“These longtime clients, whose Tribeca home I also designed, wanted their beach house to be a relaxed oasis,” designer Nicole Fuller says of this project in East Hampton. “While they craved an elegant, elevated space, the couple also has children– a comfortable and easy-going environment was just as essential. My mandate was to create a balanced home: grand, ideal for entertaining, while also being supremely livable and unfussy.”

The home was a new construction, so Nicole was able to design it from the ground up. “I space planned it and selected all the architectural finishes and details,” she shares. “It is always a dream to create something from inception to the final decorative touches, and I was fortunate to work with an excellent contractor and team.”

The goal was to feel like an old barn-style house had been transformed into a new contemporary home. Nicole and her team accomplished this through black and cold rolled steel windows and a focus on indoor/outdoor moments, like a screened-in room with a fireplace for after dinner drinks and desserts. “I tried to include outdoor space wherever we could,” Nicole recalls. “All the doors are black to complement the steel windows to make it feel cohesive, and the floors are white washed pale wood– all simple, chic, timeless.”

Another stand out element is that every bedroom was designed as a master — each has an en suite bathroom with custom made Italian sinks from Kreoo. “All bedrooms have their own unique identity; I wanted it to feel like an Aman resort, where every guest feels treated to a special stay,” Nicole explains.

Though the designer doesn’t play favorites, a room she’s most fond of here is the living room. “You feel instantly at one with your surroundings and the nature that ensconces the house; it is as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer,” she concludes. See the space in the slideshow.