This Hamp­tons, N.Y., abode is the per­fect stylish sum­mer re­treat for a young fam­ily to make many last­ing mem­o­ries.


A Hamp­tons, N.Y., abode is the per­fect stylish sea­sonal re­treat for a young fam­ily to make many last­ing mem­o­ries


some­times it takes a lot of hard work through­out one sea­son to thrive in the next. Such was the case for in­te­rior de­signer Su­sana Si­mon­pietri of Chango & Co., who was hired in win­ter to de­sign a va­ca­tion house in East Hamp­ton Vil­lage, N.Y., and to have it ready by the start of sum­mer for the own­ers – a young fam­ily of three – to en­joy. “The plan was to bring mod­ern touches to the oth­er­wise tra­di­tional home,” says Su­sana. “The fam­ily wanted a house that felt com­fort­able and clas­sic Hamp­tons, but they also needed it done fast... in four months, to be ex­act.”

The 4,500-square-foot five-bed­room late-19th-cen­tury home boasts tra­di­tional de­tails like orig­i­nal mould­ings and ex­ist­ing hard­wood floors that Su­sana left in­tact. How­ever, the de­signer had the walls painted white for a crisp en­ve­lope in which she could cre­ate a fresh beachy char­ac­ter be­fit­ting the best of the Hamp­tons. “I love us­ing white in coastal homes,” says Su­sana. “It in­stantly lends a cool airy feel­ing to counter all the sum­mer heat.”

Hits of sandy beige pay homage to the beach town set­ting, but the serene pal­ette is livened up with a few re­strained splashes of red, no­tably in the

vintage liv­ing room rug. But mostly, it’s all about the blue. “The blues are rem­i­nis­cent of the clear sky and un­du­lat­ing sea that are syn­ony­mous with the lo­cal land­scape,” says the in­te­rior de­signer. From the cobalt blue mod­ern art­work and denim-look striped toss cush­ions in the liv­ing room down to the inky back­drop of the kitchen’s Moroc­can rug, the strik­ing hue makes a chic state­ment in al­most ev­ery room.

Lest things get too cool, Su­sana also ef­fort­lessly lay­ered in nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als: Linen, wood, jute and braided rope serve up sooth­ing beachy beauty. The din­ing room is es­pe­cially cozy with its tex­tured wall cov­er­ing and weath­ered wood din­ing ta­ble. Add in the low-hang­ing pen­dant lights and warm neu­tral tones, and it’s an el­e­gant yet in­ti­mate place to savour a good din­ner.

“We re­ally thought about the ma­te­ri­als we used to make the home com­fort­able and liv­able for the fam­ily,” Su­sana says. “We wanted to cre­ate a space where they can come in and re­lax after a day at the beach, host din­ner for vis­it­ing friends or have fun while es­cap­ing the heat.” And con­sid­er­ing the fam­ily’s big sum­mer plans – to come here ev­ery weekend – it was great that, with some hard work, Su­sana fin­ished in time so they could start en­joy­ing the long lazy days of the sea­son.

LEFT To achieve an invit­ing tran­si­tional look, in­te­rior de­signer Su­sana Si­mon­pietri em­ployed the art of lay­er­ing styles, sil­hou­ettes and even tex­tures. “Lay­ing a vintage Per­sian rug atop a jute one adds both char­ac­ter and warmth,” she says. Cus­tom jute RUG, Sacco Carpet; vintage RUG, RugVista; TA­BLE LAMP, Circa Light­ing; PRINT (cus­tom­ized), Wen­dover Art Group; TOSS CUSH­IONS, Chango & Co.

BE­LOW & BOT­TOM In the U-shaped kitchen, Shak­er­style cab­i­netry with pol­ished nickel pulls and a shiplap back­splash de­liver re­fined tra­di­tional beach house style. Sleek white stools blend in to the penin­sula for a clean look, and the Moroc­can rug adds an un­ex­pected el­e­ment. CAB­I­NETRY HARD­WARE, Re­ju­ve­na­tion; FLUSHMOUNT LIGHT, RH; Lucite COF­FEE TA­BLES, CB2; cus­tom RUG, Sacco Carpet; Moroc­can RUG, TOSS & LUM­BAR CUSH­IONS, Chango & Co.

LEFT The per­fect place to re­lax after din­ner, the in­door­wor­thy out­door liv­ing area com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­dates many – and din­ing chairs can be dep­u­tized as ex­tra seat­ing when needed. The fire­place helps ex­tend the sea­son (and is ideal for mak­ing s’mores). FOR SOURCES, SEE OUR WORKBOOK

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