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As for bedding, to avoid any traces of toxins she repeatedly washed luxurious Italian cotton sheets with baking soda, a natural detergent with no added chemicals. To further avoid dust build-up, most window treatments consist of wood shutters finished in a water-based, low-toxic spray treatment instead of fabric valances and drapes.
Despite the abundance of low-toxic amenities, there's nothing "granola" about the exterior or interior of this house. The overall design is clean and classic with appointments that evoke the romance of a traditional seaside home. Newel posts that echo lighthouses, recessed metal light fixtures, patterned architectural glass and transom windows—all awash in a palette of blues, taupe and whites—lend a nautical air. In addition, an impressive collection of antique scrimshaw and a trove of marine artwork help to make this a ship-shape home in every sense.