Looking at This South Hampton Home Is Almost as Good as Taking a Vacation

A house in is typically equipped for equal parts entertaining and relaxing, and that's exactly what founder and principal of design firm Shelly Lynch-Sparks had in mind when working on this  home. Built in 1984 by an architect for his own personal use, the five-bedroom, four-bath house complete with a pool, patio, and porch with stadium-style steps manages to feel both cozy and contemporary.

"The house had such incredible bones, and we worked hard to celebrate those elements without losing any of its character," Lynch-Sparks explains. Those bones include a beautiful timber post-and-beam ceiling, which is now contrasted by modern renovations like a sliding wall system to open the living room space up during the and new skylights in the kitchen. "The goal was to modernize a rustic-style home while opening up the space to more light and softer textiles and furnishings," the designer adds.

If you can't make it to the Hamptons, taking a look inside this charming property is the next best thing. Keep scrolling for a tour of the home and to learn more about the renovation and design process that went into the final look.