This modern and rela beach house decorated by Rob Southern reveals the soothing power of simplicity.
In a Long Island, New York, beach house, designer Rob Southern covered the living room sofa in Great Plains' Weathered from Holly Hunt, "a miracle fabric," he says, "that never looks wrinkled," and chose Merida's Bora Bora rug from Patterson Flynn Martin because "it's as sturdy and thick as a braided rope."
In a window-filled corner, a swivel chair is covered in Studio Bon's RicRac, and a chaise provides seating without blocking views. Glass nesting tables from Hinson.
Mahogany is used extensively in the kitchen, where a stainless steel backsplash harmonizes with a Wolf range. Pindler & Pindler vinyl on the stools complements the gray veining in the quartzite on the island and echoes the color of the Caesarstone countertops. Pendants by Boyd Lighting.
Jonathan Adler's Wauwinet mirror is a nautical note in the powder room, which is painted in Benjamin Moore Regal Select in Chelsea Gray.
Louvered shutters that open into the living room lend a touch of British Colonial style to the entry.
The entry's horizontal plank paneling, painted in Benjamin Moore Regal Select in Briarwood, contrasts with the living room's sunnier color, Knoll Textiles' Ovation.
"I like to have doors on cubbies to keep things tidy," Southern says about the mudroom, which is painted in Benjamin Moore Regal Select in Sail Cloth.
Walls in the master bedroom are covered in Donghia's Silk Texture II, and the ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore Regal Select in Night Horizon to dramatize the soaring space. The horizontal stripes on the curtains, Hines & Company's Malabar, "mimic the horizon line," Southern explains. Custom chaise in Great Plains' Weathered by Holly Hunt. Bed linens, Schweitzer Linen.
Wisteria's Multifunctional table tucks in next to a chair with a bay view in the master bedroom.
A six-by-nine-foot master bathroom shower has two Waterworks Easton Classic showerheads and stunning bay views. An interior window opens up the whole bathroom to sunlight and the views.
"No need to rinse off, just come up from the beach and have lunch in your bathing suit," says Southern, describing the indestructibility of a dining table by Weatherend and Laszlo chairs from Janus et Cie. "This table is where people sit to watch the sunsets. And when it gets dark, the twinkling lights reflecting off the water are mesmerizing."
"There is literally always someone out here, from morning coffee to the middle of the night," Southern says about the covered porch. When the glass doors are open, it becomes an extension of the living room. A chair used in that room — Sutherland's Shadow lounge chair — reappears out here in a lighter finish. A sectional, love seat, and ottomans from Janus et Cie, covered in Perennials' Rough 'N Rowdy, are impervious to everything from salt air to red wine.
The classic Shingle Style exterior gives no hint of the contemporary interior. Banks of windows and a second-floor balcony off the master suite have sweeping views of the bay.
The vista from the porch includes a dock where the family boat sits ready for fishing and water sports.