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First, they agreed on what they wanted to do to their new home. It was a grand classic structure, and they pledged to keep it as such. At the same time, they wanted to make it look modern, elegantly clutter-free inside and out, environmentally friendly, and high tech. Part of this pledge included keeping everything they could from the 1880s and early 1900s. The hardwood floors are original as are the wall and window moldings, built-in cabinetry, mantles, and fireplaces. The dining room’s original ceiling is covered in intricate coffered molding and leather decorated with tooled patterns, and the room’s bookcases are from France and date to the Gilded Age. The workmanship that went into the White House is artisanry that has long been lost but will be forever treasured. Peter and Abbie were their own team to restore and renovate 5,400 square feet of living space, which included six fireplaces, plus a resort-like patio, pool, and formal backyard and grounds. Sure, they hired a top architect, Al Sutton, from AM Sutton Associates, and a construction consultant, Tom Kraebel, to help with planning and technical details. However, the general contractor was Peter, and the design visionary was Abbie. Peter looked over everything, from having the power and utility

lines buried to the installation of underground wells to ensure there would be no flooding from rain and water run-off. One important feature of the house is something that would be noticeable only if it were wrong. The outside walls’ side shingles are set at 10-inch reveals. Customary in the 1920s, but different from the 6-inch or 8-inch reveals used today. In fact, getting the material to make the shingles properly required a search that took Peter to a Canadian source. And, to get the work done on time, he hired and scheduled a separate crew of independent carpenters. Abbie’s natural design and decorating sense brought everything together with an elegant flow and symmetry. From furniture and accent pieces to lights and colors, a unique individual style makes everyone feel comfortable in a formal home. Their art is interesting and uplifting, and the collection now features several paintings by their eldest daughter, Paige. Abbie also does all the design and decorating for the Moloney Family Funeral Homes business. James “Jim” Metzger, the founder and chairman of Whitmore Insurance, knew Peter’s dad and has been doing business with Peter and the Moloney Funeral Homes for more Social Life

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Social Life - August 2019 - Sasha Pieterse  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Sasha Pieterse.

Social Life - August 2019 - Sasha Pieterse  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Sasha Pieterse.