Nurturing Beauty on the Wing

Horticultural experts and dedicated local volunteers help create and preserve the habitat of beautiful butterflies.
 
Sandy earth, fresh salt air, ocean waves—all bathed in warm sunshine. The unique and breath-taking summer landscape of Cape Cod brings hordes of people to its shores, but it also attracts a less obvious Cape-traveler. This visitor plays a critical role in the natural beauty…

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Seaside Magicians

Mackenzie & Company is transforming coastal interiors with a whimsical, yet sophisticated sense of color and texture—and some fun touches of the unexpected.
 
Serendipity seems to follow Angela Hamwey like a warm gust of summer wind. When Hamwey was looking for a new space for her interior design business, Mackenzie & Company, she found herself in the center of Hyannis gazing…

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Inside moves out

Summer entertaining on Cape Cod is all about easy, relaxed gatherings in outdoor living rooms.
Summer is coming and after the winter New Englanders have endured in 2015, nothing could be better than a return to life outdoors. On Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, homeowners have a wide array of options to make the most of our celebrated coastal season.
According…

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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
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL IN FALMOUTH
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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