The first project we have tackled in our house was turning a closet off of the front hall into a powder room. We wanted to revive the room to feel like it was original to the house. We also wanted it to feel welcoming as we knew the door would almost always be open for light and would be a wash-up spot for guests when we entertain. We were looking for old world charm with some modern sophistication… a pretty spot to put on lipstick and wash hands…among other things.




The previous owner had used this space as a closet but the room still had the plumbing for a bathroom.

This went from a forgotten place to a lovely moment in our house. We chose the paint color for the walls by color matching the ocean stones from our favorite beach nearby. For the sink we decided on a custom built-in counter in carrera marble as the room has so many angles and sits off the front hall. We had a feeling the long counter would also be a nice spot to clip flowers from the garden. There is a beautiful powder room that was designed by my great grandfather that inspired the vanity details. We found a sweet Greek marble fabricator around the corner and he was able to use a remnant for the vanity and dial in the details.








1. Sink from American Standard

2. Faucet Waterworks Highgate Faucet in Unlacquered Brass

3.Wall and Trim Color: Benjamin Moore OC-73 OPAL

4. Basket The ARC SHOP

5. Floor Tile: Cle Tile

6. Hand towel from Schoolhouse Electric

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6. Toilet Tank, Toilet Base

7. Toilet Seat

8. Toilet Paper Holder

9. Phases of the Moon Calendar

10. Ink Well from Cy’s Grandmother’s collection of antiques

11. Silver Plate from Genevieve’s Grandmother

12. Ceiling Color Benjamin Moore Violet Mist

13. Ceiling Light 1920s Italian Cut Glass and Enamel from 1stdibs

14. Painting of Nissequogue Beach by cousin Christian White given to us when we moved in by Genevieve’s Father. It is of the beach where we collected the stones to match the color of for the walls.

15. Painting seen in mirror of Horses and Riders done by Genevieve who studied under Christian at one point. Paintings move around a lot in our house.

16.Curtain white handkerchief linen from Grayline LInens nailed at sides with brass nails.

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