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One for the Ages

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The wife's dressing quarters have glass-fronted cabinetry displaying handbags, along with a gallery space for her collection of drawings and pen-and-ink sketches. The bathroom is a study in whites, featuring solid blocks of marble underfoot. A round ottoman is covered in white terry; when Sawicki lifts its skirts she reveals a weather- and mildew-resistant upholstery underneath. But the bedroom is the place to be after the sky deepens to a midnight blue: the bed, custom-made and upholstered in white linen, is oriented toward the lighthouse in the distance. "At night or in a storm, it's magic," she says.

For their house to be truly "forever" Sawicki had to plan for expansion, with secret closets under the stairs, a Murphy bed for extra guests and a third floor that's currently a play space but could evolve into some future function. It's hard to imagine a missing detail in the house, no matter how much sports equipment the children need to store or how readily the lady of the house offers to host class parties and church benefits. Is there any detail this designer didn't see to? Sawicki thinks for a second. "No," she says finally. "Honestly, no."

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