Happiness is meant to be shared, so in 2018, the couple purchased a plot of land in Sajapunac, New York, to build a dream home with plenty of space for friends and family to visit. Four years of construction delays and endless Zoom calls later, Sims, Stoper and their three children (10-year-old Brooks, seven-year-old Scarlett and five-year-old Gray) finally enjoyed a summer at the resort.
The Lipstick on the edge The podcast host has recruited designer Dan Scotty, who did the family’s former Hamptons painting, for the project. Scotty brought in architect Raymond Reno, and together they created a home that blended exclusive Hamptons-style architecture with elegant modernism. (Sims asked her friend, Mimi Brown, for help with interior design, and 100AD designer Brigitte Romanic, to help design the bathrooms and powder room.) The dwelling consists of multiple structures with gabled roofs connected by a flat glass breeze. . To the west is a two-bedroom guest suite “so the whole family can keep their privacy away from everyone else,” Sims says. In the middle is a large room that Sims calls the bar, but it’s really more of a salon with a full bar. Finally, forming an L-shaped area is the section that houses the family’s main living spaces.
Here, the open kitchen, dining room, and sunken living room occupy most of the first floor, with an entire glass wall putting the outdoor space by LaGuardia Design Group on full display. “I knew the kitchen had to be the biggest room in the whole house because everyone is always in the kitchen. The whole house pretty much makes room for entertaining and being outside,” Sims says.
Interiors have been on Scotty and Sims’ minds since “day one” of the construction process, says Scotty, who has purchased or designed many custom pieces of furniture for the perfect fit and durability. Many of the interiors are upholstered with an exterior fabric to protect against damage from babies fresh from the pool. Many of the other pieces are vintage collectibles purchased from 1stDibs or Wyeth.
“Throughout most of the first floor, we kept the color palette relatively neutral so that your eyes were drawn to the artwork and to the gardens,” says Scotty. Cream and white tones are everywhere, but the abundance of white oak in the home adds warmth. Plus, there’s plenty of texture thanks to the custom-made rugs and rich fabrics. A committed art collector, Sims commissioned many of the home’s original pieces, such as a painting by Jonathan Ryan made of sand (Sims says “everyone tries to touch it”), a Matthew Brandt sign, and a neon sign for Olivia Steele.
The neon piece occupies the entire wall above the dining table—Scotty says they moved up to the pantry door to make room for it—and reads, “This is where it gets interesting…” For Sims, this proverb is a nod to how home life developed. “Sometimes you climb the mountain, sometimes you come down the mountain,” she says. “But I think it only includes our lives.”