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More re­claimed wood—and less glit­ter—tran­si­tions a flashy 1980s party house into a com­fort­able re­treat de­signed to fit its nat­u­ral set­ting.

glitz, glam, and good times—and homes there re­flected it. While the-shinier-the-bet­ter phi­los­o­phy was chic then, de­sign has, thank­fully, moved on to a more com­fort­able and sub­tle aes­thetic.

In­te­rior de­signer John Bjør­nen trans­formed one of th­ese cos­tumed jew­els into a mod­ern boho farm­house for a New York fam­ily. “It was su­per dated,” he says. “There was a huge rounded wall be­tween the en­try/kitchen/liv­ing room, and the master bath was black plas­tic lam­i­nate with bright gold fix­tures. Yowza!”

Still, the house had good bones and its lo­ca­tion ad­ja­cent to a land pre­serve af­forded pri­vacy for its large lot. “The own­ers lived in it for the first year or so while we planned the ren­o­va­tion,” Bjør­nen says.

Work­ing within the ex­ist­ing foot­print, Bjør­nen re­con­fig­ured spa­ces to cre­ate a floor plan with equal spa­ces for fam­ily fun and adult en­ter­tain­ing. “They wanted a house that had a great flow for their two girls, dog, and friends to en­joy pool par­ties and cook­outs,” Bjør­nen says. “They wanted it stylish and so­phis­ti­cated but understated and com­fort­able with sur­faces that wel­comed sand on your toes and a cock­tail in hand.”

Bjør­nen could en­vi­sion the easy­go­ing look the own­ers wanted be­cause he knows the cou­ple’s life­style. “I worked with them on two pre­vi­ous houses over the past 10 years. This house was a con­flu­ence of their past and present styles and the aes­thet­ics they as­pire to. Over the years, they have leaned cot­tage, tra­di­tional, mod­ern, and farm­house, so it was a fun chal­lenge to marry those el­e­ments in a sen­si­tive way,” he says.

To cre­ate an invit­ing ex­te­rior, Bjør­nen stained the clap­board sid­ing dark gray, re­placed small wooden windows with larger metal ones, and added beachy tau­pe­and-white awnings. Inside, “it’s the Hamp­tons, so blue is the clas­sic choice,” Bjør­nen says. “We mod­ern­ized it by adding blacks and grays in ikat and eth­nic prints.”

While the home has moved into the present, one thing hasn’t changed. It’s still all about hav­ing a good time—with “im­promptu par­ties,” the home­owner says, that al­most al­ways turn into dance par­ties.

In the 1980s, the Hamp­tons were syn­ony­mous with over-the-top

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