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Hamptons Pre-novation: End of Phase 1

GREETINGS FROM THE LAND of rhododendrons. They’re pink, it turns out, the stand of old rhodies at the eastern Long Island property I bought in March — hot, gaudy pink, immensely cheering on a foggy 57-degree morning. I’ve been living … Continue reading

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Hamptons Reno Inching Forward

MEASURING OUT PROGRESS in coffee spoons here at my low-budget Hamptons reno. Can’t even call it a reno, really; it’s more a matter of making sure I don’t get electrocuted, burgled, or die for lack of water. That’s all I … Continue reading

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Renovation Frustration

IT WASN’T MY MOST productive week. It started in a blaze of sunny optimism and ended in wind and rain, loneliness and discouragement, with an identity theft nightmare that took a precious day at the bank to sort out, and … Continue reading

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Deed Done, Work Begins

instagram.com/exphotographer THE DEED IS DONE! Signed, rather, along with the mortgage and a whole bunch of other papers. The house in Springs (East Hampton), Long Island, N.Y., that I have coveted for almost two years is mine, and I am … Continue reading

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The Big Reveal: Inside My Beach-House-to-Be

THE WAITING GAME continues. I’ve officially “gone to contract” on the Long Island beach house deal I’ve been patiently coddling for almost two years now. The seller has signed the contract of sale, my down payment has been delivered, the … Continue reading

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The Insider: Updating a Brooklyn Heights Pre-War

WHAT IS, above. WHAT WAS, below. From a fusty 1920s apartment, with closed-off rooms, a tight galley kitchen, and dropped ceilings, to a bright and open 1,500 square feet, designed by¬†Elizabeth Roberts for the way people live today. That’s the … Continue reading

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The Insider: Pre-War Gut in Brooklyn Heights

AN ARCHITECT’S OWN HOME, furnished with 20th century design classics, is the subject of today’s Insider on Brownstoner.com. The changes Platt Dana made were subtle, but they brought the apartment from dowdy and confined to open and filled with light. … Continue reading

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