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Ships that Pass in the Night

Any good visit with friends and family will undoubtedly include a memorable meal, and MacPhee has wasted no imaginative details on the home’s dining room. The walls are awash in a pumpkin glaze that has been applied to the period-correct paneling that embraces the space. MacPhee has paired an antique-inspired pattern on the dining chairs that speaks of generations that might have gathered together around the ample, round table to share stories, wisdom and tales of accomplishment. The contrasting rust herringbone pattern on the chair backs keeps the fabrics from feeling too formal and suggests perhaps the upholstery may have evolved over decades. A built-in cupboard displays English china that might have been passed down in a dowry.

“Throughout this project, we incorporated items that suggest history and layered them on each other,” MacPhee explains. “That’s how a home that has been around and handed down over and over again lives. The porcelain dish on your bedside table might have been a favorite of your grandmother’s. Or the painting in the dining room might be of a relative you never knew, but you have looked at it all of your life as you share meals with your family. It’s all an accumulated collection, and now this family can create their own legacy.”

With art, literature and music, beauty and appreciation are most important when the beholder is satisfied according to their own set of criteria and how the piece resonates solely for them. So is it also with interior design. For this set of homeowners, they could not be more satisfied. As they explain, “We found a home to create our history for the next chapters of our life. Irina pulled together everything we need to welcome people to our home and feel that it has been this way forever.”

 “As ancient is this hostelry
As any in the land may be,
Built in the old Colonial day,
When men lived in a grander way,…”
-HWL

For more inspiration, follow Pastiche and Irina MacPhee on instagram @pashicheofcapecod

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