I have a ‘thing’ about houses…. duh, right?
I have Movies that I love BECAUSE OF THE HOUSE in the background, for example favorite movie homes (but not necessarily favorite movies):
- Father of the Bride
- The Holiday
- Something's Gotta Give
- Home Alone
- The Blind Side
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith
- The Family Stone
- Marley & Me
- The Nanny Diaries
- What Lies Beneath
- Under the Tuscan Sun
- What About Bob?
(Thanks to Hooked on Houses for all these great links... I just LOVE her website because I AM hooked on houses!)
I have Television Shows that I love BECAUSE OF THE HOUSE in the background, and ok, I will admit it, I have people I love BECAUSE OF THE HOUSE in the background (if I love their house – how could I NOT love them, right?)
Well, one of my all time favorite properties has to be Ina Garten’s home in
East Hampton. Come along and
join me on a tour of Ina’s (that’s what her friends call her and she might not
know it but I wanna be her friend) East Hampton home,
garden and barn. With a big thanks to House Beautiful, we get to take a
back stage pass tour of Ina Garten’s property. It's earthy, elegant, simple,
and so Ina. Are you as excited as me? Let’s start with the newest of the
structure on her property, The Barn.
The Picturesque Barn
According to House Beautiful, Ina Garten built her "barn," inspired by the simple country buildings of
designed by architect Frank
Greenwald. Now, everyone knows that Ina loves to entertain outdoors, so
what better structure could there be for the feeling of the outdoors than a
barn, but not just any Barn - an Belgium East Hampton
Take a Look!
On the bluestone terrace, Ina prepares to set the table.
“Here Ina, let me help you with that.”
Rough-hewn salvaged beams lend dimension and warmth to the kitchen-dining area. Axel Vervoordt cabinet anchors one wall and a huge Vervoordt basket at the end of the 18-foot-long counter holds all Ina’s bakeware. Countertop is Peitit Fossil Belgian Stone; lamps are custom. White armchairs from Robert Stilin. Wall color is Farrow & Ball Light Gray.
Let’s just pull up a chair for a front row seat to watch the master at work in her own environment.
Ina has the dining table all set and ready for her guests.
I guess she knew we were coming!
"There was a temptation to put a mantelpiece around the fireplace, but it would have been too decorative," says Ina. "This is a masculine room, and it needs to be very clean." Brilliant! Candlesticks on the mantel by Ted Muehling; stools from Robert Stilin; faucet by Waterworks.
An array of objects has been used to decorate the mantle of the fireplace. It does not have to be symmetrical to look beautiful.
Open shelves are stocked with a collection of cake stands and hotel silver. Viking range and hood; Sub-Zero refrigerator; Bosch dishwasher; KitchenAid mixer.
This is a Chef’s Dream Kitchen.
In the pantry, simple wire Metro shelving holds plates, props, and supplies.
Ok, my mouth is watering…. (can it do that with interiors vs.. food?)
Morning coffee in the cozy comfort of a bedroom armchair covered in a Rogers & Goffigon gingham.
Yes, Ina would definitely do something so thoughtful.
French doors open to the gardens outside from the bedroom and give the quiet sitting area a great view.
Here's a tour of that amazing garden!
Ina's office space in an alcove outside the bedroom. The antique desk is from Bloom in
Sag Harbor. Photo of
by Jean-Michel Berts. Walls are Farrow & Ball White Tie. Luxembourg Gardens
I also have a drafting table for a desk… but trust me, it looks NOTHING like this!
This bubbles-up-to-your-chin bathtub by Waterworks overlooks a walled garden. Wood blinds are by Nanik.
It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
In the entry, a 19th-century muslin-covered settee from Bloom is just right for donning summer flip-flops or shucking winter Wellies. A 17th-century Venetian mirror hangs on a wall painted Farrow & Ball’s Light Gray.
We have sneaked a peek or two of this amazing spot during her shows!
Looking out from the barn you can see the main house in the distance.
We will be sneaking over there in the near future too, promise!
A covered porch leads to the entrance. The caramel-colored cedar will age over time to a silvery gray.
Look at that amazing ceiling and those gorgeous lighting fixtures.
A covered porch becomes an outdoor living room in summer; 1920s rattan chairs. Greg Yale designed the wall sconces and indoor/outdoor lamps.
Remember Ina serving coffee and dessert out there on her shows?
Don’t you just love the simplicity of this space?
The stone-topped trestle table and sitting wall on the bluestone terrace.
Isn’t that table ‘just to die for’?
Look, we stuck around long enough to have Happy Hour with Ina…. How perfect!
Ina’s Pomegranate Cosmopolitans and a vase of fennel, in lieu of flowers — well, why not?
… with grapes, figs, crackers and cheese: so basic, so Ina!
Next time you watch Barefoot Contessa, take a look at the background...
You'll recognize it - you've been there!
A Bonus Link
What an amazing tour of an amazing space…. I truly love it all.
How about you?