Cape Cod HOME Stories

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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New, Tried, and True

Kitchen designs for 2016 are an intriguing blend of classic styles and out-of-the-box contemporary ideas.

It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home and to interior designer Audrey Greenway that statement is true now more than ever.
“There’s a lot more thought that goes into designing kitchens [now],” says Greenway, owner of Audrey’s Interiors in Harwich. “It’s not…

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A Botanical Dreamscape

At the end of a cul-de-sac in Falmouth, this magical garden landscape is a 30-year labor of love.

When Marcia and George Chapman bought a new house on a cul-de-sac in Falmouth in 1984 for their young family, the seeds of a beautiful landscape were already germinating in their imaginations. The couple—both of whom were already working in the garden center…

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Pint-sized Perfection

A beachside landscape brings big pleasure with all the latest outdoor entertaining amenities—on a tiny lot above Buzzards Bay.

Great vacation landscapes on Cape Cod come in all shapes and sizes. From sprawling estates with elegantly manicured lawns that seem to roll on forever, to tiny shore-side cottages surrounded by little more than sand, Rosa rugosa, and some picturesque plantings of…

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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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Autumn Field Trips

Nantucket Restaurant Week is held Monday, September 28, to Sunday, October 4 with more than 35 participating restaurants across the island offering discounted meal prices, new menu options, and more. Participating restaurants offer three-course meals at discounted prices ranging from $35 to $45. In addition, many of the restaurants try out new dishes or other concepts at this…

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By the sea, by the sea

Editor’s Note

When I was a little girl, we lived on a long street that ran alongside the Mount Hope Bay. The street was about a mile long and ended in a marsh. On either side, there were lots of houses, many built in the shingle-style that is still a favorite in New England’s coastal communities. It wasn’t a beachside cottage…

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Capturing the Ocean’s Moods

The artist shares her secrets

The magnetic effect of Jeanne Rosier Smith’s paintings en plein air (French for “in the open air”) is most obvious when she is depicting ocean waves, a famously difficult thing to do. “Artistically, there are a lot of possibilities,” Smith says. “It’s always changing —lighting, the moisture in the air. You can convey all kinds of…

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Riding the Wave

Jeanne Rosier Smith’s paintings capture the ever-changing grandeur of the ocean.

For Jeanne Rosier Smith, painting is an immersion of all the senses. She loves the visual richness of her pastels, the meditative quality of stroking color across paper, the emotional connection with her subjects, and the atmospheric feel of the air when she is painting one of her most loved…

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Hot Trends for Cape Kitchens

Outdoor kitchen professionals provide customized design and installation services for homeowners looking to move their summer menus—and fun—outside.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, but when summertime arrives on Cape Cod, the heart moves outside. Family gatherings, evening parties, celebrations, and even weeknight dinners often naturally gravitate to outdoor spaces in the beautiful weather, and the perfect way to…

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