At Home in the Hamptons with Kate Reinstein Brodsky


It would be hard to grow up as the daughter of a famous designer and a legendary shop owner Susan Reinstein It is unaffected by its elegant taste. But along the way, Kate Reinstein Brodsky has developed her own style. Although she never became an interior designer, she followed in her mother’s footsteps into retail, opening one of New York’s most famous design destinations, the heater. In her chic weekend getaway in the Hamptons (which has served so much more over the past year and a half), Kate’s prolific love of color and pattern knows no bounds. Please me and Susanna visit behind the scenes with Kate at her extraordinary family home.

Once Kate saw what was to become her home in the Hamptons, she knew it was the home. Others might have been apprehensive about its condition – it needed a new foundation plus all the new electricity and plumbing etc – but the location was right and Kate knew it had the bones that could be turned into a spacious and welcoming family home. Architecture firm Bories & Shearron, with whom she collaborated on her New York City apartment, was called in to fix the situation and over the next three years, the neglected 1901 beach house underwent a beauty makeover.

Kate Reinstein Brodsky House in the Hamptons

Throughout the house, Kate’s love for green is evident, in bold expanses of painted floors, inside and out

At home with Kate Reinstein Brodsky

for festive flowers,

Living room Kate Reinstein Brodsky Hamptons

Ornamental accessories (Jean Roger Farms available at KRB)

Farmers Jean Roger at Kate Reinstein Brodsky's home in the Hamptons 1

And the details of the most thoughtful and intelligent design.

Curtain details at Kate Rheinstein Brodsky Hamptons home-1

But Kate’s creativity and design savvy hardly stop there. From the hand-painted murals to the jewel-like flooring geometry to the imaginative space solutions, her cheerful amalgamation of color and pattern, interpreted in a sophisticated, gritty yet friendly way, makes her home welcoming of adults, children, and sometimes naughty dogs (think of you peach) alike!

Kate Brodsky's peach dog on the Hamptons balcony -1All photos above are by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

And if, like many of us, you’re obsessed with Kate’s racy style, then her popular design store, the heaterA must-visit – both in person and online. From antiques and antique furniture to new custom pieces, lighting, accessories and more, the offerings at KRB are chic, eclectic, and totally desirable!

KRB New York CityBlending the best of tradition with a colorful and inviting sensibility, Kate seeks out those pieces that exude or command character and craftsmanship – from contemporary classics like Freddy’s tables.

KRB Three Tier Brass Freddy Table 1or a hand-painted cloud stacking table (in a fake turtle for use anywhere),

KRB . Stacking TableReimagined masterpieces like this colorful burger freshly upholstered in a timeless Delphinium Rose Cummings.

KRB Painted-Bergere-Delphinium-

To facilitate the integration of accessories such as its rotating set of Ikat lampshades.

KRB Ikat- Lampshades-

Craftsmanship is especially prized by Kate, working with various artists and artisans to create bespoke pieces for the shop, from collectible art such as Marian McEvoy’s sunflower collectors.

KRB Colleges Marianne McEvoy Sunflower

To the vibrant floral art of Christian Breshnev

Christian-Brechneff-Orchids in KRBMarc Gagnon paper ginger jars with bird lids,

KRP Gagnon-Ginger-tractor-with-lids-birds

Or Del Juvegon’s evocative portrayal. But be warned, it’s a treasure trove of temptation with something for every room, table, and/or wall in your home!

Ham-House-Parterre-by-Dale-Goffigon at KRB

So thank you Kate – we have inspired so much after your visit at your very own charming Hamptons getaway!!

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