Designed to emphasize views, this beachside sanctuary opens wide to sea and sky. Step inside and enjoy the serenity of our 2003 Idea House.
Cathy Still Johnson
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Humble compared to most resort homes, our Shipshape Cottage is only 2,688 square feet. But multiple covered porches, a deck, and a downstairs cabana make it feel a little larger.
Glass wraps three sides of the great room that centers the house. Two bedrooms and baths extend like wings on either side. A tower-like staircase leads to a loft on the top floor.
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In researching island color applications, architect Thad Truett discovered that bright blue was traditionally used on porch ceilings to chase away ghosts and insects.
When the doors are open in the great room, you find yourself sitting on the beach. To create what the architects call a "living porch concept," UV-filtering glass doors and windows wrap three walls of the soaring 25-foot space. Sliding doors open to covered porches and further blur the line between inside and out.
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A queen-sized platform bed dominates the master bedroom. Crafted from slit-and-woven rattan and accented with braided leather, this West Indies-influenced piece stays in keeping with the breezy architectural spirit of the house.
Above the bed, a collage of oil paintings by local artist Janet Powers reflects her view of this island's marshy landscape. Other sculptural pieces by Janet hang over a green-and-white cabana-striped chair.
Design consultant Linda Woodrum custom-designed tie-top draperies to give privacy to the dressing alcove and to frame the windows. Choosing from a large variety of solid and patterned fabrics, Linda notes that this sturdy weather-resistant material, traditionally used outside, works just as well indoors.
Juxtaposing cottage comforts with island style, Linda accented the room with bold floral art and bamboo lamps. Unlike the soothing colors in the rest of the house, this one boasts vibrant red. "It's always fun to have one room in the house that's a little different," Linda says.
Tufted-back upholstered chairs flank a whitewashed pine console that provides display space. Bright artwork by Georgia native Cathie Parmelee adds festivity.
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In the loft bath, a whirlpool tub transforms the room into a mini-spa. The tub fits a small area but still gives maximum comfort with its added depth, headrest, and contoured lumbar support.
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On the side porch, rocking chairs line up like seagulls on a pier. A rope hammock, still made in accordance with its century-old design, swings gently in the constant breeze. Ceiling fans, crafted out of weather- and tarnish-resistant materials, whir overhead with the reliability of the tide.