Juxtaposition is inherent to my design approach. I love pairing a shiny new lamp with an antique mahogany table or an old, adored painting anchored by a gleaming, sleek console. Similarly, I love a sparkling blue sky peeking out behind worn gray shingles, an oyster shell driveway offering a satisfying crunch next to a soft lawn of green grass.
Cape Cod is in itself one beautiful juxtaposition and I soaked up every second of it during my recent time there. There is so much to adore, but here are a few of my favorites.
There are many new-builds on the Cape but they remain fairly disguised with their adherence to the prominent style of wood shingles. I never tire of this look. It is easy, breezy, classic, and simple.
Whether accented on stairs or encompassing an entire floor, the look is polished without being fussy.
While on the Cape I went down a rabbit hole searching for local artists. The work of Mitchell Johnson immediately caught my eye. His vibrant use of color plays perfectly against the serene subject matter. I couldn’t get enough, and I’ll be saving my pennies until I can buy one of his masterpieces!
So many houses on Cape Cod could be described as quaint, yet I also realized so many offer a level of unexpected sophistication. The main components for this chic effect were the clean white fences, oyster shell driveways, and well-manicured lawns.
Have you been to New England? What are your favorite places, galleries, and pastimes? I’d love to hear!