Posts Tagged ‘Cape Cod’

Happy Tuesday!

Missing Monday was unintentional but unavoidable because I was attempting to get home from a whirlwind wedding weekend in Cape Cod. A long 12 hour drive (10 hours door to door) was not totally unpleasant when mixed with good company, great tunes and snacks. And it was worth it.

Any environment change is a welcome break for me and going to a beautiful place like Cape Cod is heaven, even without the hydrangeas in full bloom.  The best part was staying in Scituate; my girlfriend’s stunningly renovated “Salt Box” style clapboard “Ocean Retreat”. That’s what we decided to dub it this weekend.

I was informed that the”rich” Bostonites created this community (1 hour south of Boston) as their summer cottage escape, way back when. But, as far as I’m concerned it’s still a very “rich” community.  The only difference is that now people actually live there year round. And lucky they are, with their very own private neighbourhood white sandy beach and one of the best spas around (Thank you Joanie for the awesome massage at Vinette’s Day Spa!). Who would need to go away?

Each home I saw was more stunning than the one before.  Some Cape Cod style, others English Country Style with cedar shakes or clapboard.  All impeccably maintained.

Here are a few of the homes I snapped on one of my morning walks:

Trust me, there were more.  If I were forced to choose one… it would be this last one.  Although I love sweeping porches, the quaintness of this one just appeals to me.  And besides, I know they have a huge screened-in porch at the back!

Aaaah to dream….



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I absolutely love Cape Cod – the quaint cottages in pastel colours with huge hydrangea bushes and white picket fences.  When my kids were small we would vacation there many times and some of my best tag sale finds were from there.  In fact I still have the vintage toaster that I use to this day.

Even more exciting is the amazing house tour organized by the Cape Cod Modern House Trust.  See below:

Beginning in the summer of 1937, a small group of some of the modern era’s most important designers and thinkers chose the Cape as a place to congregate and eventually build experimental homes for themselves and their friends.

Among them was the seminal architect Marcel Breuer, who settled in Wellfleet and built four modest wood framed summer homes. Clues to another larger Breuer house in the Mid-Cape existed but information on the house had never been published, its location was unknown and it remained unavailable to scholars.

In 2009, in a collaborative effort between the Museum of Modern Art, the Cape Cod Times, and the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, the Scott house was located in an unaltered state with its original furniture and still owned by the Scott family.

This program begins with a lecture that will illustrate the remarkable history of this convergence of 20th century prime movers on the Cape, Breuer’s work in particular, and will be followed by a tour of the Scott house on nearby Scargo Hill.

Lecture & House Tour with Peter McMahon

Saturday, October 9, 1 – 3 pm

Members: $60 Non-members: $75

Limited to 35 people

To register, call 508-385-4477 ext 16 .

For more information, call 508-385-4477 ext 25

If you’re lucky to live on the Cape, be sure not to miss this one.


Thanks Becky from Design Public for the reminder.

Images via The Cape Cod Times by Steve Heaslip and Life magazine.

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Happy Monday everyone!

I was very lucky to visit a beautiful home in the Scarborough Bluff area of Toronto last week.  Anyone who’s been to the Bluffs knows that the homes there are spectacular and the view of the lake is breathtaking.  Some days you would think you were in the tropics.

Jill and Don Foden along with their daughters Emily (see Colour – Emily Foden) and Sarah have a home that I can only describe as a “Cottage in the City”. So quaint, it reminded me of our summers in Cape Code. The exterior has low double hung white wash trimmed windows with weathered “cedar shake siding” (say that 10x fast!).  You enter into a vaulted living room with white wide paneled floors.  A mish mash of furniture from antique shows is expertly combined.  And the kitchen is light and airy with custom-made white shaker cabinets and grey stone countertop.

Jill Foden says that it’s a work in progress, but I think it’s perfect just the way it is.  See for yourself:

Doesn’t this make you want to go antiquing!  Don’t miss out on our “Day at the Christie Antiques Show” contest!

I’ll show you the Foden’s Living Room next week.


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