From Our Home to Yours

From Our Home to Yours

In this issue, we share a treasure chest of resources for coastal living that will help any Cape or Islands homeowner create that perfect seaside abode, whether you live in a small cottage on a sandy byway, or in a grand home with the ocean as your front yard.

Our staff had fun this year coming up with an alphabet of A to Z resources—everything from the latest in architectural designs to a great place to find mattresses for easy zzzzzz’s; from bathroom creations to weathervane wonders. All alliteration aside, we think you’ll enjoy hearing the straight scoop from the people who own and work in some of our region’s best businesses.

Since this is also our first issue of 2014, I would like to take a moment to thank Cape Cod LIFE’s terrific staff, who have given endless hours of time and creativity for Cape Cod HOME all year long. In every department, we have a hard-working crew of talented, caring people who always go the extra mile to make this magazine a keeper for our readers from coast to coast.

Our staff’s dedication to making this magazine a success—the sometimes crazy press days, the late nights working to get a layout just right, the warm summer days when the whole world is vacationing on the beach and we are working inside on magazines about autumn and winter—are what have made this magazine a keeper for decades.

I hope you will join me in wishing a very Happy New Year to our staff—and to a legion of freelance writers and photographers out there who are also a huge part of Cape Cod HOME, Cape Cod LIFE, and Cape Cod ART. 2014 promises to be even better—especially since Cape Cod LIFE Publications will be celebrating its 35th year of riding the crest of the wave.

Wishing you a peaceful and prosperous 2014!

Susan Dewey

Susan Dewey, Associate Publisher & Editor

Sweet Harvests

In the warmer months on Cape Cod, when I am not at work writing for you, I am in my garden.

In the warmer months on Cape Cod, when I am not at work writing for you, I am in my garden. Read more…

Seaside Inspired

We finish up 2013 with several HOME Winter stories where inspiration is combined with talent....

A woman in Osterville who transforms her small, antiquated kitchen into the ultimate gathering place for her grandchildren. A struggling young family whose new home is built in Orleans in just five days—for free—by more than 100 Habitat Cape Cod and Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod volunteers. A homeowner in Cummaquid who gets the chance of a lifetime to work side by side with a custom home builder to build the elegant house of her dreams.

Seaside Inspired

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.

The Cape has always been a place where people come together to make life better, sharing skills, valuable experience, and an understanding of and appreciation for the beauty—and the fragility—of our coastal environment.

In this issue we also profile several Cape and Islands residents who are adding a special sparkle to the holiday season this year, from the owners of Cape tea shops where you can enjoy tea and homemade delicacies on cold winter days, to a talented scrimshaw artist on Nantucket creating beautiful ornaments celebrating ‘The 12 days of Christmas.’

‘There is something for every lover of Cape Cod and the Islands in this issue of Cape Cod HOME. We think it is a fitting tribute to our inspirational seaside region’s colorful diversity and deep coast-to-coast resources.

All of us at Cape Cod HOME wish you the merriest of holiday seasons!


Susan Dewey

Susan Dewey, Associate Publisher & Editor

Coastal Calling

A few years ago, I interviewed a woman from Yarmouth whose family has lived on Cape Cod since the 1600s for a story in one of our magazines. Read more…

Beyond the Frame

Art is all about making connections; the artist to their subject, the viewer to the artist’s work. I was thinking about this as we worked on this issue profiling dozens of painters, sculptors, and photographers—all with Cape and Islands ties that have defined their talent somehow.

For some—like Sarah Hinckley, an abstract painter with 13th-generation Cape Cod roots who lives and works in New York—memories of childhood Cape summers are an inspirational oasis that she revisits during long hours in her Manhattan studio. “It’s kind of like Chapin Beach—the tide goes out, but it comes back in and covers everything and it’s beautiful. You can see that in my paintings,” she says.

For others, like Yingzhao Liu and Duoling Huang—both Chinese artists who emigrated to the U.S. in search of freedom—Cape Cod is an artistic refuge. After driving 20 hours from Los Angeles, Liu was so inspired by the Cape’s beauty that in 2012 he opened a gallery in Brewster, which showcases this international artist’s fi ne paintings as well as the work of other Chinese artists.

These connections even run through the staff of Cape Cod Life Publications to some of the artists we share with you here. Jennifer Dow, the gifted art director of Cape Cod ART, was a student in our featured artist, and Barnstable High School Art Director, Carl Lopes’s classes. It was quite an experience for Jen to be using her artistic talents to design her admired former teacher’s pages.

As Cape Cod ART’s editor, this annual issue is one of 15 issues released by Cape Cod Life Publications, including Cape Cod LIFE and Cape Cod HOME, that I have the pleasure of working on every year. As a writer and a lover of art, the stories—and the connections to the people in this issue—stay with me long after the magazine is printed and in the hands of readers around the country.

In the end, Cape Cod ART is all about this special place that we are lucky enough to live or work in. Whether it’s the light, the beaches, the ocean, or a safe harbor from the rest of the world, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket seem to provide us all with a limitless canvas for making life better—and ever more beautiful.


Susan Dewey

Susan Dewey, Associate Publisher & Editor

Cottage HOME

There’s something about living in a cottage. Maybe it’s because small, cozy spaces give such a feeling of comfort and safety. Read more…

Our Cape Journeys

Cape Cod and the Islands are the kinds of places where chance encounters—someone you meet on a beach, a person who smiles at you in a restaurant, a trip to Provincetown, a ferry boat ride to the Islands—can end up determining the path of your life forever.  Read more…

You live on the Cape… year ’round?

This is a sign that hangs on my office wall, given to me by a good friend who has a wonderful sense of humor and, as a native Cape Codder, has heard this question from far too many people in her life. Read more…

Spring Alive

Winter seemed especially challenging this year, with numerous nasty storms battering our shores, reminding us all that Mother Nature can be brutal on Cape Cod and the Islands. As I write this, we are recovering from February’s “Winter-cane” Nemo, which lashed the Cape from stem to stern, leaving thousands without power for days on end underneath more than a foot of heavy snow. At our house in Centerville, we huddled around a wood stove for three days, grateful for some heat, but marveling at what the challenges of daily life on the Cape must have been before electricity and central heating.  Read more…

HOME Inspiration

We remodeled our kitchen a few months ago. Our kitchen project wasn’t a complete overhaul by any means—we wanted to keep a lot of the original cabinetry and the somewhat haphazard architectural details of the kitchen, which was built sometime before 1920. Read more…

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