The pieces are meant to be user-friendly and are designed to be as low-maintenance as possible, which many of us who routinely track sand, water, or children through the house will surely appreciate. MacPhee is quick to note, “This is NOT your grandmother’s furniture. It’s not the high polish mahogany, ‘oh my gosh, where’s my coaster?’ kind of thing.” These tables and benches will not need to be tiptoed around or constantly maintained. The pieces will be much more at home piled high with flip-flops and wet towels or scattered with the remains of a summer evening cookout. “In this environment, people have a certain lifestyle that I would call a casual elegance,” says McPhee. “It’s relaxed. Whether you live here year-round or just in the summer, there is a certain lifestyle—a sand in your shoes type of thing.”
The Cape Cod Collection™ consists of twelve different pieces, and Irina is continually designing new pieces to add to the collection. All are made of Eastern White Pine. A few examples include a trestle-style dining table, a bench with a clever storage space under the seat, an elegant sofa table, cocktail tables, and a small desk, perfect for those tiny bedrooms in an antique cape. Each one is bench-made and hand-planed with antique tools by local Sandwich furniture makers, Marc and Judy Deslauriers. In a collaborative process, designer and artisans combine talents with MacPhee designing, Marc handling the construction, and Judy doing the signature wax finishing.
With the motto “It’s time to come home” in mind, MacPhee set out to create a quality, locally made product that would fit the unique lifestyles and homes of our area. MacPhee is passionately proud that everything is made only miles away from Pastiche and that the material is typically sourced from the New England area. She is equally proud that the pieces (plus complimentary shipping anywhere within a 40-mile radius) are reasonable for one of a kind, bench made designs. Irina adds, “As a standard, we offer five finishes. Custom orders are also welcome, in any style or size, with any Benjamin Moore color.”