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A Grand Synergy

A soaring stone fireplace—one of five fireplaces in the home—defines the entryway. Drawing the eye upward, it shows off not only a gallery-level cutout, currently occupied by a stone owl, but leads the eye to a ceiling from which a Poulsen Artichoke Pendant light hangs, an object DaSilva recommended: “It has the eclectic feeling of being contemporary, but still full of evocative character like the rest of the house,” he explains.

The couple collects paintings by artists like Paul Resika, Mercedes Matter, and Alexander Calder; pieces by Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as pottery and Italian glass which are displayed on internally lit pedestals in the second-floor gallery. Additional art is displayed on custom shelving in the living room and throughout the home.

A Pleasant Bay home combines the best of nature with Polhemus Savery DaSilva’s architectural innovation, creating a showcase for the homeowners’ art and furniture collections—and a cherished retreat for their family

Photography by Brian Vanden Brink

The home’s furniture also makes a statement. Art furniture pieces, such as the living room coffee table, the side tables in the sunroom, and the master bed headboard are from Pritam & Eames on Long Island, New York.

While the house acts as a frame and backdrop for art, it is also built for people, including the couple’s two daughters and grandchildren. “It’s a livable house,” says the husband. “We built the house for family.”

Human art is well accommodated by the home, but so are nature’s displays. The T-shaped house was designed to absorb the views from various angles and through various frames. The living spaces on the first floor, and the second floor master bedroom, and three guest rooms all face the views. Each position and each window offer a slightly different version of the seascape: “There is so much view,” says DaSilva, “that putting in grids, columns, and arches and such, frames and highlights the view without diminishing it.”

All of the water views are to the north, which made the maximization of light from the south one of the major challenges of the project. To that end, DaSilva says, the architects used south-facing, high clerestory windows and dormers set with triangular windows. A deck carved out of the roof and accessed from the top of the broad  curving  staircase sheds light into the core of the home, as does the generous entry hall, which captures southern light and sends it toward the north facing living areas.

While the home’s interiors are captivating enough to keep everyone inside, the family loves the many diversions the Cape offers. In addition to fishing, the couple enjoys boating and skeet shooting. They also like to picnic on the outer beach and watch for whales off the coast.

After a busy day spent outdoors, however, the couple likes to retreat to what they call the “jewel box” and DaSilva calls a “woodland chapel.” It is the sunroom, where they are as likely to begin as end their day, reading, listening to music, absorbing the views, and admiring the naturalistic landscape, designed by Hawk Landscape Design of Sagamore Beach. The wife says their astute 6-year-old grandson asked why the room has only two chairs. “We do need our privacy,” the husband comments.

Nature has inspired many of this home’s elements, and human imagination has created the rest, making a home of living art. The picture is dynamic, captivating, full of surprises, and beautiful to behold.



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