Hamptons Boho Reno Inching Along, Plants Growing


DON’T YOU JUST HATE when a blogger starts off a post by apologizing for a long silence, then runs down a list of excuses ranging from being busy with ‘real’ work to computer and/or camera troubles?  I mean, like, who cares? Just get on with it.

This hypothetical blogger could have other issues as well. Sheer laziness, perhaps. Concern that people are sick of seeing photos of the same old place again and again (and who could blame them?) Or simply living life instead of blogging about it, which may be a good thing.

For the record: the month just passed was a productive one at The Hole (a friend’s suggestion for a name for my new house, borrowed partly from the name of the road it’s on, and in the absence of anything less pejorative, or anything else at all, I’m growing to like it).  I busied myself with small improvements to house and garden, prepping for my July renters — installing a washer/dryer, planning for a new deck come August, hanging pictures on the walls.

The great room, below, is kind of great.




The living/sitting/dining room, below, looks pretty much the same…



as does the kitchen…


The master bedroom is shaping up.



The guest room is rather sweet (and extremely difficult to photograph).


Out in the yard, the vegetable beds remain unplanted, the shed unrenovated. Though I do have a spectacular weed…a verbascum taller than I am.



I’ve done a bit of planting, not a lot; that will come in the fall. I discovered a local couple who sells hosta and ferns — big healthy ones — for $3 and $5, out of their backyard. Who says the Hamptons is a rip-off? For me, being able to grow hostas at all, thanks to a 6′ tall stockade fence the deer have yet to breach, is a remarkable thing.



I’m in Brooklyn for July, with a planned return trip to Rancho La Puerta (my 12th, I think) mid-month. It’s all good, and I’ll make no excuses for that.

About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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10 Responses to Hamptons Boho Reno Inching Along, Plants Growing

  1. Astor C says:

    Good to have you back, Ca. More posts, pls…

  2. BSPANTON@aol.com says:

    what…you have’nt been working this property?…give me a break…it is beautiful….the house and the grounds….quite a change from the last post….if you haven’t been busy who has done it all?…..just lovely…. have a great trip at Rancho……xxoo

  3. Julia Mack says:

    ooohhh…the place looks great — those lucky renters! i’m in bklyn for july — let’s plan a get-together, we can even take a swim!

  4. mud4fun says:

    It looks very warm and welcoming.

  5. I’ve been waiting for some news! The place looks great. Hope you will find the time to make a trip out to Far Rockaway during July. It’s been a while since you’ve seen this place.

  6. Joy Makon says:

    Gee, I’d like to stay at your new place. Looks so inviting and comfortable, no wonder you’ve had no time to post! Enjoy Rancho—I’ve been there twice and it is a special place.

  7. Justine Cullinan says:

    Don’t worry about solipsism (I see it as generosity). In any case, your solipsism is my vicarious pleasure (arthritis and an auto accident of yore have limited my ability to garden). And I share your delight in the venue: Springs, where I have a very wee house and plot …

  8. cara says:

    Thanks, folks, as always, for your supportive comments. Joy, good to hear from you. Justine, how kind you are to equate solipsism with generosity. Curious about your wee house and garden!

  9. Lori says:

    have you ever shared about how you finished the fireplace surround? loving your blog!

  10. cara says:

    hi Lori — probably did, somewhere along the line…I hired an old-school mason, who simply covered the cinderblock hearth with chicken wire (or some such) and stucco’d over it. It’s plain in the extreme and also very modernist-looking. See a pic of the finished fireplace at the top of this post: https://casacara.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/live-the-beachy-life-this-summer-rent-my-rustic-modern-east-hampton-retreat/
    I love it, and I’m planning to do a second fireplace in the house (in the great room) the same way. Glad you’re enjoying casaCARA!

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