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A Seaside Summer Home in New York

by Garrett Fleming

Interior designer Susan Petrie-Badertscher of Petrie Point Designs and her family call the SoHo neighborhood of New York “home” for the majority of the year. On weekends and holidays, however, the brood makes the trek to Shelter Island – a beach community at the eastern end of Long Island, NY. Here they unwind in their sprawling, shingled home and fabulous pool. I only recently learned about the island getaway, but Susan has been a Shelter Island regular since childhood. “When my husband and I were dating, we visited Shelter Island after the endless stories I would share with him about the area. We immediately fell in love with the charm and warmth the island has to offer,” she gushes. In a serendipitous stroke of luck, this home she and Brian now own overlooks the very vacation rental she and her family used to visit many summers ago.

As you take a look inside the four-bedroom house, there’s no doubt that the sea greatly influenced its design. Careful to avoid decorating clichés, Susan and her West Coast design partner chose “just the right mix of beach-chic furnishings that were sophisticated, yet not too terribly serious.” Most of the home’s furnishings are antiques picked up from all over the island and the U.S. Getting the treasures home via ferry is always a bit tricky, but many trips have made Susan an expert.

Since their retreat is nestled amongst ancient trees, Susan was sure to let the home organically mingle with nature. Not once will you find the family closing the curtains to shut out the outdoors. It’s an integral part of why they adore their seaside getaway so much — the breeze and fresh air help the family and their guests unwind. Since they do entertain so frequently, an inviting feel and the ability to comfortably accommodate visitors was also important to the home’s design. Their front door tends to resemble more of a revolving one on some weekends, so nothing in the home is deemed too precious. Without the stress of ensuring not a drop of wine or dinner smudges the home’s facade, Susan is able to enjoy her company to the fullest. She sure has crafted a gorgeous home for her family. Click through to see, and read, more about how she’s done it. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Lorin Klaris

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"We try to stay barefoot or in flip flops until the first frost arrives," Susan says.
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The home'e entryway is a bit awkwardly shaped, but the homeowners "created an open entry so as to make sure all who enter feel welcomed, and not confined." The gallery wall sets a carefree tone for the entire family home, and the Laurin Copen table is a catch-all for shoes, keys and sunscreen.
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The entry's built-in bookcases are a revolving door of decor. It's fun for Susan to mix up what she highlights on its shelves. One of Susan's favorite finds – a vintage bathing suit – sits below the shelves. Every time she looks at it, she's reminded of her childhood on the island.
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The Crate & Barrel kitchen table serves as the command center on summer weekends. Susan made the light fixture in school, and the majority of the kitchen's accessories are vintage and were picked up at local yard sales and antique shops.
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Stainless steel was chosen so that it would reflect sunlight into the breezy and bright kitchen.
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Mirrors are also utilized throughout the home to reflect the fantastic, natural light each room gets. The vintage trophy makes a perfect ice bucket.
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Susan and Brian are the hosts with the most when visiting Shelter Island. Thank goodness the kitchen is perfectly designed to entertain. Between the table and bar, the couple are able to comfortably chat with many guests while making drinks and snacks. The barstools were picked up at a yard sale.
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The curtains are always open in this home. The natural light is so brilliant that Susan will never shut it out, especially when they have guests over. The stories this ABC farm table could tell...
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Susan found this vintage painting covered in dust at local spot Marika's Antiques and loves "its simplicity next to the vintage green chair."
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"These items (minus the booze) were found at yard sales and my favorite antique stores, and I restored them. We don't even drink half the stuff on the bar cart... it just looks so glamorous and entertaining," Susan says. The whale art was found while antiquing in Brimfield, NY.
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The artwork above the fireplace, by family friend Tjasa Owen, inspired the living room's look. The rug is from Williams-Sonoma, and the muslin chair is a family heirloom Susan recovered.
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The kids spend hours reading in this restored, rattan chair Susan found on eBay. You can snag your own framed, vintage bathing suit here. The oars are a family heirloom.
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The bathroom's splash of dual tones is one of Susan's favorite aspects of her home. It's a combination of Farrow & Ball "Cook's Blue" and Benjamin Moore "Regatta Blue."
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The juxtaposition between the medical side table and happy floral prints is what the family likes most about the guest room. The room's outfitted in Kate Spade bedding, a chair from Sylvester & Co. and yard-sale finds.
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Susan says, "If there is one piece of furniture I adore, it's my [Rachel Ashwell] bed. It's crazy-comfortable and so very me, stylistically speaking." The white bench is another Laurin Copen Antiques treasure.
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"I hung the two vintage photos of divers above the bed intentionally. 'Dive in' was the thought behind it. I am not a fan of 'matchy-matchy' and chose two very different bedside tables [from Laurin Copen Antiques] that both my husband and I adore," Susan explains. The couple's bedding is by John Robshaw, and the diving prints were picked up at the Brimfield Antique Show.
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A fireplace in your bedroom? Dreams do come true. Susan was careful during the decorating stage of move-in; she didn't want her home to scream "beach house." Blue touches like these luxe, velvet ottomans from Beall and Bell, sitting on a ABC Carpet Outlet rug, capture the brilliance of water without overdoing the coastal theme. The drapes are by Smith & Noble.
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The portraits in the bedroom's office area were chosen because of their vibrant colors. Susan restored the antique desk herself. To bring it back to life, she painted it in a high-gloss white and replaced the hardware.
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"I didn't think I was a pool person, but we have a very fun, triangular-shaped pool that was built to work with the landscape. We love sitting in the pool and watching the sunsets over the bay or simply dipping in when the weather is hot," Susan says.
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Susan wrote us a note on a piece of wood in the shape of Shelter Island, NY.
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The first floor's layout. "It isn't a small cottage, but it's still cozy to us," Susan says.
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The second story's floor plan.

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