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Publication Date: 2014-09-16

House Tours

Decorator Tom Fallon’s Carpenter Gothic Cottage on Shelter Island is a Storyteller’s Dream

It was 1981, and Tom Fallon had no intention of buying a new house. A designer and creative brand executive who worked with Bill Blass for 20 years before branching out on his own, Fallon had received an invitation from industry pal Joanne Creveling to visit her house on Shelter Island one weekend. He and Creveling had met in the 1960s, when Fallon was working at Bergdorf Goodman as Halston’s assistant and Creveling was beginning her stellar career as a publicist.

Fallon had been spending his summers living the “rock-and-roll lifestyle” of the day, as he calls it, in Southampton on the South Fork, and had little to no knowledge of Shelter Island, let alone Shelter Island Heights, the historic district where Creveling lived. (Her house was published in the August 1, 2013, issue of HC&G,just months before she died.) The neighborhood took him totally by surprise when he arrived. “I said to myself, ‘Where am I, in Maine?’” Witnessing her friend’s delight, Creveling said she’d let Fallon know in the rare event that a house became available. “I thought, I’ll hear from her three years from Sunday,” he remembers—but she called him the next day. A house had come on the market that morning. “So back I went to Shelter Island for the second time in two days. I took one look and knew I wanted that house—so I bought it.” Read the rest of the article on HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens)


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