn tennis court sit on land just half a mile from one of the Hamptons’ most private beaches. – Ritzen Crawford doesn’t give up its plentiful amenities when the weather turns cool.
“Summers are always beautiful here, but I really think the fall and winter months are more special in many ways,” says Ritzen Crawford, a longtime photo editor who now works as a photographer. (His lifestyle portraits and photographs appear in vogue and The New York Times, among other posts.) “It’s time to get the family together, so we spend most of the fall and even Thanksgiving and Christmas here too,” says the Nashville native, who spends the rest of her life in New York.
Ritzen Crawford turned to interior designer Jenny Vorhoff and architect Nina Cooke John to help renovate and decorate her home so that it would be comfortable and functional in all seasons. Vorhoff runs Studio Riga, a full-service, boutique interior design firm whose projects vary in scale and location. Cooke John, architect, designer and artist, leads Studio Cooke John, a multidisciplinary practice that has recently expanded to include socially engaged public works. Notably, Ritzen Crawford also hired the duo in 2017 to renovate his Manhattan townhouse.
“I loved being able to extend the design ideas we had started three years earlier for the Crawfords’ Manhattan townhouse to their home in Southampton,” says Cooke John, whose commissions range from apartment renovations to substantive projects that display his signature. modern aesthetic. “We translated the way they live and play as a family in the city to their life at the beach.”
“Our goal with the Southampton project was to add functionality to the house and make it fresh and contemporary,” says Vorhoff, who recently moved his business from New York to his native New Orleans. “The project took about nine months, but we also wanted to make those interior elements feel like they had been there for a long time.” The artful interplay between vintage finds and modern pieces is evident upon entering the home’s double-height hall, where Cooke John designed the entry’s double Dutch doors to open up the space and make it more welcoming. An Urban Electric Company lantern hangs above a custom skirted table and modern Swedish Marc Philips rug complemented by a vintage rattan bench.
In the living room, the walls are coated with a hydrangea blue shade from Ressource in New York. Sconces by Parisian designer Laura Gonzalez and a vintage pink Murano glass mirror bring additional character to the space. An abaca rug by Patterson Flynn Martin, along with a custom ottoman and sofa, enhance the flow and sense of proportion in the room.