Chris Kann’s Charming Sag Harbor Cottage
One of the highlights of my trip to Sag Harbor was getting to see my friend Chris Kann‘s charming Sag Harbor cottage. I’ve seen photo on Instagram but it’s even better in person. I arrived around 4:00pm on Friday and the light was so beautiful. We drank rosé in the yard and watched the cardinals while he told me the story of how he came to own the house. It had been owned by an old woman and the property was overgrown with trees. His friend actually bought it first with plans to tear it down and build his own house. He cleared the lot and put down grass and added hedges for privacy. Then his friend said he couldn’t go through with his plans and told Chris he should buy it. He wasn’t even looking for a house at the time but decided it was perfect for him as long as he was allowed to build a pool. It’s located within walking and biking distance to town but has the feeling of being out in the country. The decor is minimal which makes it incredibly relaxing. I had planned to just stay for a few a few hours before his friends arrived from the city but ended up leaving at 10:30pm because it’s such a fun place to hang out. I also returned on Saturday for an afternoon barbecue that Chris threw for all his friends who were in town. It included kids and dogs who were the only ones who braved the pool but a good time was had by all even after it started to rain.
The roses were in bloom all over town in Sag Harbor and on Chris’s house. His are New Dawn climbing roses which continue to bloom throughout the summer.
Chris’s family is Danish so he owns an extensive collection of Royal Copenhagen china that he buys on trips to Copenhagen.
The house is also available to rent at times during the summer. If you are interested, reach out to Chris directly.
There is a law in New York state that pools must be surrounded by a fence. That is why the property is intersected by fence and gate.
The pool is a saltwater pool.
The flag was purchased at Sage Street Antiques in Sag Harbor which is only open on Saturday and Sundays.
Chris had the cafe curtains designed after the ones at Sant Ambroeus in Soho.
The green vases are from an antique shop in Amsterdam and the prints above the bookshelves are from the 1700’s and were also found in Amsterdam. The framed butterflies are from Deyrolle in Paris.
My Celine bag and sunglasses sitting on a little stool in the living room.
Chris recommended The House in France to me. I have to double check that I don’t already own it before I order it online.
There are three bedrooms and one bathroom on the main floor. There is an unfinished basement so renovating that area and adding another bathroom might be a future project.
Chris had drawings that he made in high school framed and had them hung in the bedrooms.
I love the roses outside the window above the kitchen sink.
More of the enviable Royal Copenhagen collection.
A view of the pool from one of the kitchen windows.
Chris also had menus from memorable restaurants from with linen mats and hung on a kitchen wall. What’s funny is that I also have an outlet in the middle of a side wall in my kitchen too.
A few of the outdoor dining area from the kitchen window.
I loved the label of this Sipsmith Gin from London.
I helped Chris make a strawberry cake before his friends arrived for the weekend.
The tablecloth for the party is from La Maison Ivre in Paris. When I was helping Chris bake the strawberry cake, I noticed that he didn’t have proper mixing bowls so I bought him a set of three blue nesting bowls from Sage Street Antiques as my host gift. The large one was perfect for serving chips.
The classic car belonging to Chris’s business partner that was sitting across the street when I arrived for the party.
All photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic.