Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

Historic Captain’s House Design by Nantucket Looms

INTERIOR DESIGN + HOME ACCESSORIES FROM NANTUCKET LOOMS

Nantucket-based interior designers Elisa Allen and Stephanie Hall were pretty much given free reign when they were hired to stage a circa 1700s historic Captain’s House, just steps from the cobbled streets of the historic downtown district. The stately, in-town residence had, for the most part, been gutted and, while some of the original features (the fabulously wide floor boards, some of the trim and architectural details) had been salvaged and repurposed – and the exterior had remained untouched – Allen and Hall were looking at a new house.

Right off the bat, they came up with a design scheme that was both respectful of the integrity of the historic house and conducive to modern living: a seamless marriage of the historic details that existed and the sleek contemporary elements that were introduced.

Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

 “We liked the idea of the oxymoron – the unexpected,” said Hall (designer). “You walk into an historic house and the interior is refreshing and modern.”


Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

The color palette of sandy beiges, off-whites, pale greens and soothing blues made the interior feel very calm and quiet – and mimicked the shade of the weather gray shingles of the neighboring homes and the indigenous plant varieties chosen for the garden.

As with any design project, there were challenges. The three bedrooms on the second floor were very small, with little room for furniture. The answer: built-in bureaus, window seats with storage and platform beds with low, modern profiles. The dining nook was tight. The answer: a built-in, upholstered banquette that proved to be a sensible and very comfortable solution.


Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

Designer’s Choice

Allen and Hall had the most fun with the third floor, an attic converted into a bedroom with a sitting area. It was the only place they interjected bold color, using nautical reds and blues (Nantucket is an island, after all) that give the space a fun punch. They especially love the slouchy chair in the sunny corner!

Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

Historic Captain's House by Nantucket Looms | REstyleSOURCE

PHOTO: c/o Nantucket Looms

 For more of your own personal design inspiration, shop our nautical Nantucket inspired product picks!



Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket Looms
 Lifestyle Retailer, Full-Service Interior Design & Custom Handweaving Inspired by the beauty and spirit of our beloved island, we believe in sharing the elegance of Nantucket cottage-style living with the world. With an affinity for the simple and lasting, for time-honored craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind artisanal goods, we make it easy for everyone to enjoy this special way of life. Our Main Street shop and online store feature fine home furnishings, clothing and accessor

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