Time To Get Out Your Summer Whites!

Memorial Day marks the time when you can officially (if you follow traditional fashion etiquette) get out your summer whites. We have the perfect excuse for your to don your best white attire when the second annual Holiday House Hamptons presented by Hamptons Cottages & Gardens celebrates our Opening Night “White Party” at the Watchcase in Sag Harbor on June 28!

Marianne Howatson and Kendell Cronstrom of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens with Holiday House founder Iris Dankner at last year's Opening Night White Party.
Marianne Howatson and Kendell Cronstrom of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens with Holiday House founder Iris Dankner at last year’s Opening Night White Party.

White decor and fashion can seem both glamorous and seemingly effortless at the same time, much like the Hamptons.  Many of the designers for the inaugural Holiday House Hamptons in 2013 incorporated white into their spaces in both crisp and ethereal ways.   They shared their inspirations in Hamptons Cottages & Gardens July 2013 coverage of the event; we’ve shared a few highlights below and the full coverage can be seen here.

Great Room by Mabley Handler Design. Photography by Anastassios Mentis for Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.
Great Room by Mabley Handler Design. Photography by Anastassios Mentis for Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.

“For anyone buying, building and/or renovating in the Hamptons, the mantra is to be ‘in by Memorial Day.’ So our great room is designed as a soothing space to host a summer kick off cocktail party,” said husband and wife design team Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler of Mabley Handler Interior Design.  They incorporated fabrics by AERIN into their luxurious space where calming whites and blues call for relaxation.

Jennifer Duneier poses in her kitchen for Holiday House Hamptons 2013.
Jennifer Duneier poses in her kitchen for Holiday House Hamptons 2013.

Another designer who was inspired by white and blue last year was Jennifer Duneier of Duneier Design for her kitchen and dining area.  “Summer is the best time of year for hosting friends and family. I love to cook, so creating the space was fun for me, especially when it came to making the modern Arclinea cabinets and custom laser-cut backsplash look seamless with the house’s traditional architecture,” she said.

Screened porch by Hunniford Design Studio. Photograph by Anastassios Mentis for Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.
Screened porch by Hunniford Design Studio. Photograph by Anastassios Mentis for Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.

Huniford Design Studio‘s pale, clean palette for his screened porch gives the feeling of the breeze itself.  “We wanted the room to function differently from a typical sitting area.  Inspired by a tree swing, we hung a daybed from the ceiling, bringing a sense of the outdoors into this transitional space,” said James Huniford.

Ally Coulter Designs' Master Suite.  Photograph by Anastassios Mentis for Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.
Ally Coulter Designs’ Master Suite. Photograph by Anastassios Mentis for Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.

For her Master Suite, Ally Coulter created an “all-white ambiance that pays homage to strong women.”   Highlights were the luxe white bed she designed for Neidermaier with a sparkling Baccarat chandelier floating overhead.

Ally’s ode to women reminds us of the meaning behind Holiday House.  All proceeds from the event benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which does ground breaking work worldwide to fulfill their mission of finding a cure for breast cancer.

Join us on June 28 to see what this year’s extraordinary designers create and to support a worthwhile cause.  Tickets are now available online.

In the meantime, here’s Mabley Handler’s contribution to last year’s recipe book to toast the start of summer … The Southside, the classic Hamptons cocktail!

The Southside

Courtesy of longtime Hamptonite Eric Striffler

 Ingredients

1 liter Tanqueray gin

1 full cup freshly squeezed lime juice (Must be fresh…Roughly 10 limes)

2 bunches fresh mint (Roughly 8 sprigs)

1 cup Domino white sugar

1/2 cup raw Coconut (brown) sugar (Preferable Navitas Naturals Coconut Palm Sugar)

2 cups water

1 cup plain seltzer

1 bag ice

Large 1-2 gallon jug or pitcher

Directions

First, make simple syrup:

Add 2 cups water into large saucepan.

Add white AND coconut sugar, and then add 4-5 mint sprigs.

Bring to boil for 10 minutes, and then let simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Let stand for 1 hour. When the simple syrup reaches room temperature, remove and discard the mint sprigs/leaves.

Pour entire amount of simple sugar solution into jug or pitcher.

Add 1 pound of ice, and then add the gin, lime juice, and seltzer.

Add leaves of one mint sprig (But save all other leaves for garnishing the cocktail once poured).

Stir and serve over ice and garnish with 2-3 fresh mint leaves.