Partners in life and work, Bernt Heiberg and Williams Cummings, principals of New York- and Oslo-based Heiberg Cummings Design, just love waving their Scandi magic wands over unloved houses in the Hamptons. Not far from Havens Beach in Sag Harbor, this house was originally a tiny two-bedroom cottage of just 1,000 square feet before they added a second story and redid the lower level; now it’s a four-bedroom, four-bath house with about 1,850 square feet.
“The house was a lovely little pearl where we added massive amounts of texture and lots of different living spaces inside and out,” Cummings told Dirt. “I think the ideal buyer would be someone who would like a perfectly luxurious jewel box in the middle of Sag Harbor.” Considering the house went into contract in two weeks at a last ask of $3.295 million, we’re sure the new owner can’t wait to move in to their new jewel box. The property was repped by Stacey Cohen and Elaine Stimmel at Saunders.
Inside, the couple redid everything in exquisite taste, blending midcentury modern touches with a relaxed coastal style. The design ethos is rustic yet refined chic, with as much white as possible alongside a few darker pieces for depth. Texture — basket lampshades, matte-metal side tables and plenty of wood — keeps the monochrome palette from being anything but boring. Walls were knocked down for an open-plan ground floor, and included were classic items like Hans Wegner wishbone chairs and simple white tile in the kitchen.
Nothing is cookie cutter. For example, while many houses in the Hamptons have outdoor showers, not many have outdoor baths! Surrounded by arborvitae for privacy, this unique feature of an en-suite bedroom on the ground floor is so cute and quirky. The beachy theme was also extended to the compact backyard; French doors open to the pool and pebbled outdoor seating areas that feature easy-care plantings and an adorably petite plunge pool. Peace and tranquility are important in a weekend home, and to promote these things a bamboo fountain flows into the pool as soft sea breezes make the tall grass sussurate.
We can’t wait to see what this talented design duo will come up with next.