Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons


Book Review: Out East Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons

I have the pleasure today of reviewing Out East Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons by Jennifer Ash Rudick and photographs by Tria Giovan.  Though I lived in NYC for many years I never made it out to the Hamptons.  Obviously I’d heard of it and knew it as a summer retreat for many New Yorkers.  Aside from being personally invited to the over 30 distinctive houses and gardens featured in this book, I can’t imagine a more comprehensive and beautiful way to really get to know the Hamptons than this robust, beautifully printed book.

Here’s a great summary from the publisher, Vendome:

“Cool breezes, miles of pristine beaches, and vast, open farmland have long attracted visitors to Long Island’s South Fork, known worldwide as “The Hamptons.” Residents in picturesque seaside communities from Southampton to Montauk are calling upon world-class designers to fine-tune their visions, giving rise to a fresh design vernacular: homes that are testaments to what can be achieved when inspired by the natural beauty of a unique locale—and when imagination is one’s only limitation.

Out East captures the enduring appeal of shingled houses, modernist oceanfront designs, artists’ compounds, and Montauk surf shacks. Jennifer Ash Rudick, a long-time Southampton resident, leads an insider’s tour of more than 25 houses, cottages, and pool houses. Tria Giovan, a Sag Harbor–based photographer, captures extraordinary gardens, verandas, lakeside pavilions, farmhouses, and converted barns.” via

Below are some of my favorite photos from the book.

Hamptons houses

Hamptons houses

“Despite the bold-faced names who have made their mark, a surprising thread of rusticity and relaxation runs through many of the Hamptons’ most appealing properties—which is precisely what makes the collection presented in the book so intriguing.”


Hamptons house

The room above is the family home of one of my favorite designers, Tom Scheerer.

Hamptons house Hamptons house

If you are looking to treat yourself or a friend, this book is a no-brainer.  For me it’s an escape on a warm afternoon after putting my son down for a nap!  It can be purchased anywhere books are sold.


*disclosure: I received this book as a sample.


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