The Beach…A Distant Memory

Truly the Hampton’s beaches are magical!  Some swimming and surfing memories to hold on to…until next summer…

Open sky, soft white sands, imposing beach cottages on the shores, inspiring color and endless waves …The Hamptons beaches are unique.

The Vanilla Martini Glamour Collection…Expanding Wardrobes with Glamour

So in New York, wearing an all white strapless sheath…hot days topped by chilly a/c need a cover…try the Vanilla Martini…

Emillon, on West 4th Street is a festive yummy stopover for great margaritas and tasty Mexican…with most importantly a fabulous mural… a fabulous decor.

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Versatile, fun, elegant, whimsical all depending on how you style this expandable wardrobe piece.  GAIL TOMA’s Vanilla Martini Fox Three in One is a great scarf for the evening, a Coat or Jacket, a Shawl, a wrap for the pool, a cover or a shrug for the evening or worn for black tie.

Ultra soft, faux Fox are Feather adorning the edges are convincing

The West Village!

Just another run in the West Village and I find myself taking photos.  The West Village is a changing more and more…while this is by far my favorite residential landing in Manhattan, one can see the disappearing historical retail jewels that give this place character.

One by one, the coolest retailers are disappearing…, hailing goodbyes to this once hub of creativity now quickly becoming just on its’ way to becoming yet another trendy collection of less avant garde retailers.  Here is one of its’ classics still here!

A Classic

Bleecker Street Records

A Classic Photo of the Sophisticated Southampton Ladies

Fabulous biking attire…a perfect ride in the village…by the beach club…1940’s sometimeSISTERS CATHERINE MURRAY MCMANUS & JEANNE MURRAYVANDERBILT PEDAL AROUND SH IN THE 1940'S.jpg

GAIL TOMA Pillows Available At Kitty Clay Main Street Southampton

Visit Kitty Clay’s and keep in mind  the power of the pillow.

Here at the Mainstay, a Southampton Classic Bed and Breakfast well over 100 years old, I had the pleasure to stage this home and add a few pillows from my collection.

The GAIL TOMA Vanilla, Sapphire and Blueberry Martini Ltd. Edition Silk pillows added just the right splash of color to this previously all white and grey historical living room.

 

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GAIL TOMA’s Martini Pillows in The Mainstay Southampton NY

With 32 colors in each palette the Martini Pillows added just the right warmth and splash of color to pull the accenting accessories from art and books together.

This jewel of a B&B in Southampton has a long history and its’ owner Elizabeth Main has stylishly maintained this for the last 24 years.  A great place to spend a holiday.

“Elizabeth Main has owned this charming Southampton home for over twenty years. The house which goes back almost 200 years has been lovingly restored to capture the easy country elegance of the old days of Southampton.  Mainstay is the longest run private Bed and Breakfast in Southampton.  The home is on an acre of property on historic Hill Street and within walking and biking of the glorious world famous  Coopers Beach and elegant shopping on Main Street and Jobs Lane. Shinnecock, Sebonac and National Golf Courses are approximately one mile from the property which has a 20×40 in-ground SALTWATER pool and 1/2 acre perennial gardens.   Mainstay has been featured in Good Housekeeping’s June 2001 subscription issue and ON THE JITNEY magazine issue , today the country home is used as a summer house for extended families during the season as well as still inviting guest on occasion for off season with limited availability. ”

 

The Mainstay!

Staging in the Hamptons

The Mainstay is an historical bed and breakfast in the Hamptons.  It  is one of the few vintage treasures remaining in the area.

 

I have had the pleasure to stage this home styled to reflect a gone by era of ‘a Southampton summer Cottage’.

 

Minutes to the ocean, minutes to the charming village of Southampton The Mainstay, is a memorable stay.  Hostess, Elizabeth Main has added a shabby chic flair to this historic landmark.

The Mainstay

Turn back the hands of time and experience a charming and authentic Hamptons Summer Cottage experience set amongst the estate section of Southampton Village. With a great respect for the lifestyle of Hamptons and American resort splendor this home has been named the Mainstay and her owner has painstakingly preserved most of the original details throughout the last 24 years.

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GAIL TOMA’s Martini Pillows in The Mainstay Southampton NY

Two hundred years ago, the rear of the house began as a general store and was expanded to a classic Hampton’s shingled home. Unique to the Mainstay, original details of classic Hampton’s summer cottages celebrated still stand today. Fans inspired by Hamptons Style will feel a sense of history and welcoming respite in this rambling home, experiencing days gone by. Devotees embrace this home’s glory and warm inviting feel celebrating the natural senses of imperfection that come with great times and unique style.

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GAIL TOMA Martini Pillows in The Mainstay, A Southampton Classic Bed & Breakfast Originally the First Post Office and General Store.

Can you find the GAIL TOMA ltd. edition Martini Collection?  You can find Gail Toma Pillows at Kitty Clay on Main Street in Southampton or Touch Goods in Southold, on the North Fork.

From the narrow and sometimes uneven hard wood floors to the wainscoted   walls and original claw foot tubs and doorknobs, this historical home is an example of one of the few remaining retreats from this era that remain in this area. Those who treasure authenticity and character along with comforts of a 20×40 in-ground SALTWATER pool and 1/2 acre perennial gardens in a sought after location will enjoy this private escape nearby to the sophisticated village of Southampton. Elegant shopping, classic renown Golf courses Shinnecock, Sebonac and National Golf and a short ride to Hamptons’ celebrated best beaches of the world are nearby. The Mainstay with its’relaxed and easy vibe are reminiscent to a treasured pair of vintage Levi or Ralph Lauren jeans with the warmth of a shabby chic décor.

Europeans and Internationals will appreciate the timeless celebration of this genuine and infamous American Resort lifestyle. From Germany to … international guests have enjoyed their stays here requesting full house rentals inspiring the Mainstay to be offered as a Home Rental Experience.

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Southampton Mainstay

The Mainstay offers two indoor and outdoor dining areas. Gather around her warm and inviting kitchen with wood burning stove and enjoy cocktails at the island while dinner is being prepared. Large groups can dine at either in the kitchen table or in the dining room. An original butlers pantry joins these two dining areas so you have your pick of dining spots depending on your mood.   On those days you want to spread out and stay in for the day, there is plenty of inviting spaces to relax in.

The private parlor is perfect for reading or tea or the living room to enjoy cocktails and television with the entire group.   Sleeping for 12 extends throughout 3 floors with 6 bedrooms and private baths.   The largest bedroom suite offers a wood burning fireplace.

Ideal for families. Take pleasure in a classic Southampton childhood experience where children run and explore, spend days bike riding and beach going. Take dips in the pool and play hide in seek in the garden. Searching for fire flies at night while the adults enjoy drinks under the pergola poolside children. The Mainstay is a safe haven where children can safely play on the large lawn areas offering a built in park like setting for all to enjoy.

A wonderful year round getaway for a group of couples or mix of friends offering privacy yet group escapes and pleasure.

All the best Southampton offers from dining, special events, socializing to world-class art, international car shows, proximity to vineyards, to old-fashioned magical summer fun is all nearby. Outdoor Drive In Movies at Coopers Beach, concerts at Agawam Park, the local Movie Theatre to visits to all the other wonderful towns and amenities offered the Mainstay is the perfect spot for making life long memories for both adults and children.

For those seeking an ideal location to celebrate a wedding, a family reunion or a unique corporate meeting destination; the Mainstay is a perfect setting for the big event as well as solution for having comfortable and memorable lodgings in the Hamptons.

Owner, Elizabeth is a native New Yorker and Long Islander. She has combined the soul and essence of an old world inviting Southampton Summer Cottage with her professional skill sets as a Stylist, Retailer, Innkeeper and gracious Hostess and Entertainer.   The Mainstay has been the longest run private Bed and Breakfast in Southampton for the last 24 years.

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Coopers Beach Pavillon Southampton

Here are a few photos…

Dining at the Mainstay…Breakfast Everyday….

A Parlor…perfect for escaping….

Five Guest Suites, The Garden Room, Meadow Lane, Bishop Lane, Hill Street etc.

Gin Lane

Inspired by this first settled 19th century street that parallels the magnificent ocean of the Hamptons and its’ gracious ‘summer cottages’.

 

Gin Lane is the largest suite providing a great private space to escape to.

Soft tones dot this spacious suite with a second adjoining bedroom offers a twin bed for an additional guest. The sitting area is a perfect spot to enjoy a fire in the wood burning fireplace or have some quiet time. Television and Wifii.

 

Hill Street

Historically a founding landmark street of Southampton’s Village Historic Distric, Hill Street is now a gateway to the sophisticated village’s shopping and dining.

This suite offers a comfortable King Size Bed with lots of room for extra sleeping; a day bed and an adjoining double room. Crisp and soft tones and luxurious linens make this room a pleasure to spend time in.

 

Meadow Lane

Traditionally a rambling ‘lane’ along the ocean reserved for the mega wealthy and their enjoyment and entertaining. Meadow Lane is inspired by the tradition of hosting summer guests. Charming and inviting warm tones and antiques makes this room a calming retreat. This Queen size room is set in the rear of the house makes this the per

 

Hill Street offers a King suite with an adjoining bedroom with double bed. Can accommodate up to 6 guests. TV, AC, Wireless.

 

This queen size room has an antique queen iron bed. Located at the back of the house this room faces two directions and is quiet and peaceful with a comfortable sitting chair ideal for reading.

 

Garden Room

With its’ own private entrance to the garden, the Garden Room is quindessential summer beach cottage. Whitewashed and cozy, this light drenched room offers an inviting upholstered Queen bed. This is one of the smaller bedrooms but still offers all the amenities of our larger rooms, including TV, AC, and a private bathroom with shower.

 

Bishop Lane

Years gone by Bishop Lane was once the home of quaint shingled cottages of Southampton Village.   With its’ light and airy feel, and antique furnishings Bishop Lane is inspired by summer in Southampton.

Furnished with an antique iron Queen bed and the amenities of TV and AC; this room offers a retro village experience.   The private bathroom is just two steps from the bedroom’s door and features an original claw foot bathtub.

Enjoy an English inspired garden and salt water pool under the pergola!

 

 

Anguilla Sea Feathers

This endangered beauties were found all on a remote beach on the island…Cannot divulge its’ location but it was like finding gold.  Hours on the beach making compositions made for the perfect day in Anguilla…

Enjoy these candies…jewels….