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2012 BRICC Awards

The HBRACC honors excellence in Cape Cod's building and remodeling industries.

What began in 1950 as the Cape Cod Builders Association, then just a small band of builders on Cape Cod, has blossomed into one of the most instrumental organizations for the growth and preservation of the entire community and is now known as HBRACC (Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod). The creation of the very successful 2012 HBRACC BRICC (Building and Remodeling Industry on Cape Cod) Awards, attended by more than 150 people on September 20th at Mashpee’s Willowbend Country Club, is just the latest HBRACC accomplishment. Read more…

Holiday Sparkle

Make your holiday decor in your home an unexpected delight all season long.

An upside down Christmas tree festooned with glimmering white ornaments like a chandelier. A branch sweeping diagonally across a window, wrapped in ribbon, decorated with flowers and shimmering glass. A collection of deep-red goblets, each filled with a golden apple or pear. At Casabella Home Furnishings in Sandwich, you will always find unexpected creativity, especially during the holiday season. Read more…

Winter 2012

Nantucket Rings in the Holidays, Festive Holiday Designs & Dishes, tips for transforming your home with delightful holiday decor and Hutker Architects learns the vocabulary of an antique Colonial for a harmonious new addition to a historical structure… These are just a few of the stories covered in the Cape Cod Home 2012 Winter edition.

Berry Berry Good

“Cranberries, known far and wide as Cape Cod’s ‘super fruit,’ are so good for you and also a great ingredient for just about any course on a holiday menu,” says Paul Cunningham, executive chef at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee. Cunningham, former executive chef at Bice Ristorante in Washington, D.C., executive sous chef at Le Cirque and La Cote Basque in New York, and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has been the top chef at Willowbend for 20 years. Read more…

Nantucket for the Holidays

From the first of November until New Year's Day, Nantucket lights up with fun, revelry, and good cheer.

As temperatures plummet and the countdown until the holiday season begins, Nantucket prepares for a festive season. Islanders blend the old with the new this year, mixing tradition with creativity. In addition to the eagerly anticipated Christmas Stroll and the Nantucket Historical Association’s Festivals of Wreaths and Trees, the island has a special surprise in store this year: the first community-wide Nantucket New Year’s celebration. Islanders invite you to be a part of their holiday season, from the first of November, until the last horn blows on New Year’s Day. Read more…

The Heart of Our Home

Since this is our final issue of 2012, I thought you might like to meet the people who create Cape Cod HOME year-round. Read more…

Language of the Past

Hutker Architects learns the vocabulary of an antique Colonial for a harmonious new addition to a historical structure.

A wonderful piece of history sits serenely on Lower Mill Pond in Brewster’s historical Factory Village. The Nathaniel Winslow House—also known by locals as the High Brewster Inn—was built in 1738 near the gristmill and famous herring run. A true Colonial design, the structure has a center chimney and center hall flanked by two parlors (now both bedrooms) each with original pine-paneled walls and fireplaces; the original keeping room (now a living/music room) is located along the length of the original house. This room also has period paneling and a great hearth used for cooking in the 18th century. Read more…

Set in Stone

Stone artist and craftsman David Campbell’s artistry is shaped by Cape Cod’s geometry.

At the close of a long day in the brilliant summer sun, David Campbell finds solace in the landscape. A faded cut-off tee shirt exposes the tan, sturdy arms that designed the gardens he’s surrounded by, and built the stone bench on which he’s perched. His build hints at years of work requiring strength and endurance in the outdoors; his demeanor hints at years of relishing the life he’s crafted for himself. Read more…

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Handbag Heaven

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Accessorize your look this winter with one of designer Irina MacPhee’s handbags ($85-$275). Handcrafted in Massachusetts and sold exclusively at Pastiche of Cape Cod in West Barnstable, these unique, sophisticated-yet-fun handbags are made from repurposed designer fabrics and materials, and come in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns perfect for every occasion. Visit Pastiche of Cape Cod to see Sissy MacPhee’s complete collection, including belts and scarves. pasticheofcapecod.com

Down Right Festive

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Perfect for the holidays, these festive pillows feature artistically rendered seasonal designs printed on antique linen. Filled with soft down, the 20” by 20” pillows are edged with rope cording and have hidden zippers in the back. Great for your own Cape or Island home, or as a gift to someone special. $100.  Entirely designed, printed, and made in the U.S. by Oxbow Decor. oxbowdecor.com

Coastal Gems

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Liza-Jayne’s nature-inspired jewelry collection, Beyond the Sea, is composed almost entirely of unique shells owner Liza Lentini finds from around the world. Born and raised in Braintree, Lentini casts her beach treasures in sterling silver or gold vermeil, creating what she calls a “beautiful wearable travelogue.” Her collection is sold exclusively on the Cape at Shining Sea Boutique, located at 143 Main Street in Falmouth. Her complete collection is also available on her website, liza-jayne.com

Cool and Green

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Upholding its commitment to eco-friendly products, ‘g’ Green Design Center’s polka dot cork coasters and trivets by Dinner-Ware are friendly to the environment. These fun, colorful items (perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers) can be used as drink coasters, serving mats, and even decorative home accents. They’re washable, heat resistant, and lightweight. Four coaster sets are $29.95 and trivets are available for $19.95 at ‘g’ Green Design Center in Mashpee Commons. ggreendesign.com

A Pearl of a Creation

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Aw shucks! A Wicked Good Oyster Opener owner Larry Schneider and his wife, Sherry, invented this stainless-steel oyster shucker ($175 or $215 if mounted to a cutting board for safety.) It’s fast, easy to use, dishwasher safe, and best of all, opens oysters horizontally so that the salty brine stays in the shell. It’s perfect for oyster lovers everywhere, as well as restaurants and seafood markets. Log on to awshucksoysteropener.com for a video demonstration.

Mother Nature’s Cutting Board

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Give the gift of durability this holiday season with a sleek 18” by 6” bamboo cutting board ($25) from ‘g’ Green Design Center. It offers several advantages over traditional wooden and plastic cutting boards: bamboo is a sustainable, non-porous resource, and it’s significantly less likely to warp or carry bacteria. Not only is it a durable tool for your kitchen, but it’s healthier for you and the environment! Find this and other ecofriendly kitchenware at ‘g’ Green Design Center in Mashpee Commons. ggreendesign.com

True Cape Roots

Eastham turnips—those savory, violet-tinged staples of the holiday dinner table—have origins deeper than the soil.

Abbott Schafer Knowles started farming turnips just about as soon as he could walk. He was born in one of the old farmhouses on Locust Road in Eastham in 1905, and he came from a long line of Knowles men—farmers, mostly, and a few nefarious characters dabbling in moonshine. The Knowles farmed turnips. So did the Nickersons and the Kings and the Bracketts. Especially the Bracketts. Until suddenly, they didn’t. Read more…

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