The Captain House Final Reveal, Part 2: Bathrooms & Hallway

To wrap things up at the Captain House project, here’s Part Two of our final reveal! (If you missed Part One, start here to check out the kitchen and breakfast nook.) Today, I’m sharing all of the swoon-worthy design details about the bathrooms, stairwell and upstairs hallway. Enjoy! 


By reconfiguring the floorplan to allow for a roomy stall shower, and taking advantage of an otherwise awkward sloped ceiling for storage, we gave this little bathroom a major functionality upgrade. Because it was a small space, we were able to splurge on the luxe finishes, without going overboard (no pun intended!). We went for a traditional marble basketweave tile for the floors, which coordinates with the shower’s carrara marble subway tile from Tile Bar, and plays nicely with the brass plumbing fixtures from Rejuvenation. 

The black and white wall-hung sink not only adds character to the bathroom, but also helps to visually open up the space, as opposed to a vanity cabinet. We took a risk by choosing deep green walls, in Alligator Alley by Benjamin Moore, but the result is an unexpected, rich bathroom that feels like it was made for the captain himself. 

Shower at the Captain House

Bathroom at the Captain House


The stairwell leading to the upper level was a blank canvas for infusing more character into the home and inserting eye-catching design details. We opted for a moody off-black color for the walls (Raccoon Fur by Benjamin Moore), and made the bold choice to wallpaper the ceiling. The stormy, rolling clouds design of this Cole & Son’s Nuvolette wallpaper was the perfect choice to really draw the eye up and tie into our nautical design.

The brick-colored patterned stair runner adds traditional detail and softness, to contrast with the dramatic dark walls. An additional captain painting (vintage, sourced from Chicago by my amazing friend Melissa) reigns over the upstairs hall, under a brass picture light from Hudson Valley Lighting. Because this century-old house was lacking a linen closet, we designed a built-in linen cabinet in the upstairs hallway with reeded glass doors and unlacquered brass pulls… it’s a thing of beauty that really looks like it was original to the home! 

Stairwell at the Captain House

Upstairs Hallway at the Captain HouseThe Captain Photo

Upstairs Hallway at the Captain House

The Captain House’s original floor plan had four bedrooms and only one bathroom on the main level, which was inconvenient for our client, whose bedroom was on the upper level. So, we decided to take one of the bedrooms on the upper level and transform it into a luxurious primary bath! As you step into the primary bathroom off the moody upstairs hallway, you feel like you’ve stepped into an oasis. 

Because there were already so many dark colors in the design, I intentionally wanted to bring a lighter feminine, spa-like feel to this space. We chose to tile all the walls with clean, white subway tile from Bedrosians, and opted for marble hexagon tiles from Daltile for the floor. Under the two sunny windows, we designed a wetroom platform for the shower area and freestanding vintage clawfoot tub (repurposed from the downstairs bathroom), painted in a soft blue – Oxford Gray by Benjamin Moore. It’s the first thing you see from the hallway, and truly is the focal point of the entire upper floor. 

The vintage-inspired vanity from Restoration Hardware feels grand and adds a luxe stain brass element, which we continued in the Kohler plumbing fixtures, Kichler wall sconces and Pottery Barn bath accessories. Lastly, we designed a custom linen cabinet to give our client lots of bathroom storage and create a private nook for the toilet, that is nestled behind. 

Bathtub at the Captain House

Shower at the Captain House

His and Hers Sink and Mirror at the Captain House

His and Hers Sink and Mirror at the Captain House

Bathtub at the Captain House

The most rewarding thing about this project is that our client loves her new space, and will be able to enjoy it for years to come! This joy is what interior design is all about.