The Surf Lodge is nestled in the Long Island town of Montauk, a quintessential beach town with deep roots in fishing and surfing. A recent resurgence has led to an influx of trendy, fashion-forward boutiques and design-conscious hotels, which has Montauk feeling very different from the off-beat, sleepy beach town of days past. Still, it's refreshingly more relaxed than the rest of the Hamptons. For those without the money or time off to spare, lets see how we can bring a little of The Surf Lodge vibe to your home.
• White rooms, wood elements, natural textures - This could very well be the Surf Lodge's mantra, as these design details are repeated throughout the hotel, especially in the guest rooms. Seagrass rugs, light, airy curtains and reclaimed wood elements are an inexpensive way to reimagine your space if you want to recreate a similar beachy feel. And if your room is still not working, consider removing some of the visual clutter. In the bedrooms at The Surf Lodge, less is definitely more.
• No room to sit? Think again! - Many bedrooms are just too small to fit a dresser, bed and a comfy chair, but that doesn't mean you have to go without! Think outside the box and go vertical by hanging a breezy hammock or rattan swing chair. If you're a renter that's not allowed to make holes in the ceiling or your footprint has enough space in the corner for a chair, consider a butterfly or director's chair. Both of these chairs take up very little space and can be folded away for storage when needed.
• Add a pop of color to otherwise neutral rooms - Clean, modern lines and a white palette might help impart a relaxed, warm beachy feel, but it doesn't mean it has to be boring! Have fun and give your room personality by introducing a bright pop of color. It can be subtle like the red dresser hardware or yellow pillows, but even when it might seem like overkill (as with the vintagey, tropical sofa upholstery), the neutral backdrop means it doesn't compete.
• Get playful with you outdoor furniture - If your budget doesn't allow for the steep price of a teak dining set, why not source inexpensive wicker or rattan furniture and give it new life with whitewashed paint and a pop of color? If you don't dig the unstable surface furniture like this sometimes has, consider adding boards to the top, cut to size to form a circle-shaped surface. If you've found a dining table that you like, but want a coffee table height perfect for floor lounging, try removing the base if possible and add new legs.
• Repetition elevates the ordinary - Take the rattan baskets that hang from the outdoor dining room ceiling. Just one of these oversized cauldron-style baskets hanging would have looked out of place, but in multiples, they forms an illuminated installation-style artwork that's as functional as it is pretty. The same could be accomplished by suspending glass fishing buoys, vintage sailing pulleys, or nautical lanterns.
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