Bruce Bierman Keeps It Simple on Fire Island

Bruce Bierman and art dealer William Secord‘s oceanfront beach house on Fire Island is tiny, but thanks to Bruce’s design strategies, the three-bedroom bungalow feels wonderfully open and expansive. The interiors are mostly white, which keeps the spotlight on the spacious deck, leafy garden, and panoramic view outside. Interior and exterior furniture is slip covered in white cotton duck, which further integrates the rooms into the great outdoors. Warmth and color are provided by sea grass matting, displays of flowers, fruits, and produce, expanses of teak and other woods, and a few strategically placed works of art. Simple, easy, and wonderfully relaxing. What more could you ask for in a summer retreat?

Living room in Bruce Bierman's Fire Island beach house

The living room in Bruce Bierman and William Secord’s Fire Island beach house.

Living room in Bruce Bierman's Fire Island beach house

The mostly white interior is warmed with sea grass matting, teak coffee table, masses of local flowers, and dog photographs from Secord’s gallery, which specializes in canine art.

Kitchen and dining area in Bruce Bierman's Fire Island beach house

The kitchen is fitted out with simple white laminate cabinetry and furniture so as not to draw attention away from the deck, garden, and views beyond.

The deck at Bruce Bierman's Fire Island beach house

The deck furniture is slip covered in the same white cotton duck used in the rooms inside, creating a sense of unified interior and exterior space.

Master bedroom in Bruce Bierman's Fire Island beach house

In the master bedroom, a wall of mirrors  expands the space by bringing the panoramic ocean view indoors.

The guest room/office in Bruce Bierman's Fire Island beach house

An attractively weathered sign, found discarded on the beach, serves as an artwork in the guest bedroom/office.