Celebrity publicist Simon Huck's revamped beachfront getaway is a serene retreat from a pressure-filled public life.
The custom-made teak coffee table was inspired by one Huck saw on 1stDibs.
“The minute I discovered Montauk, I never went back to ‘the Hamptons,’” says Simon Huck, the principal of Command PR, a leading entertainment marketing firm.
I’ve been going to the Hamptons for over 10 years; the first four years I was staying at Lizzie Grubman’s house in East Hampton. I loved being a houseguest, and now that I’m a homeowner in the Hamptons, I know what it’s like to be a host, and Lizzie was always the best host.”
To make his home both a soothing retreat for himself and a welcoming space for friends, Huck worked with Sag Harbor–based interior designer Michelle Smith of Studio MRS. They gutted the interior, opening up the space between the kitchen and dining room, and covered all the walls with wood paneling, then painted the entire home in Benjamin Moore’s Hint of Mint to give it a cohesive look.
Inspired by his favorite Montauk hangout, The Surf Lodge, Huck had put together a Pinterest board of what he wanted in his dream beach house. “It was puka shells, blue-and-white-striped nautical everything, and a Chanel surfboard. I look back at it now and I can’t believe I put this together thinking it was okay,” laughs Huck, who credits Smith with translating his style into something much more chic and livable. “I never felt she was pushing me in a direction that wasn’t authentic to me.”
The one place that client and designer had to work through their differences was the kitchen, where Smith encouraged the open shelves, while Huck—someone “houseguests find on a Saturday morning lining up Perrier bottles so the labels all face the right direction in the fridge”—thought seeing all the plates and glasses exposed might be maddening. But he couldn’t be more pleased with the result and is now considering a similar style for the renovation of his Manhattan home.
Smith also guided the exterior revamp, which included scaling back the massive bamboo that borders the renovated in-ground pool from Hamptons-based Pristine Pools. Outside is where Huck enjoys another of his favorite Montauk possessions: a drone, a housewarming gift from his best friend, which he often uses to do reconnaissance flyovers of his friends’ bonfires down the beach. “I have had the most fun with this drone,” he says. “It takes the most spectacular photos. There was an incident with the drone. A friend of mine was surfing and we wanted to get a great shot of him. We went in too close and the drone ended up in the water, but it’s being sent back to the Phantom 3 headquarters, where it will be ready for July 4.”