HOW TO HAMPTONS YOUR HOME

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Love the sea? Infuse your home with the casual sophistication of Hamptons’ style. Here’s how!

Sun. Baking hot sand. The crash of the surf. There’s something about the seaside that salves the soul. The briny air exfoliates the fug of life from your being! What could be more uplifting than to draw some of its charm into your home?

Hamptons’ style is a sophisticated coastal aesthetic. This is not beachy-kitsch. You won’t find any plaster-cast sea urchins here (sorry!). It’s rugged elegance at its best. Think breezy open spaces, creamy white walls and a wealth of natural light. The décor is classic, accented with natural textures – a smidge rustic without losing its chic.

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L to R: j.elliot HOME Scott Striped Jute Rug and Zanui Carmack Occasional Chair, available online at Zanui.

The Hamptons lie north of New York – they’re the go-to seaside escape for the rich and the richer. This cluster of villages and hamlets between Southampton and East Hampton is invested with beachside estates with private tennis courts and pools, hosting  its fair share of lavish parties stacked with exclusive guests.

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The Zanui Outdoor Collection, featuring the Zanui Lauderdale Outdoor Dining Table and Orlando Outdoor Dining Chair, available online at Zanui.

The Hamptons is the sixth most expensive postcode in the USA, so it’s no surprise that it’s a celebrity playground and the home of high society. But you don’t have to be a Kardashian to capitalise on this stylishly elegant aesthetic. Even if you can’t hear the surf from your sunroom, your home can still resonate this luxurious look.

Here are our tips to stealing some Hamptons’ charm for yourself!

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The Zanui Florence Queen Bed, available in oatmeal and paloma, available online at Zanui.

WHITE IS THE NEW BLACK

Give your home a lick of fresh paint – white walls with a hint of warmth create the perfect canvas for this aesthetic. Designer Tara Dennis suggests Dulux Natural White for its soft strength. White also makes smaller rooms appear more spacious.

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Images sourced: taradennis.com.au

Paint natural timber skirting boards, bookshelves, chests of drawers or leave them exposed.

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Rug Culture Deva Jute Rug, Blue, (right) available online at Zanui. Image sourced: bungalowblueinteriors.com.

FEED YOUR FLOORS FIBRE

Timber floors work a treat with this look. Distressed + weathered floorboards add laissez-faire flair and patina. Alternatively you can stain them rich chocolate brown for striking contrast or bleach them blonde…

Rip up your carpets stat and invest in a rug. Think natural fibres. Jute and sisal are strong and add earthy notes to your room. Opt for an organic hue or add a splash of colour. Navy is nice. And stripes are traditional yet timeless. Round is on-trend right now.

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L to R: Rug Culture Casa Tutti Round Jute Rug, Linen House Margaret Round Jute Rug, Denim, Rug Culture Tortuga Round Jute Rug, Cherry, and Rug Culture Tortuga Round Jute Rug, White, available online at Zanui.

These rugs also work well layered with other rugs or over carpet. (Good for renters who praps shouldn’t be hacking away at floorcoverings they don’t own!)

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L to R: j.elliot HOME Laurent Round Jute Rug, and j.elliot HOME Absolon Round Jute Rug, available online at Zanui.

BE COARSE

Not crass. Fine manners are always encouraged. We’re talking textures here. Think linen or cotton drill or the like in your sofas and armchairs. We love heavier woven fabrics in neutrals for a Hamptons’ living room. They say high-end yet relaxed. Plus they’re durable.

An occasional chair in wicker or rattan works in well. As do storage basket sets in graduated sizes.

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L to R: Zanui Bastian Coffee Table and the Zanui Coffee and Side Table collection, available online at Zanui.

LEAN LEFT OF CENTRE

Classic sofas with clean lines make room for a touch of personality in your throws and cushions.

Add in small side tables and coffee tables to offset the symmetry of your space. These tables are handy for hosting parties and afternoon teas. Plus they relax the formality of the room.

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Images sourced: taradennis.com.au.

STEAL FROM NATURE

Next time you are strolling along the promenade, daydreaming, WAKE UP! 😉 Thieve something gorgeous to dress up your home…

We’re talking driftwood, shells, coral, glass polished smooth by the breakers… These look lovely teamed together in rustic jars for old world organic charm.

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Image sourced: realstylenetwork.com.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

Create visually interesting vignettes by fusing retro and antique accents with some shiny new pieces.

Couple an upcycled boatwood coffee table with a luxe metallic vase. Display your vintage kitchen canisters beside your fine bone china dinnerware.

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The Tara Dennis Collection, available online at Zanui.

This grounds your aesthetic.

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Image sourced: architecturaldigest.com.

LIGHT UP THE ROOM

Combining table lamps with standing lamps and statement chandelier and overhead lighting allows you greater versatility with the mood you evoke. Look for ceramic and wood based lamps with neutral fabric shades.

Pendant lights highlight benches and dining zones.

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L to R: Maxwell & Williams Mansion Glassware and Tara Dennis Sea Drift Bamboo Lanterns, Set of 2, available online at Zanui.

Too delicious. Our message in a bottle reads: Rescue not required. Leave us to our bliss… 🙂

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.