In 2011, Ari Heckman and Ethan Feirstein purchased an 18th-century house in the Hamptons abounding with cozy, vintage charm. Located just next door to Feirstein's parents' home, the three-bedroom residence—built in the late 1700s by members of Sag Harbor's whaling elite—constituted an ideal weekend retreat for the enterprising Brooklyn couple. "Ethan and I had been eyeing the house for a long while," says Heckman, a real estate developer and designer who specializes in crafting interiors that playfully blend periods and styles. "It had all the makings of a dream house for us."
Soon after moving, Heckman—with design assistance from Will Cooper, creative director of Heckman's ASH NYC firm—embarked on a process of refining the home's appealing period elements, such as its wide-planked floors and beamed ceilings, while pairing them with bright, iconoclastic touches. He covered walls with coats of white paint, hung colorful contemporary art and photography, and incorporaed, he says, "at least one converstation piece into each room's decor."
Today, Heckamn describes his renovated refuge in terms that combine the best of the Old World and the New. "Particularly during the holidays," he says. "It's a place to settle in beside a roaring fire and embrace the house's sense of tradition while celebrating its fresh, modern style."