At-Home In Watermill With Hamptons Design Star Campion Platt
Hamptons designer Campion Platt with his adorable brood.
Widely known for his progressive melding of luxurious and contemporary designs with sustainable technologies, architect and interior designer Campion Platt has made his career designing homes for the likes of Al Pacino, Meg Ryan and Hamptons author Jay McInerney. Only using the finest materials and cutting edge products to develop his designs, Campion is focused on creating efficient, conversational and modern designs utilizing eco-friendly technology – the same mantra he brings to his Hamptons home life where he is a doting husband to wife Tatiana, and father of four, three of which are under the age of five.
Campion’s east end home life is a constant balancing act of creating child-friendly spaces, while still remaining true to his design aesthetic. While his professional approach is clean and contemporary, always using rich colors and interesting fabrics, his personal style is unique all on its own, reflecting his lifestyle: family oriented, active and colorful. Campion takes our readers on a tour of his stunning Watermill home in this NEW KDHamptons Design Diary, below:
Campion’s gorgeous wife, Tatiana, and their children at Bridgehampton Polo last summer.
KDHamptons: How long have you been summering in the Hamptons? Why do you love it so much?
Campion Platt: I have been coming east since 1981. Over the years, I have lived in Southampton, Sagaponack and Amagansett, but call Watermill by the beach home now. The hamlet of Watermill consists of a windmill, a few shops and restaurants, and no real “Main Street” to speak of, but it has great access to all our friends and the beaches.
KDHamptons: What does a perfect day in the Hamptons look like for you and your family?
Campion: In 7 words: slumber, pancakes, beach, naps, sports, barbeque, fireside s’mores! A typical perfect day would be a morning swim with the kids, followed by a quick stop at Ye Olde Bakery in Southampton for fresh morning pastries, eaten on the street bench, then home for an outdoor shower and breakfast, a little reading…..Then it’s off to the beach with the family, lunch, playing around house, early dinner, sitting around the fire pit looking at the stars – it’s all about the kids. Nighttime ends with reading under the covers wearing a miner’s headlamp.
KDHamptons: You are such hands-on dad, what is something you are looking forward to this summer with the kids?
Campion: We planted an organic garden to teach the kids the fundamentals of living healthy, to understand how things grow, and to learn where one’s food comes from. Foraging the garden for a fresh dinner with the kids is something I love to do all summer.
KDHamptons: How would you describe the design of your Hamptons home? Do you have a favorite design element?
Campion: The love shack − now with kids. The outdoor shower is hands-down the best room! We live in a small beach cottage – the redeeming features being that it is close to the beach and on a pond – so we are close to the water all the time.
Campion’s Bedroom Tip: The design of a bedroom should be easy and soothing to the eye, letting in the light [even though the room is to sleep in]. Curtains are my benchmarks. While the bed is the most ergonomically important for good rest, the spirit of the room contributes greatly to calming the mind.
KDHamptons: Please share your top three Hamptons design resources?
Campion: Southampton is happening! HomeNature just built a fab new store, AERIN is open on Main Street, and Hagins & Mortimer are a designer’s must.
AERIN in Southampton
KDHamptons: Do you have any tips to share when it comes to designing a great room for kids?
Campion: I would say think low, rich, and textural. Kids have a great, and very detailed vision of the world. They love to hide, dream, and play hard. I love secret spaces and try to incorporate one in all of my projects.
* For more information please go to: www.campionplatt.com