Palmetto Preserve

Winning Combination

Harry Taylor

Winning Combination

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."

Deep Sleeper

John O'Hagan

Deep Sleeper

A tight-back, leather, West Indies―style sofa boasts ratcheted arms that fold down, turning the couch into an extra sleeper.

Secret Island

John O'Hagan
 

Secret Island

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.

Best of Both Worlds

John O'Hagan

Best of Both Worlds

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.

Outside In

John O'Hagan

Outside In

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.

Desk Set

John O'Hagan

Desk Set

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.

White Lies

John O'Hagan

White Lies

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.

Vanity Fair

John O'Hagan

Vanity Fair

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.

Quiet Nights

John O'Hagan

Quiet Nights

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.

Sitting Pretty

John O'Hagan

Sitting Pretty

The side porch's wicker furnishings, arranged in two groupings, wear light-charcoal cushions and gray-and-white striped pillows. "I love this whole palette; it's really soft and muted," says Linda.

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