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At this time of year they favor the balcony or a gardened terrace off the front entrance; at cooler (or wetter) times there's the breakfast nook and another table in the living room. The space that would have been a dining room is now a cozy sitting room with water views.
Bistany was also bold in her reconstruction of the second floor. She moved and enlarged the master bedroom, giving it a luxe bathroom and a huge walk-in closet. Painted a moody, sea-inspired blue, the room is dominated by the custom bed made from antique bedposts from Perkins' mother. As for the second bedroom (there are three additional bedrooms on the third floor), Perkins now uses it as an office.
Today, it's hard to believe that this gracious home was built as a modest one-room cottage in 1911. How did Bistany manage to retain its breezy, beach-bungalow charm while constructing large, modern living spaces? The process depended on using antique furnishings and salvaged fixtures so every surface glows with the patina of another age. That meant spending many, many weekends at flea markets, tag sales and out-of-the-way antiques markets. "Everything here is old," says Bistany with evident pride. "Nearly everything was bargained for. And absolutely everything has a story."