Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fire Island Notebook: At the Water's Edge

Published just in time for the summer holidays,  At the Water's Edge is the name of the new book written/styled by Sally Hayden, photographed by Earl Carter, & published by Ryland Peters & Small.

Saltaire Harbour @ The Great South Bay

The book is both inspirational and informative. The first section focuses on all the design elements that go into creating an easy and relaxed seaside home from design considerations, materials, color palettes, to displaying collections. The second section features 12 real-life homes from the coasts of New England and Long Island to the shores of England, France and Scandinavia. We were flattered to have our tiny little Fire Island house included in such inspiring company. Here are a few out-takes of our pre-Sandy home from the book. Stay tuned for shots on the progress of our re-construction progress.

no cars or roads. houses are up on posts and all travel on wooden walks. 
afternoon light streams through our front door

vintage tortoise shells from Harbour Island

no A/C here! best mosquito deterrent too

vintage oyster plates - a lovely gift from my mother-in law
always ready for cocktail hour

We had such a great time getting to know Sally and Earl. It's always a bit funny to open your house to strangers and say "have your way with it," but we trusted them completely. They had a jam-packed itinerary of Shelter Island, Quogue, Montauk and Nantucket with only two days to travel, set up and shoot our house and the Saltaire area. To make things as easy as possible (and calm my nerves) I enlisted the aid of a good friend and uber-talented stylist in advance, Barclay Resler. Barclay has a magical touch (and wicked sense of humor) that can quickly make the simplest setting look chic. 

Sally is an interiors and food stylist with an interior design background. A former lifestyle director at Eve, she has also worked on many illustrious titles including Vogue Living /Australia and Vogue Entertaining and co-authored the best selling Coastal Living. She just recently moved from London to Australia. Earl is based in Australia and travels the world photographing people, architecture, hotels and interiors for many impressive clients, too many to list. I encourage you to visit his beautiful website here. They are both super nice and great company, I'm just sorry they live so far away.

 If you happen to be in Saltaire this weekend, the ever so talented stylist, Mary-Ellen Weinrib is hosting a tag sale full of her beautiful vintage props, plates and textiles. The book will be for sale there with a portion of the proceeds going to Save the Great South Bay and I'll also be selling a few vintage goodies and treasures from my recent trip to India. 

Have a happy 4th!  Hope to see you at the sale + the beach!  

Saltaire beach

Sandy Tag Sale
Saturday, July 6th
11:00 - 2:00 pm
109 Pacific Walk, Saltaire
cash + carry

All images are photographed by Earl Carter.  © Ryland Peters & Small /  Earl Carter.
Special thanks to the helpful crew at RPS: Jess, Wendy & Melty! 

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