Amanda Nisbet is the first to proclaim she is "no enemy to any color!" The New York interior designer is also the first to know when to rein it in. Like a peacock fanning its plumes, then pulling them tight again, her palette performs a strut-and-restrain ritual in the oceanfront condominium she designed for Traditional Home's Oceans 3 Showhouse-one of three residential retreats designed by three notable New York designers and their protégés. (Look for the other two, by designers Eric Cohler and Philip Gorrivan, in upcoming issues of Traditional Home.) All three units belong to a freshly renovated 50-year-old Panoramic View resort located at the tip of Long Island in Montauk, where the Hamptons yield for good to the Atlantic. Perched on a hillside directly above the ocean, the 10-acre resort is being renovated by architect Alexander D. Latham III and builder Oak Gentry for developer Adam Manson of Distinctive Ventures LLC.
With every room commanding uninterrupted views of the Atlantic clear to the horizon-a high-ranking goal of the resort's renovation-the designer had little choice but to acknowledge her setting. "Of course I didn't want to forgo the sea completely," she concedes. "Blue-and-white is lovely, timeless, and classic, but I wanted to show people that there are lots of other routes they can take."
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Interior designer: Amanda Nisbet Design Inc., 1326 Madison Ave., Suite 64, New York, NY 10128; 212/860-9133, amandanisbetdesign.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: ADL III Architecture PC, 24 Woodbine Ave., Suite 1, Northport, NY 11768; 631/754-4450, adl3.com.
Photographs by John Bessler
Written by Candace Ord Manroe
Sofa ("Romney" #H0760C, Upholstered Furniture Collection); upholstered
chairs ("Kensington''#A6620, Acquisitions Upholstery Collection with silk fabric #99-8008-1): Henredon.
Sofa fabric ("Darhan''/Almond, color 01): S. Harris.
Trim on body of sofa ("Jute''): M&J Trimmings. Jute border on sofa skirt ("Losange''/Natural #977-33280,91): Samuel & Sons, trade only.
Blue sofa pillow ("Venue''/Carribean, velvet): Vervain.
Yellow throw pillows ("Fife''/Lemon #40012-0002): Sunbrella.
Mantel ("The Alhambra,'' Contemporary Collection): Chesney's.
Fireplace surround and hearthstone ("Lagos Blue'' #4350) Caesarstone Quartz Surfaces.
Gas fireplace ("Majestic'' UV36RP): Vermont Castings.
Area rug ("Variations Tempo Rug''/Opal): Tufenkian.
Door and trim paint ("Picket Fence White''); ceiling paint ("Design Studio White''): Ralph Lauren Paint.
Cork console tables (custom); white gesso mirrors (custom): Demo Custom Cabinets Inc.
Drapery and throw pillow ("Airdrie'' print silk); round bunching tables in front of sofa; lumbar pillows and seat cushion on white chair ("Chip'' print); linen pillow ("Pommes de Terre''); rush basket; books; silver seashell; silver fruit on coffee table; aqua mercury-glass vases; chrome stool/table; Lucite stool (custom): Amanda Nisbet Design.
Blue fabric on lucite stools ("Canton Silk''/Teal, by Orient Express): through Steven Harsey Textiles.
Wicker baskets; silver pitchers: Charlotte Moss.
White chair in front of mantel: Downtown Furniture Inc.
White oval console table; marble bowl on console table: Odegard Inc., trade only.
Owl sculpture: John Derian.
Benches ("The Paris Stool'' #DM1022): Duane Modern.
Bench seats ("Chip'' silk print): Amanda Nisbet Design.
Wood candle holders: Roost.
Wallpaper ("Higashi West'' #HIA8004, by Omexco): through Romo Fabrics.
Photo over mantel (Green Wave Summer 07): Tria Giovan Photography.
Photograph (Haridrava): Tapp Francke Photography.