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.
Throughout the house, Kate’s love for green is evident, in bold expanses of painted floors, inside and out
for festive flowers,
Ornamental accessories (Jean Roger Farms available at KRB)
And the details of the most thoughtful and intelligent design.
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!
All 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!
Blending 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.
or a hand-painted cloud stacking table (in a fake turtle for use anywhere),
Reimagined masterpieces like this colorful burger freshly upholstered in a timeless Delphinium Rose Cummings.
To facilitate the integration of accessories such as its rotating set of 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.
To the vibrant floral art of Christian Breshnev
Marc Gagnon paper ginger jars with bird lids,
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!
So thank you Kate – we have inspired so much after your visit at your very own charming Hamptons getaway!!