An Autumn Escape to Fire Island

Two weekends ago we slipped out of New York on Saturday morning and headed to one of the small ferries that take residents across to Fire Island. We were visiting old family friends and planning on a rest-filled retreat on this unusual island with no cars and very little in the way of amenities. It's all salty beach shacks and simple interiors that usually get shut down during the winter months.

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Our friends have had their house for over forty years (it's in Davis Park) and it has changed slowly over the years - mainly with artistic additions on the walls and the tables - but some things never change. The harsh winters and the closeness to the sea, make keeping things simple a must and there's no point in putting too much money into anything, so self made decoration is a nice alternative.

The weekend was overcast but warm and as you look around you'll notice the effects of Hurricane Irene, which burned off much of the leaves on the trees and swept the beaches clean. Enjoy!

The House

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Outside the House (all the houses are up on stilts)

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The Beach & Walkways

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A Bit of Food (Check out the video!)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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