Chic Cozy Cottage
02 . 14 . 08
It’s so funny how you can see an imagine and then end up seeing it again in a different context later that same day. That’s what happened to me today. Earlier, I was reading my favorite blogs and Anna at Absolutely Beautiful Things posted the cute little cottage above with a link to an article about Steven Gambrel’s guesthouse from New York Magazine.
The living room was the most dramatic aspect had many interesting pieces including (1) an early-twentieth-century Danish ship’s lantern as a chandelier, (2) framed vintage sea-creature prints above the sofa which Gambrel chose to ﬂoated in clear glass frames, (3) a Gambrel designed sofa covered in Manuel Canovas nubby oyster cloth, (4) a Belgium coffee table made of iron and slate, (5) armchairs found at the Paris ﬂea market and covered in a shearling bed cover found in a ﬂea market in Uruguay, (6) a sisal rug from Crate and Barrel, and (7) a wood stool covered in orange leather from Antwerp.
Then later that night, I was leafing through the new March 2008 issue of Town & Country magazine and all of the sudden I noticed that the models were sitting in the very same room! Obviously, I’m sure someone at T&C is friendly with Mr. Gambrel and decided his little guesthouse would make a perfect set for their fashion shoot. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the green glass jug from the front of the house ends up in the photo too.
Gambrel renovated the cottage first before the main house, which can be seen on his website, and ended up loving the cozy environment which includes a tarpon from the 1920’s above the fireplace, a ladder that leads to a sleeping loft and a shell found at a Hamptons garage sale.
The kitchen is also cozy but is only called upon for casual summer meals including corn on the cob which will be served on pewter plates.
Its such a beautiful cottage, I certainly wouldn’t mind staying there!
dear hc, just a little love note… can’t wait to read your blog in the morning, you have a wonderful eye! I’m always interested in what you have to say and share, keep up the good work!
Oh my goodness, the Danish ship’s lantern is stunning. There is so much to take in from the living room!
I love the natural light in the last photos – really beautiful.
Thank for the images! I am a Gambrel fan and would not have seen these without you!
Suzy, As fabulous as all the mansions are in the Hamptons, I’d take a tiny little cottage any day!
Thanks Anonymous! You’re sweet! I will definitely try to keep bringing you new and interesting posts!
Alice, I think everything that Steven Gambrel touches turns to gold. He is so talanted and nice too!
Katie, thanks should go to Anna at Absolutely Beautiful Things who posted the link. I just think it’s so funny that I saw it in Town and Country that same night. What perfect timing!
I love the idea of a chandelier from a danish vessel. The tradition in Denmark is that all the churches have a vessel model hanging from the ceiling. Since its a seafaring country in olden days the women would use this as a visual to pray for their men at sea.
Vie Chaotique, what a wonderful tradition. The cottage is also located in a seafaring area of the Hamptons and that was probably part of the reason they too hung a ship’s lantern.
Wow – isn’t that great to see it in the ad as well!! Thanks for the link!