Blue in the Facade

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January 15, 2009
Originally published in Color Comes Home

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.
    "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.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    The view from the master bedroom down the long cedar corridor into the living room is one of the home’s real pleasures.
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  Glimpsed from the outside, it becomes clear how an internal corridor flows through both structures at an uncommon angle.
    Glimpsed from the outside, it becomes clear how an internal corridor flows through both structures at an uncommon angle.
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  The porthole window in the master bedroom not only evokes the sea, it looks out onto it.
    The porthole window in the master bedroom not only evokes the sea, it looks out onto it.
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  Bériault enjoys some leisure time in the lounge beneath the master bedroom.
    Bériault enjoys some leisure time in the lounge beneath the master bedroom.
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  The office space above the kitchen looks out onto the great room.
    The office space above the kitchen looks out onto the great room.
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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.
    A small deck off the back of the main house is protected from the wind and supported by a small grassy mound.
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