A Family's Summer Retreat in the Hamptons

Just minutes from the beach, fashion designer Ariane Goldman finds a summery Shangri-la in a quiet pine forest.

Rough-hewn beams provide graphic definition to the home's diaphanous palette. Photography by Patrick Cline. Original text by Robert Leleux.
Rough-hewn beams provide graphic definition to the home's diaphanous palette. Photography by Patrick Cline. Original text by Robert Leleux.
Designer Ariane Goldman at home in her sunny dining room. 
Designer Ariane Goldman at home in her sunny dining room. 

The Hamptons have always been lucky for Ariane Goldman, the visionary founder of the fashion lines twobirds Bridesmaid and HATCH Collection. she recalls childhood summers spent on its shores with great fondness, and she first met her husband, Max, during an evening out in Amagansett. So in May 2010, when the couple went hunting for a weekend retreat, they instinctively steered their car toward Long Island.

In the Goldmans' sunnyl iving room, bright-white wlls and pastel furnishings impart an air of ease and informality. 
In the Goldmans' sunnyl iving room, bright-white wlls and pastel furnishings impart an air of ease and informality. 
"Mix high and low," Ariane says. "It&squot;s not the price tag; it&squot;s the way you put things together that creates style."
"Mix high and low," Ariane says. "It's not the price tag; it's the way you put things together that creates style."
A Family's Summer Retreat in the Hamptons
Clockwise from top left: Treasured mementos collected during the Goldmans' travels form vignettes throughout the house; nestled snugly into an eave, Charlie Grey's nursery is suitable for a small child, yet in keeping with the rest of the home's decor; a shaded nook supplies a cozy spot for quiet conversation or curling up with the Sunday paper. 
Clockwise from top left: Treasured mementos collected during the Goldmans' travels form vignettes throughout the house; nestled snugly into an eave, Charlie Grey's nursery is suitable for a small child, yet in keeping with the rest of the home's decor; a shaded nook supplies a cozy spot for quiet conversation or curling up with the Sunday paper. 

At the time, the Goldmans were preparing for the imminent arrival of their child, a daughter named Charlie Grey, and knew they'd soon require more space than that afforded by their Manhattan apartment. Their real estate expedition proved successful: tucked into the pine forest of East Hampton, just mintues from the beach, a property designed in 1968 by acclaimed architect Alfredo De Vido instantly charmed them. Its four-bedroom main house and two-bedroom guest cottage possessed privacy, plenteous space, and even a 30-foot-long swimming pool. With no desire to look further, they bought it and settled into the place they now call Shangri-la. 

From top to bottom: An Arctic Pear Chandelier, a signature piece by British furniture maker Ochre, contributes a sparkling touch to the coastal chic dining room; with four expansive guestrooms, the Goldmans' Hamptons home is ideal for weekend house parties; the kitchen boasts ample room for lingering fmaily breakfasts or intimate dinner parties; cheery linens by John Robshaw and Madeline Weinrib bring color and zest to the home's tranquil bedrooms. 
From top to bottom: An Arctic Pear Chandelier, a signature piece by British furniture maker Ochre, contributes a sparkling touch to the coastal chic dining room; with four expansive guestrooms, the Goldmans' Hamptons home is ideal for weekend house parties; the kitchen boasts ample room for lingering fmaily breakfasts or intimate dinner parties; cheery linens by John Robshaw and Madeline Weinrib bring color and zest to the home's tranquil bedrooms. 

To make the house their own required surprisingly little work. The Goldmans considerably brightened its already sunny rooms by removing window shutters and applying generous coats of white paint to walls and ceilings (though, in an effort to retain the residence's rustic character, they left its heavy wood beams in their natural state). Accented by pale blues and pinks, the gleaming white interiors create an atmosphere of serenity. Today, this hassle-free haven provides a year-round vacation spot for the young family: it's a beach destination in warm-weather months, and its evergreen surroundings supply an ideal setting for cozy winter holidays. "The three of us gather together in the living room and spend evenings by the fireplace," says Ariane. "It's paradise. Whenever we're here, no matter the season, we couldn't be happier."

Though the Goldmans' arcadian setting appears impenetrably private, it's surrounded by a bustling world: the famous beaches of East Hampton are just 12 minutes away. 
Though the Goldmans' arcadian setting appears impenetrably private, it's surrounded by a bustling world: the famous beaches of East Hampton are just 12 minutes away. 
"Comfort is key to making your guests feel at home," says Goldman. 
"Comfort is key to making your guests feel at home," says Goldman. 
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