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Home Sweet Holiday Home

A Sandwich home owner creates a magical holiday glow with special coastal touches.

A Sandwich home owner creates a magical holiday glow with special coastal touches

Although Cape Cod cottages are generally known for their summery spirit, the Cape is the perfect place to get away for a relaxing holiday with the family – and decorating your home accordingly is only an added bonus. Photo by Stacey Hedman

“There’s  no place like home for the holidays.”   Those words ring especially true for Denise Barker of East Sandwich. Her charming Cape is a constantly evolving expression of her love for Cape Cod, photography, nature, and her family, especially during the holiday season, with two crackling fireplaces spreading warmth and freshly baked Christmas treats piled high on pretty pedestal plates displayed on the kitchen counter. Denise makes the holiday season special with all her festive, uniquely creative touches.

In 2002 when Denise and her husband, Scott, were house-hunting they had a punch list of wants and needs for their family of five. The couple loved the historic character of East Sandwich, and coming upon an unfinished Cape with a yard full of pear and apple trees they knew they had found the right place.

The Barkers purchased the property and Denise jumped into remodeling projects, selecting  the  home’s elements to reflect her unique taste and style. Kitchen cabinets and counters were installed, hardwood floors were laid down, and bathrooms were finished, with Denise carefully choosing everything from appliances to cabinet knobs.

In 2010, after eight years of making memories in their cozy Cape, the Barker family knew they needed more room for the revolving door of friends and a family who gathered on summer evenings after days spent on Sandy Neck beach, or on winter afternoons after skating excursions on a nearby cranberry bog.

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