Cape home’s new look is traditional with a twist

On the outside, this Osterville Cape is clad in the traditional cedar shake. On the inside, the look is traditional with a twist.

“They wanted to spice it up with a few more contemporary things,” said designer Cynthia Driscoll of Beacon Hill-based Cynthia Driscoll Interiors. “It’s kind of an eclectic house, and the view [of marshland and sea] is to die for.”

The neutral palette gives the living and dining area a sleek and sunny look. The bits of color found here mimic the hue found in the coral on the sofa pillows. “Everything is white and beige, and I talked her into little pops of color,” Driscoll said.

It’s the kind of comfy space where you can slip off your sandals and rest after a day at the beach.

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Made with a Dedarfabric called “Conchiglie Marrone,” these custom-designed pillows drove the accent color, Driscoll said.


These cushy seats are covered in a Pierre Frey fabric and were purchased at O. Henry House. “These sofas are extremely comfortable,” she said. “There’s a lot of down in the cushions [but] not enough so that it squishes.”


Refinished with silver leaf, the coffee table is from Currey and Co.


The artwork, which features the home’s coordinates, was designed by Driscoll and done by local artist Tony Bevilacqua.


This lighting was purchased from Ironies at the Boston Design Centerand features alabaster shades and silver-leafed metal.


Taken from the owners’
existing furniture, these chairs were slip-covered in Belgian linen. “It’s very durable,” she said. “It’s not as fine as regular linen, and it has a rougher finish.” The gold-sequined pillows are fromWest Elm. All of the fabric in the room was treated with Fiber-Shield.


Manufactured by Dessin Fournir, this trestle table was purchased from The Martin Group Inc. showroom at the Boston Design Center.


“It looks like an egg that’s been broken,” Driscoll said of the gold-leafed burl wood centerpiece, which is from The Phillips Collection. “I just like the shape on the table.”

- Eileen McEleney Woods

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