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My Amagansett home is something I treasure and feel incredibly proud of. Not just because of the way it looks, but because it single-handedly transformed my family’s life. It brought us closer to nature, the ocean, and each other, while also being the catalyst that defined my career in interior design. I am beyond honored for the home to have been feature in Elle Decor, Living Etc, French AD, and Lucky magazines. The project was a complete labor of love that really pushed my design sense and allowed me to work with brilliant local architect Paul Masi of Bates Masi + Architects.
The home was purchased in 2010, and while it was immediately apparent that the bones of the home were incredible — dreamy midcentury modern — the home was in shambles. Bulbs of mold grew on the caving-in ceiling, and the home, engulfed by overgrown trees, stood frozen in time from 1960 with a (eeek!) dead deer in the pool!
I knew immediately that I desired a warm, laid-back retreat where the exterior and interior flowed seamlessly, allowing a carefree, relaxed atmosphere. Sand on the floor? Yes, please. A revolving door of family and friends huddled around the kitchen and lounging by the pool? For sure. I did not want a modernist austere home that felt too staged and precious.
This post is meant to inspire your own design journey — take my ideas, filter them through your eyes, and make them your own. I love nothing more than sharing! Many of these items and more can be found on my follow-up post, "Design Decoded."