On Nantucket, the unobstructed views of the ocean from this second-floor guest suite played into its design. Cambridge-based interior designer Susan Reddick, who created the scheme for the whole house, went for a beachy look to create cohesion between landscape and interior.

"I really wanted a color scheme that said summer," explains Reddick. Walls are painted pale aqua, which resonates with the locale. "Since several different guests will stay here over the the summer, it's important that the room feel comfortable to a variety of people," says Reddick. The color scheme also includes soft white and cream hues, accented by pops of light blue.

The ceiling is covered with white painted wood to accentuate the pitched roof. While patterns were used throughout the home, here Reddick opted to "take a break from prints, patterns, or anything busy to let the beautiful, watery tones let colors speak for themselves."


The bedroom's focal point is a generous bed by Stanley Furniture with a wood frame painted a darker version of the wall color. "It's very important to have a good bed in a guest room because you want your guests to sleep well," says Reddick.

Adding to the serenity: no television on the wall.

"At night, you can hear the waves rolling in through the balcony doors," she says. "It's truly lovely."


Long, lightweight linen drapes in celadon frame the balcony view. "One of the challenges in the room was that the roofline pitches created a lot of eaves, which made finding furniture that would fit without being too diminutive tricky," says Reddick, who found an Edwardian-style antique chair that she had reupholstered in a blue grey Holland & Sherry fabric. An antique table next to it can serve as a small desk or dressing table.

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Bedroom detail

The homeowners wanted to maximize the room's sleeping potential so a built-in window seat has a mattress that serves as a cozy reading nook and offers perfect accommodations for a child. "The custom mattress is actually larger than a twin, so it's very comfortable," says Reddick. Built-in drawers and closets on either side offer ample areas to unpack. A simple white wool Stark carpet atop the antique heart pine floors feels lovely underfoot.


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The polished stone mosaic tile by Akdo has a shimmery, rippling affect that recalls ocean waves. Counters are polished Carrera marble and the mirror above the vanity is Restoration Hardware. A custom shutter by Back Bay Shutter Co. offers a nice, built-in look when closed.