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JUL-AUG 2018

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Spitzmiller lamps." It sounds like the essence of that nonchalant, faded elegance so unique to British sensi- bility. Tucked behind a signature Hamptons hedge, the chocolate-shingled, salmon-shuttered American Queen Anne–style "Witch's Hat" trumpets a sense of playfulness, charming all who approach. On summer evenings, the designer favors dining alfresco. The soirée generally begins with cool drinks and light hors d'oeuvres in his tented pavilion overlook- ing a pool framed by four plastic pink flamingos in a nod to Langham's sense of humor and whimsy. Guests then amble over to the wraparound front porch and gather at a round table for one of Langham's delicious and simple suppers of fresh cream of squash soup with scallions, chicken paillards, arugula and tomatoes, and asparagus, with a dessert of mango sorbet and gingersnaps. There are always flowers on the table and throughout the house. The host cuts from copious drifts of hydrangeas in the garden and loosely arranges them in an assortment of witty and artistic containers. "I'm absolutely addicted to hydrangeas. They grow all summer long here, and I adore their big, showy blooms and the fact that I don't have to do much to keep them going," says Langham. "I tend to like monochromatic arrangements or the same shade in different values." He also calls in Michael Grim of The Bridgehampton Florist to work his magic in a more elaborate way when the occasion calls for it. The table is generally dressed in one of the designer's exotic textiles found on his many travels or a cheerful floral-print fabric repurposed as a tablecloth. Langham's alfresco evenings are a rich stew of ocean breezes; candlelight; a playlist of standards, jazz, and Motown; good food; pretty flowers; and a steady stream of lively conversation. "I love an ambience that wraps its arms around you," say Langham, "where everyone feels welcome, special, and just a little bit spoiled." Southern hospitality to a T. For more information, see Sources, page 84 RIGHT: Langham loves the Southern accent of a magnolia bloom floating in a bowl. BELOW: The pool house, situated at the end of the lawn facing the pool, is dressed in blues and whites and provides a cool respite on a summer's day. OPPOSITE: Langham sets a cheerful, inviting table for one of his summer suppers with an informal cluster of clematis spilling over the top of a pitcher. 50 | J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 8

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