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In Living Color

Marsha Malone Nautique

Sheila’s meditation room provides the peace and tranquility the busy mother of four deserves. Photo by Paige Biviano

Upstairs, a landing encourages lounging on a comfortable couch, covered in a green and white, trellis-patterned Sunbrella fabric and situated under exquisite oil paintings by Harwich Port artist Charlene McLaughlin. A large round table, from the Nautique Sail Loft Collection, corrals thousands of beads and baubles that Sheeran crafts into her meditative Sheila Shines Necklaces, which she sells and will be featured in her newly opened Shine Meditation Center in downtown Chatham.

A long hallway, sporting a tone-on-tone herringbone wall covering, spools the children’s bedrooms off to either side, each sporting their own personalities—in living color. Painted accent walls in wide rugby stripes of chambray and navy keep her son’s room from being too precious, and her daughters’ rooms also sport the over-sized rugby stripes but in shades of dark pink, navy and green. Finally, at the end of the hall, the ensuite over the garage utilizes many of the pieces Malone custom designed for their former house in Harwich Port and welcomes out-of-town family and guests who are constantly finding a reason to come to Cape Cod.

The lower level serves up all manner of family fun. The rugby stripes make an appearance again in chambray and navy on one long wall, featuring a large television and an extra-long entertainment center that serves double duty as desk areas for crafts or schoolwork. Quietly tucked around a corner, a “man cave” unfurls perhaps the most unique and creative space in the home. Capturing attention in Jack’s home office is the front end of a mid-century automobile, appearing as though it has just driven through the wall into the room. Complete with mandatory leather chairs, overstuffed sofas, vintage signs and guitars, this masculine lounge truly provides a sufficient retreat for anyone who is flummoxed by the indulgence of color found throughout the house.

Malone’s husband, Peter Malone of Seaport Shutter Company, assisted with Jack’s realm of responsibilities, found on the exterior of the home. Architecturally correct shutters, mahogany screen doors and Adirondack chairs were all coordinated between Peter and Jack. During a discussion of the choice of color for the shutters and door, Jack, a maritime captain, asked to match the color of the steel boat upon which he can be found most days at the Boating and Water Sports division of Chatham Bars Inn. And viola, after a visit to the Chatham Boat Basin, with his discerning eye, Peter presented the Sheerans with the perfectly customized color.

On working with Malone, Sheeran says, “We are like bookends; we literally can start and finish each other’s sentences when it comes to creative design.” Malone echoes the sentiment, stating, “Sheila and I hit it off immediately. We continually find ourselves on the same page and laugh when we discover we have both arrived at the same answer from different directions.”

Sheila Sheeran embraces color in her home as well as in her life. Maybe it is her commitment to fun with her family in a richly hued existence, or maybe it is her passion for meditation and celebration of the human spirit, but despite the source, if one squints just a bit, in just the right light, her aura might resemble a rainbow.

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