Architectural elements contribute to the richly textured space. The walls' horizontal boards and simple molding give the room depth. Linda also bends the rules by combining different wood finishes. "I believe you can mix all types of wood together," she says. "They have an inherent connection that always works."
A tight-back, leather, West Indies―style sofa boasts ratcheted arms that fold down, turning the couch into an extra sleeper.
Appliances hide in an oversize island with a deep stainless sink and shelved storage under an African Iroko hardwood countertop. In the dining area, leather-covered seating with nail-head trim surrounds a trestle table.
Despite its old-world charm, the kitchen delivers modern conveniences. A stainless steel refrigerator uses a multichannel airflow system to remove odor and excess humidity-a must in this seaside environment. The frost-free freezer is located at the bottom of the unit. A 36-inch stove features high-performance burners and contoured controls.
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.
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.
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.
The guest bedroom's hardwood flooring and soft green hue continue in the adjoining bath. "Actually, the entire suite's wall color was predicated on one of the colors in the bath's vanity cabinet," says Linda. This distinctive custom piece, hand-painted in Italy, provides a unique place to prepare for the day.
The designer aimed to kindle a sophisticated, understated mood. Silvery dried palmetto leaves sprout from a centerpiece. Gas lanterns flicker romantically at dusk. "It's my urban interpretation of a Southern porch," Linda says.