Thursday, July 15, 2010

WHEN BIGGER ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER

In a town where massive estates sit squarely behind rows of tall privet and gates, I find it refreshing and quite clever to see a couple bucking the "bigger is better" trend and creating a chic and beautiful Hampton beach side oasis out of just a few carefully designed rooms.

Driftwood on the Ocean, a modest beach-front bungalow co-op was built in 1951 and converted to 750 square foot apartments in 1980. Shlomo and Lilian Bakhask were "anti-big houses" and were looking for an unpretentious beach-front home when they bought their apartment in 1999. The standard motel room set up consisted of a single open space with two beds, a sleeper sofa, a kitchenette and bathroom-definitely not your summer mansion!  But as you can see from the photos, Lilian, a furniture designer and fledgling interior designer, cleverly turned the small space into a sleek, chic summer retreat. A few years ago, they purchased the two adjoining units to make room for their daughter and reconstructed the 1,500 square foot space into a 2 bedroom apartment.  Ms. Bakhask nicknamed the project the Sun Factory and set out to fill the space with a bright, sunny 50's  look. I think the space is beach bungalow perfection!
 








Photos by Eric Striffler New York Times

5 comments:

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Those Warhol flowers are popping up everywhere! Definitely a neat make-over. Thanks for sharing.

annechovie said...

I love the light, openess and cheery quality of the place. Have a great weekend!

Torie Jayne said...

Wonderful inspiration! Have a sweet day!

Hamptontoes said...

I love this place! I find the chicness, cleanliness and openess inviting for a weekend retreat!

Rene' said...

Love the 50's vibe..I so want to make a floral headboard and mount it to the wall like that!