Watermill, in the Hamptons of New York, boasts many an elegant home — and this space by Eve Robinson Associates is just one example of a fresh approach to an interior that blends both elements of rustic traditional and of the ultra-contemporary. Case in point: a lovely beamed ceiling in the kitchen and dining area feels like a remote cabin — except for the contemporary clear globe lights over the kitchen island. Check out the contemporary feel of the light wood grain and white, the sleek faucet in the island sink, and the smooth white-and-chrome chairs — within view of a trestle table with a glass top! By contrast, a sitting area directly in front of a nicely weathered fireplace hearth, sports a couch with upholstery — and window shades — that look like they’d be perfectly at home in Grandma’s summer house.
Color is an element that ties this house together: rose, purple, and blue are stars of the show, with their pleasant “pop” against the clean white of walls and cabinetry. See those colors in the oversized floral print on living room chairs and an abstract painting above the fireplace mantel. Purple is prominent in one bedroom as well; another bedroom, clearly a kid’s domain, has contemporary art both on the desk and on the wall above a no-nonsense bed with a deep blue padded headboard. Livening up the white walls are striped shades and “candy” print bedding with dashes of red and yellow; a bit of orange frames a bathroom mirror. Finally, outdoors, there’s a classic umbrella-topped alfresco set…with purple placemats. Fun? Yes. Fresh? Also yes. It’s the Hamptons at its best, from Eve Robinson.