Monday, June 30

Holiday House Hamptons debuts at the historically rich and beautiful Watchcase in Sag Harbor, Long Island

Select Views
 from Holiday House Hamptons and the
All-White Gala
in Sag Harbor's Watchcase 
party pics:
Posing with IFDA NY pals Su Hilty & Rose Ott (right), and the Hyland magazine team and their lovely dog Hudson
photographer Tria Giovan, Craig Wood (Cape May Advisors), Randal Stephenson, Monica Sharf (Cape May Advisors) and Tracy Thatcher (Cap May Advisors) 
Holiday House Hamptons
 rings in summer, breast cancer research, stellar design, and all the while showcasing beautiful, historically rich architecture
and sponsored by HC&G magazine
donning pink hardhats to show the work in progress
at the historic property.

the food was delicious, and from everyone's favorite cheese shop Cavianola in Sag Harbor

What an evening -- an extraordinary showcasing of the Bulova Watch Factory's transformation in Sag Harbor.  For years, I drove by the eye sore that was left virtually abandoned.  The property is prominently placed and can be seen when entering Sag Harbor, and many wondered what would happen to this former factory where generations of Hampton residents were once employed.  The history is strong and yet it needed to be preserved, paid homage to in some format.  Years later my good friend Craig Wood had a vision to hold onto pieces of the lovely brick factory, but bring it into the modern day.  Wood thought about every detail of how he'd make his dream come to fruition.  Seven years later Watchcase is a force to be reckoned with in Sag Harbor with a growing compound and many outbuildings, promising to become the "shining star" of this once sleepy seaport.  One of the first original whaling towns in the United States, Sag Harbor has had many transformations.  Today it remains one of the most picturesque villages in the surrounding areas of the Hamptons.  Somehow with all the modernity here, it retains a small town charm.  With an old fashioned fire station set smack in the middle of town, and a beautiful harbor and bridge overlooking the village, Watchcase now greets visitors with the original regal brick facade still intact.  The partnership with Holiday House Hamptons on this special showhouse is fortunate for many.  Holiday House founder Iris Dankner is passionate about bringing great design to the Hamptons, while at the same time progressing medical advancement and ultimately curing breast cancer -- genius!  To listen to Dankner speak one is soon filled with her enthusiasm for helping this worthwhile cause.  This year the designer line-up is varied and the spaces are spread out across townhouse and penthouse apartments on the property.  Come take a look at a few highlights and corners of spaces that inspired me.  Over the next couple of weeks, I'll bring you more, but today here's the first from the celebratory White Gala--Cheers!

Happy Nesting
XO Tamara
 Holiday House Founder & Co-Chairman, Iris Dankner shows her design talent in one of the townhouses on the property.  The space is a gorgeous, fresh and a beach-inspired living room and kitchen, which fits her glamorous personal style well.

 James Huniford utilizes modern lighting, textured materials and design to outfit this beautiful apartment with exposed white brick and open beams.
Designer Michelle Smith shows her attention to detail with a fun horizontal stripe pattern wall that coordinates with the curtains (love that fringe detail on the bottom of the curtain).  The closets in the house were all outfitted well by California Closets.  You may have read my story about Michelle Smith in this spring's NYC&G where Smith talks about her furniture collection Mrs JG (seen here in the room).
Scott Formby's poolhouse retreat in the townhouse bedroom on the lower level is like stepping back to the tropics or Palm Springs during the 1940s.  The stylish space is glamorous and draped in gorgeous art, textiles and vintage bamboo furniture.  Check out a glimpse of this lovely wardrobe showcasing Japanese kimonos (the wardrobe was originally designed by the former talented designer Billy Baldwin for Maria Wells at Villa Fiorentina and was loaned from Sag Harbor antique shop  Neo Studios owned by Jean Yves Legrand.  
 one of the most interesting rooms to me and the art (some from Robin Rice Gallery) is enticing.

I particularly liked Campion Platt's colorful bedroom where he combined an array of textures and patterns in a colorful palette.  

I originally saw these pizza ovens at KBIS last year in New Orleans when I toured with BlogtourNola, but to see them in action, outside and taste the delicious pizza made on the spot, was a treat.
Kalamazoo ovens are made in Michigan.

designer dale cohen designstudio did a fabulous job tricking out the outdoor terrace overlooking the pool and property.  Potted Lavender and succulents with a medley of outdoor furniture collections and finished off with a Putting Green brought a freshness to the space.  outdoor furniture collections are shown used in a creative manner, as well as a lovely customized bar.  

There are lots more to highlight, so please
stop back again for glimpses of this showhouse.  
To learn more about this property check out 
Cape Advisors website.