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sneak peek: erica-lynn huberty

by Amy Azzarito

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after completing a double masters degree in visual arts and literature from bennington college, artist, writer, and designer erica-lynn huberty and her computer programmer/muscian husband alex moved from vermont to the hamptons – which was where erica grew up. initially the couple moved into a big new house, but they quickly traded it in for a smaller place with more character where they now live with their two children – 7-year old liam and 22 month-old beatrix – along with four cats and one dog! living in the hamptons, they also get lots of summer weekend guests! it’s definitely a full house! erica has been a practicing artist since the age of 10, and her home is filled with her handiwork – murals, paintings, needlework. in 2005 erica was serverly injured in a car accident and lost much of the use of her dominant hand. it took surgery and three years of recovery before she was able to develop new ways to create, and her current work explores the use of textiles, small brush work and embroidery. her home is her laboratory for colors, paintings and textiles. it’s a comfortable and relaxed space – not exactly typical of the hamptons! see more of erica’s home on flickr and the rest of the peek here! {many thanks to erica, alex, liam, beatrix and all the fur babies!} –amy a

[We turned a tiny 2-bedroom 1950 bungalow into the shingle-style 2-story cottage we have now.  Our style is a mix of yard sale finds, Room and Board, Ikea, local furniture stores, and antiques once belonging to my grandparents.  It’s like Bloomsbury-meets-whaling captain.  I did all the interiors and painting (many of the paint colors are custom mixed by me) and gardens myself, and my son Liam and I have a nice veggie and herb garden we grow from local and heirloom seeds every year.

I made the duvet cover was made by  sewing appliqués cut from Designer’s Guild fabric onto linen.  I also made the painted bird pillow and and embroidered bird pillow.]

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Erica’s studio:  the vintage velvet couch is draped with my great-grandmother’s crewel-work tablecloth; William-Morris fabric on pillows and drapes. I made the knit pillow as well as the artwork above the sofa.

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Kitchen:  1920’s chestnut table surrounded by a mix of Shaker chair.  The hanging pendants are from Pottery Barn.  A white-washed hutch houses linens, liquor, and candles.  Everything in the kitchen is original, c. 1950, except the appliances.  The floors used to be linoleum (original but in terrible shape) so we extended and matched the wood floors that connect to the living room. Oliver the cat sits below a painting that he inspired, “Owl-Cat.” (because his expression is like an owl’s!) Other oil paintings by artist Josh Blackwell. Flowers are cut from the garden.

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Front entry: There was no upstairs to the original house, so everything on the second floor is new, including the stairs (where a tiny hall closet used to be).  We had historic bead-board cut for the stair wall at a local factory (cheaper, believe it or not, than buying new tongue-in-groove, and the pre-cut wainscot you get these days looks cheap and inauthentic).  Vintage photographs of Italy (we honeymooned) are framed in Pottery Barn frames and line the stairwell.

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Master Bathroom:  Shower curtain and flat-panel drapes made from two sets of Pottery Barn Matine sheets (now, of course, they actually sell a Matine shower curtain!).

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Another corner of the Master Bath:  its huge size (about 11×12) is due to left-over space after dividing up the bedrooms needed for the upstairs.  The tub and sink are salvage finds from the backyard of Olde Goode Things in Brooklyn; with new hardware. Mirrors made from vintage wood and old book illustrations by artisan Joe Brady.

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Master bedroom sitting nook.  Vintage chair re-covered by Erica in Lee Industries fabric—not as easy as it seems!  End table from Pottery Barn; vintage toleware lamp from Ebay rewired by Alex.  John Derian dahlia plate hangs over mural that I painted (the “hidden” door leads into a closet, which opens into my tiny writing studio).  Hardware on door from salvage sale in Brooklyn.  The rug was originally in the apartment where my mother grew up.

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The second floor addition: A vintage round mirror (Old Whaler’s cottage look!), a collection of blown glass, two vintage oil paintings, and a “architectural” sculpture by artist Dan Sams.

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