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Blue Carreon Store Visit

Blue Carreon Store Visit

“Blue… Songs are like tattoos…” The Joni Mitchell lyric is hard for me not to replay when I see Blue Carreon, the proprietor of an eponymous brand and new boutique in East Hampton. He is as whimsical and charming as his own name, and his persona is absolutely intertwined with his personal style and design sensibility.

Take a look at some of the fabulous items available in the store (merchandise is always being updated and re-deployed so it is definitely worth dropping in!). ABOVE: Silk velvet ikat pillows make this whimsical daybed even more… whimsical… Did I say whimsical? See more.

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Traffic in Shinnecock: The US Open

Traffic in Shinnecock: The US Open

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is hosting the US Open this week, and the typical bottleneck of traffic near the canal is amplified to hysterical proportions. A pop-up apparel store, a temporary footbridge spanning the highway, satellite parking shuttles, and every variation of sneakers and shorts topped with visors – all out East in hopes of a Bubba Watson sighting!

Golf Legacy. The club was founded in 1891, and was one of the five clubs that founded the USGA, has hosted the US Open five times and is scheduled to host again in 2026.

In da Club. The classic shingle-style clubhouse was designed by famed architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White, who also designed many iconic summer residences for New York’s elite here and in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Mario Nievera Talks Hamptons

Mario Nievera Talks Hamptons

Hamptons and Palm Beach fixture Mario Nievera is founder of Nievera Williams, one of the leading landscape architectural firms in the country. With extensive experience in planning and developing landscape projects, Nievera Williams Landscape Architecture creates understated elegance and maximizes the enjoyment of beautiful natural spaces.

RC Atlee: How long have you been coming out to the Hamptons? Do you run into a lot of Palm Beach people in East Hampton?

Mario Nievera: I’ve been out here for years! My current house in East Hampton I’ve had 4 years, but I had another here for 10 years, and Southampton for about 8 years before that… Funnily enough, there seem to be more Palm Beach people in Southampton – when I lived there it was constant, seeing the same faces. Less so in East Hampton.

What got you into the field of landscape architecture?

Landscape Architecture was my major at Purdue, but I didn’t plan it. I wanted to go to college and do interiors or architecture – somehow I latched onto this, and never changed.

How long have you been working with your partner?

I started my firm in ‘96, and Keith has been with us since ‘97. He became a full partner about 10 years ago. Together, we are Nievera Williams.

How far and wide does your work take you?

It’s one of the fun things about my work. I get to do projects at home in Florida and out East, but then I get into the city as well with rooftops and terraces, or to other suburban areas like Philadelphia’s Main Line. Right now I have been working on a project in Beverly Hills – I love it, other than the time change! I’ve even done a bit in the Caribbean and Antigua.

Tell us about some of your favorite projects.

It’s hard to pick a favorite project. My own little gardens, of course, are special to me. I love doing things in the Hamptons that are different than our typical Florida projects. I don’t do as much out East as some Hamptons-based landscape architects like Chris Laguardia or Ed Hollander, but the challenge of working in the Hamptons or other locations, using different plant life and materials, is really welcome.

How do you entertain your weekend guests?

I have houseguests pretty much every weekend, and we follow a kind of ‘routine.’ Everything always starts with a morning beach walk! I always make them exercise – usually Barry’s or SoulCycle, then back for lunch at home. An afternoon in the swimming pool, then an evening out, perhaps to a benefit or cocktail party. . . and then repeat.


What are your current Hamptons faves and go-to spots?

I’m a creature of habit, and I mostly stick around the Village of East Hampton – lately I’m obsessed with Carissa’s Bakery. I’ve always for years gone to Loaves and Fishes – I’m totally crazed for all their cookbooks, and I try to make the recipes at home. . . I go to a lot of nurseries, I love Marder’s. And of course the East Hampton Grill.

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Hamptons Spring Cleaning Checklist

Hamptons Spring Cleaning Checklist


Warmer weather is around the corner, and chances are your home could probably use some prep.  More than just cleaning the house, there are both indoor and outdoor tasks you need to complete to ensure your home is in good shape for the rest of the year.  We’ve got your basic spring maintenance checklist for your Hamptons home right here!

The House

Foundation: Examine  your foundation walls, concrete floors and masonry work for cracking, heaving or deterioration. If bricks are losing their mortar or there are significant cracks in the concrete, contact a professional to assess your foundation’s status and prevent further deterioration.

Hot Water Heater: An annual inspection of your hot water heater is advisable. Gas hot water heaters can emit carbon monoxide, a lethal and odorless gas.

Heat Pump: If your house is equipped with this type of system you should clean your heat pump’s filters on a monthly basis in order to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures year-round. Every three to four months check for blockage at the base of the pump as this may affect the flow of air. The fan motor should be lubricated every 3-4 years by a professional.

Air Conditioner: You should have an annual check up by a certified HVAC contractor to make sure your A/C is running properly before the weather gets warm.

Siding: Cleaning the siding of your home with bleach and water or a pressure washer to keep mold from growing is also very important and necessary At the same time, carefully inspect all wood surfaces for rotting wood, weathering and paint failure.

Caulking: Inspect the caulking on the exterior of your home around doors and windows. If you notice it is cracking of peeling, you’ll need to reapply the caulk.

Windows & Doors: Window and door screens should be checked for holes before the warm weather comes so that they can keep bugs out. Window frames should be tightened and repainted as needed. You should also check the window sills for cracks.  Door structures should be checked as well.

Roof: Check Inspect your roof for leaves and debris that may have piled up over the winter. To prevent deterioration, leaves and debris should be removed.

Gutters: Keeping gutters clean is an important part of home maintenance and should be done biannually or at least annually is an essential part of home maintenance. Failure to properly maintain downspouts and gutters can cause serious damage to your roof and house.

Deck/Porch: Survey your porch, patio or deck as well as railings and stairs for loose parts and deterioration. Materials that are exposed to weather factors year-round typically need some amount of attention every 4-6 years.

Rooms: Remodeling season starts in the Spring. You can stay ahead of the game by giving high-traffic areas a facelift, Even a simple coat of paint in rooms such as your kitchen or bathrooms or even the entire house could make a tremendous difference.

Septic system: The septic is the system of pipes that carry waste water  from your home to an underground tank.  This system should be checked annually to prevent backups and clogs which, in turn, would help avoid costly plumbing mishaps.

The Yard

Landscape: Bushes and shrubs near the house should be trimmed so they are not rubbing against the siding.  Fallen branches and debris should be removed.

Sprinklers: Annually, if you have a watering system for the lawn, you should have it inspected by a professional to make sure that it’s working properly and there are no broken heads or pipes. If you don’t have a sprinkler system, you may want to consult with a professional about having one installed.

Always make certain that there are an adequate number of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the house and change their batteries annually.

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