Summer Flights of Fancy

I am writing this by our kitchen window in our Centerville Cape, looking out over a perennial bed first planted by my husband’s great-grandmother close to 100 years ago. The bright trumpets of daffodils are giving a clarion call (fitting, since it is Patriot’s Day here and the Boston Marathon is about to begin!) that spring has finally returned for…

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Early Summer Field Trips

June 20, 2015
Savor sweet treats on the grounds of St. Barnabas Church (91 Main Street, Falmouth) adjacent to Falmouth’s picturesque town green. Enjoy strawberry treats, iconic Cape food like lobster rolls and barbecued chicken, and more as well as exhibits by arts and crafts vendors, a plant sale and activities for the whole family. The annual strawberry…

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Worth Its Salt

This bayside retreat is small in size, but big in casual style and ingenious comfort.

Cape Codders have a complicated relationship with salt. We call our vintage sea captains “old salts,” and we like them that way¬¬—experienced, a bit crusty, ready to tell a rollicking yarn. We dislike the salt that scrapes the paint off our cars and that sticks to…

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Island Dream

HGTV’s spectacular 2015 Martha’s Vineyard “dream home” is a fitting reflection of the island’s historic and scenic allure.
Designed by highly regarded Martha’s Vineyard architect Patrick Ahearn, this lovely island cottage comes with all of the expected features of an upscale home—as well as a few unanticipated amenities, including a brand new 2015 GMC Acadia Denali—and $250,000 in cash. Built for…

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Country Ease in Eastham

Colorful touches like playful bold fabrics and rustic country-style decorative accents add pizzazz to classic Cape-style interior and exterior spaces…
Interior designer Kelly McGuill’s concept for an Eastham Cape is a simple, yet elegant reflection of the love that the designer poured into creating a charming oasis for a family of six.

“The homeowners wanted something worry-free, not pretentious or overwrought,” explains…

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Home Sale Staging Artistry

An interior designer transforms care-worn homes for sale into high profile showcase listings.
Call it theater in the square. Beth Odence, home stager extraordinaire, is in her design center, a boxy, corrugated-tin workspace on Kidds Hill Road in Hyannis, surrounded by furniture and finishing touches that she has purchased, commissioned, or recreated. Creamy Belgian sofas are topped with pillows hand-sewn by…

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Green Living

In 2015, green living has come out of the shade on Cape Cod and the Islands. Everywhere you look, there are sustainable options for those who want to protect and nourish our fragile coastal environment. From the ground up, architects and builders offer homes of every genre that work with each homeowner’s lifestyle and complement surrounding land and sea. Interior…

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A to Z Coastal Resource Guide

How to find a landscape architect for a small seaside lot with stunning views, but a challenging permitting process. Where to look for authentic Colonial-style lighting—once used on ships—for your kitchen, or your front porch. Where to buy hand-woven, truly unique upholstery fabric for that piece of furniture that will give the perfect finishing touch to your new decor.

All this…

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Ocean of Thanks

Fresh scallops are a seasonal pleasure on Cape Cod and Islands tables from October through March. Delicate bay scallops harvested from Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod waters and hearty sea scallops dug from George’s Bank grace many a feast, especially around the holidays. Plated on artfully arranged tables with a view of the bounding sea that has given us…

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Shore Oasis

Can you fall in Love with a home twice? This Mashpee homeowner did.

The first time the father-of-three walked into this four-bedroom house elegantly set on Waquoit Bay, he fell in love with its impressive water views.

An Interior Designer’s Transformation of an entire Waquoit Bay House Wins a Homeowners Heart.

He fell in love again when Michele Chagnon-Holbrook of Casabella Home Furnishings…

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