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Home for the Holidays

New Home New Traditions in East Patchogue

Article by Genevieve Garruppo

Photography by Genevieve Garruppo

Originally published in Patchogue Lifestyle

Upon sitting down with Joe Bertone and Veronica Meistrell, you quickly get a good idea of the kind of people they are. They immediately offered wine and cheese and asked if there’s anything I needed to be comfortable. They are the ultimate entertainers. The speakers gently hum the sound of jazz, the couches practically invite you to sit on them, and the fire is as warm. Their home feels exciting and fun but easy to get along with.

Entertaining is the narrative throughout the home.

“We’re getting to that time in our lives when we don’t want to sit at a bar,” Veronica says.

“Now everyone comes over, they bring food, and we’ll be out there for hours,” says Joe, motioning to the gazebo.

It’s a free-standing structure on the south side of the house and was all their idea. It was originally planned as a walkway, firepit and a seating area, but as things go when renovating, you just want to do more. It’s likened to a restaurant or bar on the water. It’s big, comfortable and fully stocked. In the winter the heaters come on and reach a cozy 70 degrees. There’s a grill, a wine fridge, an ice machine and a couple of sinks. It’s the kind of thing any restaurateur or bartender would dream of having in their backyard. In the blink of an eye, 10 friends will show up and they’ll be throwing pizzas on the barbecue. And each holiday is spent out there creating new traditions. The barn wood covering the walls is 100-year-old wood. Joe found it upstate from a company called Story Boards. Each decorative items is so considered, so thoughtful. Pairing those objects with the neon lights really creates an environment of fun and comfort. 

The kitchen, as they say, is the heart of the home. Joe and Veronica knew this when renovating and decided that not only does the kitchen need an active place to cook, but also to wake up, eat and drink and relax at all times of the day. Nestled in the corner is a make-your-own espresso bar. Encouraging guests to help themselves to coffee is a key ingredient to keeping guests happy. The kitchen island is large enough for seating and munching on a perfectly prepared cheese board. Having an assortment of charcuterie on-hand is not only impressive but also allows everyone to congregate before dinner. 

The property here is exquisite. They are a short walk to a canal that feeds out into the Great South Bay, but the immediate landscape is lush yet manicured and sprawling. The deck renovations were particularly fun; Joe and Veronica created multiple areas to entertain without taking away from the real star of the show: the land. They decided to incorporate glass railings instead of wood or PVC to allow the eye to travel. All year long they enjoy the firepit and couches. Even in the winter they’ll throw a sweater on and have a cigar or a scotch with friends. 

The home has no shortage of pockets where people can sit and relax or enjoy a beer. When thinking about entertaining this winter, refer back to the perfectly crafted home of Joe and Veronica. And maybe if you’re lucky, they’ll invite you over! 

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