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Take a spin through this cute ranch in Southampton. (Photo courtesy of James R. McLauchlen Real Estate, Inc.)

After writing nearly 60 columns, it’s hard to pick just one house as my favorite. The properties that have thrown a dart into my heart are varied — from sweet and simple homey places to reimagined historic homes. But what my favorites had in common was that they reflected a personal point of view. 

This wonderful post-mid-century at 29 Cove Road N. in Southampton is an unexpected example of that. It was built in 1973, not an era I’d usually gravitate toward, having lived through it as an awkward tween in post-hippie, but still groovy Vermont, but this home brought me back to the best of those years with its relaxed BoHo vibe.

I love that each room has a distinct and eclectic character, certainly assisted by the current owners’ furnishings and artwork, which are in step with the character of the home. The oversize picture windows overlooking the yard make me happy. That yard makes me happy. And, that azure-blue kitchen floor is a knockout!

To me, this is what a home should be about: comfort, good vibes, easy non-fussy living. As a gardener, I gravitated toward the exterior with its wild- and native perennials, the natural mature hedging that defines the boundaries without being too formal. I learned that the owner planted an herb garden for use in her skin-care line and that, too, gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling about this house. Though not on a grand scale, this is a reminder that home is where the heart is.