Calm, Cool and Collected

A rainy, washed out Sunday, had me
dreaming of sunshine and beach houses.
During this daydream,Β  I found myself perusing
the online portfolio of Hamptons based design firm,
Mabley Handler.
The colors of the beach and the
serene quality of these rooms
make for the perfect beach house.


The husband and wife design team of Mabley Handler,
have developed and designed numerous
beautiful homes in the Hamptons.
{Picking just one out of the extensive portfolio was challenging.}

All images via:Β  MableyHandler

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  1. Debra wrote:

    What a perfect little cottage. I love the outside as much as the inside. Off to have a look at Mabley Handler. I hope you have some sun today!

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  2. Debby Lee wrote:

    Beautiful! Who wouldn't love a beach house?! I agree with the previous comment, the yard is gorgeous too. xo

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  3. Great images! I have never met a beach home that I didn't like!

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  4. sara wrote:

    Gorgeous! I especially love the bench and hobnail table in the second picture!

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  5. This looks like a place where a girl can really relax :)… just need some donuts to go along with it πŸ™‚
    *kisses* HH

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  6. These images are just gorgeous. I would love to buy a beach home at some point.

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  7. Those lamps on the first picture are so unique, I am wondering if they picked a shade from a different lamp for those bases. Regardless, I love them. And I love your blog. Have an awesome week.

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  8. Cat wrote:

    Love the tropical blues and whites…this color palette defines beach life πŸ™‚

    Happy Monday!

    xo Cat

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  9. Joyce wrote:

    I enjoyed all the images, but I think the first one is my fav. It really caught my eye. Enjoy! xo

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  10. Oh the Hamptons, how I long to be there! Great photos πŸ™‚

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  11. It's just beautiful, wish I was there.

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  12. Staley Mc wrote:

    So beautiful! I wish I could take a little trip there now!

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  13. This is what I picture heaven (or retirement) to look like – a beautiful quiet home on the shore.
    Beautiful shots!
    Love your blog & am following now πŸ™‚
    Have a great day!

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  14. Amy wrote:

    So beautiful! Love those nautilus pillows, we just found some with coral, tis the season I suppose! *Amy

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  15. oooh, that kitchen! want, need, love! i know it was beautiful here on saturday, rainy and gloomy on sunday, but forced me indoors to get things done! πŸ™‚ happy monday…

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  16. Zhush, my blood pressure just went down a few points. Thanks for these beautiful images!

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  17. Love those lamps in the bedroom!

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  18. Gorgeous! I feel instantly relaxed πŸ™‚ Hope you had a great weekend…I know yesterday was so bleh and rainy but they say this weekends going to be gorgeous. Something to look forward to!

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  19. Gorgeous beach house, I much prefer this style to the super-modern Hamptons style, a lot more liveable!

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  20. Jennifer wrote:

    the top photos are my colors indeed – I love the beach and to be cuddly – cream, linen, seafoam, airy – very nice post! Jennifer jennsthreegraces

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  21. Cathy wrote:

    What beautiful images! They have me dreaming of the beach too!

    I adore the Chanel cupcakes in your previous post…toooo cute!


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  22. La Dolfina wrote:

    I'm in love with those lamps in the first photo!!
    Nice dream, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  23. A love everything beach house!

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  24. Josie wrote:

    I love that dining room table — it has a very relaxed vibe. Granted, I love any and all things connected to the Hamptons in any way!
    xxoo Josie

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  25. So pretty and fresh looking!

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  26. How calm and serene! Soooo delightful!! I totally need a beach house …

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  27. Vanessa wrote:

    This home is so fresh and pretty. Have to check out the design firm's portfolio.

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  28. Sharon wrote:

    what a beautiful garden!!!

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  29. Gorgeous post, darling!
    Love these spaces!


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  30. Kathysue wrote:

    Just the fact that it is at the beach is enough for me but I must say seeing the interiors is so calming and a welcome site, just lovely, Kathysue

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  31. lisaroy wrote:

    great pics! love the grey walls in the bedroom and those turquoise lamps are pretty fabulous!

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  32. Gorgeous… and that last pic was just what I needed to see considering we had snow here on Saturday. Yeah…snow!?! thanks for sharing! xo Erica

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  33. Greet wrote:

    Oh my goodness!! I want that bedroom of the 2nd picture!

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  34. Can I please buy that house and pretend I am the Barefoot Contessa? Geesh, talk about dreaming.

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  35. I want those shell pillows on the first bed!
    You know me, I want a little more color around me, but these pics are a great example of that Hampton look. I'm not sure I would mind the colors if I actually had a beach house, but alas, I'm a city girl !

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  36. Amy R. wrote:

    Okay, I will take all of that please:) great pics, great blog! I could use a great beach getaway.

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  37. Stephanie wrote:

    I love the Hamptons and I really really want a beach house!!

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  38. The Buzz wrote:

    I saw shades of your pool house in these pictures – just the perfect post on this wet and dreary day!

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  39. Marija wrote:

    I need a vacation. Asking for a summer home is out of the question but maybe just a vacation…

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  40. What a beautiful home this is. It is so calm and serene. I can see myself there! (:

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  41. I particularly love the dog under the table. So relaxing, even he is down for the count!

    Loving your blog πŸ™‚

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  42. oh a beach house would be PERFECT right now… kind of craving some ocean smells and teal pillows πŸ™‚ I'm actually heading there next week…woo hoo!

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  43. everyone needs a beach house in their lives…especially with summer around the corner. Am trying to think were I would want mine if I could only have one….hard to choose, Mexico? Hamptons? Italy? Spain? Maldives? ….I think the Maldives, if I am going for beach heaven, I might as well go large. Have a great week ahead.
    ..wait can I change my mind? The Hamptons sound divine.

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  44. you know, more then the pictures it was your words that really gave me a moment of calm and relaxation.
    great post πŸ™‚

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  45. We head to FL for vacation in less than a month…this has me in the mood to go now! Hope your day today is less dreary….we've got t-storms here in DC at the moment.

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  46. My parents have a beach house in Barbados.
    I visit during the months of June – September.
    There's nothing more relaxing than waking up to the smell of the sea/shore. Ah, I adore your photographs. So dreamlike and yet so real. XX

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  47. Susan wrote:

    Oh I just love this house. It's so quietly beautiful.

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  48. Happy Monday! Thank you so much for following me…You are so sweet!
    The kitchen table is so stunning. I love wooden, grand tables!
    You can fit the whole family by that type of table! Amazing!
    Beautiful selection and great post!

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  49. jennyjen wrote:

    That's where I want to spend my summer! Lovely!!!

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  50. that first image is breathtaking!

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  51. Wow! Gorgeous!! It has that very "beach house" feel while maintaining a very comfy, cozy vibe…LOVE!!! πŸ™‚

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  52. perfection. truly.

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  53. O.K. I'm ready to move in!

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  54. Amazing the effect rain can have on one's psyche… I'm right there with ya!!!

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  55. Wonderful place – looks so fresh and full of good vibes. Lovely find.
    Must check their extended 'folio.

    Happy new week to you my dear!

    x Charlotta

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  56. That's a great take on the turquoise trend this year (first room) – that softer shade hasn't come out much. It has a lovely presence without screaming "Cancun!"
    -Sanity Fair

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  57. Averill wrote:

    Love a little beach-inspired decor (especially on a Monday!). Not familiar with their work so heading off to scour their site…love some new pics for the files!

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  58. I am moving outdoors! Look at that garden! How lovely!

    You find the best, Sue!

    Cyber hug,


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  59. Love the colors and of course the yard is just my favorite thing about it! Just lovely!

    Hope you're off to a good start this week πŸ™‚

    Mary Jo

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  60. beautiful images! adding them to my notebook. πŸ™‚

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  61. So calm and relaxing I want to go to bed! Our bedroom is definitely the hardest room for me to decorate. I need to take one of your photos and go to town!

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  62. qerat wrote:

    the bedrooms are just perfect

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  63. pve design wrote:

    makes me want a beach house in the hambones.

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  64. Bren wrote:

    I love the feeling of this home! Every room is beautifully decorated and well edited. Gorgeous cottage!

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  65. Thanks for the post on our work, and all of the wonderful comments! As it happens, the house you pulled out of our portfolio is actually our own home πŸ™‚ To answer some of your questions…

    Shiny Pebble, La Dolfina: The lamps are from a store in Sag Harbor, NY called Beach Bungalow, and they came complete with those shades (which are actually a painted metal shade).

    Amy, [email protected] – Those nautilus pillows are made by Dermond Peterson, and we got them from Fishers Home Furnishings (also in Sag Harbor).

    [email protected] – Thanks…That's why we do what we do!

    Thanks again!
    -Austin & Jennifer

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