Editor In Chief, Tamara Stephenson

Editor In Chief, Tamara Stephenson
Hi, It's Tamara. Welcome to my blog where I've been writing about what I love since 2010. I bring daily inspirations about interior design, travel, fashion and entertaining fodder to these virtual pages pulling from my expertise as a professional interior designer and co-owner of fabric and wallpaper company, root cellar designs. From my days at Parsons School of Design, to growing my fabric and wallpaper company every step of the way, I have lots to share. All things design inspire me, and it's been my pleasure to share these unique experiences with readers. I write about how to create a happy, well decorated home by sharing sources, inspiration, ideas and sometimes my quirky philosophy on the subject. I am excited to note that Nest by Tamara blog has been voted #1 interior design blog in the top 100 blogs, notable blogs to watch, and many other mentions, features and awards. Ten years later, my passion for writing here has not waned. My travels take me to all corners of the globe in search of beautiful, artisan-made, unique design. Occasionally, I offer a few of my talented friends the opportunity to guest post on a niche subject, but otherwise the blog is all my voice and perspective. All photographs are my own unless otherwise credited. For inquiries, please reach out to me, TamaraStephenson1@gmail.com Happy Nesting, XO Tamara

Nautical Rumblings in the Hamptons at Monc XIII and English Country Antiques

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out and about with the boys for an afternoon of antique shopping in the Hamptons
Summer in the Hamptons can be busy busy busy 
and this week was no exception 
when my bloggy/design/artist friends 
came to visit East Hampton

 I hopped in the car with Jonathan Legate, Sam Simon and Fletcher McKean to give them a tour through the winding country roads of Bridgehampton.  We meandered to some of my favorite antique shops.  First, a Hampton's classic staple shop, English Country Antiques in Bridgehampton.  Next, a walking tour through the historic village of Sag Harbor, and then we popped on over to the stylish designs at the very new, chic shop Monc XIII 


we bonded over our love for all things nautical! 
Black Swan Antiques 
in Bridgehampton
enamored with this weather vane/ship sculpture
 Jonathan scouted out fine bed linens from 
Lulu DK Matouk 
for clients in Halifax

the silk ikat pillows at English Country Antiques 
come in a variety of sizes and colors
Sam Simon taking creative inspiration 
pillow crazed at English Country Antiques in Bridgehampton 

we were smitten with the octopus triptyc print

you may remember I wrote about designer 
a couple of weeks back.  
The new line is already in stock at 
English Country Antiques.  
I love it that Libby named many of her 
upholstered pieces after local streets.
 the outdoor urns, sculptures and furniture choices
offer a plethora 
of creative outdoor options.

Next, we stopped into the former whaling town of Sag Harbor 
and strolled the many antique and curio shops.  
To name a few: 
Ruby Beets and Jed on Washington Street, 
as well as new shop Jean George.  
We were in awe at the brand new, and very 
chic shop for the home, 
Monc XIII  (Monc Thirteen)
at 40 Madison Street steps from the center of town.
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greeted by a vibrant, glassy purple door with an anchor door knocker, Monc XIII sells a combination of vintage and modern furniture and home accessories from around the world for the luxury market.  The expansive space was renovated to a combination rustic, hip and contemporary space in the heart of historic Sag Harbor.  Husband and wife owners Natasha Esch and Matt Moffin finely stylize the space giving it an urban loft-meets-farm-and-beach-house vibe. 
vintage monogrammed French linens 
The renovation was a culmination of talents from builder Tom ODonoghue, architect Martin Sosa and landscape designer Joseph Cornetta Designs.  The exposed salvaged barn wood ceiling and custom designed wrought iron spiral staircase creates a perfect backdrop for the varied collection on display. There are lots of pretty upholstery, accessories, and tabletop designs accented by a beautiful wooden table anchored in the center of the store.

the small kitchen in the back of the shop
packs a stylish punch 
with impeccable attention to detail.  
The iron serpentine light, cool stools combined with the farmhouse sink
caught my attention. 
The Frederic Malle candle collection kept under hurricane glass creates a medley of scents which permeate the shop.
There are one of a kind or limited edition pieces from around the globe for the home.  I love the farmhouse table placed center stage and set with Bernardaud dinnerware and a curated, unique collection of utilitarian, garden shop 
and mid-century finds.  
although the pricing is not for the faint of heart at Monc XIII, 
the artistic arrangement and selection of unusual and beautifully crafted furniture, accessories and art are divine!
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My very personal favorite find:
The SOL& LUNA orange wheel barrel overflowing with 
luxury linens and throws.  

The lofted space  is accented by 
large French vintage pendant lights and natural wood 
happy nesting!
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photograph courtesy of Jonathan Legate

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