Beach Homes

In The Hamptons...

Can you believe it's almost August already?? This summer has flown by way too fast. I feel like I say this every summer.. Yup, I do.

Last week Hoyt and I were in NYC and we decided to take a quick trip up to East Hampton to visit some friends. We thought- why not?? It's TOO hot in the city right now! And I've always wanted to go there and see what all the hype was about. 

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Here's what I found:

In the Hamptons...

You can't beat the weather. There's a nice breeze that makes the summer heat actually pleasant! (imagine that!?),

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You walk a lot (unless you live there and own a car) 

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Walking in the Hamptons? I can't complain! Plus, I had some time to snap pictures- 

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You'll see shingle style homes (aged to perfection) against stark white trim. I could never tire of this look... 
  
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I personally like the older homes better than the newer ones... but I'll take either!

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(you see a lot of those cars parked out front too)

In the Hamptons,

The landscaping is impeccable. 

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Lots and lots of hydrangeas in brilliant shades of blue and purple,

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The town is quaint and adorable,
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full of attractive people,

and attractive stores...

like Double RL-

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And Book Hampton, the bookstore that I could spend hours in (whoever selected the blue light fixtures is a genius)
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In the Hamptons... 

the windows are left open,

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The sidewalks go on forever,

Dogs drive their own trucks, 

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:)

the porch ceilings are all painted blue,
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The beach is dreamy, (these pictures are taken with my iphone's Hipstamatic APP! Download it. It's great)   

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You find yourself having good old-fashioned fun like playing a game of wiffle ball as the sun goes down....

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Okay fine- or just laying in the grass and watching everyone else play...

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The sunsets are pretty perfect,

(are you beginning to see a common thread here..?)


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Conclusion:

The place is a dreamWe didn't want to leave...

(this photo was taken with the new iphone APP where it shows the persons thoughts!)

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That's so sweet of you, Hoyt....I hope I didn't spoil my Christmas present! ;)

Still dreaming...

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(all photos taken by me; and just in case you're wondering- there is no APP that shows the person's thoughts. The day they come out with that one  is the day dogs will be driving cars.)

Eye Candy Friday

Benecki Homes. Stan Benecki (luxury builder in Atlanta) and his wife Melanie Turner Benecki (of Turner Davis Interiors) are quite the creative couple. Here's a look inside one of their Atlanta homes:

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I rarely see a theater room that is done tastefully... But this one?? Very cool. (I call back-middle!)

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Love the pecky cypress. Anyone recognize the rug? It's from Pottery Barn. 

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Great bedroom. 

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Barbara Barry chandelier in my walk-in closet? Yes Please.

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Then I remembered a Bobby Mcalpine home I've always loved in Rosemary Beach. And guess what? It is a Benecki house too! (look at me connecting the dots on a friday night :)

Fabulous architect + luxury builder + great designer = Power House

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 I'm pretty sure this power house created a lake home too but I'll save that for another Friday night. :)

Have a good weekend. And stay warm!... wherever you are.

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Images via Benecki Homesajc, and here