This is the Hamptons season, when the fabulously rich and famous flock to their Gatsby-style holiday mansions along the south shore of Long Island in New York State. Singer Jennifer Lopez recently hosted her birthday party there, with the Kardashian sisters on her star-studded guest list, while the Clintons are holidaying this week close to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's £10 million retreat in Amagansett, one of the hamlets and villages that make up the Hamptons, and which together offer America's most expensive homes.
This is also the holiday haunt of choice for New York owners and renters seeking seriously chic summer style. Long Island has a look that's all its own - bold, fresh, classy, but relaxed. Kitting out a space with a limited colour scheme is a bold move but it works. Shades of red, white and blue are staples for a true slice of the East Coast. Mix them with natural materials, stripes and checks.
Eastern seaboard chic: a Lexington room, and a Lexington dinnerware range
Kristina Lindhe, founder of homeware and clothing brand Lexington Company, says: "In the Hamptons, beauty is often simple and uncomplicated with premium textures. I am from Sweden but the Hamptons feels like home. In the past, there were many Swedish settlers on the East Coast of America, so it is also no wonder that this look has elements of Scandinavian design."
Lexington Company interiors are created with key destinations, landmarks and features in mind - white picket fencing stretching along sandy beaches; Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. "New England is more than a location, it is a lifestyle," adds Lindhe. "It stands for something positive - light, fresh and natural."
Scatter Lexington cushions (lexingtoncompany.com) such as Seaside (£49), Trademark (£69) and Stonewashed (£35) on a two-seater New England outdoor sofa (£699, okadirect.com) for a nautical look that works well for hallway, living room or terrace. Place Laura Ashley's check linen cotton and wool mix rug underneath (£100 at lauraashley.com). An East Hampton double sunbed from Oka (£1,365, okadirect.com) merges the indoors and outdoors while adding instant luxe to a spacious terrace or conservatory. Dress it with American Freshman cushions (£18-£25.20) and a throw (£49.50), both from amazon.co.uk.
A slice of Uncle Sam: American freshmen cushions, from Amazon.
Kitsch fans may opt for the Harmony wooden swing seat from Sitting Spiritually. Handmade to order in certified pine and painted in any Farrow & Ball colour, it costs from £1,259 (sittingspiritually.co.uk). Rectory Red or Pitch Blue would make a statement. For a more sumptuous, indoor take on the look, Alma the leather specialist's East Coast-inspired Equestrian chair (£6,950, alma1938.com) is made and upholstered by hand in Whitechapel. Drape it with a blue or beige-and-white striped Ola throw from Adventino (£75, adventino.co.uk) and swap the check rug for Flock's new natural Gaia rugs (£295 a square metre, flock-living.com), made with Kesav fibre. In the bedroom, team Vi-Spring's brushed cotton linen Arc headboard in Scarlet or Sky (from £1,095, vispring.co.uk) with Ikea bedlinen - red-and-white check Emmie Ruta, and blue, white and grey Kustruta are both £35 for a quilt cover and four pillowcases (ikea.com).
East Coast class: Alma’s East Coast-inspired Equestrian chair
Keep walls subtle and slick with Dulux Desert Wind matt paint (£25.69 for 2.5 litres) from the Light and Space range, with Pure Brilliant White in gloss (£19.99 for 2.5 litres) for doors and skirting boards and in matt (£13.99 for 2.5 litres) for ceilings (dulux.co.uk). These shades work well with Hayward wood venetian blinds (from £92) or pink roller blinds (£69), from Hillarys (hillarys.co.uk).
Seaside style: a Heart of House Brixham round glass rope lantern from Argos
Make it minimalist
Accessories must be kept to a minimum for that uncluttered, stripped-back aesthetic. Heart of House's Brixham round glass rope lantern (£19.99, argos.co.uk) is a good budget lighting option. An Eichholtz Anchor maritime table lamp (£215), Dexter magazine bag (£205) or Nelson wine cooler (£200) from luxdeco.com are smart additions. Also check out tan leather door handles (from £124.50, turnstyledesigns.com) for an opulent touch.
Long Island summer style: New England tableware from John Lewis
Keep to the coastal chic mood with New England tableware from John Lewis (johnlewis.com). From a striped tablecloth (£28-£32) to a striking blue tumbler (£4.50), the collection is ideal for family dinners, barbecues or cocktail parties - all essential ingredients for the sociable Hamptons lifestyle.