last month we packed up a rental car and headed to new york’s hamptons- a playground for the rich and famous- but also for anyone with a passion for great design and antiques. along with our summer interns christy and lesley, we checked out our favorite shops and destinations throughout the area and filmed a little trip video thanks to our friend and videographer jimmy benedetto. we thought it would be a fun way to document our summer-staff trip and set the mood for what was one heck of a fun city guide to build. despite the torrential downpour the first day we were there we were able to check out a ton of great shops and hope you’ll enjoy this video and the following guide to design shopping in the hamptons. to view the full guide just click here, or click “read more” below.
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Hamptons Design Guide
- Dienst+Dotter: Owner Jill Dienst has curated in incredible collection of Scandinavian antiques in her Sag Harbor shop. You won’t find a lot of budget-friendly buys, but what you will find is a wealth of pieces that are worth saving up for. Our favorites included: overstuffed vintage sofas, an incredible array of vintage and antique lighting and unique finds like Scandinavian wedding chandeliers and antique goblets.
- Reuben: Owner Reuben Shapiro (who you’ll meet in the video above) is equally, if not more, interesting than the collection his eponymous shop houses. Whether you’re looking for incredible vintage chairs, mercury glass sculptures or antique floral prints, Reuben has what you’re looking for. No trip to Sag Harbor would be complete without a visit to this gem of a shop. (25 Madison Street, Sag Harbor (631) 725-6160)
- Neo Studio: Right next door to Reuben, this fantastic vintage shop has an incredible selection of glass lighting and tableware. (25 Madison Street, Sag Harbor (631) 725-6478)
- Bloom + Whispers and Breezes: Bloom is a must-visit for any regular D*S reader. Owner Mona Nerenberg’s selection of European tableware is guaranteed to be a hit with anyone interested in elegant design from independent designers. The vibe of the shop can be a little frosty at times but the collection is definitely worth the trip. Whispers and Breezes is in the garden directly behind Bloom and houses an equally lovely collection of antique odds-and-ends and garden-related finds. (43 Madison Street, Sag Harbor (631) 725-5940 (bloom) (631) 725-9422 (whispers and breezes))
- Ruby Beets: This shop is pure fun- whether you’re chatting with the friendly owners or checking out their fantastic selection of upholstered furniture, contemporary lighting or vintage milkglass- it’s a shop no one should leave the Hamptons without visiting. Be sure to check out Ruby Beets’ new line of furniture designed in-house.
- Jed: Jack Deamer owns this gorgeous shop that’s just next door to Ruby Beets. I was in awe of the mix of pieces in the shop- a little bit of new and a little bit of old- but mostly fantastic vintage finds ranging from chandeliers found in India to gorgeous chairs reupholstered in beautiful new fabrics. Another must-visit. (27 Washington Street, Sag Harbor (631) 725-6411)
- Youngblood: Directly across the street from Reuben, Youngblood carries vintage and antique European furniture and lighting (26 Madison Street, Sag Harbor (631) 725-6260)
- Annyx: This main street shop carries more affordable (but slightly more country-feeling) homewares ranging from a great selection of Dash and Albert rugs to folk-art-inspired sculpture and tableware.
- Turpan: To say that I love Turpan is an understatement. This tiny shop in the middle of East Hampton’s main shopping center houses a great collection of modern furnishings and accessories. They also have a fantastic selection of personal accessories like Comme des Garçons wallets and jewelry from local NYC designers. (55 Main Street, East Hampton 631-324-2444)
- Calypso Home: This well-known shop may have many branches throughout the Hamptons and NYC but they do have a fantastic selection of textiles, bedding and pillows. (21 Newtown Lane, East Hampton (631) 329-0033)
- Bookhampton: Fantastic book selection. I never leave town without picking up some cook books from this independently-owned shop
- Mecox Gardens: Mecox has several branches but I prefer their South Hampton branch. They carry a great mix of new and antique furniture and have a fantastic collection of upholstered sofas, chairs and chaise lounges. And of course, garden-related goods.
- Maison24: This brand new shop is a serious must-visit. This Bridgehampton shop houses a gorgeous collection of modern design, ranging from upholstered pieces to modern tabletop and home accessories. Opened just this summer by former Jonathan Adler staffer Allison Julius, the shop oozes great taste and is a welcome addition to the mostly high-end antique market in the area. Maison 24 really does carry something for everyone, ranging from gifts to home goods, kids, art, music and personal accessories. Grab lunch at World Pie and then walk on down.
- Tauk: Montauk isn’t the first place I’d think to find a fantastic independent shop like this but this quiet beach and fishing town is now home to a seriously killer shop called Tauk. Opened recently, Tauk is equal parts modern (and slightly hipster) surf-shop and indie home store. I love their selection of artwork and accessories, as well as their collection of modern whaling-inspired accessories like bone jewelry boxes. Be SURE to check out their collection of artwork by Lydia Bassis- it’s fantastic. Tauk also has a Brooklyn contingent, Tauk Design, that does interior design. If you’re interested in their services you can contact Jessica Ferree right here (you can see a selection of their interiors on their website under “projects”). It’s just so fantastic to see more modern, independent work come to the Hamptons. I love antiques as much as the next girl but shops like this and Maison 24 are a welcome break from the high-end norm.
Other Fun Things to Do:
If you’re a Barefoot Contessa mega-fan like me (anyone? anyone?) you’ll love Ina haunts like the Monogram Shop (owned by her good friend and frequent tv show guest Valerie), The Seafood Shop, Loaves and Fishes (be sure to check out their great kitchen shop in Bridgehampton), Mecox Farm, Iacono Chicken Farm and of course, Bridgehampton Florist owned by her friend Michael Grimm (also a frequent guest on the show). I’ll stop before I receive a restraining order from Ina’s people.
Where to Stay:
There are lots of gorgeous places to stay in the Hamptons, most of which will set you back a pretty penny. We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express outside of town to save money but if you’re ready to splurge on something nice we suggest the 1770 House.