After years in the spotlight, the Baldwins find refuge inside an 18th-century farmhouse on Long Island, and they've invited ELLEDecor.com in for a tour.
For Alec, East Hampton has been home since 1982, when he began renting in the area. He still votes here rather than in Manhattan. In 1995, he bought this farmhouse — Hilaria moved in after the couple started dating — which they gut renovated with the goal of transforming into a bright, modern family home.
The shingle-style house was built in 1753 with a saltbox design – long, pitched roof that slopes to the back – before its conversion to a full, two-story home in the 1790s, according to local historians.
Wood paneling in the media room is original to the house; wingback chairs from offer a cozy perch for family movie nights.
"Before, [the house] was a lot of tiny little rooms, there wasn't a lot of flow to it," Hilaria explains, and so architect Fred Throo and interior designer Daniel Romanoff worked together to create "this really open space that I definitely wanted."
The pristine opens onto the family and dining room, where the family eats dinner together most nights.
Restoration Hardware chairs surround the dining table from in Sag Harbor.
The hallway outside of Alec and Hilaria's master bedroom epitomizes the home's farmhouse-meets-transitional style with a reclaimed barn door and a chunky selenite chandelier by .
A silken wool Moroccan rug from anchors Hilaria's office, which is also outfitted with a mohair chaise from and a desk by .
The renovation of the house is a reflection of the couple's shifting priorities, with Alec in particular making a conscious decision to spend more time here and less time in Manhattan, where work always beckons.
A portrait of Hilaria painted by contemporary artist hangs above the fireplace in the formal living room.
In baby Leonardo's room, the crib and dresser are from , the rug is from , and the framed animal illustrations are from .
The couple plans to renovate again next year, because Leonardo will need more space – specifically, a room that's precisely the same size as his two siblings' rooms. "We want all of our kids to feel like they're equal, so we're going to make his room exactly the same square footage as theirs, so that he can't say 'I'm third, I'm last, you guys don't care,'" Hilaria says, with a self-effacing laugh.
Alec and Hilaria's master bedroom features a bed by , bedding by and and nightstands from Profiles. The blue velvet club chairs are a custom design by .
The bright master bath features Spanish-inspired blue and white tile from and a bubble chandelier from .
In Carmen's room, creamy white wainscoting offers a strong, sophisticated counterpoint to the more dainty lavender textiles found throughout the space. A mirrored nightstand is from .
Just off of the living room, in a space that's been dubbed the "wine banquette," Alec, Hilaria and their daughter, Carmen, are joined by designer and builder .
"I think about how much I used to work, and how much I used to make that the priority… Now, this is the priority," Alec says, gesturing around at Hilaria and their house. "If I won the lottery tomorrow, I probably would never work again."