Tour this newbuild beach house with a colorful, fun interior

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It’s hard to believe that this idyllic period-style house with its wraparound porch on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, was only built in 2019. Located right beside the beach, it’s undoubtedly one of the world’s best homes and is the perfect vacation retreat for a young professional couple with four children. 

The owners had bought a home on the lot several years previously with the intention of tearing it down and rebuilding it. They asked Charleston-based architect Mark Maresca to create a fairytale home, resulting in a design that’s reminiscent of the classic beach houses on Pawleys Island with their wrapround porches. When Mark showed them a house that he’d collaborated on with interior designer Cortney Bishop of Cortney Bishop Design, they loved it and immediately commissioned her to do the interior.

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