Tour Trend Designer Ulla Johnson’s Ever-Evolving Montauk Retreat

Tour Trend Designer Ulla Johnson’s Ever-Evolving Montauk Retreat

Ulla Johnson and Zach Miner can’t cease speaking about their backyard. “It’s a spring bounty each weekend with new issues in bloom,” says the style designer. Her verdant environment, after 4 years of labor with panorama guru Miranda Brooks, are lastly coming into their very own. Bulbs planted final fall are pushing up by the soil. Magnolia timber are blossoming. A flash of pink—the petals of a flowering cherry tree—is seen simply outdoors the lounge window.

The couple have relished the method. “A backyard takes time to develop into itself,” explains Johnson. “Issues transfer round and discover their house. Belongings you plant come again in a barely totally different place. It’s such a phenomenal evolution.”

Johnson in the backyard, sporting considered one of her personal designs, the shibori-dyed indigo sylvan gown.

Veneered white-oak cupboards and polished marble set the tone within the kitchen, which stars ceramics by Simone Bodmer-Turner, Natalia Engelhardt, Raquel Vidal, and Pedro Paz. The stools are by Sawkille co., and the mulberry paper paintings (at proper) is by Alida Kuzemczak-Sayer.

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The identical might be mentioned of their house out east, constructed circa 2010 by MB Structure, the place they retreat on weekends with their three children. Just like the backyard, it’s slightly totally different on each go to: The modular classic Mario Bellini couch may stay in a leftover configuration from final evening’s ceremonial dinner; a stray piece of driftwood—one of many household’s many collections—may find yourself in somebody’s bed room, due to their vizsla, Daphne; a brand new ceramic piece may arrive in a field, shipped house from a latest journey to Spain.

“It’s all about this concept of layering,” says Johnson, whose elevated bohemian trend model follows a equally eclectic feeling. “Over a lifetime the home will proceed to evolve.”

Johnson and her husband, a marketing consultant with an artwork background, had been spending weekends in Montauk, the windy, low-key hamlet on the easternmost tip of Lengthy Island, for a couple of decade earlier than they started to search for their very own place. This home, as Miner places it, “checked numerous very fascinating bins—it was uncommon, fashionable, and had character.” As Johnson says, “Its spirit spoke to us.” After they glimpsed the present inexperienced roof up prime, they have been bought.

For about 5 years, they’ve steadily renovated and furnished the place in phases, with the assistance of structure agency Studio Zung and inside designer Alexis Brown, all the time cautious to maintain it livable as they work—particularly in the summers once they carve out time to surf, swim, hike, and entertain.

Floral prints from Johnson’s spring 2022 assortment have been was outside materials, proven right here as cushions on Design Inside Attain’s Finn eating chair.

To additional entry the vistas past (the home, which sits on prime of a hill, gives views of each the ocean and the bay), they added extra home windows. In the summertime, they’re largely left open in order that, as Miner says, “you possibly can mainly reside outdoors.” To heat issues up, they ripped up manufactured bamboo flooring and changed them with strong Dinesen ash and refinished many partitions with hand-applied plaster. They reworked the staircase in ash and powder-coated steel, and streamlined a couple of areas, significantly the kitchen, to create a extra informal, entertaining-friendly ground plan. Some parts—just like the fossil-stone counters within the lavatory—they left simply as they have been. After which there was the panorama, wherein Brooks launched timber, a peony path, and a chopping backyard. “We planted it very informally, in order that issues really feel fairly wild and free,” says Johnson, a flower lover who finds limitless inspiration for her collections within the backyard.