Cape & Island Accents

Coastal-Inspired Goods and Services

1. What’s Your Backup Plan

What's Your Backup Plan

Choosing a generator that is right for your application is important; choosing the right company is just as important. Protect your investment and go with a full-service company that handles the service—long after installation! Since 1954, R.A. Mitchell has been the leader in generator systems throughout the world.

R.A. Mitchell Company, Inc.
103 Popes Island, New Bedford
508.999.5685 •

2. Light Your Room Up

Light Your Room Up

Nautical & Nice offers Cape Cod’s largest selection of Nautical Style and Quality lamps. Styles range from casual to formal and options include desk lamps, table lamps, fl oor lamps, all with and without tables, all available in numerous colors. Featured lamp style: Beach Shells Lamp with night light.

Nautical & Nice at Paine’s Patio
674 MacArthur Boulevard (Route 28), Bourne
508-563-7557 •

3. Natural Distinction

Natural Distinction

If you want the elegant, natural, and a ordable look of stone in your home, turn to Atlantic Marble & Granite. If you can describe your vision, they will make it happen. Atlantic Marble & Granite has been providing products and service in fabricated stone in Massachusetts and the New England area for over 30 years.

Atlantic Marble & Granite
59 Technology Park Drive, East Falmouth
508.540.9770 •

4. Custom Quality, Custom Craftmanship

Custon Quality, Custom Craftmanship

Call on Mark Lane and the team at Bayside Kitchen & Bath for a custom look at a price you can feel good about. We offer expertise and guidance from concept to completion. We create practical and functional kitchen and bath designs, and offer quality cabinetry and accessories for projects of all sizes.

Bayside Kitchen & Bath
888.457.5577 •

Holiday Ornaments

Add Some Glow to your Holidays with Cape-Crafted Holiday Ornaments.

1. She Sells Seasonal Shells

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Nantucket artist Jeanne van Etten creates whimsical hand-painted ornaments perfect for adding a merry seaside touch to any holiday decor. The island artist—who gathers her shells from a Cape Cod friend—says the line of wired and varnished ornaments ($22 in a gift box) can be personalized at no extra charge. For information, call 508 332-9829, or email

2. Handmade for the Holidays

Holiday Ornaments

For handcrafted wooden ornaments that are pure Cape Cod, including this map ($10) available in a variety of colors, visit A Touch of Cape Cod in West Yarmouth. Other locally created holiday designs include the Cape Cod Santa, the Christmas Shark, and the Christmas Whale designs as well as many other fun coastal styles, ranging from $6 to $15. For more information, visit, or call 508 771-6488.

3. Catch A Cape Cod Star

Holiday Ornaments

Add some glow to your holidays with a lovely Cape-crafted ornament designed by Harvest of Barnstable. A bright cluster of berries and a festive red ribbon decorate pristine shells, adding a coastal glimmer to any decor. Check out Harvest of Barnstable’s full line of nautical gifts, handcrafted decorations, Nantucket Paperwhite baskets, and more at, or call 508 362-4595.

4. Beach Beauties

Holiday Ornaments

Artist Kellie Quinn creates holiday gifts capturing precious Cape Cod moments with Beachsand Snowflake ornaments ($18.95) customized with sand from your favorite beach. These unique coastal collectibles are available at Fein Things, Centerville; The Barn & Company, Dennis; Painted Daisies, Sandwich; The Plum Porch, Marstons Mills; and the Brewster General Store, Brewster; or at

Gifty Things in Life

Capture Cape Cod's Essence with Crafts

1. Coastal Jewels

Coastal Jewels

Mashpee artist Valerie Leri captures Cape Cod’s essence in original “painting earrings,” tiny gems of cherished coastal scenes including lighthouses, beach waves, sunsets, and more. The paintings are encased in charms and coated for protection; they are a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for your friends who love Cape Cod! Find the earrings at M. Brann in Mashpee Commons and other Cape stores, or visit

2. Touch of the Island

Touch of the Island

For a Martha’s Vineyard-made delight, try Simply Soaps’ Shea Butter Silk hand and body cream ($21.50), a rich, silky smooth combination of Shea Butter, jojoba oil, Vitamin E, sunflower oil, and island fragrances that keeps your skin soft and scented long after applied. Choose the Chappaquiddick Coconut, the Gay Head Ginger Lime, and a dozen more scents that will remind you of island days. Visit Simply Soaps’ website,, for great holiday gift ideas.

3. Cape Cozy

Cape Cozy

Warm up your holiday season with a Cape Mermaid zippered fleece sweatshirt ($46). The washed down look and feel of a zip-up delivers both maximum comfort and easy year-round style. Made with 80% cotton and 20% polyester, this zip-up, available in flo blue, will keep its shape and softness. To purchase, or for more Cape Mermaid gift ideas, visit

4. Remember the Dachschunds!

Remember the Dachschunds

Chip in for charity this holiday season by sending friends and family a unique card from Artful Paws. Artful Paws founder Fabre Sanders hand makes and colors each of the cards, which come in designs for birthdays, Christmas and the holidays, and more. All of the proceeds (100%) from card sales go to Little Paws, which rescues dogs from Maine to Florida. The cards cost $3.25 (not including s/h), and so far, Fabre has raised $4,000. To purchase the cards, visit

Shore Things

Kitchen Things for the Home..

1. Drained of Ideas

Sink Strainer

Looking to add one last touch to your nautically themed home? Check out this sink strainer ($15.95) which features imagery from the sea. The topper design is hand cast from pewter, and the basket is stainless steel. Find this item at The Plum Porch, 181 Route 149 in Marstons Mills. For more information, visit, or call (508) 420-7118.

2. Service with a Sound

Gurgle Pot

What’s fun, colorful, and capable of serving up a cool drink? A gurgle pot, that’s what. This unique item ($45) has been very popular at M. Brann & Co in Mashpee Commons lately. The pot features a fluid fish design, comes in several creative colors including cobalt, sunflower, and kiwi, and—the kicker—it ‘gurgles’ when you pour it. Great for a gift, the gurgle pot can be used for drink service, or to serve as a vase. For more information, call (508) 477-0299.

3. Hot item keeps serving areas cool


When you are serving lasagna or a casserole, keep the heat off your finished table with Stretch™ ($18), a collapsible heat-resistant pot stand by Joseph Joseph. Though capable of holding large pans and trays, the pot stand—available in black, pink, and green—makes storage easy as it collapses to 7 inches by 2-1/2 inches. Available at Sea Salt & Pepper at 466 Main Street in Chatham. For more information, visit, or call (508) 348-1864.

All in Good Time

With more than 80 nonfiction books to his credit, history author Martin Sandler has hit his stride - with no plans to slow down.

What do you do when you’re an 80-year-old writer and so many voices—your critics’, your editors’, the one inside yourself—tell you that after more than 40 years in the business, you’re better than you’ve ever been? If you’re Martin Sandler, you scribble your rollerball pen across a yellow legal pad for hours on end, because you have a deadline looming. Read more…

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Handbag Heaven

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Accessorize your look this winter with one of designer Irina MacPhee’s handbags ($85-$275). Handcrafted in Massachusetts and sold exclusively at Pastiche of Cape Cod in West Barnstable, these unique, sophisticated-yet-fun handbags are made from repurposed designer fabrics and materials, and come in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns perfect for every occasion. Visit Pastiche of Cape Cod to see Sissy MacPhee’s complete collection, including belts and scarves.

Down Right Festive

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Perfect for the holidays, these festive pillows feature artistically rendered seasonal designs printed on antique linen. Filled with soft down, the 20” by 20” pillows are edged with rope cording and have hidden zippers in the back. Great for your own Cape or Island home, or as a gift to someone special. $100.  Entirely designed, printed, and made in the U.S. by Oxbow Decor.

Coastal Gems

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Liza-Jayne’s nature-inspired jewelry collection, Beyond the Sea, is composed almost entirely of unique shells owner Liza Lentini finds from around the world. Born and raised in Braintree, Lentini casts her beach treasures in sterling silver or gold vermeil, creating what she calls a “beautiful wearable travelogue.” Her collection is sold exclusively on the Cape at Shining Sea Boutique, located at 143 Main Street in Falmouth. Her complete collection is also available on her website,

Cool and Green

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Upholding its commitment to eco-friendly products, ‘g’ Green Design Center’s polka dot cork coasters and trivets by Dinner-Ware are friendly to the environment. These fun, colorful items (perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers) can be used as drink coasters, serving mats, and even decorative home accents. They’re washable, heat resistant, and lightweight. Four coaster sets are $29.95 and trivets are available for $19.95 at ‘g’ Green Design Center in Mashpee Commons.

A Pearl of a Creation

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Aw shucks! A Wicked Good Oyster Opener owner Larry Schneider and his wife, Sherry, invented this stainless-steel oyster shucker ($175 or $215 if mounted to a cutting board for safety.) It’s fast, easy to use, dishwasher safe, and best of all, opens oysters horizontally so that the salty brine stays in the shell. It’s perfect for oyster lovers everywhere, as well as restaurants and seafood markets. Log on to for a video demonstration.

Mother Nature’s Cutting Board

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Give the gift of durability this holiday season with a sleek 18” by 6” bamboo cutting board ($25) from ‘g’ Green Design Center. It offers several advantages over traditional wooden and plastic cutting boards: bamboo is a sustainable, non-porous resource, and it’s significantly less likely to warp or carry bacteria. Not only is it a durable tool for your kitchen, but it’s healthier for you and the environment! Find this and other ecofriendly kitchenware at ‘g’ Green Design Center in Mashpee Commons.

Chip Bishop


Scan the footnotes of Theodore Roosevelt’s life story and you’ll find the name Joseph Bucklin Bishop more than once. Bishop was a Roosevelt booster in the editorial pages of New York newspapers, a controversial appointee during the construction of the Panama Canal, the first of many biographers of the 26th president, and editor of the 1920 best-seller Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children. Read more…

Accents – Spring ’12

Mariposa Serveware & Gifts

201203hsp_072 The Mariposa aesthetic thrives on unique, original design and superior craftsmanship that ages flawlessly. Our purpose at the Armchair Cottage is to help you enjoy the splendors of the table and of your home through our extensive collection of home furnishings and gifts. Read more…

Shorelines Spring ’12

Coastal Dream Houses

201203hsp_004 Shore Décor: Design at the Water’s Edge ($50) offers readers a glimpse into why living by the water is a truly unique privilege. From the classic to the contemporary this gorgeous collection features nearly 350 beautiful photographs of homes making it obvious why seaside living is so desirable. In this book, you just might find the inspiration to turn your seaside dream house into a reality. More information is available at

Wicker World

201203hsp_002 No home on Cape Cod or the Islands is complete without at least one piece of wicker furniture. Antique Wicker ($19.95) presents 925 examples from former worldwide wicker giant, the Heywood-Wakefield Company of Gardner, Massachusetts. Photos and illustrations of chairs, tables, sofas, beds, and wardrobes are featured in a reproduction of the original catalog, which was illustrated with Art Deco flair. An authentic price guide allows any homeowner, collector, or dealer to see the original price of wicker items nearly a century ago, giving a sense of the enduring value of this quintessential coastal style. For more information, log on to

The Classic Cape

201203hsp_003 In The Cape Cod House ($25) Stanley Schuler documents the history of this iconic style of home, from the first structures built by the Pilgrims to the modern styles being constructed today. The text is accompanied by drawn plans and 143 pictures of Cape Cod houses as well as explanations behind the designs and materials used to make these classic American homes, now built across the country. For more information, log on to

Anthony DiSpezio

Brilliant afternoon sunlight pours into Robin Pierson’s studio, illuminating the antique windows, sea glass, seashells, and pieces of wood and glass that line every wall and cover every surface of the room. With a stove warming the garage-turned-artist’s space in Gray Gables, the organized chaos of Pierson’s studio feels like home. Hammer in hand, Pierson methodically flattens a collection of shells that are too bulky for use in her art. Read more…

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