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mother, was specially propagated on the island and replanted on the grounds. "The intimacy of this landscape gets down to something as simple as a kitchen garden," she says. Along with herbs and seasonal vegetables, the garden includes fruit trees such as lime, grapefruit, pawpaw, loquat, and pomegranate. At the start of the pandemic, Campbell and his wife collected seeds from Freesia alba plants growing wild on the island, then Davidson broadcast them across the clients' property. "They are a sweet-smelling surprise every February," she says. Ship Shape For Emily Summers and Jeff McKnight, designing the interiors of this island home was a bit like doing a yacht. "The difficulty of any ocean project is how the elements affect everything," Summers says. Hardware corrodes over time in the salt air, and fabrics fade quickly in the harsh sunlight. Wet swimsuits and sandy shoes are a given. As project manager, McKnight frequently made the day-long trip to the island and saw first-hand how materials can rapidly degrade when exposed to intense UV light and corrosive ocean spray. "The client would talk about it, but until we saw it ourselves, we didn't really understand," McKnight says. "There was a lot of care given to the kinds of fibers we used for rugs and fabrics." The performance fabric market has come a long way since 2017 when the project began, but back then, there weren't many choices. "We were diving to the depths to find what we needed," he says. For hardware, they turned to Nanz, a 130-year-old maker of custom hardware for the yachting world, which developed special marine-grade, polished stainless-steel finishes for the interior and exterior door hardware. The homeowners were specific and knew exactly how they wanted the house to feel, Summers says. Clean, uncluttered, and comfortable, each room frames a different vista, so the "The clients wanted a contextual home that would sit quietly in the landscape without a big fuss." — Colin Campbell Opposite page, from top: In the carriage house, a Ligne Roset swivel chair, pool table by Game Rooms by Design. Scott Kelley artwork. A natural cave formation was uncovered in a wooded area on the property. Faux- bois chairs in heavy concrete resist strong island winds. The ancient, gnarled pittosporum tree is native to the island. This page: The hand-sculpted plaster fireplace was specially designed to display a Pablo Picasso ceramic fish plate. Christian Liaigre sofa at left. Philippe Hurel stools from George Cameron Nash. 115

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