A Stylist’s Historic Beach Home in Oysterville, WA

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The “Captain Stream” house was originally built in 1869 by Captain A. T. Stream in what is now the historic walking village of Oysterville, WA. Home to a small community that has diligently preserved a host of original buildings as well as the pioneer cemetery, Oysterville’s off-the-beaten-path location on the Longbeach Peninsula means many miss out on its charm — but not Martie Kilmer, a Portland, OR-based interior stylist. Martie’s family ties to Oysterville have allowed her the opportunity to spend much of the last 25 years enjoying the quaint village with its carefully preserved history, natural setting, views of the bay, and of course, oysters.

With Oysterville being one of just a handful of towns in Washington state to be wholly registered as a historic site, available properties are few and far between. Once it became known that the Captain Stream house would be going on the market, Martie and her husband, Steve Romero, made the decision to purchase it. After spending a few years in the home as-is, an addition to the kitchen was planned and got underway after the long process of consulting with the Oysterville Historic Preservation board and all the conditions that entailed. With plans from Seattle architecture firm Res Loci in hand, construction began and it didn’t take long for a devastating discovery to be made: the home was infested with dry rot and powder post beetles. The infestation was so bad, it was a wonder the house was still standing, and it was promptly considered condemned. Faced with the choice of abandoning her home, or rebuilding an exact replica, Martie thankfully chose the latter.

With years of interior design and styling under her belt, Martie wanted to honor the historic charm of the home without turning it into a period replica. Antiques, she says, aren’t quite her thing. Instead she decided on a homemade / craft approach to the design with a focus on custom and one-off items, many produced by local artisans in Oregon and Washington. To complete the heavenly family retreat, the house gardens include an expansive croquet lawn as well as a potager, otherwise known as a French-style kitchen garden. The very definition of “bright and airy,” the end result is so stunning, there’s no doubt in my mind that Captain Stream himself would approve heartily. —Allison

Photography by Allison Burt-Tilden; photos 7, 8 and 16, 17 by Mikola Accuardi 

  1. What kind of plant is that on the side table? Absolutely gorgeous home! <3

    1. rosekraft says:

      The plant looks like a type of rhipsalis…

  2. Greta says:

    Beautiful! I love it when you show exteriors in addition to interiors!

  3. Andrea says:

    She is so lucky to have a Michele Russo!

  4. Wow, what a fun yet calming space. Pacific Northwest homes are always some of the best on D*S!

  5. gina solon says:

    What a beautiful home. Just gorgeous.

  6. Michael says:

    Gorgeous design! What a dream home!

  7. Jennifer says:

    I’ve seen this house, it’s lovely from the outside. I just adore Oysterville, so many beautiful homes. Thanks for featuring this one!

  8. Lauran says:

    Wow, I love absolutely everything about this home. While I could never keep it so calm and clutter-free, there is no doubt it is calming and peaceful. I bet they sleep well there!

  9. linda says:

    What is a “walking village “?

    1. Allison says:

      Hi Linda, a walking village is a small town that promotes and enhances walking. Oysterville is called such because it’s quite small and people go there to walk around and take in the scenery provided by the historical buildings and views of the bay.

  10. What a fascinating history behind this house and I love the pared down aesthetics

  11. Brenda says:

    Do you happen to know the wall paint color in this photo?

    1. Martie says:

      The paint color is Benjamin Moore, OC-52 Gray Owl.

  12. maura says:

    What a treat to peek inside this home. I have been admiring it from the outside for 10 years while on my walks through the little village. So lovely!

  13. Kari says:

    GORGEOUS!

  14. Anna says:

    I would also love to know the wall color. It is so relaxing and calm. This is a beautifully done home.

    1. Martie says:

      The paint is from Benjamin Moore, OC-52 Gray Owl.

  15. Alexandra says:

    One breathtaking room after another. Pure perfection.

    Would love to know the source of the couch if that info is available!

    1. martie says:

      The sofa is from Lee Industries, I purchased them through Bedford Brown here in Portland. Lee Industries has a great website, you should check it out!

      1. Alexandra says:

        Thanks, Martie! Will definitely take a look. Appreciate the info!

  16. Susan Baker says:

    Beautiful home!!

  17. Meghan says:

    This is all so lovely! I’m a Portlander myself and love seeing the way you incorporated work from some of my favorite local creators. Where did you get the lovely floating drawer in photo 10?

    1. martie says:

      Brooks from Brooks Woodworks made the floating console table, its made from white oak and is custom made to fit our space. Brooks is pretty amazing, his website is http://www.brookswoodworksinc.com

  18. Dream home is a quaint town how lucky can one be?

  19. kimithy says:

    This town looks lovely – “walking village” is such a fantastic term, brings up a lot of smalltown fantasies for me :)

  20. jill palumbo says:

    One of my favorite little towns! While I’m sure this house is designed well (not into modern at all, so my opinion is moot), I don’t understand why someone would buy a historic house and decorate in the opposite direction? This house is crying for a historic restoration and would fit in so well in this charming town with antiques and all the charm and quirks inside. Not trying to be contrary, but I am just wondering why?

  21. Lindsey says:

    What is the outside house color?? Love it

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