March 7, 2015

Interior Designer Judy Rubin Designs a Dream Hamptons Getaway

For longtime clients, Judy Rubin designs a Hamptons getaway in a palette straight from the shore—and well beyond

by Judith Nasatir interior designer Langsam Rubin Interiors photographer Keith Scott Morton architecture Austin Patterson Disston Architects, LLC


Some stories really are all about color, local and otherwise. This one certainly is. As Judy Rubin, a principal of the Oyster Bay design firm Langsam Rubin Interiors, tells it, her clients, a Millbrook-based family of five, decided to build a vacation house a convenient bit further out on Long Island: "With three children all deeply involved in local activities, they wanted a place to escape from the hubbub. And they love the ocean." Rubin entered the process early on, so in addition to creating interiors and the outdoor rooms, she consulted on, among other aspects, the colors that wash the exterior of the five-bedroom house in a shade that resembles a soft summer fog. Open and airy, the three-level structure houses a sweeping, central circular stair. Pushed to the maximum footprint, it also makes the most of the water views with great expanses of windows and sliding glass doors that ease the family and their friends into exterior spaces outfitted for relaxing and entertaining-and ultimately to the pool or the beach.

Rubin's clients are passionate about the open-plan contemporary design that is so much a part of the history of beachfront architecture in the Hamptons. Why else the streamlined structure, Poggenpohl kitchen, and array of sleek furnishings from Brueton, Dedon, Studium, Moura Starr and other redoubts of the look? On the other hand, the story of the palette-or rather the backstory-isn't quite so straightforward. "She loves the color purple," says Rubin of the clients whose primary residence she swathed in those royal tones. The designer continues, "her husband asked that they not make this house in the same shades, as he was more into water-color hues." Rubin complied with his preferred palette in the bedrooms, baths, and public rooms, where lots of whites accented by aquatic blues and grays mimic the Atlantic just a catwalk away.

The family room below deck tells the story of another spectrum, so to speak. Here Rubin went for the gusto that the wife favors at heart. Her beloved bold brights-plus strong dashes of purple-make their reappearance in the brilliantly patterned, assertively colored Missoni fabric covering the Ligne Roset sectional made for sprawling, barstools from Elite Modern, and game table chairs from Phillips Collection.

As design goes, Rubin's passes with flying colors.