Going Native! Inside a True Montauk Local's Home
Come summertime and Montauk is always in the news. Every year its the same thing. The hipsters, the drunks, the complete overload of our little small town without a stoplight.
But what is it like to really live in Montauk?
To reside in Montauk year round, you need to be willing to live a bit off the grid. In the winter, most storefronts are boarded up. Maybe one or two restaurants are open. You have to drive miles to completely supply your food pantry. And you might dry up and blow away if it wasn't for UPS and Amazon. In other words, you gotta really love the place and be willing to put up with these quirks.
It's that bohemian spirit and quirkiness that bleeds into a true Montauk local's interiors. Local contractor, Toby Logue, owner of The Montauk Craftsman, graciously opened the doors of his home and guest house so you could get a sneak peek.
Locals are just like everyone in Montauk in the summertime--they want to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
And an outside shower is an absolute necessity.
Hats and beach gear are at the ready by the front door.
But, unlike all of the stylish interiors shown in the glossies and on Pinterest, no self-respecting local props his or her surfboard inside. For one, surfboards get filthy with the sticky wax applied to help one stay on top. Real locals store their many boards in the garage.
The inside of many Montauk locals' homes reflect the influence of Montauk's original developer back in the 1920's Carl Fisher. Fisher loved the Tudor style and remnants of that look are sprinkled around Montauk. Toby's sitting room is no exception with its Tudoresque fireplace. Don't' miss the chic Corbusier chair and mini Ghost chair. Most locals have a stylish panache!
Of course, Toby works in Montauk, so his home would not be complete without a home office.
I love the funky dining space, and hear tales of enjoyable wintertime dinner parties as the sparse population gathers in each other's dwellings for warm company--kitties included.
Toby is a talented contractor (full disclosure: he is my contractor and did all the work on our home, including a two story addition) and he made his kitchen cabinets by hand.
So are you ready to get your boho on and live in Montauk year 'round. The crowds will definitely be gone.
Thanks Toby! All photographs by Lynn Byrne.