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Cape Cod Tileworks

From whimsical beach scenes complete with flip flops, sand pails, crabs, and seahorses, to more sophisticated stone tiles in subtle tones of tan and taupe, Cape Cod Tileworks in Harwich has something to suit every homeowner.

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The company’s owner, Lane Meehan, is the creative genius behind the tile designs and murals while Tom, her husband, is a second-generation tile installer—and a technical wizard. “Anything I can dream up, he will figure out a way to put it together,” Lane says. “I’m the idea person and Tom makes it happen.”

Together, the couple has written the book on tile design and installation—literally. They recently completed a revised edition of their book, Working with Tile, in the “Build Like A Pro” series. Lane wrote the sections on design; Tom covered installation.

In business on Main Street for more than 20 years, Lane says for some homeowners, selecting tile for a kitchen project or bathroom can be a fun and exciting experience—an opportunity to let their imagination and creativity lead the way. She understands, however, that more often than not the task can be daunting. This is where she can help.

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“When customers come into the store, they can be a bit overwhelmed,” she says. “The key to selecting the right tile is that the customer has to be realistic about how they are using the space where it will be installed. Is the tile going in a bathroom that will receive little use, or will the entire family be using it? How is the kitchen used? Is the tile going to be installed in a high-traffic area? These are the kinds of questions that need to be answered.” A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Lane enjoys helping customers sort through questions like these and choose designs that work best for them.

Whether installing a mural of a beach scene on a wall above the stove, or a kitchen backsplash consisting of traditional stone tiles in solid hues, Lane said the design of the tile should serve to draw the eye, not overwhelm it. “If somebody walks into the kitchen, the initial reaction should not be the backsplash,” she says. “The tile should complement the cabinets and appliances.”

Lane believes every obstacle that arises in a given project has a solution, and she enjoys finding it—creatively. “The fun part of any project is looking at the parameters and working within them,” she says. “No matter what the challenges are, I have fun coming up with solutions and ideas. It’s like being back in RISD.”

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Lane acknowledges that tile projects can get expensive, but says there are ways to minimize costs. If homeowners are tiling more than one area or room, she suggests selecting the space that is most important and using a higher-end tile for that area, while a more economical product can be used in the other areas. “There are places where I can help customers keep the costs down,” she says. “You can play with both ends of the spectrum. It is all about choosing the right tile for the right project and staying within budget.”

With any project—no matter the size—Lane says the real payoff comes when it is completed. “It’s so much fun when my customers come back to the store,” she says, “and show me the photos of their finished project.”

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Cape & Island Accents

Coastal-Inspired Goods and Services

1. What’s Your Backup Plan

What's Your Backup Plan

Choosing a generator that is right for your application is important; choosing the right company is just as important. Protect your investment and go with a full-service company that handles the service—long after installation! Since 1954, R.A. Mitchell has been the leader in generator systems throughout the world.

R.A. Mitchell Company, Inc.
103 Popes Island, New Bedford
508.999.5685 • ramitchell.com

2. Light Your Room Up

Light Your Room Up

Nautical & Nice offers Cape Cod’s largest selection of Nautical Style and Quality lamps. Styles range from casual to formal and options include desk lamps, table lamps, fl oor lamps, all with and without tables, all available in numerous colors. Featured lamp style: Beach Shells Lamp with night light.

Nautical & Nice at Paine’s Patio
674 MacArthur Boulevard (Route 28), Bourne
508-563-7557 • painespatio.com

3. Natural Distinction

Natural Distinction

If you want the elegant, natural, and a ordable look of stone in your home, turn to Atlantic Marble & Granite. If you can describe your vision, they will make it happen. Atlantic Marble & Granite has been providing products and service in fabricated stone in Massachusetts and the New England area for over 30 years.

Atlantic Marble & Granite
59 Technology Park Drive, East Falmouth
508.540.9770 • atlanticmarblegranite.com

4. Custom Quality, Custom Craftmanship

Custon Quality, Custom Craftmanship

Call on Mark Lane and the team at Bayside Kitchen & Bath for a custom look at a price you can feel good about. We offer expertise and guidance from concept to completion. We create practical and functional kitchen and bath designs, and offer quality cabinetry and accessories for projects of all sizes.

Bayside Kitchen & Bath
888.457.5577 • baysidekitchens.com

Gifty Things in Life

Capture Cape Cod's Essence with Crafts

1. Coastal Jewels

Coastal Jewels

Mashpee artist Valerie Leri captures Cape Cod’s essence in original “painting earrings,” tiny gems of cherished coastal scenes including lighthouses, beach waves, sunsets, and more. The paintings are encased in charms and coated for protection; they are a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for your friends who love Cape Cod! Find the earrings at M. Brann in Mashpee Commons and other Cape stores, or visit rtartworks.com.

2. Touch of the Island

Touch of the Island

For a Martha’s Vineyard-made delight, try Simply Soaps’ Shea Butter Silk hand and body cream ($21.50), a rich, silky smooth combination of Shea Butter, jojoba oil, Vitamin E, sunflower oil, and island fragrances that keeps your skin soft and scented long after applied. Choose the Chappaquiddick Coconut, the Gay Head Ginger Lime, and a dozen more scents that will remind you of island days. Visit Simply Soaps’ website, simplysoapsmv.com, for great holiday gift ideas.

3. Cape Cozy

Cape Cozy

Warm up your holiday season with a Cape Mermaid zippered fleece sweatshirt ($46). The washed down look and feel of a zip-up delivers both maximum comfort and easy year-round style. Made with 80% cotton and 20% polyester, this zip-up, available in flo blue, will keep its shape and softness. To purchase, or for more Cape Mermaid gift ideas, visit capemermaid.com.

4. Remember the Dachschunds!

Remember the Dachschunds

Chip in for charity this holiday season by sending friends and family a unique card from Artful Paws. Artful Paws founder Fabre Sanders hand makes and colors each of the cards, which come in designs for birthdays, Christmas and the holidays, and more. All of the proceeds (100%) from card sales go to Little Paws, which rescues dogs from Maine to Florida. The cards cost $3.25 (not including s/h), and so far, Fabre has raised $4,000. To purchase the cards, visit artfulpawsonline.com.

Natural Progression

Expanding an Osterville home to fit the needs of a growing family.

When Jim Righter and Jacob Albert, architects of Albert, Righter & Tittmann (A,R&T), began designing a small family home in Osterville in 1982, they never imagined their work on the home would extend over more than 20 years and several generations. Read more…

New Looks for Old Spaces

Readers Resources

Deborah Baldwin covers home renovations and new products for This Old House magazine. Read more…

Winter 2013

We finish up 2013 with several HOME Winter stories where individual inspiration is combined with the talents of Cape Cod’s architects, builders, interior decorators, landscapers, and artisans creating homes and interiors with distinctive made-on-Cape-Cod appeal.