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7/1/10

A Summer To Remember


As we head into the July 4th weekend,
my mind always wanders back
to the summer of 1993,
off the coast of Long Island, New York...
to a place known as Fire Island.


It was during this summer, that I first met my husband.



Fire Island is a "car free"
barrier island accessible only by Ferry.



Once you are on the ferry, car free lends itself to carefree...
and your mind immediately shifts into vacation mode.

At the time,  both my husband and I, were recent grads
out of law school, working in Manhattan.
We spent our summers in "share houses"
with other young professionals.
The houses were nothing special, but
we had the time of our lives.


We often talked about coming back
to the island one day,
and building a beautiful dream house.



Which is exactly what interior designer,
Gail Shields-Mirror did, when she built
her own lovely home on Fire Island.



Maybe one day we'll follow her lead....


{sigh}

71 comments:

  1. Have fun. I have some friends there, I bet we have some mutuals. Happy Fourth. Love the looks of that house.

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  2. Aww... how sweet! I always wanted to go there but never make it there...
    <33

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  3. Isn't Fire Island such an escape? I love it there! It's a very special place that is hard to duplicate in today's modern day world.

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  4. I love this post! I have never been to Fire Island but it looks amazing. Summer loves are the best, I met Tim in the summer too. Pinkies crossed that you will someday build your dream house there. That kitchen is amazing, huh? I love the fridge but there would be absolutely no room to ever let it get unorganized! xo

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  5. What a beautiful post, it has me itching to visit Fire Island also!! And the dreamy holiday home... one day!!

    :) Hazel

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  6. What a wonderful story! I hope you can build your dream house there one day (or just buy this one - it's pretty dreamy!).

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  7. i've been talking with Joe to go there for SO long - and i have my 'gay friend' (it's ok he let's me say that) who's always willing to go - i need to get moving on this and get there ASAP!

    *kiss kiss*
    Erika
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

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  8. Ohhh how sweet...I really would love to go there:) Sounds so special:) Kisses sweetie and see you soon:)
    Muah

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  9. Sweet story! I hope you get back there soon! We have some great summer places here on the island - Fire Island, Montauk, the Hamptons, Sag Harbor, Shelter Island, Greenport ... come on over anytime!

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  10. How romantic! You should definitely build a house there :)

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  11. That's a lovely dream...hold onto it.

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  12. So cute. That's an amazing kitchen.

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  13. great story and awesome house! ahhh, dreaming. it's the best, no?

    Happy Fourth!

    Donna

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  14. That kitchen is so amazing. What a neat story, hope you all get to realize your dream one day and build a dream home on Fire Island!

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  15. Such a sweet story! I hope you & your husband get to build your dream house there some day!

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  16. Fire Island is beautiful, I haven't been there in so long!

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  17. touché!!
    oh..i wanna go there!!

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  18. That's a lovely story! I dream about a vaction home too. I hope you do it someday!

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  19. What a dreamy place and hopefully you will get the chance to build there someday - it holds such a special spot in your heart. : )

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  20. This is a beautiful story :). Thank you for sharing. My fiance and I would like to purchase an empty lot one day and have our house built the way we like it.

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  21. gorgeous photos and such a cute story!! I love it!

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  22. What a beautiful place to meet!

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  23. sounds nice and i love this house!

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  24. Dreamy to the umpteenth degree!

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  25. Thats a lovely story, I am a hopeless romantic and revel in yours,
    xx
    Gina

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  26. I am sighing right along with you. Oh to have a beach house that would be a dream come true. Until then I will visit the beach often and enjoy, Sigh!! Kathysue

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  27. what a special place! So lovely. I am new here. Love the site. Have a great weekend!!

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  28. what a sweet post and special place for you. Here's to you dreams coming true!

    xo,
    cristin

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  29. I loved this trip down memory lane with you :)
    What a lovely way to meet and fall in love. I would love to visit Fire Island one day and when I do I will think of you!
    xo

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  30. Love the idea of a car-free island. How peaceful. Happy 4th of July weekend, Sue!

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  31. Aw! Thanks for sharing! I need to go someday. You'll have your house...I know it!

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  32. No wonder it's often a setting for good novels. Sounds idyllic!

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  33. One of my best friends from design school has a family place there and has always made it sound amazing! These photos are proof for sure! Happy 4th!

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  34. What a wonderful place to meet and fall in love. I hope you get to fulfill your dream....I hope we all do !

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  35. How sweet! It sounds like a great story of when you met your husband. That first picture is just amazing.

    Have a good 4th!
    Marcie

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  36. Sounds so fun, and romantic!

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  37. sounds like a fab place!!!!!!!

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  38. so sweet, enjoy!! what a beautiful place to meet your loved one xoxo

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  39. adorable post, my dear! hope you're having a lovely day.

    xo Alison

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  40. OOOOOH!!! what a nice story! i want to go to fire island! with the man of my dreams by my side. it looks lovely and nO CARS is quite the draw.

    but having a house there?!?! now that would be a dream come true, especially if it looked like this one!

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  41. Oh what a lovely post!
    Fire Island is on my list of places I want to see.

    Remember dreams do come true..I hope yours does too.

    http://kat-kathleenjackson.blogspot.com

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  42. This is so romantic. GO FOR IT :) Your home would be beautiful! xo

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  43. I love the house. That would be amazing.

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  44. Oh wow - you said it. This is incredibly sigh-worthy. From your touching account to the interior of that home. Oh please - do move back...and open a b&b so I can visit. Beautiful.

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  45. It's always great to dream!!!
    What a fun story. About you two
    DID have a blast. There is nothing
    like being young, carefree, tan,
    hanging by the water and spending
    time with friends. Have a wonderful
    weekend, Susan! xx Suzanne

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  46. How gorgeous! On all accounts!
    Of course you will have to build yourselves a little home here - a place to celebrate and remember your first love. How divine.

    Thanks for sharing!

    xx Charlotta

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  47. Oh I get it another lawyer!! Very funny. What a lovely story - I have heard of Fire Island - there is something very special about places which you can only get to by boat. xoxo

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  48. the sunset looks amazing!!

    http://www.ohmydior.org/

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  49. Hope you get your dream house soon. It's worth going to work everyday with a goal like that!

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  50. So sweet! What an awesome and amazing summer that must have been. I love hearing stories like this. Makes me smile!

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  51. Very romantic. Looks like paradise!

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  52. Oh, the summer share! How fun! It would be really fun to go back and revisit, well, you already have a ski house, why NOT a beach house, too?! XO!

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  53. Hearts on fire on Fire Island....so sweet! I met my husband in the summer too!!!

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  54. I love fire island!! I once worked on a cool freelance job in Saltaire. Gorgeous beaches!!

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  55. I've always wanted to go to Fire Island -- it looks gorgeous!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  56. Enjoyed this little peak into your private life, and such a lovely story. I hope you get your dream home just as you picture it in your mind.

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  57. Ok, that kitchen is gorgeous and that garden and pool makes this city girl want to have a country house lol. Oh and now I'm adding a ferry ride to my 2010 on going resolution list!

    Happy fourth!!

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  58. Super stroll up memory lane! I do hope it turns into a driveway for you :) Any place that was grand enough to be the first backdrop to the beginning of the rest of your life is the perfect place to return to any chance you get. Have a fabulous weekend!

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  59. What a great place to meet your husband!

    I also met mine in the heady days of summer. Wonderful memories.

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  60. I love the idea of "no cars" and "no man is an island" -
    Tell us more....about your love,
    pve

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  61. wow looks like an amazing place...i'd love to visit someday! thanks for sharing dearie!

    Persis.

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  62. Oh I hope you get to do just that!

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  63. You will! Beautiful posting xox

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  64. Iwouldlovemyhouse there too! Please invite me once you realised your dream :D Have a great weekend. XX

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  65. Wow! This island sounds idyllic.

    Have a fabulous 4th July weekend!

    xo

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  66. I hope your wish comes true, Fire Island is a great excape from the city- I love it there!

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  67. I loved this post! A beachy summer romance that turned into a beautiful life long commitment. You absolutely need that summer house to celebrate and remember! Just remember to factor a guest room into the plans...

    xo Marija

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  68. Don't know how I missed this one! What a beautiful post. When I meet you husband some day - I'll think of how it all began! Hope you're dipping your toes in sand somewhere today! xo Elizabeth

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  69. What a wonderful memory. One of these days, I'll be at Fire Island too for a visit.

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