At-Home In Atterbury With Bryan Eure & Bill White
While interior design and renovating homes has become a major Hamptons hobby for them, Bill White works as the CEO of Constellations Group and Bryan Eure is an SVP at Willis Towers Watson. Primarily based in Chelsea for the past fifteen years, the dynamic duo enjoy spending their summer days at their stunning waterfront compound, Bay Bluff. “We leave our fast-paced city life behind when we pull into Bay Bluff, uncork that rosé, and watch the sunset while little waves lap along the coastline,” says Bryan, who shares his inspiration for their quintessential Hamptons style in this new Design Diary, below.
KDHamptons: Please describe Bay Bluff for our readers?
Bryan Eure: We named the home Bay Bluff, which clearly identifies the most unique feature of the property. Our home rests on a 70 foot bluff above the Shinnecock Bay allowing birds-eye views of the bay, Meadow Lane, the Ponquogue Bridge and the Atlantic Ocean.
KDHamptons: Was the renovation project a labor of love? Or did u see the vision and plan right away?
Bryan Eure: We immediately knew the view was one of the best we’ve seen anywhere and recognized we could take the run down stucco home and make it an adorable shingled cottage with open floorplan. The bones were there – we just needed some significant TLC.
KDHamptons: What was your inspiration for the renovation?
Bryan Eure: The inspiration was a mix of our beach favorite places into one: St Barts, Southampton, Mykonos and Nantucket with whites and blues, light floors, ship lap walls, shingles, and water & sunset views from every possible vantage point thanks to opening up walls and lots of glass. We are water people, it’s all about the view, and every day it changes depending on the weather, the boating going on, the birds flying by, the phases of the moon − truly breathtaking. We wanted the pool to be waterfront and the hot tub to be positioned to watch the sunset.
KDHamptons: Who were the key people on your renovation team?
Bryan Eure: Our architect, Bill Suk of Suk Design is a long time friend that we have done many major projects in the city with including a landmarked townhouse on 22nd St in West Chelsea and a refurbishment on the Intrepid Museum. Our contractor, Joe Licciardi, was referred to us from our dear friends of Tutto Southampton and Joe and his team did a phenomenal job rebuilding the property.
KDHamptons: You executed all of the interior design. Share a few resources of special pieces?
Bryan Eure: I grew up in North Carolina and Atlanta, so I do like incorporating some Southern influences in my design. Circa Lighting based in Atlanta is where our light fixtures all came from. Mathews Furniture in Atlanta is where we sourced our Baker and Hickory Chair pieces. All of the outdoor furniture came from William Sonoma Home – their teak furniture is the best quality of any major brand I have seen and everyone raves about the heft and design of it. For the antique pieces I didn’t have to search too far – English Country Antiques in Bridgehampton and Southampton had some phenomenal pieces at very reasonable prices. Most of the accessories came from One Kings Lane and William Sonoma Home – shopping online is the best thing ever and these two websites make it even easier.
The overall design was East Coast traditional, with an open floor plan which is ideal for weekend living and entertaining. Large open rooms without any formality, but beautiful yet comfortable.
KDHamptons: Bay Bluff is located in Atterbury, which is considered the section gem of Southampton. Why is that?
Bryan Eure: Atterbury is commonly referred to as the Gold Coast of the Hamptons and when you watch the sun set down the beach of Shinnecock Bay – the shoreline literally turns into a golden pathway. Paddle boarding or boating at this hour is literally what beach life is all about. Aside from the natural beauty of the bay and expansive landscape of Atterbury, the best feature is close proximity to NYC, and the short drive or bike ride to Southampton village. Route 27 traffic is foreign to Atterbury residents and therefore weekend commuting to and from the city is such a breeze.
KDHamptons: What is your favorite room in the house?
Bryan Eure: It’s hard to pick one favorite room but the master bedroom reminds me of our favorite island in the world – St Barts. We modeled it after our favorite villa where we honeymooned and did this half wall to make the bed face directly towards the water. Behind the half wall is the walk in closet and master bath – so the view is unobstructed. My husband had the brilliant idea to vault the ceiling into the attic above so we ship lapped the ceiling and half wall so it ties in so nicely with the overall theme of the house.
KDHamptons: What does a perfect day look like at Bay Bluff?
Bryan Eure: Bay Bluff days kick off with a work out at the new Barry’s Southampton, then home for coffee and eggs, a late morning swim in the heated saline pool, sunbathing, listening to chill music with some Minuty Rosé, and then heading down our staircase to the bay for some paddle boarding. We rent jet skis nearby, beach them at the house, and then drive them over to Rumbas for lunch. We also take them out in the ocean, and surprise friends on Meadow Lane. Being out on the water either fishing or boating is the best, and we love the view of the house from the water. Saturday dinners are always spent with friends, or grilling out at home.
[Like what you see? Bay Bluff is currently listed for sale by Timothy Davis and Thomas Davis of Corcoran. For more info go HERE] Photos by Evan Joseph