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A Home For Contemporary Art Collectors in Montauk

by Annie Werbler

After renting for many years, Hope Greenberg and Douglas Maxwell decided to buy their own Hamptons vacation home to which they could escape city life on weekends. When they saw the view from this 1,200-square-foot 1950s bungalow, they were sold despite its condition. The property sits on the 10th hole of Montauk Downs golf course, and their backyard is a panorama of the green. They can watch and cheer on their friends as they play. After an extensive six-month renovation that refreshed nearly every surface, Hope and Douglas were able to nest — with plenty of art from their growing collection.

Hope, a co-founder of Soapbox Strategists, a social media and content strategy agency in New York City, thought she wouldn’t incorporate lots of color into the decor to differentiate between the vibes of this place and the couple’s Manhattan home. Upon starting to decorate, however, she quickly realized she’s “constitutionally incapable of living with neutrals.” Because she and Douglas, a psychoanalyst and contemporary art consultant, had so many things to display, they wanted to keep the furniture clean and simple. Douglas jokes that their home is decorated in mid-century modern Hobbit style, meaning the small footprint is filled to the brim with pieces they love. Though, what he enjoys most is watching pro golf on TV while also keeping tabs on the golf game happening right in their backyard. —Annie

Photography by Hope Greenberg

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The open-concept living and dining area in the Montauk home of Hope Greenberg and Douglas Maxwell.
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Hope had her heart set on the praying mantis lamp from Organic Modernism (inspired by Michelle Adams' living room at the time), but it seemed too overwhelming for the corner space. She went with the Trilight instead and the scale works better for the space. A painting by Luis Maldonado hangs behind.
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The sleek Canvas Home coffee table develops a nice patina over time.
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Hope loved the pink ABC Carpet & Home chair so much that she bought it for the house before she even knew where it would go.
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A bookcase between the dining and living areas with the couple's collection of contemporary artworks on display.
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Hope and Douglas bought this Kara Walker pitcher at a Creative Time annual gala. Douglas bought the Damien Hirst syringe at White Cube in London.
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More details of the bookshelf used for art display.
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A gifted table from friends is paired with DWR Eames dining chairs, a George Nelson pendant lamp, and tree artwork by Doug and Mike Starn.
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The California-based artist Jane Rosen gifted the hand-blown glass sculpture to the homeowners as a wedding gift, which when wrapped in multiple layers of padding for the journey home, caused some confusion at airport security.
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Hope and Douglas love the look and functionality of their kitchen, sourced with Ikea components.
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The Matthew Hale wood collage piece has a real camera inside the box and pictures from a 1960s nude magazine.
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Douglas’ comfy chair in the TV room. He spends time here watching sports on TV as well as through the windows.
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Hope and Douglas once loaned this painting by Alexis Rockman to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. when the artist showed his work there.
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A coffee table book of the artist's work, and others.
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The head of the Yoshitomo Nara doghouse bookend recently crashed to the floor. Fortunately, it was a clean neck break and the pair were able to super glue it back together.
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In the master bedroom, a mix of three different Benjamin Moore grey paints resulted in the desired color.
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The only thing kept from the home's previous owners, Hope thought she'd refinish the walnut dresser to all-white, but when she took the tape off in between the drawers she decided the leave the natural trim.
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Guests who stay in the second bedroom always comment on how much they love the Heide Trepanier painting. Hope says, "We don’t tell them it’s called Vomitorium."
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Douglas bought the guest bedroom's Peter Callesen plexi box with spider cutout at a gallery in London, which went missing during shipping. It was only recently found—5 years later!
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"We love our house because the backyard is a golf course." - Hope Greenberg and Douglas Maxwell
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Hope tried several different shades of yellow, green, and chartreuse for the front door before landing on this one. "Everyone in Montauk refers to our house as the one with the yellow door," she says. "I think our neighbors are moderately horrified."
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Douglas Maxwell and Hope Greenberg at the yellow-door entrance to their Montauk, Hamptons home.
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The 1,200-square-foot home's one-story floor plan.

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Comments

  • I love this home. There’s something so fresh about everything in it.
    Could you share where you got the platform bed frame in the master bedroom? It’s just what I’m looking for. thanks!

  • I really like all the little touches around the house – and a real Damien Hirst!

    I’ve noticed there’s been quite a few vacation/second homes on Design Sponge recently. They are all (as I’d expect!) beautiful, but I much prefer seeing ‘first’ homes, as they give me much more practical inspiration. How does everyone else feel?

    • George

      I understand how you feel if you mean that in terms of a representation of financial wealth, but I don’t see why a second home is less practical in terms of decorating inspiration. Could you explain a bit more so I can make sure we keep that in mind with future homes?

      Grace

    • Thank you, Lauren! It’s true that there’s a feeling of total decompression when we open the door to the house on Friday nights.

    • Thanks, Jenny. My apologies, I bought the bookshelves online a couple of years ago from some small CA company, and I now can’t find the name. I’ll do a little more research and will write again if I come up with it.

  • I love this tour! I especially love the dark kitchen tile contrasting with the white modern cabinets. Really well done.

  • Douglas and Hope,

    Absolutely beautiful. Everything. I’m inspired. Wishing you many lovely days and nights in your home!

  • Thrilled to find “Dougie” Maxwell again! And to see his beautiful wife and second home. We knew his parents and Doug from the Fenway Golf Club in Westchester (where he was an ace player) and I used to go on his art tours in Manhattan. He is truly a renaissance man – art, sports, psychoanalysis. June Gelb

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