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

An important factor also weighing into the color palette of the house was the lighting. As an end, corner unit, the townhouse receives natural light on three sides, which allowed for Hudson to decorate the home with warm, authentic nautical lighting. But how did Hudson know what “authentic, nautical lighting” was? The designer did her homework, picking up yacht magazines to explore their resources and taking advantage of the plethora of boatyards dotting this area of Cape Cod to ask the experts. “I would go down to the boatyard near my office and ask them for their resources on nautical lighting. I wanted to try to be as authentic as possible while also being comfortable,” Hudson says.

A look into the kitchen gives a sense for how Hudson created an authentic ship feel within a land-based home. Determined to not make the kitchen feel “too mechanical,” Hudson lit the kitchen with three warm blue and white buoys hanging over the center island. For seating, she surrounded the island with blue and white director’s chairs. “In the past you would find director’s chairs on the decks of yachts because they were easy to fold up and hide away, then set up again for captains to sit in. I added these chairs to sort of marry the elements of living on the water,” she explains. “Living on the water” does not always mean on a boat, however, and Hudson made sure to nod to island life in the kitchen as well. Hanging above the sink windows, one sees blue Bahama shutters. Typically, these are found on the outside of island houses, as a way to protect the houses against harsh weather. So Hudson once again brought the outdoors in. 

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