Warm memories, natural light and a water view
As the summer daylight begins to fade, the Jacobys are ready to read on the porch; beers follow on the deck while the couple watches the changing colors of sky, grass and sea, backlit by the setting sun. Then it is time to make dinner in the kitchen, outfitted in clean-lined, simple white cabinetry and a honed-black granite island, surrounded by lime green chairs from Maine Cottage furniture. The dining table, made in the 1970s by West Barnstable Tables and refurbished, is made of wood from a dismantled Boston Harbor dock.
Though the house is filled with new pieces from Circle Furniture and Maine Cottage, as well as rugs and furnishings from Company C in Hingham and artwork by Provincetown painter John Dowd, it also boasts antiques from the homeowners’ past, including the spice cabinet in the dining area and a copper bucket which was a gift Jennie had given to her mother for her 50th birthday, and which now holds magazines.
Jennie’s father’s shaving mirror rests on top of his antique chest of drawers in the master bedroom. A bed in another bedroom once belonged to Jennie’s great-grandmother, while the toy chest was Doug’s as a child. A doll that belonged to Doug’s great-grandmother sits in a nook on the top floor landing, while his grandmother’s rocking horse awaits those future grandchildren in the lower level family room.
This is the secret to this home’s happiness. Rather than grieve what is past, bemoan that children are grown, and postpone joy for some future date, the house embraces it all—past, present and future—and does so with light-heartedness, candy-store colors and humorous accents, all while paying homage to the Cape’s past and present, and the location’s eternal beauty.
A resident of Barnstable village, Laurel Kornhiser is a former CAPE COD HOME editor and a frequent contributor. She is also an English professor at Quincy College.
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