Terry & Shawn's Technicolor Dream Home

Terry & Shawn's Technicolor Dream Home

Geoff Bentz
Jan 4, 2010

Name: Terry Kidder & Shawn Peacock
Location: Amagansett, New York
Size: 3 Bedrooms + Den (2,500 square feet)
Who else lives here: Zoe the cat

After a popular Apartment Therapy House Call, Terry and Shawn are sharing an all out tour. So even though it's cold outside, take a moment to sun yourself by their Amagansett pool.

The two have pulled together their eclectic tastes to create a beach home that's modern with a retro throwback — I imagine this is a place where someone like Peter Allen might have summered. Both Shawn and Terry work in advertising, and some of the furnishings come from the sets of TV shoots (the Chiffon curtains can be seen in a Garnier Nutrisse ad with Sarah Jessica Parker).

One of the biggest questions from the House Call was whether the photos were doctored to make the colors pop? The homeowners assured me the colors are true to their hue. In fact, Terry invites all the nonbelievers to swing by for a batch of his world famous florescent green Mojitos.

My/Our style: Retro (50's−60's), Eclectic, Malibu Modern

Inspiration: The tones of nature which are like part of the interior due to all the glass. That and Hollywood sets of the 50's−60's.

Favorite Element: All the glass, which really makes light an integral element of the interior aura. And high, open ceilings.

Biggest Challenge: Maintaining a modernist's clean white look amongst a forest of gunk producing trees (Oak in particular). Also maintaining a full garden with an ever increasing deer population. Is it a garden or a salad bar? Both, we're afraid.

What Friends Say: Most friends love it, but more traditional leaning ones don't get the wit and whimsy of our kitsch factor.

Biggest Embarrassment: The need for interior painting and exterior staining.

Proudest DIY: The re-staining of our white deck.

Biggest Indulgence: Renovating the kitchen.

Best advice: Don't sweat making everything matchy-matchy. For us, the home is about the energy and fun created by mixing all things you love (judiciously, of course).


Appliances: Bosch, Kenmore

Hardware: IKEA

Furniture: Bruno Matheson, Robesjohn-Gibbens, IKEA, vintage yard sale finds, imports from Buffalo

Rugs and Carpets: IKEA

Tiles and Stone: Colortile

Window Treatments: Lime/Tangerine Chiffon

Artwork: Gene Davis prints, Grau travel poster, George Hurrell B&W photographs, Sid Avery B&W "Hollywood at Home" photographs, Painting by owners

Flooring: Pickled hardwood, painted checkerboard, slate-esque porcelain

Thanks, Terry & Shawn!

Images: Terry Kidder

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