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ON POINT (continued)

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Throughout the process the designer returned to the landscape for inspiration, even drawing on the moss, gray and taupe palette of the driveway gravel and the stone accents of the house. The living room ceiling is a warm bone, the floors have been stained walnut, and the white bead board walls and ceiling in the music room are now a pale green. "People think beach houses have to be bright white but we wanted this house to have richer, warmer tones," she says.

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WARM WELCOME
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In the kitchen, a custom walnut island features a "Sienna Silver" travertine top, and a curved countertop is covered with honed black granite. Rinfret lightened an existing wall of oak cabinets by painting them beige and adding antique mirrored fronts to the rounded doors. She carried the idea over to the music room, where diamond-shaped mirrors above the built-ins are meant to evoke the shimmering sea.

Curved elements appear again on the second floor where the circular guest room and the master suite with its extended bay window posed unique design challenges. For the guest quarters, which are located in a turret, "I found this great iron bed that soars up into the peak of the alcove and beautifully reflects the architecture," says the designer.

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LIGHT AND BRIGHT
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A chenille sectional follows the line of the bay window in the master, where silk drapery panels, installed under a pleated valance, open at the touch of a button. The adjacent master bath, like all the bathrooms in the house, was gutted and redone. "We took the existing his and her bathrooms and made one big room with a tub in the center and a glass shower that looks out into the space," says Rinfret. True to her color scheme the faux raffia wall covering is pistachio and the creamy limestone tile boasts a celadon dot.

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SWEET RETREAT
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"I tried to create something that reflected the architecture, the location and the client," says Rinfret. "It turned out to be a jewel of a house that ended up being about all three."

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