Monday, April 5, 2010


It was a beautiful spring weekend, sunny with a slight breeze coming off the ocean; the perfect day for a bicycle ride.  Riding down the village streets by bicycle, there is no better way to see the impressive estates that sit behind the tall rows of privet. In the summer, the privet blooms and fills out, making it impossible to see past the thick rows of green.  But this past weekend, the privet was sparse and the estates were easily visible to those of us enjoying the spring day. My ride took me through the estate section of town where I was struck by the variety and beauty of many of the gates guarding the front of the homes. A beautiful blend of form and function, these architectural elements set the tone for the style and design of the home behind their storied gates.

Whimsical Mermaid on beachfront Meadow Lane

Four Fountains-Old Bill and Babe Paley Estate

Classic Gin Lane

Traditional green gates front the Ertegun Estate

Seahorse motif on Meadow Lane

Golden Retrievers Guard Swan Way Estate

Classic black gates front an old Captain's House

An new estate utilizes antique limestone and weathered wrought iron gates

Classic falcons guard the old Petrie estate

Massive Jacobean gates

Black modern gates


Dumbwit Tellher said...

What a great post and what a gorgeous day to be riding your bike and snapping photos. I loved the idea of shooting all those gorgeous gates. They all have their own unqiue personalities. I adore the gate with the golden retrievers. What is more welcoming than that type of dog? Makes a person feel good just driving in that gate I would imagine. I love your blog. So happy you commented on my so I could find you. Great new week to you ~ Deb

Dumbwit Tellher said...

oops..I dislike typos "unique" sorry.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Great post and great photos. You do make me miss the Hamptons, but right now the schedule won't allow a visit. Looks like you had a great ride though. Hope your weekend was wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Gate envy...............Great idea. You are right HH, the driveway folly's set the tone. For me. I anticipation what follows. Not every one gets it right or in some cases care. The driveway is the window to the soul......

Acanthus and Acorn said...

What a beautiful and interesting assortment of gates! From the serious and stately to the whimsical. Thanks for sharing a lovely ride!!!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

What an afternoon you must have had! xo

ashlina said...

thanks for the comment sugar! so sweet.
i think i am loving the black modern ones....

wish i had some in the first place. lol

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