03/21/18 8:08am

An indoor/outdoor living space in Mattituck designed by Paris Kostopoulos, of Paris K Interior Design in Manhattan. (Credit: Tina Psoinos)

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At its essence a house is four walls and a roof. But a home is a place of living; a retreat to call your own. There’s pleasure in the customized extras — bonus spaces ripe with potential to transform a house into more than a home but an oasis. (more…)

03/14/18 6:10am

The storefront at Marika’s Eclectic Boutique on Shelter Island. (Credit: David Benthal)

More than 30 years ago, Marika Kaasik and her sister Marion decided to open a store on a remote island reachable only by ferry. In those days, Shelter Island was inhabited by 2,000 people for 40 weeks of the year, and most of them already had plenty of furniture.   (more…)

03/07/18 6:05am

Architect Meryl Kramer at her Southold office. (Credit: David Benthal)

Paging through a glossy design magazine filled with minimalist images fills almost anyone with a sense of calm-verging-on-euphoria. The cool, pristine perfection of it all is truly an inspiration — until reality intrudes. That dream house you covet is not a year-round home, you discover; the owners are rarely there. Or they don’t have children, whose shoes, artwork, sports trophies and contents of their backpacks seem to ooze into every corner. Or a dog, who considers the kitchen an extension of the mudroom.  (more…)