A Year-Round Beach House

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Photographer: Antoine Bootz
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The house faces the Sag Harbor boat basin beyond a marsh-rimmed pond, and the major rooms focus on that tranquil view. The farmhouse-inspired clapboard-clad wing is stained with Newburyport blue.
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A Year-Round Beach House
The main entrance of Moises Esquenazi and Bryan Graybill’s home—located at the side of the barn-red, silo-inspired tower—introduces the elegance and whimsy that mark the interior decorating throughout. Three designated “hostesses” above a burlap-upholstered mid-century sofa are millinery stands from the 1940s.
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The couple’s living room is dominated by two of Esquenazi’s sectional sofas upholstered in Mistral from Travers and a pair of his maple-and-suede Cafe Au Lay coffee tables. The innovative artwork at right is Cutting Hedge 1 from Esquenazi’s “Nature Master” series: It is printed on 105 sheets of photo paper, each tacked at the top only and meant to curl and flutter in the breeze. The two handcrafted ottomans from are covered in woven wool and dyed jute.
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In the open “display” kitchen, the cooktop set into the Carrara marble island was dropped a little so a matching slab of stone could be placed over the burners between meals. stools are by Philippe Starck.
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In the closed-off prep kitchen, sliding blackboard pantry doors are framed in Blazer red.
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The prep sink has a view of the outside, past a jaunty staircase that seems to float without visible means of support.
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The spiral staircase in the master suite’s library/sitting room leads to a yoga and exercise loft.
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A window wall opens the library to the water view. All the glazing in the house is known in the building trade as “storefront windows”—a one-inch-thick glass sandwich with argon gas in between, assuring maximum, leak-proof insulation.
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In addition to a freestanding tub, the master bathroom has a large, glass-enclosed shower, a private toilet compartment and generous clothing storage space; all fittings are by .
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The master bedroom’s feather-trimmed bed is part of ’s furniture line; the headboard frame is finished with white-gold leaf. The drapery fabric is from . Molded plastic bedside lamps are 1970s pieces by Rougier.
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In a guest room, a practical white-oak Sibley desk by has Lucite side panels and a concealed power strip along the back so that no tangle of cables and wires will clutter the look. The bucket chair is vintage.
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The garage-door-style window wall is shown as it is being raised. In the distance stands the pool pavilion.
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The owners, part-time residents of southern California, did not want to change their indoor/outdoor habits, so they arranged to open up the back of their living area in summer with a wall of windows that disappear like overhead garage doors. The intriguing second-story window belongs to the master bath. The house was designed so one can see the water view clear through it.
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A lighted, cushioned living room niche invites the reader seeking solitude. The big copper cylinder is an old shipboard oxygen tank for diving expeditions. Note that the sofa bolster ends in a contrasting velvet.
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The Percival by Moises Esquenazi seats eight—in linen-slipcovered chairs. The designer had the electric chandelier fitted with candleholders for an alternative form of lighting, perhaps when a fire is blazing.
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Pretty silver balls bobbing and shining in the pool discourage pesky birds. Silvery objects on the coping exude citronella. The pavilion roof shelters a pair of water-repellent lounges. Between them: an antique tin window frame from one of the mansard roofs of Paris that Esquenazi found at the Clignancourt flea market.
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Esquenazi (left) and Graybill on their supposedly private porch, actually a favorite guest hangout.
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This article was featured in the October 2009 issue.

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