Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer

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Ralph Lauren-Montauk-Elle Decor-Pieter Estersohn

For me August defines “those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer” – a tune originally made popular by Nat King Cole. As summer’s heat intensifies and the air becomes still a languid lull sets in, where it seems all one can do is sit quietly, relax and drink in the nearest quenching facility of water. The houses and locations selected for today’s post reflect this mood with an atmosphere of relaxed insouciance, comfort and a connection with nature. After all, a vacation should be about ease of living and spending time with family and friends in spaces that refresh and rejuvenate. Settle in and enjoy the last days of summer!

Ralph Lauren-Montauk-Elle Decor-Pieter Estersohn

Ralph Lauren-Montauk-Elle Decor-Pieter Estersohn

Ralph Lauren-Montauk-Elle Decor-Pieter Estersohn

The Ralph Laurens’ Montauk retreat photographed by Pieter Estersohn.

Bruce Weber-Golden Beach-Florida

Bruce Weber’s Golden Beach, Florida, home.

Miles Redd-The Pines-Long Island-Paul Costello

Miles Redd-The Pines-Long Island-Paul Costello

Miles Redd-The Pines-Long Island-Paul Costello

Miles Redd’s beach house at The Pines photographed by Paul Costello.


Alan Wazenberg’s Water Island beach house photographed by Pieter Estersohn.

Axel Vervoordt Living With Light-Long Island-Cutler Anderson Architects

A Long Island residence designed by Cutler Anderson Architects and Axel Vervoordt. From Living With Light.

Horace Gifford House 1965-FIre Island-WoI Aug 2014-Ricardo Labougle

The cedar clad living area of a Fire Island beach house designed in 1965 by Horace Gifford.  Photographed by Ricardo Labougle for The World of Interiors.

Jacques Grange-Portugal-WSJ-Martin Morrell

Jacques Grange’s compound, Casa Nina, in the Alentejo Region of Portugal. Photography by Martin Morrell.

James Huniford-Hamptons

A Hamptons cottage decorated by James Huniford.



A  beachside retreat in Stinson Beach, California, by Butler Armsden Architects.



A traditional Portuguese fishing hut, renovated for modern living by Aires Mateus and Assoc. Photography by Gaelle le Boulicaut.

Melvin Dwork-Long Island-AD-1987

Melvin Dwork’s beach house in Long Island featured in Architectural Digest in 1987.

Vicente Wolf-Montauk

Vicente Wolf’s Montauk beach house.




Ralph Pucci’s Hamton’s retreat designed by Vicente Wolf. Photographed by William Waldron.

John Lautner Beyer Residence 1975 -Michael Taylor-AD May 1985

The Beyer Residence in Malibu designed by architect John Lautner in 1975 and decorated by Michael Taylor for Richard Turner featured in the May, 1985, issue of Architectural Digest.

Haynes-Roberts-Hamptons-Elle Decor-Simon Watson



A beach house in the Hamptons designed by Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts. Photography by Simon Upton.