‘At Home in the Hamptons’ to Interior Design, 10 Popular Behind The Hedges Magazine Articles in 2021


What a year 2021 was in real estate. It was also a big year for Behind The Hedges magazine. We produced 11 magazines, including three standalone issues — our first ever. From celebrity interviews to news articles, landscaping to interior design, we covered it all. Check out  10 of our popular magazine articles from 2021 (in no particular order).

Jill Martin, at home in SouthamptonJim Lennon

1) At Home in the Hamptons

During our summer magazines, we caught up with three celebrities with Hamptons homes. Joy Behar, the Emmy-winning television host, comedian and emerging playwright, talked about how she finds creative comfort and artful treasures out east. Jill Martin, the lifestyle guru, television star and QVC maven, showed us how she made her Southampton home work for her during the pandemic. Jill Rappaport, the award-winning animal advocate, television host and best-selling author, let readers in to see how she created a one-of-a-kind Western-inspired paradise.

Bruce Reither puts his stamp on his work.Barbara Lassen

2) Master Craftsman: Bruce Reither of Reither Woodworking

A self-taught woodworker, Bruce Reither of Reither Woodworking has become a go-to in the Hamptons for custom cabinetry. His journey was not an easy one though.

Adam Miller started The Adam Miller Group in 2007.Olivia Crumm

3) Closing Times: The Adam Miller Group Touts Half-Billion Worth of Real Estate in Contract

Adam Miller, who graced our cover in March, brought an elevated level of expertise to the Hamptons when he relocated here, while maintaining the laid back vibe that attracts people to the area. Since opening his own law firm in 2007, the Adam Miller Group has acted as counsel on more than $4.5 billion in real estate transactions on the East End.

The home at 111 Meeting House Road in Quiogue that had been listed by SERHANT earlier this year.Kathleen O’Donnell

4) Live Like A Queen (or King) on Quiogue’s Palatial Peninsula

SERHANT, the new firm established for Ryan Serhant, star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York, made its first foray into Hamptons real estate with a $16.5 million listing on the water in Quiogue.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the East End was flooded with people escaping the confines of New York City. Then they decided to stay and bought, bought, bought. What resulted was a lack of turn-key inventory, and now buyers are turning to what land is available to create their own haven out east.

Barrett Green, 3, reaches to touch the dollhouse her grandfather has been making since the COVID-19 pandemic began.Barbara Lassen

6) A Grandfather’s Gift: A Dollhouse of Memories

Keith Green was busier than most during the COVID-19 pandemic. As one half of the Ciardullo Green team at Sotheby’s International Realty, he was kept occupied as people fled New York City for space and privacy on the East End. But Green was also busy building something very special: a dollhouse for his granddaughter. But, not just any dollhouse. You’ll see why.

12 Lagomar is now for rent seasonally for $150,000 a month.Andy Frame Photography

7) Florida Real Estate Demand Continues to Climb

Snowbirds heading from the Hamptons to Florida this fall will not just be returning to hot weather — the housing market is sizzling in the Sunshine State. Brokers in the popular winter destinations of Palm Beach and Naples describe a frenzied real estate market with an influx of young families and year-round residents pushing up prices and driving down inventory.

The classic Hamptons hedge.Courtesy of Landscape Details

8) No Hedging on Hedges in the Hamptons

While privacy privets are still in vogue here, hedges are being utilized in a myriad of versatile and interesting ways by landscape architect Michael Derrig, owner of Landscape Details, an East Hampton-based landscaping and design firm.

Courtesy of Josh Manes

9) Design Duo Create Green Beach House in Westhampton

Josh and Jaclyn Manes have designed many homes — he is an architect and she an interior designer — but perhaps no project proved harder than their family home in Westhampton Beach. They worked together to replace a weathered beach home on an environmentally challenging site to birth a contemporary green home that appears to levitate over the wetland.

Betsie Bremer, the owner and designer, at her Southampton Village home.Carole Blankman Ginsburg

10) The Crossroads Between History & Luxury

Incredible, luxurious homes are rarely in short supply in the East End real estate market, especially for buyers of means, but we’re often left to sacrifice something. A storied dwelling steeped in history and a sense of place may lack the latest innovations and amenities, while a new build can be starved for personality and the sturdiness that comes with centuries-old wood floors, aged stone foundations and venerable exposed beams. But every now and then a listing emerges that has it all—history, beauty and a full range of modern accoutrements well-heeled Hamptonites require. Betsie Bremer and Benoit Piussan’s 19th century, Federal-style French farmhouse is one of these special homes.