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See how Holly Hudson creates a nautical oasis with this Cataumet home

The client is a passionate deep-sea fisherman in her spare time. She owns a boat, and she wanted a summer home for her and her husband to enjoy life on the water. Hudson knew she had to represent this passion for the sea and for casual summer life in the design of the townhome, and starting with the color palette, she did just that. “I had been given a specific color palette by the client to work within—blue and white,” Hudson notes. “I added accent colors like red as a nod to the American theme. It’s all about being organized. We had spreadsheets for every element and item that goes into each space to say, ‘OK, what are we trying to say in this room versus that room?’”

Hudson sought to create “cohesive complimentary rooms that acted as a family” while still providing an element of surprise at the turn of each corner. In order to check all these boxes, Hudson used the same cream paint color throughout the house, then added wallpaper and art as accent pieces. Hudson complimented the blue and white coloring with light, driftwood colors, paying homage to life at sea. Exposed driftwood-style beams line the ceiling and intersections of the rooms. “In a ship, the beam is the extreme breadth of the vessel, part of the ship’s frame on which the decks are laid. To this end, I wanted to incorporate this concept into this project by adding beams to support the different members of the space,” Hudson explains. “I also liked the organic element of using and exposing the beams, adding not only a structural element but also creating a visual casualness.”

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