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Designer Visit: At Home in the Hamptons with Glenn Ban

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Designer Visit: At Home in the Hamptons with Glenn Ban

April 11, 2022

Over the course of the nearly two decades that Glenn Ban has lived in the Hamptons, he’s moved five times—yet his homes all feel of a piece. Same goes for the projects he designs for his clients. No matter the location, whether it’s a loft in Soho or a house in suburban New Jersey, he manages to infuse each residence with a distinctively coastal casual elegance.

We’re big admirers of his way with antiques and his love for patina (see our posts on his Provincetown cottage rental and his former East Hamptons bungalow), so when we found out he had moved yet again, this time into an 1880 three-bedroom colonial in the same town, we were eager to learn more.

“I love old homes, even though they come with their issues, but the charm most often outweighs the downsides. This house needed a fair amount of help—plaster work, new paint, a good cleaning—but the bones were there,” Glenn reports.

Let’s take a tour to see how he turned the rental into a casual but refined home.

Photography courtesy of Glenn Ban.

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Above: “I like living with different styles—Primitive, English, Danish, Arts & Crafts. For me, they all seem to work well together, as long as I keep scale and tones in mind,” says Glenn. The dining table is by Charles P. Limbert, who worked in the Arts & Crafts style. Hanging over it is a Noguchi Akari 21A pendant light.
an old urn (scored on \1stdibs) sits atop an old hollowed out piece of wood tha 10
Above: An old urn (scored on 1stdibs) sits atop an old hollowed out piece of wood that Glenn found during a summer on Cape Cod. The cabinet is from White Flower Farmhouse on the North Fork. “At first we were going to paint it black, but once we saw it in person, we didn’t mind the finish and kept it as is.”
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Above: “The shutters came with the house, although they were placed on the upper part of the window with drapes below. I lowered them for privacy and to allow light,” says Glenn. The grandfather clock also came with the house. “I don’t think I would buy one, but I like how it adds history to the home.” He sourced the vintage wicker chair from Nellie’s in Amagansett and had it reupholstered in a neutral ticking stripe.
the sofa is new, but almost every other piece of furniture in the home is secon 12
Above: The sofa is new, but almost every other piece of furniture in the home is secondhand. “Why buy new when there are so many beautiful things already available?”
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Above: “Art is very important to me. I have large photography collection, and I love collecting vintage paintings, usually abstract, but I also love a good still life or landscape,” says Glenn.
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Above: The view from the living room out to the stairs. “All the walls in the house are painted Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. It’s my go-to white,” he says. The vintage sconce was purchased at an estate sale in East Hampton.
the bed in the guest room survived several moves. in its original form, it was  15
Above: The bed in the guest room survived several moves. In its original form, it was a Donald Judd-inspired plywood daybed that Glenn had a carpenter build. “I took off the sides and kept it more minimal this time around,” he says. (To see it as it once was, go here.)
the secretary desk was an auction find and has proved useful in the main bedroo 16
Above: The secretary desk was an auction find and has proved useful in the main bedroom, says Glenn, who shares the home with his partner and teenage son, Charlie.
Above: A few of Glenn’s favorite things: the old latticed window on the second floor and a small photograph of the ocean by Jefferson Hayman.
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Above: Charlie’s bedroom hangs a beeswax and linen piece by Nick Theobald. The flax linen quilt is from West Elm.

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