Last week I went to visit my friend, gallery owner Julie Saul, at her bay front house in New Suffolk, on the North Fork of Long Island. After two delightful ferry rides and driving past a number of beautiful vineyards, we arrived at Julie's charming "beach bungalow"!!!!" It was the perfect summer late afternoon.....we took a walk to the bay for a swim, followed with a peek at the local chic summer boutique, and then cocktails facing the bay, to be followed by dinner..... Between drinks & dinner, I decided to check out her 'hood.......that proved to be an outstanding idea!!!!!!!
When I reached the corner.......I saw a mesmerizing and magical shingle house, each window frame painted a different color!!!! The side yard was accessorized with frolicking bears wrapped in ivy; a twiggy tree that had brightly patterned, painted shells hanging from it; mosaic mounds & side walks; and a wonderful set of ducks, each on its own stalk!!! Naturally every detail caught my eye and I furiously began taking pictures, as any good "accessorator" would!!!! Among all of the fabulous "finds," this sculpture of five metal, welded ducks ...... each perched on a metal rod, stunning in their finery, and looking very regal sitting in repose beside the house ..... made me smile!!! On the old, wooden railroad tie base was the title....."Get Your Ducks in a Row".... by Ellen Nora Goldstein. I loved it and wondered how to get it back to East Hampton!!!!
As I was photographing the house (pictured on Friday's post) and the divine details from every possible angle..... the owners appeared, back from the beach. I explained that I was not casing the house for a robbery, but was absolutely fascinated by their eccentric abode!!! They introduced themselves, Ellen Nora and Gil Goldstein, and invited me in to see their garden.....................more about the Goldstein's, the house, and the incredible garden tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!