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Jessie was the one who told me that before I left Montauk I absolutely needed to go to Richard’s surf shack. A surf shack is a little like a summer cabin, a vacation home of sorts.

Vacation homes are my favorite kind of homes.

But this one in particular is something special. Richard Christiansen is the founder of Chandelier Creative and he wanted to put together a little escape for his colleagues, clients and friends.

And he’s the type to do things with such passion. Not like me who after a year in a new apartment still doesn’t have a table, just to give an example. He, on the other hand, in a few months, built a mini paradise.

He took a flight to Hawaii just to bring back kitschy surf decor.

He planted the entire garden and made the most amazing compositions with hanging plants and tons of color.

He had the cushions embroidered with the the surf shack initials just like it were a boat

He put in a bee-farm and even gave me a jar of honey.

He put teepees in the garden where you can sleep if the house is full…

And millions of other stuff that makes this house pure paradise. They even have a little fishing boat (you see those fish they brought back?!), and lots of homegrown tomatoes and mint.

It really sends me off daydreaming to think about how talented some people are to be able to create and entire world and take you with them. Put together an house just to share with your friends, pretty great huh? We had dinner with them that night, 15 of us gathered around the fireplace and if Scott’ hadn’t had to jump on plane the following morning I wouldn’t have complained about a teepee that night…

I’m going to visit Chandelier Creative this week. It seems like the offices are just as awesome as the house. And this time, Richard won’t be able to hide from a photo… !

Big hugs!

Translation : Tim Sullivan

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