Mary Stanley - Cape Cod LIFE Publications

An all-natural outdoor shower

With years of experience in landscaping and horticultural design, Maria Hickey creates for her clients beautiful outdoor designs with exceptional color and artistry.
Hickey, the owner of Maria Hickey & Associates Custom Gardens and Landscapes, is also adept as a problem solver. Once, when a client wanted an outdoor shower installed on their property, but the local regulatory board denied permission…

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Limited space, lots of comfort

To satisfy their clients’ requests—which included  views of the water—REEF aimed for the sky!

On a postage-stamp sized lot in Dennis sits a beautiful, 2,700-square-foot home with front porches that boast sweeping views of Cape Cod Bay, from the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown to the Sagamore Bridge. This charming residence is the result of a collaborative effort between an experienced and…

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It’s All In The Details

Cape designer offers a few helpful tips on creating beautiful, cohesive interior design.

When putting the finishing touches on a room, whether in a summer home or a year-round residence, Irina MacPhee of Pastiche of Cape Cod advises homeowners not to overlook the final 20 percent of a given project, the few critical—yet often overlooked—items that can help tie a room together…

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She’s starting from scratch

Amie Bakery of Osterville promotes the use of fresh, natural ingredients with recipes and culinary classes

  “Baking is not complicated . . .” says Amie Smith, the owner of Amie Bakery, “if you know the secrets.”
In a recent cooking class held in Smith’s bakery on Wianno Avenue in Osterville, the baker shared some of the secrets she has gathered during her…

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Transforming the Cape’s landscape one garden at a time

Barnstable entrepreneur helps customers grow produce in their own backyards

The farm-to-table concept of eating fruits and vegetables within hours after they are harvested is nothing new, but the trend has been gaining momentum in recent years. As more and more people become aware of the preservatives and other things that are included in many of the packaged foods sold in…

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Simple Gifts

Crown Point Cabinetry creates distinctive custom-designed cabinetry reflecting America’s famous Shaker style and framing this home’s simply beautiful seaside views.

When a home is located near the water, the architect usually takes special care to site the structure so that it takes advantage of the coastal location; the most well-lived-in rooms boast the best views. But that was not the case…

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Many are making the choice to eat healthier

With so many food options available these days, choosing the best tasting and healthiest products can be a bit overwhelming. From grass-fed beef to organically grown fruits and vegetables, the choices are seemingly endless. As consumers become more and more aware of the different ingredients included in packaged foods and how additives and preservatives can impact their health, the more…

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Trending Countertops

Go from drab to fab with exciting new options from engineered stone to stainless steel.

No other project can transform the interior of a home quite like a kitchen renovation. Whether it is new construction or a remodel, the materials chosen in the kitchen can be the heart of the design for any home.
White beadboard cabinets with recycled glass countertops evoke…

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Big Ideas for a Small Space

A resourceful architect builds his own home on a challenging Osterville lot by thinking outside the box and making the most of nature’s whims.

Strategically positioned on a small lot in the village of Osterville, this classic shingle-style gambrel offers lovely views of a picturesque meadow below, while welcoming in cool southwest breezes from nearby North Bay. The home is the…

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Where Summer Memories Begin

Expert architectural concepts and clever interior designing ideas combined with a homeowner’s special flair for details net an island paradise for a multi-generational family.

A sprawling home on Nantucket that offers stunning 360-degree views of the island from atop a roof walk combines just the right amount of island elegance with seaside comfort and charm. Here it is obvious that a…

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