"This is a perfect day for painting,” Zoë Pennebaker Breen says as she looks out at overcast skies from her glass-enclosed art studio, originally the breakfast nook of her 101-year-old East Hampton home. It’s a late spring afternoon, and the artist’s dogs—Jasper the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Ladybird the rescue—race through the yard with canine abandon, the links of the Maidstone Club stretching out just beyond in the distance.
It’s easy to imagine that there are a lot of perfect days at the rambling white stucco home, with its light gray shutters and bikes lined up out front. Breen and her husband, John, came upon the house a few years ago while looking for a place to raise their boys, Jack, 8, and Dashiell, 6. Breen lived on the East End as a child, and much of her family maintains ties to the area; her husband, who grew up in Texas, has deep roots here as well. (The two met and married in East Hampton in the 1990s.) As chance would have it, the house was the same one John’s family had rented many summers ago, and the Breens jumped at the chance to make it their own. Read the rest of this article on Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.245