Samantha Boardman and husband Aby Rosen transformed a traditional Southampton estate into an art-filled oasis.
“The moment I arrive, I literally exhale—it’s a reset button,” says Boardman, an elegant, patrician brunette with an M.D. “I believe that well-being is a verb.” How people tick in their surroundings is Boardman’s expertise: A psychiatrist, she spends her weekdays seeing patients on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
From mid-May to early October, the place is abuzz: Cocktails are poured at sunset on the second-story terrace, meals are served on the patio, and evenings end with bonfires on the beach and a never-ending supply of s’mores. It’s a kid-friendly oasis for the couple’s children—Baker, seven, and Vivian, five—who are frequently found flying down an inflatable pool slide that towers as high as the house itself. They grow strawberries and tomatoes, and chase dogs Lucy and Panda through the garden. “I didn’t want it to feel like one of those houses where you’re not sure if you can sit down somewhere or you don’t want to touch anything,” says Boardman, who, often in hostess mode, flits about in a caftan with a big necklace or a Sophie Theallet cardigan and Isabel Marant jeans. “I wanted it to be very inviting.”
“The house has been a joint effort, and we love it equally,” says Rosen. “I’m a modernist, clean-line kind of guy; Samantha has brought her own very comfortable style and tweaking with the things she loves.” Still, they like to look at it as a constantly changing, never-quite-finished work in progress. “This house has grown to accommodate our family and continues to morph into a place that works for us,” Boardman says. “As we evolve, the house evolves too.”
Boardman in the master bedroom next to a John Currin painting. Dress and shoes, Dolce & Gabbana.
Photographs by Douglas Friedman
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