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My love-hate relationship with East Hampton was veering more toward the hate end of the spectrum on a recent Saturday visit to the East End of Long Island. But all negative feelings washed away the minute I stepped into the Monogram Shop to say hello to Valerie Smith, who opened the homewares boutique with her daughter in 1997 on Newtown Lane. I wanted everything in the store. Naturally, I asked Valerie if I could visit her home. This is her bedroom, with rose wallpaper (in Bowood from Colefax and Fowler), which, she says, “has been somewhere in every house I’ve lived in.”

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Valerie has two children and five grandchildren who regularly swarm the house. This is the back entrance to the kitchen surrounded by roses in full bloom and climbing moonflowers in the pots. “Moonflowers have the most divine white fragrant blossoms, which only unfurl at night,” she says. “The whole garden smells lovely, and of course the white flowers look amazing from dusk onward.”

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The front-porch floor is stained deep brown and then coated with polyurethane. The wood box has been painted Rembrandt Red from Fine Paints of Europe. “It’s the greatest red,” Valerie says.

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This is one of a pair of canvas-covered deck chairs from Sage Street Antiques in Sag Harbor, the latest addition to Valerie’s patio. They look like they could have been on the QE2 once upon a time.

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Valerie installed a mantel in the winterized screened-in porch. The house had once belonged to a Miss Mulford, who took in female boarders during the summer and was from one of East Hampton’s old families.

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This niche was part of the original dining room, and now it holds dinnerware and provides storage for tablecloths and napkins. “It’s a sweet little zone,” Valerie says. It’s the first thing my eye was drawn to when I entered the house.

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Valerie’s friend, the decorative painter Charles Butler, came up with the idea for the painted border along the dining-room floor. “We kicked around a bunch of ideas, but that very simple band was the right way to go,” she says. The dining room is the oldest part of the house and dates from the 1700s. The rest of the house was added on over time.

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The chaise in the porch room was found for $200 at the now-defunct used-furniture store, the Yard Couple, in Sag Harbor.

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This guest room is my dream of a summer bedroom and recalls the days when the Hamptons were as fresh and simply gorgeous as these linens from Julia B.

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The spongeware pitchers in the guest room were found from a dealer in South Egremont, Massachusetts.

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Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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