Greek Revival in Sag Harbor: A Love Story

THE DOSSIER: NAME: Beth Blake and Corbin Day. TRADE: Co-owner and co-designer of dress label Thread and venture capitalist, respectively. VIBE: Granny chic goes nautical. ABODE: 1840s Greek Revival home in Sag Harbor, New York.

Fashion designer Beth Blake and her husband Corbin Day fell in love in 2007, simultaneous to falling in love with their Hamptons neighborhood. Though they'd known one and other for twelve years, the pair had only recently started officially dating when their mutual friends lent them their Sag Harbor house for a rainy June weekend: "We had this romantic whirlwind time there, discovering a place that neither of us had a history with, so it has a lot of importance to us," Blake explains. Following that pivotal intro, the couple quickly set their minds on moving into the neighborhood, and settled on a historic residence that would continue to stand the test of time--from the couple's marriage to the birth of now five-year-old son George and two-year-old daughter Blake.

SENIOR MOMENT "We wanted it to feel like your grandmother lived there--but a grandmother who had really great taste," Blake says of the couple's guiding vision for the aesthetic. She pinpoints the living room couch's Raoul Textiles fabric upholstery (selected for its similarity to her own grandmother's couch) as a kind of Rosetta Stone for the decorative palette. "The entire first floor flows within that couch's colors," says Blake, who first spotted the floral pattern in a World of Interiors story on Anna Wintour's Bellport home. "It set the tone for the whole house."

ANCHORS AWAY Blake and Day are suckers for a nautical theme--populating the reading nook wall with homespun-feeling boat décor, and selecting the kitchen's Thomas O'Brien branched chandelier for its similarity to a boat's hull. But the motif truly comes into its own in son George's room, where a lighthouse lamp picked up in Nantucket flanks a dresser topped with a wooden model boat, and a twin bed is made up in all-American, yacht-ready linens from Pottery Barn Kids and Serena and Lily.

COMIC RELIEF  Highly personal accents that come with a built-in sense of humor are a priority. The living room's focal point is a deer bust rendered in over-the-top-colorful needlepoint--a Christmas gift from Blake to Day. While the kitchen's scene-stealer, a model sailboat from Partners & Spade that takes pride of place on a vintage French hutch, is another more-than-meets-the-eye surprise: "If you look closely, all of the little people on the boat are either topless or drinking--it's a debaucherous booze cruise," Blake says with a laugh, adding, "I love the kind of house where everything is not apparent right when you walk in."




Mirror in Hall
William Wayne

Paint Color in Master Bedroom
"Sweet Innocence" #2125-50
Benjamin Moore

Bedding in Master Bedroom

Mural in Bathroom
Robert Van Nutt

Circa Lighting

Needlepoint Deer Head
Frederique Morrel

Sconce in Reading Room
Circa Lighting

Rug in Kid's Room
Dash and Albert

Nautical Boat Pillow
Needlepoint Pillows



Photographs: Andrew Arthur