Palmetto Preserve

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Master Bedroom
A stately four-poster bed, topped with layers of plush white linens, anchors the room. The hand embroidery, scalloped edges, and fringed detailing on the pillows have an antique feel. "It's a quiet way to add depth," Linda says.

Other design choices overlay patterns. A pillow with graphic pineapples rests against a beige-and-white-checked club chair. The lines repeat in a large-checked throw and striped rug. The wallpaper's subtle texture draws the eye upward to the vaulted ceiling. Linda says, "When your focus is texture, it's all about the little details."

Twin Bedroom
The greenish-gray bedroom upstairs is a botanist's dream. "Its wall color has a wonderful relationship with the Spanish moss draped from the live oaks outside," says Linda. Natural linen sheers flow from the windows in a similarly wispy way.

Pineapples cap the headboards of both twin beds. Two upholstered club chairs with embroidered fern pillows nestle up to a dresser. "The scale of this room is cozier and more inviting, perfect for children," says Linda.

Architect Joel Newman added details such as crisp trimwork and dormers to impart a cottage feel. "The dormer creates great angles," Linda says. "This room had its own personality before I even put anything in."

Guest Bedroom
"There's a wonderful serenity in all the bedrooms, but especially this one," says Linda. Satiny linens with bamboo brocade and a simple, snowy quilt dress the queen-size whitewashed rattan and wood sleigh bed. Above it hangs a large distressed mirror, which reflects the opposing bank of three windows. "It casts light," she says, "and gives the room another view outside."

In an alcove, a tufted chaise longue and cashmere throw offer the perfect spot to peruse the morning newspaper. "This room is about relaxation," says Linda. "There's nothing here to distract the eye." The only decorations are plucked from the garden and the sea. Coral and puffy sand dollars called sea biscuits fill trays. Dainty white shells trim the draperies.

Linda's subdued palette extends to the smallest particular. A nubby beige rug has light-green threads woven into it that mimic the hue of the walls and ceiling. "I kept finding different ways to repeat color," she says. "Even the room's shiny brass lamp bases pick up on the pale gold in the chaise's pillows."

At the top of the stairs, where there could have been wasted space, the architect chose to build a cozy sitting area. Linda added a bedroom size desk to use the spot as an impromptu office. "We carved out a small room that's functional, perfect for paperwork, daydreaming, reading," she says. "It's a little escape loft."

The daring red wall color and such exotic elements as a faux tortoise-and-rattan lamp prove that business doesn't have to be boring, even when it's dragging you away from the water. The East Indies-style desk with a distressed oak top supplies a stylish laptop surface.

Large, plush pillows rest along the window seat and on the tailored club chair. Rich brown and gold tones unite the varying fabrics. An embroidered coral design on one prominent pillow subtly references other coastal locales. Above, the shade features funky beaded fringe. These small details give the room warmth and depth.

Floor plan
Joel Newman designed this house with expansive sections as well as small, intimate spaces. "The principal places for daytime activity?the kitchen, dining area, and great room?have to flow into one another," says the architect. "You want them to have continuity." But the upstairs den and bedrooms offer "places to tuck in and have privacy," he says. This makes the layout perfect for families with children or rotating groups of visitors.

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