Brightening the Day

Amanda Fiedler Wastrom

This may seem like a strange idea—better to visit an interior designer’s shop when the natural light is ample and available, right? But finding what’s behind the pale pink door of Peters’ shop on Main Street in Osterville is all the more dramatic against the gloomy weather. If there is one thing to know about Joan Peters’ style, it is all about sunshine, light, and color. Darkness has no place here and cannot be seen beyond the shop’s brightly embellished windowpanes and pink awnings.

Amanda Fiedler Wastrom

More than 20 years after opening her shop in Osterville, Peters has established herself by interpreting the Cape Cod world all around her in a sun-soaked, joyously over-the-top kind of way, and her pieces have garnered local, regional, and national followings. Today, the shop offers full interior design services, furniture, paintings, custom carpets, and most recently, a growing line of textiles and wallpapers. A high-energy craftswoman of many products, including the lines of toile that she has been making since 2005, Peters has a simple philosophy: “I don’t want to do just one thing—I want to do all of the above!”

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Amanda Wastrom is a frequent contributor to Cape Cod Life Publications.

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