© The Seaside House Living on the Water by Nick Voulgaris III


Nick Voulgaris III rolled out the welcome mat at Saks Fifth Avenue for the launch of his new coffee table book “The Seaside House: Living on the Water” ($55 at www.rizzoliusa.com) – an inside look at resplendent waterfront homes steeped in the panoramic beauty of Newport, Nantucket, Provincetown, Sag Harbor, Fire Island, and the Hamptons, among others. The festivities were hosted by Saks fashion director Roopal Patel alongside Martha Stewart (who had provided the book’s foreword) and attended by fashion and shelter luminaries including fashion designer Dennis Basso, Burberry’s George Kolasa, and Elle Décor’s Cynthia Frank.

Steven Gambrel's Sag Harbor home

Complemented by 150 photographs from acclaimed lensman Douglas Friedman, the book captures in equal measures the elegant and lived-in aspects of these contemporary beach houses and traditional cottages. The author details each property’s impeccable interior designs and décor by Steven Gambrel, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Celerie Kemble, and Ken Fulk, distinctly individual while revealing an underlying through-line composition that not only accommodates the outlying patios and gardens but brings everything into perfect harmony with the land and sea. Mr. Voulagris’ introductory ruminations on the motley idylls of the coastal life prompt reminiscences of sun dappled summers with ice cream cones and kayaks, of churning waves and the keening of gulls. And having summered on Shelter Island NY with some frequency since he was a child, Mr. Voulgaris knows whereof he writes.

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE And Martha Stewart Celebrate The Release Of "The Seaside House: Living On The Water"

His first book “Hinckley Yachts: An American Icon” was conceived after his purchase and restoration of a 1968 Hinckley Bermuda 40 yawl. He then cast anchor for “The Seaside House”, and enlisted Mr. Friedman, whose handsome trademark 70s stache appears with near regularity as his work in the glossiests of the glossies. Other formative attachments apparently continue to motivate many of Mr. Voulgaris’ varied ventures. In 2013, he acquired another fixture from his childhood – Kerber’s Farm (est 1941) – to avert its fall into inexorable disrepair, or worst redevelopment into condos. He has since gradually restored the property to provide organic produce, Kerber’s Farm-branded baked goods, jams, and even raw honey from its own beehives. Today, Mr. Voulgaris (along with English Lab Charlie) divides his time between homes in Oyster Bay and Manhattan, from which he makes the train commute to the farm in Huntington to oversee daily operations. He is also finishing work on two upcoming books.

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE And Martha Stewart Celebrate The Release Of "The Seaside House: Living On The Water"

Images: COVER – © The Seaside House: Living on the Water by Nick Voulgaris III, Rizzoli New York, 2017

INSIDE BOOK All photography © Douglas Friedman EVENT images by Getty for Saks Fifth Avenue


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About Author

Joseph Pastrana

Joseph Pastrana has spent most of his career in lifestyle - from his extensive experience in public relations and brand building to writing features on a range of art and culture subjects. He was formerly fashion director for the Los Angeles-based trade publication MetroStyle where he oversaw the magazine’s coverage of local and international fashion labels. He personally attended seasonal Fashion Weeks in New York, Paris and Milan and wrote profiles and reviews on designers and collections including Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi, Donna Karan, Bill Blass, Todd Oldham and many others. Joseph has also written for magazines in Chicago and New York on travel, books, music and films. He returned to public relations consultancy work through affiliation with Mannfolk PR as its New York division to develop emerging fashion resources as well as managing the communications requirements for clients in various lifestyle categories including fitness and interior design.

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