Waterfront tranquility by Keith Mazzei

Photography by Ric Marder Imagery

The hustle and bustle of Nassau County has an energy all its own. For this family, it’s their primary residence. But when the decision was made to purchase a vacation home, they wanted that busy lifestyle to come to a screeching halt so they can spend time together as a family, breathing in the tranquility that a waterfront home can bring.     

Sand and sea inside and outside. Fun pillows adorned with Robert Allen fabric add the finishing touches to this nautically inspired great room.

Particularly fond of the North Shore of Long Island, this family found an ideal piece of paradise. The home, situated directly on the beach, was tired. They would design and build their dream home on their ideal piece of property that fits the bill for the slower and more peaceful coastal lifestyle that they had been longing for. 

They secured an architect and a designer, Keith Mazzei, to start the process. The family’s main home is a very traditional center hall colonial. However, this couple longed for something transitional and open, to take full-advantage of the sweeping views of the water. 

Keith had a clear vision for the main living room. Working closely with the architect and builder, he wanted to remove the entire back wall of the home. Three sliders and an oversized glass door were installed for easy access to Long Island’s famous waterfront views. Next, this sun-drenched living space would get a coffered ceiling with crisp white moldings and a splash of blue to emulate the water that was achieved with a textured wall-covering. Keith’s decorating in this room is unmistakably beachy with a sophistication that was just right.

Crisp, white cabinetry enhances the cool blue center island with marble countertops.

The post-modern, clean-lined kitchen would most certainly have white cabinets, however, Keith fabulously infused the blue pop of color onto a few accent cabinets, the butler’s pantry and center island. White marble adorns all of the counter spaces and Keith chose chrome for all of the fixtures with a white subway glass backsplash that shines in any kind of light. The eating areas, strategically situated in the back of the kitchen, sit in a perfect nook, again, with a wall of windows to take in the spectacular views. 

The clients have a great appreciation for art, so Keith brought in Anita Abrams from Accetra Arts to visit the home and suggest different styles of art for the various rooms. The artwork is a beautiful backdrop and adds life to each space. 

Inspiration for this room was the client’s existing artwork. Pairing Kravet’s grasscloth wall covering with a custom mirror and bold linen panels creates a warm dining experience.

Amazingly different from their main home, Keith captured this family’s cool, coastal vibe perfectly.