Woody House

Woody House on Long Island graces the cover of the latest Architectural Digest and is certainly a very special home, one of the chicest I’ve seen in a long time! Like any space designed by the genius of Peter Marino, this house is perfect in every way. Mind you, it is not for minimalists, but it is still perfectly appointed. Its interiors have evolved over time and reflect their owners’ lifestyle and penchant for art and exotic travels. Only a great talent can layer so skillfully so many different influences and patterns, and do it with such ease. And it takes the right kind of clients to accomplish all that. There is not an inch left undecorated yet it all feels easy, and so much fun!

The lush labyrinth of gardens  has been designed by New York landscape designer John Hill and is famous worldwide. And so is Woody House.  In fact, Southampton resident Jennifer Ash Rudick includes the property among 30 idyllic homes  featured in her latest book – Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons – and judging by this one alone, it is going to be a classic!

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”Many of the most revered artists—Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem and Elaine de Kooning—have studios in the summer locale, and “almost every American architect has worked here, making the East End of Long Island a world stage of design.” (Architectural Digest July 2017)

As for Woody House, I love everything about it. Starting with the foyer and its painted floors, and the Chinese Chippendale stairway. A garden urn has been ingeniously turned upside down, draped in a Peter Marino custom print and transformed into a lovely light fixture.

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 “The couple travels everywhere in the world and has a wonderful sense of the exotic,” Marino observes. “It was important to reflect that, while also maintaining the casual atmosphere of a beach- front cottage.” A former magazine executive who has painted all his life, the husband carries brushes and an artist’s black book wherever he goes, and his watercolors, depicting vivid scenes of the couple’s travels to Tunisia, India, Libya, Egypt, Syria, the Himalayas, and Turkey, were given a place of pride in the living room.” (Architectural Digest July 2017)

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Swiss chalet meets delicate prints and bone inlayed treasures from the Far East in this bright living room.

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The library is yet another space that marries different styles and eras. Color and interesting prints bring it all to life.

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A jib door in the library opens a secret passageway to another charming corner of this surprising house.

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The master bedroom is mesmerizing too. I do love red in a bedroom and this is what my maximalist dreams are made of!

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Swedish antiques purchased locally and stenciled walls by artist Genevieve Faure extend the home’s exuberant design into the guest house living room.

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Pretty prints and indian fabrics dress up a guest bedroom.


In the sunroom, rattan chairs and a three-tiered Moroccan chandelier look right at home. The Moorish arcs of the trellis add dimension and soften the light.

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Views of the Atlantic from the breakfast table… what more could one wish for?

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I’m smitten with all of this, so many beautiful moments, so much character and whimsy.



Photographs by Tria Giovan, images via Architectural Digest.

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