Make no mistake: This is a beach house whose highest aim is embracing sea and sun. "What's so amazing about this place is the ocean," observes Manhattan interior designer Philip Gorrivan, who decorated the condominium-cum-villa for Traditional Home magazine's Oceans 3 Showhouse in Montauk, New York. "When you walk in, the first thing you see is a panoramic view of the sea, which is only a few feet away. I wanted to leverage that environment and make the interior feel unmistakably like a beach house.
"I wanted this to be a relaxing and comfortable weekend house with a little bit of whimsy," Gorrivan continues. "The surfboard leaning against the wall announces that this is a summer beach house. It's a place where you can arrive on Friday and leave on Sunday. All that's required is the flip of a light switch."
Walls in the great room are a gray custom-plaster finish that was concocted by Gorrivan and one of his artists. "It suggests concrete, but without the chipping, for a little more finished look." Importantly, the wall treatment adds texture and warmth while still deferring to the ocean views. "The Atlantic is gray, not blue," Gorrivan insists, "and this plaster finish really picks up its colors." To cozy up the great room, he clad its vaulted ceiling in a faux-bois wall covering. "This fabulous wall covering gives the illusion of pickled oak planks. It creates a cottage feel that you want in a beach house. Plus, the color is fun -- sort of a cognac that ties in with the room's cognac-colored leather chair."
Interior designer: Philip Gorrivan, Philip Gorrivan Design, 410 East 59th St., Suite 1A,, New York, NY 10022; 212/339-7696, philipgorrivan.com.
Kitchen cabinetry designer: Hugh Owens, Smallbone of Devizes, 135 E. 65th St., New York, NY 10021; 212/288-3454, smallboneofdevizes.com.
Developer: Distinctive Ventures, LLC, 310 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, NY 11021; 516/482-2155 and sales division, 631/668-3000, distinctiveventures.com.
Builder: Gentry Construction Co. Inc., 201 Montauk Highway, Suite 7, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978; 631/288-9004, gentryinc.com.
Architect: Alexander D. Latham III, principal; Michael J. Iwanyczko, project manager, ADL III Architecture PC, 24 Woodbine Ave., Suite 1, Northport, NY 11768; 631/754-4450, adl3.com.
Photographs by Bruce Buck
Written by Candace Ord Manroe
Limestone mantel ("The Metro,'' by Colin Orchard, The Contemporary Collection): Chesney's.
Fireplace surround (Absolute Black Granite): Innovative Stone.
Fireplace tools; photograph by mantel (Medusa, by Renata Freitas): Philip Gorrivan Design.
Drapery ("Zhizhak''/Daydream #2045/05); navy blue throw pillows on sofa ("Megeve''/Navy #3298/19): Jim Thompson.
Television over mantel (AQUOS Special Edition HDTV, #LC-52SE94U 52-inch Class (521/32-inch Diagonal; with AQUOS Net customized Internet content, and live customer support via Ethernet): Sharp Electronics Corp.
Sofa ("Shannon'' by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams); sofa fabric (suede in Light Madder by Elizabeth Dow); glass-top side table near stair rail (satin nickel): Sylvester & Co. At Home.
Cocktail table (#6044-40); ottomans under cocktail table (#6044-08): Henredon.
Ottoman fabric ("Dinghy'' #DL 1003-04): Delany & Long.
Leather club chairs (custom); banquettes (custom): Philip Gorrivan Design, 212/339-7696.
Club-chair fabric ("Hoof It''/Brandy #4014/19): Jerry Pair Fine Furnishings.
Banquette fabric ("Maggiore''/Nickel #180853H/362); bolster pillows on banquette and throw pillow on sofa ("Roma Key''/Newport #180850H/442): Philip Gorrivan Collection for Highland Court Fabrics.
Navy-and-white check pillows on sofa: Mecox Gardens.
Decorative painting on walls, custom finish: Jonas Everets Design.
Trim paint ("Pocket Watch White'' #WW01); ceiling beam paint ("Tackroom White'' #WW10): Ralph Lauren Paint.
Double side table; white Eyelet orchid pots; white tray on cocktail table; glass candleholders on cocktail table; tray table at end of sofa): Mecox Gardens.
Wallpaper on ceiling ("Papier Bois Couleur'' #PBC114): Nobilis Inc.
Throws on banquette (Alpaca/Heather #C921): Scandia Down.
Rug ("Twilight III''/Grey Day): Tufenkian Carpets.
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