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interiors were designed to enhance, not compete with, the natural beauty outside. The focus is on understated details, such as hand-sculpted plaster fireplaces, artisan-made Moroccan Zellige tiles, and tray ceilings planked in ash. Rooms are furnished with custom-designed sofas and breezy vintage rattan chairs by India Mahdavi and a collection of wicker mirrors from JF Chen in Los Angeles. Unique artisan-made carpets and furniture were also commissioned for the house, such as the buttery's hand-knotted Beauvais carpet, woven from aloe and nettle fibers, which took more than a year to make. A pair of reclaimed wood dining tables by Dutch artist Piet Hein Eek has been given a gleaming coat of marine lacquer for durability and can be pushed together for large groups. Overhead, artist Lindsey Adelman's Knotty Bubbles chandelier strikes just the right nautical tone. "The bubbles resemble fishing floats in the dock, but very refined versions of that," Summers says. Other subtle maritime references include a Holly Hunt rope nightstand by Christian Astuguevieille for one of the bedrooms and several exquisite old colored-glass bottles covered in barnacles, which Summers discovered in Los Angeles at Rose Tarlow Melrose House. A fantastic ceramic fish plate by Pablo Picasso is embedded into the plaster fireplace in the great room, which has panoramic views. For one bedroom, Summers had draperies made in a palm pattern by Santa Barbara-based Raoul Textiles. Artisans at Combray, a New York textile studio founded by Parisian sisters Laure and Aurelie Hug, embroidered raffia palm fronds onto linen draperies for the buttery. Austin-based artisan Joan Cecil embroidered palm trees and other island flora onto throw pillows for many of the bedrooms; Summers was Cecil's first client, and they've worked on projects together for more than two decades. The interior palette of greens and blues was a no-brainer. "We had a cheat sheet right outside," Summers says of the lush landscape and ocean views. References to the island's turquoise waters can be seen throughout the house, including a striking turquoise leather desk custom made by BDDW for a bedroom. Green and blue Zellige tiles in the powder bathrooms shimmer like sunlight on palms and rippling waves. While the interior colors were a breeze to select, the exterior paint color selection proved challenging. "We labored over the color of the exterior to get it just right," Summers recalls. "We looked at paint samples at dusk and dawn and midday, because the color changes wildly with the light." In the end, the clients chose a nuanced blush tone — perhaps a nod to the pink-sand beaches that surround their island escape. THE INTERIOR PALETTE OF GREENS AND BLUES WAS A NO-BRAINER. "WE HAD A CHEAT SHEET RIGHT OUTSIDE." — Emily Summers Opposite page, from top: Located on a rocky promontory overlooking the ocean, the house's architecture features the island's signature peaked, stepped rooftops, as well as a centrally located buttery, a room designed to house provisions brought by trade ships. The seating area has views of pink-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and deep blue skies. 116

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