Elizabeth Blitzer and friends turn a NY rental into the perfect vacation spot.
Matt Albiani, Ron Brand, Elizabeth Blitzer, Bobby Graham, and Matthew Marden
revel in their Montauk digs.
WITH A FLAIR FOR FINDING YARD-SALE GEMS AND STYLING HAND-ME-DOWN
TREASURES, ELIZABETH BLITZER AND HER FOUR BEST FRIENDS TURN A WEEKEND RENTAL INTO AN ENDLESS VACATION.
Because of the damaging effects of the rough sea air and the traces of sand that turn up on every surface, furnishings can’t be too precious.
Off the rocky shores of the Old Montauk Highway, Elizabeth Blitzer—founder and owner of Manhattan PR firm Blitzer & Company—shares a homey, wood-shingled weekend cottage with four of her closest friends. “We cherish the time we have together.
No one ever talks about their careers while in Montauk,” she says of her circle of hardworking professionals. Though the house was in need of a good cleaning when the friends found it, they were immediately charmed by its solid bones.
For Ron Brand and Matthew Marden, the location was ideal, while Bobby Graham and Matt
Albiani were drawn to the interior’s dark, vibey woodwork, wicker chairs, and front porch. And Blitzer’s idea of heaven? The second-floor deck. “If I had my way, I would never leave it,”
she says. “Not even for the beach!”
This is the third home the group has rented together in six years, and as in every place they’ve shared, making over the cottage was a true group effort and a “labor of love,” says Blitzer. They jokingly referred to the house as the “place where every renter left everything to die”—with far too many sofas in all the wrong places and seashells glued to seemingly every surface.
Incorporating their own furnishings and yard-sale finds, the housemates got to work applying their unique aesthetic to the interiors, transforming them into a “living scrapbook” that tells the shared story of their time there.