See how Holly Hudson creates a nautical oasis with this Cataumet home
Moving from the kitchen, walk up the dock steps to the second floor. Small dock step lights will guide your way, and your hand will rest on the boat-rope railing. Climbing all the way to the third floor, you’ll reach “the ship’s birth,” i.e. Hudson’s creative way of making a space just for the grandchildren. Four twin-size beds line the room, and, while Hudson did not design the external bones of the home, the ceiling conveniently angles inward in representation of the low ceilings Mayflower travelers slept under. “There wasn’t a lot of headroom, so I thought, ‘Who would this room be great for?’ Kids,” Hudson says. “I wanted the room to be an event, to be a memorable space. I wanted the kids to fight over who would get to sleep in the bunks.”
Down to the light hanging over each bed, carefully positioned so one child could stay up to read while not bothering the others, Hudson transformed the room into an imaginative child’s dream ship. Each twin bed has a lit porthole “window” hanging overhead, where the kids can hide the treasures they find on the beach during the day. At the end of the room stands a bookshelf and a bench, both topped with mahogany, as is the trim on the beds, so they experience the same visual as one would as they descend a ladder into a ship’s berth.
Going beyond the main living spaces of the home, Hudson paid special homage to the client’s love for the deep sea in the smaller areas, particularly the bathrooms. Walking into the water closet of the master bathroom, one may be surprised to see tentacles rising up, as a wall decal of an octopus stays suctioned to the wall. Walk into the powder room, and silver “Moby Dick” wallpaper surrounds you. The fish on this paper are not just any fish, however, but the kind that the client finds while out fishing. A lit porthole mirror sits above the sink, and tissue is held by a single rope nailed into the wall, just as one may find when using the head on a ship. “I love designing powder rooms. I love to take the space and make it something special,” says Hudson. “If it’s small, don’t be afraid to use a busy wall cover.”
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