Sunday, February 26

an equestrian viewpoint, a mediterranean lunch and at a beautiful weekend home

Wild Horses of Sable Isand 
from Roberto Dutesco 
on display at 13 Crosby Street in Soho, NYC.
let's spend a Sunday afternoon lunch
in an
equestrian lovers home...
and pinpoint what it is that transforms 
a well designed space,
into a
beautiful home
I have said it before and I'll say it again,
a well designed home is a well-lived in home. 
Even with the honed eye of a talented designer, what most magazine spreads often miss with their uber stylized and edited profiles is the importance of the home owner's unique personal touch,
which brings to life the paint colors, art on the walls, rugs and furniture plan.
The home was designed by
Gale Sitomer
of GSitomer Design LLC
and just days before our luncheon 
 Jennifer Joans of
 designed a new wine cellar,
downstairs lounge and stylish mudroom
for this Southampton weekend retreat.
To the designer's eye this weekend home in the woodsy section of the Hamptons is a beauty. It is perched high on a hill with beautiful vistas overlooking the farms and ocean, and designed with modern, clean-lines, soaring ceilings and lots of light streaming in from the many oversized windows. 
There is no doubt this is a beautiful home... 
one of the first welcoming gestures is the large graphic equestrian photograph of a family of wild horses clustered together. 
You instantly feel the host's love for horses tugging
at your heart strings.
GSitomer Design
 a refreshing departure from the popular cedar shingle beach houses in the area, this beauty sits high on a hill, designed with a stone mason's artisan touch, rich wood and neutral tones which soothe.  
Both Victoria and Gadi's warmth exudes,

and is felt the moment you are enthusiastically welcomed into their home. What better way to express ourselves and show our style then to break bread with family and friends and invite them into our nest. A delicious refreshment is instantly provided, and food and delights are offered up. You feel Victoria's stylish fashion sense and nurturing mid-western values, yet the warmth and sophistication of Gadi's Mediterranean roots are equally present. The couple regularly hosts Friday night Shabbat dinners with gusto, and if invited you are in for a treat.

Isn't it nice to see a man cooking in the kitchen? 
Gadi prepared us a delicious lunch
roasted sea bass on a bed of herb infused mushrooms and vegetables,
grilled steak with rosemary
an arugula and hearts of palm, tomato salad
fresh grilled artichokes
Ali, Gabby, Hannah and Andrea
a love of horses and the equestrian sport bonds these girls. 
It seems the passion stands the test of time,
and those who love to ride approach life
with enthusiasm and adventure. 
Equestrian sports are often a life-long pursuit,
and can encompass an entire family's focus. 
When working with horses,
there is almost always something new to learn
about and challenge ourselves from these incredible animals.

mini tarts from
Pierre's French bakery
in Bridgehampton
the host and hostess in a quiet moment

Gadi slow stove-top roasted a medley of vegetables
with a little bite of jalapeno

this salad could be a meal by itself
 and holds its own amongst the hearty dishes
Hannah and her pony:
memories of days gone by hover
framed and hanging front and center
in her newly designed bedroom,
reminds of earlier years, illustrating the
 importance horses continue to be in her life
G.Sitomer Design
 graphic patterns, white patent leather upholstered bed,
hot pink mixed with chocolate brown
and white appeals to a teenager's sensibilities

Victoria takes her stylish entertaining skills
on the road and each summer she hosts a table at the
Hampton Classic on
Grand Prix Sunday
 August 2010 horse and birthdays
at the Hampton Classic horse show
 Victoria's table
August 2011 overlooking the Grand Prix ring
just before festivities begin
ribbon photograph by Gabby Stephenson
interested in this ethereal horse art and photography? 
Gabby and I spent over an hour touring the small studio in Soho and became enthralled in the passion of this artist who spent a great deal of time observing and living amongst these wild horses, capturing their great spirit.  Roberto Dutesco is a Romanian-born artist who began as a fashion photographer.  Over fourteen years of viewing these creatures with the camera lens, he has put together an amazing collection.  Together with Peter Tunney they compiled this exhibition, and also produced a mesmerizing documentary "Chasing Wild Horses" in 2008.
Gallery 212/219-9622 or Dutesco at
I am instantly inspired each time I view these equestrian images, made larger than life and mounted under glass they are fresh and modern yet capture something raw and wild, showcasing the spirit of horses living in the nature together as a family

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