Wouldn’t you love to come home to this nautically-inspired hallway, designed by Perfectly You-A Decorating Service from Winthrop, Mass?! I follow the designer, Pat Asquith, on Facebook, and when she posted these pics, it was instant love! This client’s hallway is a shared condo space, so the overall theme had to be approved by the adjacent owners. With the AOK to go full steam ahead, Pat took over and created a beautiful, nautical space-that would be the perfect entry to any home by the sea (or even for us by-the-sea-wanna-be’s). Even more impressive- this was a “design on a dime” project that looks like a million! The before pics: dreary hallway with dark red carpeting (hmm, that looks familiar-must have been done in the 80’s…) plain white walls and an old, tired insulated pipe.
A new door was added and painted a rich marine blue, and this comical detail was added.
Wouldn’t you just laugh every time you came in the front door?!
Instead of the typical blue and white, Pat opted for this sunny and rich Benjamin Moore color palette of Lemon Grass Yellow for the walls, Wickham Gray for the trim and Van Deusen Blue for the doors. The carpet: 4 cotton runners from Garnet Hill affixed to stairway with carpet tacks. Anchors away!
The window was dressed in matchstick rollup blinds with blue and white horizontal striped panels (made with a Target shower curtain!), cleverly tied back with clothesline rope and boat cleats from Walmart.
The railing was created by using two long boat paddles (from the barn of yours truly- and, no, they are not the kayak paddles, haven’t gotten rid of those yet…), mounted on brass railing brackets.
And what’s a seaside space without a lighthouse? The rays of light beaming from this chrome overhead fixture from Overstock.com could steer any ship safely to shore, or Pat’s client safely home from the store.
Adding the few final touches like the red wellies and the ahoy stencil in the ship’s wheel creates that finished look.
The overall effect: sunny and warm and so welcoming, with bright colors and beachy artwork that would make you happy to call this space home. If you have a space that needs some inspired design, Pat from Perfectly You would love to hear from you! She specializes in interior design and re-design, real estate staging and event staging. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-846-7501. Anchors away everyone! Susan