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Jul 23, 2012 11:06 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton House Tour & Symposium: Design And Style

Jul 30, 2012 10:29 AM

Vicki and Herb Quinn might not be here every single day of the year but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t fully embraced all that the East End has to offer. Their Bridgehampton home is a testament to that.

“We spend a lot of time out here, pretty much every weekend,” Ms. Quinn said during a private tour of her residence on Friday in preparation for the Bridgehampton Charity House Tour on Thursday, August 2, and the arrival of a much larger audience. “It’s important that it feels like home.”

The Quinns, who divide their time between here and Manhattan, agreed that for their East End domicile, it’s all about livable style. The classic shingle-style, almost 4,300-square-foot, five-bedroom house, which sits on just under an acre, is quintessentially Hamptons—from the blue-and-white color story that runs throughout, to the pervasively open, airy and comfy vibe.

Adding to the charm of the Quinns’s weekend getaway are the scenic views of the neighboring properties. The house backs up to Channing Daughters Winery—you can see the vines when the leaves drop in the fall, Mr. Quinn reported—and is right next door to a horse farm. The Quinn home, which they’ve owned for the past five years, also boasts a gunite pool and the hottest Hamptons must-have—the outdoor living room.

“It’s like we have an entire extra room here,” Mr. Quinn said as he pointed to the comfortably appointed back patio and backyard pool area. “We spend a lot of time outside.”

Inside and outside, the home is filled with items they purchased from East End merchants, they said.

“Most of the furniture is from right here,” Mr. Quinn reported. “So are a lot of the accessories, the rugs, the lighting, the landscaping ...”

His wife continued, “That was the easy part; getting all of the resources right here in every town,” she said. “Every place is special and filled with everything you need.”

The Quinns said that shopping locally and supporting East End merchants is paramount to them. As a result, their home and property are filled with items from places such as: Country Gear, English Country Antiques, C & W Mercantile, Fishers Home Furnishings, Old Town Crossing, Suffolk Designer Lighting, Harrison Picture Framing, Carpetman, Marders Garden Center and Nursery, and Groundworks Landscaping, to name a few.

They also credit construction manager/designer Joan Limongello with getting things done the right way.

“She’s great, a real force,” Ms. Quinn laughed. “Joan’s style is the Hamptons.”

But a home is more than a collection of its contents they said; it must also be an expression of the lives of its inhabitants. The Quinn house is full of those items as well—from blue and white objets d’art and prints hand-drawn by Ms. Quinn’s uncle, Robert Goodman, who was one of the early art directors at Esquire magazine; to the simple yet elegant style Ms. Quinn’s mother, artist Anne Masters, passed along to her daughter; to collectibles and antiques from their travels all over the world.

“My mother had fantastic taste,” Ms. Quinn said as she pointed out a few of the family pieces that she has inherited.

The design of the house comes mostly from his wife’s direction (“She has the most exceptional taste level,” he said.), but Mr. Quinn said that his touches are seen throughout the home as well—mostly in the items the couple has acquired while travelling.

“The Asian antiques and art are because of me,” he said. “The rest is Vicki.”

The Quinn home is just one of the four houses on the Bridgehampton Charity House Tour hosted by St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, which will be held on Thursday, August 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other stops on the tour will include the traditional Bridgehampton residence of architect Kitty McCoy, the shingle-style Sagaponack home of designer Gideon Mendelson and the modern Brod house in Bridgehampton, designed by Bates + Masi architects.

The Bridgehampton House Tour will be held on Thursday, August 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include four area homes. The tour will be held in conjunction with the Bridgehampton Design Symposium, which is planned for Thursday, August 2, at 11 a.m. at the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton, featuring Blaze Makoid, David Scott and Jack DeLashmet, and moderated by Marshall Watson. House tour tickets are $60 in advance and $75 on the day of the tour; symposium tickets are $75 in advance and $90 on the day of the tour; and joint tickets are $125 in advance and $150 on the day of the tour. Buy tickets online at or stop by the Candy Kitchen and St. Ann’s Parish House in Bridgehampton to pick them up in person. For additional information, call 537-1527.

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