I had been looking forward to our Hamptons trip for a large part of the summer, and slowly collecting articles and inpirations for what I would be on the lookout for. When reading the Elle Decor Summer issue, a favorite since beach houses were a dime a dozen in there, I specifically dog-eared the article on the Calderon home in Amagansett. I had previously seen a lot of features on the classic coastal northeast look, with the grey shingles and white framing that I find so fitting and charming, and also a lot on the new haute barnyard that I’m digging, but this place is like an arrow straight into the heart. Clean lines, big windows, a funky mix of everything that balances minimal with comfortable, breathable but cozy… It’s not missing much, but if we were really working off a wish list, only an ocean view could make it better. For daily life, I’m an apartment kind of girl, but this is a house that would make me reconsider.
I stopped a lot at the real estate windows while we were there, not because we’re looking to buy (unless I win the lottery) but to get a sense of what’s there. And it’s amazing to me that you can see a $25 million dollar home next to a $500,000 one, a traditional barn next to a Frank Lloyd Wright transplant….there are definitely options for the taste. And that was perhaps the coolest thing about the Hamptons – it can appeal to a lot of different people for a lot of different reasons.
In the Calderon home, what makes this even more endearing is when you learn how much work the couple had to do – they started out with piles of mold. Despite the easy, breezy chic vibe of the Hamptons, not everything comes ready made, and there is such a thing as hard work to be had around here. But from the pictures, this was work worth doing.
All photographs by Jason Schmidt for Elle Decor.