Perched atop the Montauk bluffs sits a modern shingle house with an unassuming exterior—it blends in the landscape, untouched and undisturbed. But the interiors paint another picture: a collection of midcentury vintage pieces to rival the best antique stores. It’s the work of interior designer Robert McKinley, who masterfully blended the essence of the seascape with a discerning midcentury collection in this beachy Montauk house. Each room has its dose of 1950s accents mixed with bright reds and blues and softened with sisal or rattan. Outside, cushy long chairs overlook the ocean below, surfboards are stacked against the
Outside, cushy long chairs overlook the ocean below, surfboards are stacked against the shingeld house, and a pool surrounded by native shrubs awaits the surfers’ return. It’s a true surfer’s dream—where low-maintenance furnishings and outdoor showers cohabit high above the waves of Ditch Plains.
“Color, materials and lighting were used as a means to make one aware of the space and create different experiences as you move from standing to sitting to lying down, from brushing your teeth to taking a shower.”
Inside an extremely narrow townhouse in Fort Greene, Brooklyn lies an unexpected interior—filled with purple and pink hues—but not in a feminine way. In the entrance hall, an ombré watercolor mural sets the tone for what’s to come: plum tones that border on gray, bold blush pink midcentury furniture, and an impressive collection of vintage rugs.
The team at GRT Architects had quite the challenge with this home—at only eleven foot wide, the staircase took over more than half the width of the house. Naturally, it had to become a functional feature of the house—visible at every angle and beautiful to look at. The team used fluted glass panels to provide privacy throughout the different floors, and opened up the staircase with a skylight. But perhaps my favorite part of the house it he master bath: purple gray penny round tiles, bold brass lighting and black hardware makes it the ideal place to get ready in the morning and wind down at night.
I need a pink rug. In his coffee table book released last October, architect and interior designer Mark Zeff presents Blackbarn, his ultimate sanctuary on Long Island’s East End. The barn style Hamptons home is washed in a pitch black tone contrasted with white walls—and deep fuchsia accent rugs. The house is outfitted with modern furniture—womb and Bertoia chairs—against a collection of antiques and items collected throughout’s Zeff’s travels: Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs, cowry shell necklaces, 1960s surfboards… The bathroom is complete with a double vanity, soak tub an dramatic pitched roof—and softened with a Moroccan rug and modern bench in the home’s accent fuchsia color. The exterior mimics the interior with a stark black structure set against a turquoise pool surrounded by lush green grass—pink lounge chairs complete the idyllic scenery. Someone call my realtor!
In Toorak, one of Melbourne’s most affluent suburbs, stood a 1983 mock Georgia home the owners described as “80’s faux styling”. But underneath the bad stuccos and trompe l’oeils, they saw potential. They commissioned architects Robson Rak to give the house a complete overhaul of the Melbourne house. The building wasn’t entirely knocked down, but it was stripped to its core.
The materials that re-entered the house were simple, but elegant: steel doors, honed granite countertops, flamed timber floors. A new wing was added to include all the modern comforts a family could want: elevator, butler’s pantry, extended laundry room, and new garage. Perhaps the best part of the house: Michael Anastassiades’ Tube Chandeliers that hang above the dining table, and office desk. Don’t you agree?
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Photo: Brooke Holm, Styling by Marsha Golemac, Architecture by Robson Rak