Aug. 25


NOW TRANSFORMED: Basement Renovation

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Our beach house is an artful mix of vintage and modern. At 2200 square feet, it is jam packed in the summer with family, relatives and friends. So who wants to hang in the basement of a beach house? The teenagers for one! They needed somewhere to watch TV and play video and other games, especially in inclement weather.

By finishing the completely raw space of our basement, we added 1100 square feet of living space. What did Mom and Dad get out of the deal? For one, a large bookcase for their burgeoning library (designed by Mom to camouflage 2 support columns). Plus some peace and quiet. Yet, the basement space is so pleasant, we find the teenagers often telling the adults to GO UPSTAIRS!

Here is what it looked like before.

Now, this is what you see when looking at the same back wall.

Some more finished shots. There is a great movie watching sofa and chair.

We consolidated the mechanical portion of the basement to an area which does not receive natural light and gave the guys a much better spot to play games! Saarinen style table and chairs were scored for $400 for the set at an East Hampton antiques fair.

My eldest son Patrick likes it down there so much that he has claimed this daybed from West Elm as his favorite sleeping spot when he is in residence.

Laundry is an unfortunate by-product of hosting lots of family and friends at your beach house. My laundry area before left much to be desired. I gave myself 2 washers and 2 dryers in the reno, plus some extra cabinet space to house the paper goods from our warehouse club. Cabinets are from IKEA. Laundry is now a snap to complete.

I thought I might share some of my projects, both ones for myself and for clients, in this “Now Transformed” column. This is the first installment. What do you think? Would you like to see more?

Photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.

Aug. 02


A Very Beachy Bathroom

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Back in March, I laid out my specs for our bathroom renovation in our Montauk beach house.  Click here to read every detail.  I am delighted to say that it is finally done and has the very beachy feel that I was going for.

Introducing my new bathroom everyone.

Glass tile is a key feature.  I made the contractor slice up the mesh backing the colored mosaics to create the striped inset.  The floor is terrazzo marble, with flecks of glass in colors similar to my inset and reminiscent of beach glass.  All tile by Daltile.

We love the contemporary rainhead shower by American Standard.  On the opposite side of the shower is a hand held version to hose down visiting munchkins.

I used these cute anchors as towel hooks.  We got them at Tauk.  Click here to read about Tauk, a favorite Montauk store of  mine.

One of my favorite elements is the vanity.  It was custom made by my contractor, Toby Logue of Montauk Craftsman.

I wanted the wood to play off the driftwood frames of the art my boys chose for their bathroom.  The sconces are from Urban Electric and the medicine cabinet is Restoration Hardware.  The countertop is a quartz product called Technistone.  Faucet by American Standard.

Where did I get that driftwood looking wood for the vanity?  A local Montauk source.  Surfer Noel’s backyard.

Here is a closer look at the art that inspired the whole look.  Art is often the launching pad for my work. 

And what did it look like before?  Check it out.

A few less obvious design decisions.  For one, we eliminated the cathedral ceiling.  In the old days pre-reno, the wood got water marks from the humidity in the bath.  Now the shower ceiling is tiled for a quick wipe down.  Also, I did a seamless glass shower door and a low profile toilet so the eye would not stop, thereby creating the illusion of a larger space.

Do you like?

Photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.

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