Sunday, May 19, 2013

Southampton House Tour: A Queen Anne a Nautical Tribute and the 1708 House

"An Insider's View" the Southampton Historical Museum's 4th Annual Tour of Southampton Homes was held Saturday May 11th. Let's continue our tour with the quintessential Queen Anne.
When I entered the living room with its green sofa, various print drapes, chairs and ottoman with a leopard rug, I was amazed at how harmoniously the combination of color and print worked. The East Hampton Star article that accompanied these photos described the leopard rug as looking "surprisingly neutral". So true! Everything complimented each other to stunning effect. (article and photos here)
The backyard garden and pool
The home below was built in 1899 by Captain William Bennett. Bennett captained a whaling ship and eventually became chief of the US Coast Guard in Southampton. The current owner bought the home in 2000 and undertook a stem to stern renovation. Thanks to the owner's kindness and generosity we were able to observe the creative and meticulous result. Photos and more information here.
Front living room.
The bell jars displayed a variety of colored eggs. 
A small seascape with it's own lamp.
I wanted to grab a seat and leaf through the books.
The kitchen was fairly small, but perfectly appointed.
Like a ship's galley, no wasted space and everything in its place.
The pantry looked out to the pool house and pool.
Upstairs bedrooms.
A rope handrail guides you up to the top floor.
A study, a studio, a place for quiet contemplation.
So many lovely touches.
The last stop for us on the tour was The 1708 House.
I've often passed The 1708 House on main street and wondered what it was like inside.
 The cozy parlor
Backyard patio
We only saw a couple of the bedrooms as they had guests.
More room photos here.
The wine cellar part of the original basement 
built in the late 1600s
We missed the champagne reception at the Rogers Mansion which featured the opening of two shows:
Wind over Cooks Lane by Pat Garrity
and "Extraordinarily Ordinary!" photographs by Mallory Samson
photo by Mallory Samson
Both shows run through August 3rd. I will return.

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