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Cottages & Gardens | July 2019


Timothy Godbold Turns an East Hampton Spec House into a Sophisticated Home

By Heather Buchanan | Photographs by Rikki Snyder

Two years ago, when David Forbes and Velda Turan were looking for a summer rental, their broker showed them an East Hampton spec house that was about to go on the market. It ticked all the boxes, and the would-be renters suddenly found themselves making an offer to buy it. The timing was auspicious, as the couple, both Manhattan-based specialists in luxury commercial retail space, had just found out that they were expecting.

The pair’s taste spans from traditional to contemporary, and they were looking for a place somewhere in the middle. As Turan explains, “We wanted high/low, old world/new world, mid-20th-century but not too mid-20th-century.” In other words, clean-lined spaces and a comfortable living environment for hosting family and friends. “We also didn’t want to come in and look like the new house on the block,” Forbes adds. “Between the architecture and the landscaping, and the way the house looks and feels, I think we attained that." 

Bordered by agricultural reserve and a stone’s throw to town, the new-construction six-bedroom, eight-bathroom home with an office, a pool, and a pool house was a blank slate, an ideal launching pad for new beginnings and a lifetime of memories.

Turan had noticed the work of Sag Harbor–based designer Timothy Godbold in one of the other houses she and Forbes had toured and thought he was the perfect fit for the interiors. “We hoped to find someone local so that the process would be more organic,” she recalls. “We met Tim and instantly connected.” Forbes adds: “After the first conversation, he understood what both of us wanted. He did an amazing job bringing our vision to fruition.”

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