Amending the time-honored adage, ’art imitates life,’ to ’architecture imitates life,’ begins to give one a sense of St. Tropez’s luxury villa, ’Peninsula 1.’ Much like the beautiful bodies that frequent the nearby Nikki Beach, Peninsula 1 sprawls in the Southern French sun and gazes beyond a blue horizon to soft Alpine Peaks.

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Pendulum parasols, elemental, in canvas and wood stand sentinel, accented by regatta red and navy cushions in the palm-flanked outdoor lounge. The test of a true destination property (though seductive in their internal allure as they often are) is to encourage the resident to venture outside. Peninsula 1 is master of this and its domain with a retractable pool deck extending the terrace into the quintessentially formed, yet distinctly narrative, French gardens that meet each individual bedroom door.

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Whimsy weaves its way from the silver elephant-head bedroom lamps to those wall-mounted, that mimic nautilus shells, from the small porthole window in the bathroom to the oversized industrial pendant lights that hang from the high ceilings of the open-plan lounge, from the plantation ceiling fans that crown most every room, to the organic screening material that shades the lantern-lit patio.

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Peninsula 1’s ultimate resident is a social butterfly who loves to entertain but relishes being cocooned when the mood generated by the property inevitably takes them.

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The red accents move through the bedrooms and shedding their nautical chic, take on a warmth inspired by objects of the natural world and the sea itself. The red settles in the muted tranquility of a seafoam green color scheme offset by painted and exposed beams treated to appear not unlike driftwood. Red accents all but dissipate in each of the four bedroom’s en-suites, the master’s double beginning a new, altogether cooler palette in it’s black and white floral prints, that is seen again in the minimalist kitchen and open internal spaces.

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