Interior Design

A Summer Place: Living by the Sea

For this ode to summer living, noted designer and author Tricia Foley discusses how to create airy and relaxed homes, which capture the essence of the seaside.

A Summer Place reflects the natural charm, understated beauty, and sophistication of the properties of notable tastemakers of Long Island's idyllic seaside community of Bellport-Brookhaven, where Foley resides. This beautifully photographed collection of homes offers inspirational ideas for making your home a personal sanctuary. Featured are modern residences by the sea designed around their water views, nineteenth-century shingle-style cottages that have been restored for today's living, and artist retreats filled with color, pattern, and unique style. Many of these houses, with their screened porches, handcrafted outbuildings, and summer gardens have ideas that translate to seaside living anywhere. Some are decorated with subtle hues of sky blue, white floorboards, and comfortable rustic or contemporary furnishings. The grounds vary from manicured lawns that roll down to the sea to wild landscapes of seagrass, and lovely pergolas dripping with wisteria to working cutting gardens. With sections on summer decorating style, casual outdoor entertaining, seasonal flowers, and weekend guest tips, this book shares several ways to enjoy summer living at home.

About The Author

Tricia Foley is a lifestyle authority whose clients have included Ralph Lauren Home and Target. Foley's design work has been featured in such publications as Elle Decor and Martha Stewart Living. She is the author of numerous books about home design, among them Life/Style: Elegant Simplicity at Home and The Natural Home.

  • Publish Date: April 06, 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 7-3/4 x 10-1/4
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $67.50
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-7000-4


"Foley’s fresh, sunlit home opens the book; the pages that follow highlight an array of homes in a variety of styles, all of which embody Bellport and Brookhaven’s spirits in different ways." —W MAGAZINE

"Stylist, author, and Living contributor Tricia Foley shares 23 homes in her village of Bellport-Brookhaven, on Long Island, that are as breezy and chic as a great pair of white jeans." —MARTHA STEWART LIVING

"The new book, A Summer Place (Rizzoli), by lifestyle and design author Tricia Foley, shines a light on the charming and understated community of Bellport, Long Island. The book highlights a mix of modern residences in Bellport that have been designed around water views, 19th-century shingle-style cottages restored for today’s living and artist’s retreats filled with color, pattern and unique style, and the homes and grounds of notable creative tastemakers (from gallerists to designers, editors, architects and actors)." —DUJOUR.COM

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