On Cape Cod, autumn steals into the warm days of September and October like the first frost on the tomatoes in our Centerville garden. As I write this it is still August and summertime is at its height. As you can see in this photo of fresh vegetables gathered this week, our garden is feeding us with summer splendor now—fat slicing tomatoes, delicious yellow zucchini, fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes so sweet they taste better than candy. Still, I have planted fall crops—laid down lettuce seed and fertilized the kale and brussel sprouts.
This winter we hope to remodel our kitchen, which was built as a 1912 addition to our old Cape. Putting this issue together, I pored over the photos of interior decorator Kelly McGuill’s cheery design for her mother’s new kitchen in an old Bass River Cape on page 14. I love McGuill’s mix of cool white interiors with splashes of color—I can imagine my family sitting at a table just like the one she chose, cosy in a new kitchen that still feels right in an old house.
My kitchen reverie took a different spin when I looked at the kitchen in our story about a Nantucket homeowner’s transformation of a development house on Nantucket into an antique showcase. The homeowner could not afford a captain’s seaside manse on Nantucket harbor—so he worked with island craftsmen and New England antique dealers to create his own antique beauty. The house is a wonder of taste and design. The kitchen would fit perfectly in our house—although we might not be able to furnish it with as many antiques. Perhaps we could purchase some of Woods Hole potter Tessa Morgan’s pottery for our simple, farm kitchen shelves. Read about Tessa’s artistry in our Art and Antiques feature on page 38.
We also hope to plant a new conifer bed this fall, out near a stand of Hinoki cypress and Robusta juniper planted by my husband’s family in the 1940s. The fall is a great time of year to plant as we explain in our Cape Gardens feature on page 48. I am already perusing Country Garden in Hyannis and Mahoney’s in Osterville for trees and shrubs to replace a giant old cedar we had to take down last fall.
It may still be summer, but my autumn reveries are easing the regret that this Cape Cod summer—always our splendid season—is waning. I hope this issue of Cape Cod HOME brightens your darkening September and October days and inspires your own autumn reverie.