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Hamptons lifestyle Nantucket

Rattan chairs, splashes of sea blue, fresh white linens: Hamptons style is not only distinctive but doable with our guide to the summertime classic

Imagine yourself in the sweltering heat of a New York summer. Is it any wonder the city’s over­ worked inhabitants are plotting their escape come August? Many of them will be dreaming of the

Hamptons, Long Island’s upscale seaside resort. With its salty breezes, whitewashed mansions overlooking the beach and swimming pools on the lawn, it must feel to those hot and bothered New Yorkers like somewhere on the other side of the world, rather than a mere three­ hour train ride from the city.

Here in Scotland, the idea is just as appealing. As well as the obvious draw of the outdoor lifestyle, the interiors of those clapboard houses, either fresh and nautical or refined and classic, reflect their surroundings. “The quintessential Hamptons look marries a light and airy palette, natural finishes and luxe touches, offering a more polished take on cool coastal style,” says Nadia McCowan Hill at Joss & Main, advising a starting palette of “whites, icy blues and sandy beiges”.

This is just a taster, you can browse the full article with more inspiration on pages 228-230, issue 102.

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Words Rosie Duncan