The stairs leading to the second floor are spattered, a traditional paint treatment in older New England houses. In Michael’s study an original Victorian cast iron coal-burning stove was left as a decorative architectural element. An avid sailor himself, Michael has decorated the walls with old Cape Cod nautical charts dating from the 1800s. A 1944 nautical signal flag representing the letter M from the Navy ship Michael’s father was stationed on—the USS Putnam DDS 775—during the Korean War is displayed on the wall. Other personalized touches include a group of family photos taken on early trips to Chatham. Malone custom-designed the whitewashed wood frames capturing the joyful family scenes.
The landscape is as breathtaking as the home’s interiors. The couple left plantings of Rosa rugosa and native beach plum. When appropriate, landscape designer Joyce Williams introduced other native, hardy plantings. From a dock that washed ashore years ago, the family can sit on the beach and drink in the beauty of their natural surroundings. Michael’s Bristol skiff, Tide Runner, and catboat, Time Aweigh, bob gently in the shallow waters. “The color is always changing,” notes Elizabeth. “In the evening the low light illuminates the boats and the houses across the water on the outer beach—it’s magical.” Today the cottage is known as Tide and Time, a fitting name for a place that is wrapped in the seasonal rhythms of the sea.