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On Jobs Lane in Southampton, in what was once the historic Rogers Memorial Library, you’ll find the One Kings Lane Hamptons shop. Designed to look like a beloved destination for weekend escapes that’s been in the family for several generations, it is made up of rooms that are entirely shoppable. We thought it worthwhile to break down its design, to help you create your own beach-house-with-history no matter how far you are from the nearest shore. And if you can’t make it to Southampton to shop, don’t worry: You’ll find exactly what you need (nautical or otherwise) right here.

A circular sectional and zebrawood side tables add a cosmopolitan touch to the seaside vibe.

A circular sectional and zebrawood side tables add a cosmopolitan touch to the seaside vibe.

Never was there a more inviting pairing than a backgammon table and director’s chairs.
 

Never was there a more inviting pairing than a backgammon table and director’s chairs.

 

Indigo pillows and throws offer a stylish nod to nautical inspiration.

Indigo pillows and throws offer a stylish nod to nautical inspiration.

Educate Yourself


Points of reference are helpful in any design project. For the One Kings Lane store in Southampton, in-house designers Nicole Fisher and Sally Gotfredson looked to summer homes of both the present and the past. Contemporary retreats belonging to designers including Thom Filicia and Barbara Cosgrove as well as more-established properties such as the Tudors of Tuxedo Park were just a few of their reference points. “We wanted it to feel collected,” says Sally, leading her to select a slew of vintage staples such as faded Oushak rugs, antique objets, and decades-old artwork.

Fictional homes can also serve as points of inspiration. Whether it’s Erica Berry’s Hamptons pad in Something’s Gotta Give, the lodge in Dirty Dancing, or the rustic hideaway from Message in a Bottle, film sets provide ample decor ideas that easily translate to real-life living.

A slipcovered bench and a live-edge table temper the glam factor of a gilded pendant.

A slipcovered bench and a live-edge table temper the glam factor of a gilded pendant.

Designed by Sarah Blank, the kitchen was made all the more functional with the addition of an antique island and contemporary stools by Brownstone.

Designed by Sarah Blank, the kitchen was made all the more functional with the addition of an antique island and contemporary stools by Brownstone.

Mix Old with New


Collections of odder things such as old tennis rackets, glass fishing floats, or birdcages give a space a sense of character. Even the newest of neutral sofas can be become a chic point of interest when anchored by a coffee table of repurposed driftwood. It’s this juxtaposition of something fresh with something storied that gives a room soul.

A table made of driftwood brings the seaside inside. Garden stools and artwork add color and pattern, complementing the pinks and blues found in the flat-weave rug.

A table made of driftwood brings the seaside inside. Garden stools and artwork add color and pattern, complementing the pinks and blues found in the flat-weave rug.

Master Your Materials


Raffia, rattan, and fabrics with a looser weave are crucial to any space in need of a beachy twist. Not only are they easy to maintain, but they also keep things from feeling too serious. If your home is in a warmer location, research indoor/outdoor furniture options and focus on linen, mud cloth, and canvas. And if you’re decorating a four-season abode, consider the aforementioned for now, then layer in materials such as wool, flannel, and cashmere when temperatures drop.

Wingback chairs provide a traditional touch that’ll never go out of style.

Wingback chairs provide a traditional touch that’ll never go out of style.

Shelves artfully arranged with a mix of old and new.

Shelves artfully arranged with a mix of old and new.

Balance Your Blue and White


Avoid taking “nautical” too literally. Yes, blue-and-white stripes are fabulous, and we should all have them in our lives, but if you want a look that’s transitional as opposed to themed, be sure to toss in a few pieces finished with lacquer, velvet, or polished wood. Odes to a more cosmopolitan way of life, these are the yin to your blue-and-white yang. Abstract art, too, is an easy addition that’ll keep things fashionable rather than kitsch.

A trio of pendants resembling bobbing buoys define a seating area within a larger space.

A trio of pendants resembling bobbing buoys define a seating area within a larger space.

Twin beds, a campaign chest, and rattan headboards result in a practical arrangement for two. A basket of vintage rackets lends an expected vignette a bit of fun.

Twin beds, a campaign chest, and rattan headboards result in a practical arrangement for two. A basket of vintage rackets lends an expected vignette a bit of fun.

Related: Thom Filicia’s Fun, Modern Take on a Classic Lake House

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