Step inside this modern Hamptons beach house that expertly plays with colors, shapes and scale

The property 

When you think ‘beach house’ perhaps you envision a weather-beaten, clapboard cottage, a bolt hole by the sea decorated with blue and white stripes and nautical-inspired decor. Well, this enormous beach house in Hampton’s could not be further from that vision. Known as ‘Modern Zen’ this modern home spans over 14,000 square foot, has eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms, numerous living rooms, tennis courts, plus of course, a pool and pool house. 

Exterior view of Modern Zen beach house

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To decorate this gorgeous expanse of ‘beach house’ the homeowners brought on interior designer Michelle Gerson. The direction was pretty simple, create the vibe of the home’s namesake – Modern Zen. A cool and casual interior that felt light and airy and had a seamless connection with the outside space. Let’s take a tour…


Grey and white kitchen with large kitchen island

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The property is a family’s holiday home, so having a kitchen that was both functional and sociable was key. The stunning white kitchen island brings adds some freshness to the taupey grey wood of the kitchen cabinets but it also creates a more casual dining space and an area to gather around that feels less formal than the dedicated dining room. 

Grey kitchen with marble topped island

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The colors used for the kitchen are cool-toned, giving the space a sophisticated modern edge, but all the rustic wooden accents like the built-in chopping board, the island seating, and oak-toned flooring add an inviting warmth.

Kitchen island in grey kitchen

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Breakfast nook

Breakfast nook in modern kitchen

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At one end of the kitchen is a breakfast nook, again another casual dining area that looks out over the pool area. Large sliding doors create a seamless flow between outdoor and in, joining the kitchen with an outdoor dining area.


Pantry with mirrored tiles

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In contrast to the cool, light colors of the kitchen, the stunning pantry is all about the deep, moodier hues. Because the space is obviously smaller, and not as heavily used as a kitchen would be, it can handle this darker color scheme and really stands out in the house as being the most dramatic space.