A Palate for Color

Cape Cod Home  /  Spring 2023 /

Writer: Julie Craven Wagner / Photographer: Mike Crane 

Interior designer Carole King, feeds a couple’s appetite for color and art in their Cape home. “It all started with the mugs,” interior designer Carole King explains. The mugs King, owner of Harwich Port’s Details, Inc., references are part of a client’s colorful collection of Scargo Pottery collected over decades. The client, a couple hailing from New Jersey, confirms, “We have been friends with the Holl family who started Scargo Pottery for years, and the friendship all started because we would take our kids in to choose a vase as a souvenir from our annual Cape Cod vacation. We wanted our kids to feel that art is an important part of their lives.” The family spent years vacationing in Dennis where they had a modest seasonal home. One day they ventured into King’s retail showroom in search of some decorative pillows, and the rest, as they say, is history. The designer and the couple have built a close working relationship, and an even closer friendship. In 2016 a search began for a substantial year-round home that could become a gathering place for the family, now with adult children and future generations. A quintessentially quaint Cape Cod abode, high on a promontory overlooking a quiet brackish watershed, fit the bill. Built by a sea captain, yet unlike many of the antique manses found across the Cape, funded with fortunes accumulated through whale and other trade, this sea captain, Captain Hunter, served in World War II and upon returning home, set his sights on building a home with extremely “good bones” in a quiet enclave, nestled in the town of Barnstable. Falmouth’s Cataldo Custom Builders, was enlisted to remodel the home. Project manager Jay Rebello honored the intent to fortify the structure, provide modern convenience with some updates in the kitchen and bathrooms,…

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Julie Craven Wagner

Julie Craven Wagner began her experience with Cape Cod Life in 2010 when she joined the sales team after 10 years of working with local businesses on the Cape and Islands with WMVY. In addition to sales, she is the Associate Publisher/Editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. Growing up on the Outer Cape has given her a unique perspective of life on Cape Cod, from tip to bridge, and that is reflected in her appreciation and presentation of stories found within the pages of our publications. Julie lives in North Falmouth with her husband, Eric, and their yellow lab, Enzo. When she finds free time, she enjoys her Cape Cod life sailing on Buzzards Bay, spending time on the beach in Wellfleet, or exploring Martha’s Vineyard.