Show houses are always fun to do and help out a good cause. This show house benefited the Martin County Red Cross and was in a beautiful home in Sewall’s Point on the St. Lucie River. This room was a secret hideaway over the garage. The room had been used as a playroom/storage room, but it seemed perfect for a quiet guest room. We dubbed it the “Captain’s Quarters” and set out to give it a traditional island vibe.


The images on the right were the room BEFORE the makeover.

It was a blank slate.


To give it a traditional feel, we added a chair rail and painted the bottom a dark ocean blue. We wanted to keep the space warm so we added a light, soft green to the top. A large wooden Monstera leaf accents the wall and helps to draw the eye up where the ceiling is low. We added a tall dresser for and baskets under the window for storage. Even the stool under the desk has storage. We didn’t need drapery for light control, but adding it made our one small window look much bigger and added a lot of softness to our space.

A comfy bed with lots of pillows makes the room feel homey and inviting.

A pretty new fan is always a nice upgrade. Simple art over the bed included shells and starfish from our own beach and a beautiful orchid brings life into the space. Our room included access to more attic storage which we softened with a parlor palm. Live plants have the added benefit of adding oxygen to the room.

After photographs by Dick Krueger