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Blue in the Facade

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Canada's Magdalen Islands offer a seaside retreat to landlocked Quebecers, two of whom have turned the local vernacular on its oreille with a winsome vacation home.

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  "We wanted something lively for the house, something spectacular but not vulgar," says Bériault of the blue hue of the modest 1,690-square-foot house.  Photo by Matthew Monteith.
    "We wanted something lively for the house, something spectacular but not vulgar," says Bériault of the blue hue of the modest 1,690-square-foot house. Photo by Matthew Monteith.
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  The great room's high, pitched roof and neutral walls give the space an open, tranquil feel, making it a desirable spot for the couple to pursue two of their passions: classical music and literature.  Photo by Matthew Monteith.
    The great room's high, pitched roof and neutral walls give the space an open, tranquil feel, making it a desirable spot for the couple to pursue two of their passions: classical music and literature. Photo by Matthew Monteith.
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  The view from the master bedroom down the long cedar corridor into the living room is one of the home’s real pleasures.  Photo by Matthew Monteith.
    The view from the master bedroom down the long cedar corridor into the living room is one of the home’s real pleasures. Photo by Matthew Monteith.
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  Glimpsed from the outside, it becomes clear how an internal corridor flows through both structures at an uncommon angle.  Photo by Matthew Monteith.
    Glimpsed from the outside, it becomes clear how an internal corridor flows through both structures at an uncommon angle. Photo by Matthew Monteith.
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  The porthole window in the master bedroom not only evokes the sea, it looks out onto it.  Photo by Matthew Monteith.
    The porthole window in the master bedroom not only evokes the sea, it looks out onto it. Photo by Matthew Monteith.
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  Bériault enjoys some leisure time in the lounge beneath the master bedroom.  Photo by Matthew Monteith.
    Bériault enjoys some leisure time in the lounge beneath the master bedroom. Photo by Matthew Monteith.
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  The office space above the kitchen looks out onto the great room.  Photo by Matthew Monteith.
    The office space above the kitchen looks out onto the great room. Photo by Matthew Monteith.
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  A small deck off the back of the main house is protected from the wind and supported by a small grassy mound.  Photo by Matthew Monteith.
    A small deck off the back of the main house is protected from the wind and supported by a small grassy mound. Photo by Matthew Monteith.

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