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Timber-clad walls in varying rustic colors draw the eye to the “Willow House” and the bright, open design makes the home inviting and warm. Cross-ventilation and daylighting are managed with external shutters and screens in certain rooms. Phil Snowdon, director of OLA Studio, says of the nearby ocean, “These views continue to hold your attention through the other rooms, allowing the intricacies of the dwelling to slowly reveal themselves.”

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Solar panels provide the home’s electricity and rainwater collection tanks give the owner’s a supply of fresh water. White and tan travertine tiles in the outdoor pool on the spacious deck mimic the light, sandy beach nearby. The homeowners also recycled much of the furniture from their old home, creating a nostalgic space truly unique to their style while also roomy enough for any future family additions.

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