“The clients
purchased this home as both an
investment and rental property,
as well as a getaway from their
primary residence,” says Toledo. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACOB SNAVELY PHOTOGRAPHY
“The clients purchased this home as both an investment and rental property, as well as a getaway from their primary residence,” says Toledo.

Boutique design firm Toledo Geller infuses a breezy coastal aesthetic into a classic East Hampton home.

Toledo Geller added a modern
stair runner and painted the
spindles a dark hue in the foyer. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACOB SNAVELY PHOTOGRAPHY
Toledo Geller added a modern stair runner and painted the spindles a dark hue in the foyer.

THE PROJECT

This traditional East Hampton home was purchased by an attorney and finance duo who had previously worked with design firm Toledo Geller on their primary residence. “We were originally told the project would be decorative only,” says Virginia Toledo of Toledo Geller Interiors. “Once we saw the home, we knew that a few small changes were needed to bring the home up to speed with the caliber of our clients’ tastes and expectations.” A lot of research on coastal Californian architecture went into the design of the space to align with the client’s vision.


A pair of custom pool float
artworks by Brooke Lancaster
add a touch of whimsy to the
chic space. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACOB SNAVELY PHOTOGRAPHY
A pair of custom pool float artworks by Brooke Lancaster add a touch of whimsy to the chic space.

THE CLIENT

The home is both an investment and rental property purchase, as well as a getaway for the family. “During and after COVID, our client had the desire for a second home not too far away from their primary residence,” adds Jessica Geller. “They have a lot of friends and family out east even though they live in North Jersey, so they wanted a place of their own after spending many summers vacationing in the Hamptons.” The house needed a great design with a manageable size while being as close to the water as possible. “We needed to address the architectural details that skewed too charming and traditional for the simpler modern aesthetic our client appreciates,” Geller says.


The clients wanted a
home as close to the water as
possible; sconces from 1stDibs
hang over a leather Universal
Home bed.  PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACOB SNAVELY PHOTOGRAPHY
The clients wanted a home as close to the water as possible; sconces from 1stDibs hang over a leather Universal Home bed.

THE PROCESS

With a tight time frame and knowing that the home would be rented out, the designers helped the clients decide where they should invest. “Custom items included those that don’t get used quite as much—the stools and benches, wall paneling and a built-in bar, and of course, window treatments,” says Geller. Although the general contractor on this project is based in Long Island, Toledo Geller put their trust in them after collaborating with them in the past. “It was a little bit of a schlep for his crew when we were in the throes of construction, so his workers actually slept in the house for a few weeks during construction,” adds Toledo.


PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACOB SNAVELY PHOTOGRAPHY

THE DESIGN


the design
team encouraged the clients
to let them replace the front
door and paint it black to
match their urban taste. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACOB SNAVELY PHOTOGRAPHY
the design team encouraged the clients to let them replace the front door and paint it black to match their urban taste.

“We encouraged them to replace the front door and the set of three exterior doors that lead to the deck,” says Geller. “Now you can see right through to the bay.” The doors were painted black, and the lock sets were polished chrome to add a rich touch. “The clients have an urban taste, so we incorporated this dark element so we don’t lose their personal taste,” Geller notes.


The double beds
are adorned with chic
Thibaut fabric PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACOB SNAVELY PHOTOGRAPHY
The double beds are adorned with chic Thibaut fabric

THE OUTCOME


Australian
brand Laal’s chandelier
hangs over the dining area. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACOB SNAVELY PHOTOGRAPHY
Australian brand Laal’s chandelier hangs over the dining area.

“We really wanted the home to feel wonderful during all seasons. While it’s a vacation property with a beautiful view of the bay it will be used year-round, so it couldn’t feel too coastal and definitely not kitschy,” Toledo says. This mix of contemporary and classic elements resulted in furniture with soft lines and artwork to complement. The home came out with a unique yet livable style, and a perfect blend of high and low.


Because the den
doesn’t have views of the
water, the Toledo Geller
team went with a moody
aesthetic—juxtaposed with a
cheerful popsicle work—so
the clients can retreat to
the space for a different
experience PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACOB SNAVELY PHOTOGRAPHY
Because the den doesn’t have views of the water, the Toledo Geller team went with a moody aesthetic—juxtaposed with a cheerful popsicle work—so the clients can retreat to the space for a different experience

a built-in bar give
the home a unique touch. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACOB SNAVELY PHOTOGRAPHY
a built-in bar give the home a unique touch.

DESIGN DETAILS

TYPE
Single-family home

LOCATION

East Hampton

INTERIOR DESIGN
Toledo Geller Interiors
toledogeller.com

RESOURCES

AMERICAN LEATHER
Home office sleeper sofa
americanleather.com

BROOKE LANCASTER ART

Art throughout

brookelancaster.com

GLOBAL VIEWS
Foyer console
globalviews.com

MAIDEN HOME
Dining room table
maidenhome.com

NORDIC KNOTS
Kids’ bedroom rugs
nordicknots.com

SUNPAN
Living room side tables
sunpan.com

UNIVERSAL FURNITURE
Boy’s bed
universalfurniture.com