It’s oftentimes before the summer season when we tend most to our homes—sprucing them up for forthcoming entertaining and personal enjoyment—but around mid-summer, the home calls for a little pick-me-up. Here are a few local tips to get your Hamptons home looking fabulous.
Running to and fro, while wanting to get the most out of the outdoors, who has time for cleaning? I know I don’t! Hamptons Lane Home Organics is a completely chemical free full-service cleaning company, insured and bonded with certified chemical-free cleaning technicians and year-round service and with clients from Westhampton Beach to Montauk. Dry vapor steam cleaners eliminate germs, viruses, pathogens, mold, salmonella and flus, thereby offering complete sanitization of your kitchens, bathrooms, floors and bedding in half the time that it used to take with regular products. 150 Madison Street, Sag Harbor. Call 631-725-1459 or visit hamptonslanehomeorganics.com.
Speaking of green, Sea Green Designs, the earth-friendly home furnishings and interior design store, is offering a BYOP (bring your own piece) One Step Paint workshop by Amy Howard at Home on Thursday, July 17 from 5–8 p.m. One Step Paint can be used on everything from kitchen cabinets to concrete floors. In the workshop, you’ll learn how to finish your own small piece of furniture. Sea Green Designs is located in the heart of Southampton Village, at 40A Jobs Lane. For more information on the workshop, call 631-259-3612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prompted by a friend’s wedding registry, I recently paid a visit to Williams-Sonoma and found myself swept away by their sale section. Just the ticket for giving your kitchen a little ethnic flair, the Tunisian hand-painted floral tagine and Bachmara Turkish Dutch oven are both on sale online. As beautiful as they are useful, you won’t want to hide these away in a cupboard, but rather have them out on display. If you or someone you know likes to grill, pass on the message that a lot of Williams-Sonoma’s outdoor grilling accessories, like those mesh roasters for veggies and BBQ tool sets, are all marked down. How about a wireless remote grilling thermometer, pizza grilling stone or outdoor popcorn popper? Things I didn’t know existed now seem like summertime necessities. Go to williams-sonoma.com or stop by the store at Bridgehampton Commons, 2044 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Call 631-537-3040.
I’m pretty picky about the laundry detergent I use at home. When I was offered a sample of SportSuds I specifically asked if this product could be used in a gray water system—wherein water from the washer and household sinks is piped to the home garden. The answer was “yes,” and it gets even better. The stuff is not tested on animals, is scent-free and hypoallergenic. I tried it on tough stains and on delicate nighties—it works fabulously well, even in cold water! Available online only from sportsuds.com and amazon.com.
The Hamptons high season is here. But what to do about the pesky issue of being comfortable in fancy footwear? Finally, a solution for the well-heeled: Sticky Shoes. Sticky Shoes are small adhesive strips that you place in the insole of your shoe, securing your foot inside. No more slipping and sliding out of your shoe, which could lead to twisting your ankle, falling, or just plain embarrassing yourself. Sticky shoes are available online at stickyshoes.com.
Mark those calendars!
On Saturday, July 19th, Jan and George from JANGEORGe will host an exclusive reception from 4–7 p.m. at their East Hampton store, 55 Main Street, to toast jewelry designer Lisa Jackson and her LJ Cross Fine Jewelry Collection. Thirty pieces from the collection will be on display and available for purchase. For more information, visit ljcrossny.com.
In celebration of ARF’s 40th anniversary, the ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop, 17 Montauk Highway in Sagaponack is offering 40% off the entire store on Fridays in July! Be sure to stop in and support the Animal Rescue Fund on Fridays, July 18 and 25. For more information call 631-537-3682. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (new) and Sunday noon–4 p.m.