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A vintage life preserver and a fishing float hang on a post by the dining area, a symbol of how the homeowners' lives are connected to the goings-on by the docks. Dinners are punctuated by the crashing of the waves nearby.
"The brutal winters make the summer and fall that much more enjoyable for us year-rounders who live here," says Karu.
A vintage cabinet in the dining room houses serving pieces. Some are family heirlooms; some are collected from flea markets and even from Target. The white skull, by local artist John White, was a gift from an aunt.
When Karu and her husband moved into their beach cottage, they set the goal of restoring its original look and feel. "We inherited a home that was reeling from a few dated renovations, and we've been chipping away at it slowly ever since," says Karu.
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