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Masculine Weekend Retreat

Whenever I think of a beach house, I automatically think of the traditional blue and white decor but then I came across the photos of the house on Long Island owned by designer Kevin Carrigan and architect Tim Furzer in the June 2007 issue of Elle Decor. The home has a great mix of mid century and Danish pieces, as well some more traditional touches. The living room above features a Serge Mouille floor lamp, Burmese teak folding screen, and a Hans J. Wegner chair.

Another view of the living room showcases, antique Belgian wing chairs, a Charles sectional by B&B Italia, a French Venetian-glass mirror, vintage lacquered side table that displays a pair of kudu horns, rosewood-and-glass cocktail tables that are mid century Danish, and pillows and throw by Calvin Klein Home.

I love the drawing by Ed Ruscha and a pair of Fred Sandback lithographs that flank a Burmese cabinet that displays vases by Calvin Klein Home and candlesticks by Ted Muehling.

"In the study, a 1920s English desk and a vintage Kevi chair by Fritz Hansen; the custom-made shelving is painted with high-gloss Chemise by Farrow & Ball, and an antique carrier-pigeon skeleton is displayed in a Victorian case."

A Miró lithograph looks perfect hanging in the kitchen.

Hans J. Wegner Wishbone chairs surround a Madame Lillie table by e15 in the dining area. (You didn't hear it from me but White on White makes a "version" of the Wishbone chair for $180.) The Chandelier is 1950s Murano-glass and the vintage Belgian display case holds collections of framed butterflies and Ted Muehling porcelain. The Verso bowl and vase on the table are by Calvin Klein Home and the video stills in the living room beyond are by Kenseth Armstead.

The Karl bed is by e15 and the safari chair in a guest room is from the 1920's. I saw a similar chair at Calypso Home this past weekend.

A pair of Byron chairs by e15, a 1950s floor lamp, and a vintage cabinet displaying an assortment of Nymphenburg porcelain share space in the master bedroom.

The custom-made oak bed is dressed with linens and a throw by Calvin Klein Home, the driftwood bench is Balinese, and the leather-upholstered Louis XV–style chair belonged to Geoffrey Beene. The artwork includes a Kiki Smith ink drawing and a Picasso lithograph. It's wonderful how so many styles can work so well together.

In the guest bath, the 1920's tub and sink were salvaged and Vendome sconces by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort flank a Burmese teak mirror. And of course outside is another pool that I would love to jump into today. I think I need to schedule a vacation soon!

Photographs by Roger Davies


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