Happy Holiday weekend! A couple weeks ago, the HC&G Holiday House Hamptons showhouse opened benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I was invited to design the outdoor surfshack/pool cabana, and collaborated with some awesome vendors to make it happen. The house features the work of 21 other amazing interior designers, including James Huniford, Thom Felicia, Fawn Galli, & Tamara Magel.
The concept for the surfshack is simple; I created a space that is comfortable in a really informal way. The challenge of an outdoor space is really the weather that comes with it, so minimalism always wins. I purposely created a "club room feel" with enough room so a person can curl up (bathing suits and a little sand OK!). I omitted a central coffee table from the shack b/c there is a bar built-in to the stone wall adjacent to the boards. No one needs a roadblock to the bar after a long day at the beach!
The shack was inspired by a certain moment I call "the Afterglow". It's a feeling you get coming home from being on the water or beach… You're sun kissed, tangled hair, ready for a cocktail & some good tunes. The surfshack is the place to wind down, that intermittent space between being outdoors & indoors. Kind of the nightcap on a great day. A Huge Thanks to Hamptons Watersports, DEDON, DEDAR, Dash & Albert, and Serena & Lily for donating materials to the surfshack. It was a fun project for an amazing cause.
I was inspired by natural, neutral colors with the understanding that the seasonal landscaping around the house will become my color pops. The MU sofas are a transitional blend of contemporary & traditional, especially with the Curl Prestige Terrycloth sofa fabric in white. Serena & Lily/DEDAR provided gorgeous pillows in shades of blue which remind me of searching for sea glass on the beach. The photo below was on the end of our installation day; luckily we cut caught a little sun so I thought I'd post.
It's ok to plan a space in your home to not always feel like a photoshoot. It's ok to get a little sand on things and have a proper place to store beach treasures at the end of a great day. The Holiday House is open until July 21st; please go to the house and support this great charity!