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A Place in the Sun

For a place to unwind and soak up nature’s positive energy, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect getaway than this 8,800-square-foot beachfront cottage on Sanibel Island. Every element of the home—which is charmingly adorned with balconies and window seats—was carefully thought out to create a slice of heaven for its owners, who are originally from the Midwest and currently live in Maryland most of the year. Consider the details at first glance when you look at the exterior, where the shutters, soffits, corbels and all trim work are made of sturdy mahogany and the sconces are shaped like pineapples, the nearly universal symbol of hospitality. It’s a welcoming space through and through, and sure to be one of the standard-bearers of the barrier island for decades to come. Longevity is what the homeowners had in mind when they hired New Jersey architect Paul Kiss, of OSK Designs. “In one of the initial meetings with Paul, he asked us how we envisioned living in the house in five, 10, 15 years,” the homeowner, who wishes to remain anonymous, says. That question got them thinking long-term. The couple thought about their three grown children, their grandchild and the other grandkids on the way. They decided they wanted to create a legacy property on the island, which they’d been visiting on and off for 30 years—a place they hold so dear, they even named their black lab Sanibel. For the interior design, the couple hired designer Renée Gaddis, after seeing her
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