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Sawyer Berson

Sawyer Berson Hook Pond pool and treesource

Doesn’t that elm tree above just take your breath away?? Normally, I notice a beautiful traditional white house with black shutters, but when I saw this photo years ago it was the tree that caught my eye.  For those of you still in the land of frigid temperatures and snow, I hope it gives you hope that spring will arrive one day soon.

Here is the front view of that same home with more of those glorious trees.

Sawyer Berson Hook Pond exterior

This home was a renovation project completed by the very talented design firm of Sawyer Berson.  The company, located in New York, was founded in 1999 by Brian Sawyer and John Berson.  Their belief in high quality and attention to detail shines through in all of their work.  Take a look at the before photo of the back yard with that elm tree and swimming pool.

Sawyer Berson Hook Pond project before

The changes are amazing; aren’t they?  When I mentioned their high quality work and attention to detail, I truly meant all that they create.  Not only do they do architectural and interior design, but they also do landscape design. The term multidisciplinary is a perfect word for the philosophy of the Sawyer Berson firm.   The drastic improvements in the outdoor space above are great examples of this.

Would you care to take a peek at the interior? 🙂

Sawyer Berson Hook Pond dining

When they were designing the dining room, they added a narrow shelf to hold the owner’s collection of black and white photography.  The shelf alone was a great detail, but I want you to also note the detail in the paneling in the room.  The white interior spaces are somewhat understated to allow the architectural elements to draw your eye.  Even the rugs are understated to play off those wonderful wood floors.

Sawyer Berson Hook Pond

And one more exterior view for you.  The home previously had a balcony (accessible only through windows!), but its spindles were changed to the farm rail style in the renovation, and french doors were added for easy access.

Sawyer Berson Hook Pond

Here is another restoration project that Sawyer Berson did in East Hampton.  Again, this was  an all encompassing project – exterior, interior, and landscape design work.

East Hampton restoration Sawyer

East Hampton restoration Sawyer Berson

My favorite of the homes in their portfolio of work is the following one in East Hampton. Doesn’t it remind you of the home from the movie, Something’s Gotta Give?

Sawyer Berson

I could move right into this room with that unbelievable view.

John Hummel builder Sawyer Berson design  Wainscott living

And isn’t this tiny sleeping nook precious and a beautiful use of the space?!

Sawyer Berson sleeping nook

Here is the kitchen as featured on the Sawyer Berson website.

Sawyer Berson kitchen in

And this is another view of it on the John Hummel builder’s site.

John Hummel builder  Sawyer Berson design  Wainscott kitchen

Take a look at two different photos of the butler’s pantry in the house.

Sawyer Berson butlers pantry

John Hummel builder Sawyer Berson butlers pantry in

I have shown you a few of their traditional projects, but their range of work extends from modern homes to urban townhomes to Vera Wang’s latest boutique and even to gardens on rooftops in New York City and in New Orleans.

Sawyer Berson garden in New

I hope you will visit their site to see more of their variety of work (especially that garden above.)  I think you will enjoy it.

Until next time…

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Mary Ann - May 28, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Forgot to mention, I too loved that movie Somethings Gotta Give.
September 2012 I FINALLY got to the Hamptons for a mini R&R. It was everything I ever dreamed it would be. Of course, I wasn’t invited into any of those fancy homes, darn. LOL !!!
DITTO with many of you, if I ever win the NJ Lottery, ( play it faithfully), I will hire Sawyer Berson as well.
Once again, thank you for sharing and as someone else said, would love to share a glass of wine with you and chat about all these places.
Mary Ann

Mary Ann - May 28, 2014 - 7:13 pm

All this is taking my breath away. Is this what you do all day, visit these amazing homes and gardens ? I want to do this too. How do I ? Boy am I glad I found your site by accident. Lovely, just lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - March 28, 2014 - 7:49 am

I want that first featured house!!!…What an amazing talent…i have seen some of these photos before in shelter magazines, never paying much attention to the design firm..and what a great image to end the post…incredible!
Have a wonderful weekend Kelly!
Those are some talented folks there at Sawyer Berson, aren’t they Shirley? I would love for them to redesign just our yard (and bring one of those gorgeous elm trees with them. 🙂 )

Donnamae - March 27, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Those are all great homes! Love those elm trees too! Yes, thank you for showing us trees with buds…something to look forward to! 😉
I know how badly spring is needed in soooo many parts of our country. That choice of photo was intentional. Eye candy to say the least!
Hope it is warming up for you and spring is on its way soon. 🙂

Dawn - March 27, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Oh, Kelly!

Thanks for the much needed glimpse of Spring. I need it so badly now! The homes pictured above are stunning! I love the exterior landscaping and how beautiful the interiors are too! My favorite is the very first swimming pool. Love the tranquility of that area. Thanks for sharing it all with us.
I know so many of you are tired of the cold that never quits. That is specifically why I chose that first image for all of you. The tree in the back yard just makes that space by the pool. Wouldn’t you love to be sitting out there soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a book and a cool drink (or maybe a cup of coffee! 🙂 )?

Vicki - March 27, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Beautiful portfolio, and great inspiration for some spring cleaning– everything’s so nice and clean and shiny! Not even a flower out of place. I even liked the Vera Wang boutique and how the darkness highlighted the gowns. You couldn’t help but feel elegant there. Great post!
Thank you Vicki. I am happy you enjoyed their homes. Yes, you would definitely feel elegant in those Vera Wang bridal gowns!

Marianne in Mo. - March 27, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Wouldn’t you love for them to design a place just for you? So perfect!
As a side comment, did you ever hear (I’m sure you did) that shots with windows have sometimes been doctored with a better view? Hotels and real estate ads did this often, and magazines as well. Don’t know if it’s still being done, but I bet it is. You can never tell for sure what is real anymore! But that view of the wall of windows is my heaven, for sure!
You know I would LOVE for them to design a place for me. It would be amazing!
I have heard that window shots are often doctored, but I don’t think that one was doctored since there is a photo of just the dining area on another site by a different photographer with the same ocean view (and the house sits on the dunes overlooking the Atlantic.) The color and/or light was probably retouched, but that room does indeed have that fantastic view. sigh…
I have a hard time taking photos of a room with a wall of windows (my kitchen for example.) I would love to be able to show the view out the window, but in my amateur skills, I have yet to figure out how to do it. It always washes out for me.

Debra - March 27, 2014 - 11:35 am

Thanks for letting me slip away on this dreary Thursday morning here in the beautiful Midwest. Such beautiful homes Kelly. I especially love the East Hampton project home. I absolutely loved that movie “Something’s Gotta Give”. Didn’t you? I was drooling over that home. Can you imagine sitting at that desk, blogging with that seaside view? Smiles… Its good to dream. Life is good.

Oh yes! I could not resist all the house eye candy in Something’s Gotta Give. If I had that view to look at while I worked, I am afraid I would not get much done…I would be staring out that window waaaaay too much!
It IS good to dream. 🙂

Garden, Home and Party - March 27, 2014 - 11:25 am

I love these rooms. The first butlers pantry could be a great kitchen all by itself. The first image of that back yard was the best. The trees and the open and inviting feel to the space, along with the calming influence of the pool, wow! It’s all the more impressive when you see the before picture.
Great post, I will be heading over to visit their site, thanks.
Karen, I had to do a double take on that butler’s pantry to decide if indeed it WAS the kitchen. It was the photo of the gorgeous yard that led me to this firm. Calm…such a great word for the feeling of that space. I hope you will visit their site to see more of their portfolio.

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - March 27, 2014 - 9:55 am

I love that style of architecture! The detailed moldings and classic lines make the spaces so inviting!
I am right there with you on loving that architectural style, Shelley! All that trim work adds so much to the beauty of the home.

judy - March 27, 2014 - 9:10 am

how DO you find these fabulous homes you feature? no matter how, i sure do enjoy seeing and drooling all the eye candy.

i’d love to join you for a glass of wine in that room with the ocean view then slip off to bed in the darling sleeping nook…i bet i’d get a full night’s sleep there!

soooo glad this might be our last cold snap after today….i’ve got spring fever bad!
Judy, I have a very good memory for images – especially images that I love. (I can remember photos of rooms I saw back in the 80’s. 🙂 ) So being old is how I find them! ha ha. So glad you enjoyed all the eye candy. I do hope that this is the last of the cold. I have become tired of being cold out on the “unload the students from their cars” morning duty. (But I still love getting to say “Good Morning!” a hundred times each day. 🙂 )
I think your spring fever is contagious!

Katrina - March 27, 2014 - 8:53 am

LOVE these pictures!!! My favorites….the sleeping nook, white cabinets and countertops,wood countertop, black doors,all the detailed moldings…….well I just love it all (even the black rotary dial phone on the wall)
Celebrating NO snow on the ground this morning!!!
Hooray for no snow! (I can’t believe this lover of snow actually wrote that! But there is a time and place for everything,and now is the time for spring.) Yes, I would agree that there is much to love about Sawyer Berson’s work. I am always partial to kitchens, and these are lovely.

Cheri - March 27, 2014 - 8:45 am

If I could afford to have someone design my house, SawyerBerson would be the team. I LOVE everything they have done. Kelly, you and I would be sharing “that” room with those spectacular views…ah. Now if I could only win the lottery.
When I win the lottery, I will be right there with you! Just think, you could turn the ENTIRE project over to them…the architecture, interiors, and landscaping…and then sit back and admire it all. (And it would all be gorgeous!)

DeeDee - March 27, 2014 - 8:34 am

Talk about impeccable taste! Their classic & timeless exteriors along w/uncluttered interiors all make for amazing design. Thank you for sharing!
I so agree. The pairing of the classic with the understated really makes it beautiful, doesn’t it DeeDee? I was more than happy to share these with all of you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Holly - March 27, 2014 - 6:27 am

Gorgeous, beautiful homes and renovations! I love the classic New England architecture and timeless details that they incorporated into all those homes. Thanks for sharing!
Classic New England architecture is my favorite (even if I am from the South. 🙂 ) And this firm does a wonderful job with it. Thank you for stopping in to read the post and leave your thoughts here!

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