Many years ago, I think it was the summer of 2006, House Beautiful published a story about a chic Sag Harbor cottage decorated by Ruby Beets – the iconic antiques shop in the Hamptons. I found the images on Pinterest the other day and was intrigued by how layered and rich, and natural they looked. Founded by Sharon Einhorne and Honey Wolters, Ruby Beets has become something of a Long Island legend. What started out as a farmhouse store in Montauk has evolved over the years into a stylish destination for designers and home-owners alike.
With an eclectic mix of traditional and modern furniture, contemporary art, lighting, accessories and photography, Ruby Beets Old & New is also the sole U.S representative of iconic George Sherlock, UK? Upholstery. Their unique vision and collaborations with stylists have earned them national as well as international accolades, with publications in shelter magazines both here in the U.S and overseas. Ruby Beets also offers interior design services and, judging by this stunning cottage, I think they are brilliant!?
“A thin coat of whitewash added some age to a reproduction dining table, with 1920s lyre-back chairs from an old hotel in Maine. ?The midcentury light fixture was originally made for a school gym.?“
“The cabinets were rescued from a local hardware store and painted ebony. Inside is a mélange of vintage ironstone, opaline cased glass, and Royal Boch earthenware from Belgium. “
“In a corner of the living room, a 1940s mercury glass lamp stands on a rough, round Empire-style table next to two 1920s Scandinavian painted chairs. The graceful wing-back chaise dates from the 1930s and is upholstered in simple white canvas duck, with natural linen pillows from Ruby Beets. The goose is a vintage taxidermied fellow, ?flying West. “
“The muslin-covered sofa, a George Sherlock Upholstery import for the store, is accented with a Marcel Miller alpaca throw. The bent glass bowl with opaline eggs is by Flicking Glassworks exclusively for Ruby Beets.”
“The living room walls are Benjamin Moore Smoke Embers. “
“In?the guest room, an antique Guatemalan water container holds extra blankets. The white-painted nightstand is vintage and the cast-iron bed is Victorian. “
” In the bathroom, a new tub?from California Sunshine has an?old-fashioned look. White canvas duck covers the 1920s painted bench and the slipper chair. The bath towels are from?Garnett Hill. The?flokati ?rug is from Ruby Beets. “
Photography by Don Freeman.