Tuesday, May 8, 2012


I'm often asked by reader's to recommend a hotel for a holiday in the Hampton's and I always suggest the eclectic c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton. Formerly the Maidstone Inn, the iconic 18th century property was bought and invigorated by Swedish hotelier Jenny Ljungberg in 2008 with stunning results. The hotel has 19 rooms which were designed and decorated with a nod to the owner's Scandinavian heritage, each room a celebration of a renowned Scandinavian personality. My favorite room is the Josef Frank bedroom, a brilliant blue homage to the seminal designer, but I would be equally blissful staying in the subdued Sonja Henie room or the Norwegian explorer, Thor Heyerdahl's, dramatic suite. 

While the interior of the Inn is a vibrant tribute to Scandinavian design, the exterior of the property remains classic, with a storybook gabled roof, green shutters and massive striped awning which wraps around the gracious summer porch. Grab one of the Inn's bikes and spend your day exploring town and the Hampton's gorgeous beaches and later bring your appetite to The Inn's restaurant, The Living Room, which serves an eclectic menu based on the Slow Food movement. The Inn is truly special, the perfect blend of old and new, and my favorite place to stay in the Hamptons!

Josef Frank Room and Bath
 Verner Panton
Eliel and Eero Saarinen Suite
Karen Blixen Suite

Tove Jansson
 Cocktails on the porch

Dinner at the Living Room


Ann said...

Loving that bright and cheery Josef Frank bath!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Looks (and sounds) like a little slice of heaven. All the bright color surprised me but in a good way. I would love to stay in the Panton or Saarinen rooms.

Karena said...

A surprise indeed Barbara!! Love all of these wonderful designs! Bravo to Jenny!

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Acquired Objects said...

Barbara thank you,, you have just given us our next go to destination on the island. Looks fabulous and I'm sending this post to the husband!


Splendid Sass said...

Beautiful and colorful. Looks very much like home.
Happy Tuesday.

design elements said...

i like the bedroom a lot

The enchanted home said...

Hi Barbara...wow its changed so much since last time we were there. Its such a pretty building and of course it guards one of the most charming towns in America....hope you have a great day.

Unknown said...

Wow! I love all the different designs in each room. So eclectic!


CDS said...

What a great space! :) The colors in the rooms are really fantastic!

Toronto painters said...

I am like design and paint of your home to make it look attractive. I love your bedroom, and the color is perfect. I love the idea of painting! Love the color and the flowers too.

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

I visited the Maidstone last summer and meet Jenny Ljungberg in the garden. She was so very nice and we had a great time...had to do a blog post too! xx