Jul. 23


Meet My Neighbors

by Lynn Byrne


Does that view look familiar?

Loyal readers will recognize it as very similar to the view from my own backyard in Montauk.

It belongs to the famed and fabled Chandelier Surf Shack—one of last year’s hot stories on Montauk.  Richard Christiansen, head of ad agency, Chandelier Creative, kitted out an old cedar, A-frame in the now de rigueur Montauk kitschy, boho surfer look for his and his employees’ summer enjoyment.

The Surf Shack just happens to be located a mere 4 houses down from my own.

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Jul. 06


Where Have I Been?

by Lynn Byrne

My Backyard in Montauk

My Cutting Garden in Montauk

Well, mostly here:

My Backyard in Montauk

But I did make some time before I left to attend a fabulous panel discussion hosted by Donghia and moderated by Donghia’s president Crans Baldwin  at New York’s D&D building.   At the lively talk,  design industry leaders, Alexa Hampton, Campion Platt, Susanna Salk and David Scott  urged the packed audience to think “outside the box” in order to grow their brand and business.

Donghia invited me to recap the talk as a guest blogger  on Crans’ blog, A Glass Half Full.  You can find my top take-aways from the discussion right here.  

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Jun. 15


HOUSE HUNTING IN NYC: Where Will I Live Next?

by Lynn Byrne

chelsea townhouse

Larry and I have been discussing moving to NYC when the twins leave for college for sometime now.  Next year they will be juniors in high school.

The hubs has already started looking.

As is our pattern, I have left the hunt in his hands.  We always agree on where to live.  My only criteria is that I want our new space to have an abundance of natural light.

But a gal can hint! I left the New York Times article with the photo above on top of his mail pile.

I am positively drooling over the moldings and fireplace.  And that is just the tip of the iceberg of beauties in this townhouse apartment.  Click here for more.

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Jun. 08


Sneak Peeks from the Photo Shoot at My Montauk House

by Lynn Byrne

montauk shoot starfish

Completely staged flowers. See the holes in the basket? No water!

Nobody, nowhere lives in a house that is always photo ready.  

Pretty grasses from my Montauk yard. There are empty hooks in my Pelham house where these pictures used to hang.

I certainly don’t. But we just completed a major addition to our beach house in Montauk and it is well-sited with beautiful views of Lake Montauk. I knew that the new master suite was close to photo ready.

And I figured (rather ambitiously it turns out), that if I focused on the other rooms, I could buff them up too. You realize quickly, however, that it is not all about pretty flowers.

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May. 31


The Roses

by Lynn Byrne


The roses on the arbor leading to my house in Pelham get better every year.  I need to stop and smell them.

But I can’t.  Not just yet.

I am prepping my house in Montauk for professional photography on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  It would be an understatement to say I was nervous.  Wish me luck.

I took the open plan living room/dining area/kitchen out of the equation when I fell head over heels for this fabric I spotted in development at Kravet during Blogfest last week.  It will be window treatments if the designer approves this color way.  Fingers crossed.  I will have my wonderful photographer Ellen McDermott back to shoot those rooms when the new drapes are hung.  Aaaah love.

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