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montauk's the surf lodge

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Since my boyfriend and I moved into our new apartment at the end of May, I've spent a substantial amount of time (too much time, really) Pinterest-stalking interior designers and reading about décor inspiration, sending him links to see how he feels about it and then hitting up HomeGoods to see if I can recreate the look on the cheap. Our new space is finally coming together, and its feel is definitely more urban loft than surf lodge, but that doesn't mean I can't fall head over heels for the relaxed vibes and open spaces of the freshly redesigned The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Light + airy + white = the perfect space for summer gatherings and sipping on glass after glass of rosé.

Some of my favorite tips from The Coveteur's interview with Fiona Byrne about the building's recent renovations, below:


Less is more is my mantra. When something doesn’t look right, I take pieces away until it does. It’s like taking off a piece of jewelry before you leave the house. Adding a vintage book and a natural bookend to a glossy white dresser is a perfect contrast. 

Refinishing your furniture can drastically change the look and feel of your space. In many bedrooms at Surf Lodge, we custom finished the beds with a whitewash that has pink tones that correspond with the Montauk sunsets. It’s super easy to do and will change the look completely.

It might seem like a small detail, but a fig tree really adds something to a room. When your space is minimal, a plant brings a homeyness and life to a corner.

A really great bedroom update is to get rid of all your throw pillows and throws and use all-white linens. 

If you don’t have much else in your room, one great piece of art will give it personality. If you don’t want to buy a ton of stuff, just make sure to invest in one nice piece of art for your wall. The gallery wall [with tons of things on it] is a trend that’s passing.

Tropical plants and succulents are totally on trend and can work in any environment as long as you mix them in with native plants.