Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy star and a noted design enthusiast, bought this Sag Harbor property eight years ago. She tells the story of the house's twists and turns on its way to being completed to Architectural Digest, and they also share a look inside the Hamptons home.
"I loved the history of the property," Pompeo tells AD. "There was a cabin, which was built by a woman who was a civil rights activist lawyer. She actually built it with her own two hands." The initial plan was to convert the cabin into a guest house and build a larger main house on the land. Well, another real estate purchase put the project on pause: A property in Malibu that she loved came on the market, the would-be home base then took priority over the vacation spot.
With the larger build no longer in the cards, the Sag Harbor guest house became the main house. The change of plans resulted in some challenges "because of the configuration and size," says her business partner Bridgette Romanek. Pompeo brought on Estee Stanley of Hancock Design to help, and the house was on its way to completion.
"This is my hobby and I absolutely love it," Pompeo says of decorating. The barn was a departure from her usual projects, with her other properties falling under more modern, Mediterranean, or mid-century styles.
"I think we really came up with everything together. The house needed layers and it needed more architecture," says Pompeo.
"It was clear to us it needed to be easy, breezy, light, comfortable, and beautiful, with not a lot of pieces, but every piece needed to say something," says Romanek. "Nothing is too precious. When you walk, in you can sit on the furniture. You can spill things. You can be wet. But it's still really beautiful."
For more photos and to read the full article, head over to Architectural Digest.