Brewster designer transforms home using inspiring colors and nautical details

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Photography by Dan Cutrona

Cape Cod is a land of beached driftwood, whales’ tails, seashells, ships, mermaids and lovely, inspiring light. When Marsha Malone, the owner of Nautique, an interior design and home furnishings company in Brewster, was hired by a Florida couple to transform the home they had just purchased in New Seabury from formal suburban to sophisticated Cape coastal style, these decorative seaside details served as the inspiration for many design elements.

The couple—both retired—had bought the home on a bit of a whim. Though they love Florida’s winter warmth, they dreaded its summer heat, and so they hopped in their motor home and searched for a summer place, exploring the East Coast all the way to Maine. They had never been to Cape Cod but had seen pictures and heard wonderful reports of the region’s charm. They were quickly enamored by the Cape’s natural beauty, wildlife, originality and serenity. They contacted a real estate agent, viewed several potential properties, and settled on this custom-built five-bedroom home in New Seabury.

“We chose it for its desirable location, and because it was close to move-in ready and was well built,” the husband says. “The home’s quality of construction was second to none.”

There was, however, one drawback: the décor. The home was formally dressed in dark colors, ornate drapes, crystal chandeliers and Oriental carpets. The new owners—new to both the home and the region—wanted a place that really said “Cape Cod”. “We wanted something beachy, yet elegant,” the wife says, “with seashells and mermaids.”