A Family Retreat on Island Time

The kitchen aims for minimal visual impact with Shaker-style cabinet doors that add discreet elegance. Two types of barstools accommodate just perching or settling in for the evening. Glass pendant lights nearly disappear over the island. The dining table can seat up to eight comfortably. Waxed floors of European oak provide a tough yet elegant surface for high-action family fun.

“The original house was demolished right down to the pilings,” says Biagini. “We rebuilt according to the new building code and incorporated all the luxuries of a house designed for entertaining.” The owners favor traditional style, so the vacation home includes classical details more commonly found in primary residences. Ceilings are paneled in white oak, the cabinetry in the kitchen and baths features handsome moldings, and the artwork is more elevated than the usual beach-house trope. Biagini gave the home polish with refined touches in the form of fine light fixtures, marble accents, and a silk rug in the living room. Pragmatism did win out in fabric choices, however, which are mostly indoor-outdoor to endure the wear and tear of the active family with four boys. “The house is designed to withstand everything from late-night parties to outbursts of Nerf gun battles,” says the designer.

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