Maureen Winter McDermott seeks to bring a fresh, unique, and modern design to the Hamptons and beyond. Maureen strongly believes that design should tell a cohesive story and shouldn’t be limited to decorative but rather something that’s tightly in harmony with architecture.

How did you discover your passion for design?
When I was a young girl, I would drive around with my dad looking at houses. Open houses were even better. I always wondered what they were like inside, and it became a bit of an obsession of mine. I started researching and attended design school after undergrad, and completely immersed myself into the field from then on.

What is your favorite decorative object at home?
Vintage side tables that I found at an estate sale in Sagaponack.

Is design an art or a science?
Both art and creativity are a large part of design. Taste and aesthetics are very important, but only get you so far. Once you develop a project, the beautiful ideas need to work and function, which can become very technical and practical.

Do you have any go-to color or pattern combinations?
We love to work in neutrals and calm color palettes. We opt for texture over pattern.

When do you consider a completed project a success?
When clients are happy. That’s the most important to us.

Share your biggest design secret.
Then it wouldn’t be a secret!

What is the most common design mistake you see?
Scale and not starting with an architectural focal point.

How do you balance style, comfort, and functionality?
Functionality comes first. If there’s a good flow and things work correctly, the rest comes naturally.

Is there a specific item you typically use as a starting point? (ex: rug, artwork, statement piece, furniture)
For us, furniture and statement lighting really dictate what direction we go in.

What do you love about Sotheby’s Home?
It’s a great place to source.

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