2004 Idea House: Palm Garden Retreat

This seaside home has old-time ambience, modern amenities, and innovative style.

Exterior

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Exterior

Inspired by Caribbean architecture, this plan incorporates outdoor rooms, a courtyard, and a pool and spa that bring water right to the back door. Just one-room deep in most places, many spaces have windows on three sides.

Great Room

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Great Room

The great room is at the center of the house. Three sets of French doors line one wall, open to the pool area, and shed light on the room's details. An island landscape on stage above the fireplace mimics the great room's soft green and blue tones. The console table behind the sofa boasts cast-stone pedestals, a black fossil-stone top, an iron stretcher, and cast accents.

Great Room Furniture

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Great Room Furniture

Building from the walls' neutral, gray-green palette, the designers chose fabrics to echo the nearby water. The three-cushioned sofa is dressed aqua upholstery and romantic chaise is a muted hue of the same color. Throw pillows add color.

Furniture: Thomasville

Kitchen

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Kitchen

Roomy louvered cabinets painted a creamy white frame the laid-back kitchen. Granite countertops and a tumbled-marble tile backsplash are peppered with black. Above the louvered doors, glass-front spaces offer a place to display collectibles.

Cabinets: Plain & Fancy; Appliances: JennAir

Family Room

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Family Room

The designers created an informal dining area for family meals adjacent to the kitchen. The two rooms share a hipped roof, with an exposed beadded board ceiling and rafters. Nearby, a chocolate brown tufted back sofa sits opposite and entertainment center and a pair of island-style chairs with rolling arms.

Master Suite

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Master Suite

To keep the space restful, the designers selected a neutral palette. Bedding and furniture in pale colors, from soft butter to linen white, accent walls painted a serene, deep sage. The king-size bed's panel head- and footboards are a spin on Shaker styling. Luxurious linens and a quilted sateen coverlet and shams dress the bed in seaside-resort style.

Master Porch

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Master Porch  

Just outside a pair of French doors, the master porch, draped with lengths of outdoor fabric, offers a place to relax after a dip in the warm spa. A grouping of faux-bamboo chairs and an ottoman invite more relaxation.

Master Bath

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Master Bath

Antique-style vanities add the warmth of furniture to the stone-tiled bath. A deep, heated, jetted tub with lumbar support beckons. Windows over the tub look out into the courtyard.

Study

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Study

Tucked off the kitchen, a masculine study overlooks the courtyard. The designers, inspired by local cigar shops and old cigar boxes, painted walls a deep tan and moldings dark brown.

Loft Play Place

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Loft Play Place

Dedicated to the young and the young at heart, the second floor features three bedrooms and a play area. The designers chose upholstery for chairs and ottomans in colors "out of a crayon box."

Upstairs Porch

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Upstairs Porch

On the upstairs porch, architect Don Cooper used louvered railings. "All three bedrooms face the water, and we wanted the louvers to give them some privacy from passing boats," he says.

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