Eileen Peretz Interiors, Inc.
Sample Project
Sources and Materials
Emphasis on Personal Service
The Entrance Hall
The Living Room
The Dining Room
The Dining Room
The Dining Room
The Library
The Kitchen
The Breakfast Area
The Master Bedroom
The Master Bathroom
Project: Hampton Residence, Sagaponack, New York

The project, which took slightly over one year to complete, is a collaborative effort between the owners, the architect, Lawrence Randolph, A.I.A., and the designer, Eileen Peretz. The owners, who travel extensively, wanted a home to reflect their casual lifestyle and sophisticated taste. The major design problem was to develop a residence with enough strength and character to balance the home with 35 acres of vast open fields and dramatic ocean vistas. A bilaterally symmetrical shingle style was chosen, based upon a central axis that extends from the entrance door through the living room, across the pool and terrace to a cut in the primary dune on the Atlantic Ocean. The distant view, centered on the residence, is reminiscent of similar orientations in the placement of Greek temples.

The interior of the house echoes and reinforces the classic villa-like simplicity. The Entrance Hall is framed by a pair of matching, curved staircases and a bridge overhead. This hall leads to three double height public rooms with matching fireplaces at opposite ends. One is immediately aware of the light filled spaces and diverse objects throughout. In the entry, cradled by the staircases, are antique Italian olive jars and an architectural fragment from the Loew's Pitkin Theatre, a boyhood haunt of the owner.

The double height Living Room is entered through majestic columns. Anchoring the room is an Oushak rug on top of an expansive sisal rug. The room combines overstuffed sofas, Indonesian Grandmothers' chairs, new bronze and alabaster lamps and an antique American armillary.

The Dining Room is entered through a second pair of columns. With its Fossilstone mantle, embedded with small sea creatures resembling the ones collected from nearby beaches, its eighteen foot high chimney and antique French mirror, the fireplace glows as it warms the room on cool summer nights. The owners, who entertain often, required a large, low maintenance dining table that would stand up to intense light and sea air. A unique two inch thick slab of waxed cement with pietra dura tile inlay supported by an iron base was designed by EPI. McGuire rattan "Russian" chairs surround the table. Service is usually buffet style from a Gustav II Swedish breakfront.

The double height Library, with a mantle and chimney matching those of the dining room, opens to the living room from the opposite end. With four large wicker chairs, a hand forged iron and faux painted low table and an English book-fronted cabinet, it provides cozy setting.

The large country Kitchen features a wood burning pizza oven. Glass fronted cabinets display antique kitchen tools and the owners' collection of Italian Majolica. The antique terra cotta floor tiles are from a French chateau. A sun filled semicircular Breakfast Area overlooks the vegetable gardens where the owner nurtures a variety of prize winning tomatoes, used by him for homemade pasta sauces. A comfortable Media Room adjoins the kitchen, seating twelve amidst a set of Balinese altar tables, a George III bookcase and an American Wheel of Fortune.

The Master Bedroom, with a twelve foot tray ceiling, large picture windows and grand decks has views of the ocean. Subdued colors contrast with a vividly painted, antique trompe l'oeil screen and the owner's collection of American quilts. Simple gauze Roman shades are the only draperies in the house. A bold Sri Lankan four poster bed and Gothic Revival side tables balance the airy room.

The five guest bedrooms all highlight objects the owners have acquired in their travels. One room is furnished with an antique iron bed and flea market finds while another features an Indonesian mosquito-netted bed set between Victorian marble topped side tables. Add old French posters, a collection of creamware pottery and a Dutch Colonial armoire and the result is a sultry, international atmosphere.

Fabrics throughout the house are natural fibers, cotton, linen and silk, selected from J. Robett Scott, Scalamandre and Brunschwig and Fils. The handmade Bathroom tiles are from California and the tumbled marble in the Master Bathroom is from Italy.

This home and its cohesive composition is the happy outcome of a creative, cooperative dynamic between the Clients, Architect and Interior Designer.