Christine and John Gachot's Shelter Island House

The husband-and-wife design team demonstrate how to make a contemporary beach house feel warm, welcoming—and truly lived-in.

(Source: Courtesy of Gachot/Chris Mosier Photography)
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1. Summer is a State of Mind
Lighthearted and approachable—that was what the Gachots wanted their beach house to convey. It's a mood perfectly summed up in this vignette, where a vintage Braun turntable, the Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main Street," and an official NFL football (monogrammed, Goyard-style, as a birthday present from John to Christine) rest underneath a cheeky take on a classic movie poster.
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