Shanan Campanaro and Nick Chacona aren’t the types to freak out over a small thing like meager square footage. “It’s energetically spacious,” argues Chacona of the 720 square feet he and his partner (in business and in life), Campanaro, share in East Hampton, New York.
The two wave chasers’ attitudes are just as easy and fluid as Campanaro’s painterly, Rorschach-style designs, which appear on the wallpapers, tile, textiles, and rugs for sale at their Williamsburg, Brooklyn, store, Eskayel. During a Zoom call in their neighboring apartment, which is, funny enough, larger than their Hamptons surfer retreat, the married pair exude chill: Campanaro speaks in unhurried sentences, and Chacona wears a beanie, the unofficial uniform of a cool creative (and because it’s cold outside).
The go-with-the-flow duo knew there was no reason to overthink things when they stumbled upon the house in 2018, even though it was about the same size as a two-bedroom in the city. It fit their budget and had one feature that Campanaro always dreamed of having ever since she was a kid. “We probably found the least expensive home you could ever get in the Hamptons with a pool,” she says. “I think the pool is bigger than the house.” (She’s only half joking: The couple guesses it’s 70 percent the size of the indoor footprint.)
In This Teeny-Tiny Hamptons Escape,
the Dining Room Could Only Fit Outside
The backyard is a true extension of the house.
Photography by Nina Choi
Words by Julie Vadnal
Styling by Benjamin Reynaert
May 25, 2021