Clean lines and neutral hues let an impressive art collection take center stage.By Lenore Cullen Barnes | Photography by Christian Scully
When a Florida-based couple decided they needed a little less space at their Sunshine State abode and a bit more room at their Provincetown condominium, they sold both properties and started anew. They found a 3,800-square-foot home with enviable views of Provincetown Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. Their good fortune continued when a visit to Shor Home Furnishings and Interior Design yielded a kindred design spirit in the form of Herbert Acevedo.
“We went in to buy a couch and ended up doing our whole home,” says the homeowner. “Once we met Herbert and realized how compatible our design styles are, we began a mutual collaboration. Our old furnishings didn’t gel with the Cape Cod aesthetic, so we started from scratch. It’s kind of liberating getting rid of the old things; you take a deep breath and purge. We wanted our home to be modern and comfortable—beautiful but something we’re able to enjoy with our children and grandchildren.”
Paramount to the design scheme was showcasing their extensive art collection. Avid collectors of contemporary art and photography, along with Roman, Chinese and other Asian antiquities, the homeowners wanted “great wall space” and neutral tones that allowed their art to take center stage. Acevedo was in lockstep with the couple’s taste and vision for their home. “We really hit it off design-wise,” Acevedo says. “They wanted modern but luxe, friendly and warm. I loved the color palette and the sturdy modern furnishings. It was fun to build a room around the art, pulling out the colors and playing off the feeling each piece evokes.”
The home is a “flipped” design, with the living room, dining room and kitchen on the second floor, and bedrooms and library on the first level. Large-scale and dramatic, “Reign,” a painting by Scott Fraser and the star of the couple’s art collection is prominently spotlighted in the entrance foyer. A round table in the center of the foyer displays a second-century Roman bust. The understated table, anchored by a custom gray wool rug, adds structural interest, without detracting from the painting.
In the library, just off the foyer, another stunning painting provides the focal point. Taupe grasscloth with a trace of teal cocoons the room in cozy texture. A hemp rug enhances the warmth of the space and picks up the teal in the wall coverings, lamps and melon sculpture on the coffee table. For homeowners who are ardent readers, a taupe velvet sofa makes an ideal reading post.
One of two master bedrooms is clad in pale taupe grasscloth by Phillip Jeffries. A wool and silk Tibetan rug provides a luxurious landing spot in the morning. The bed’s upholstered headboard was custom-sized to accommodate the two photographs hanging above it.
In the master bath, Acevedo matched the paint color on the walls to the grasscloth in the bedroom. Concrete countertops and a Persian granite floor and backsplash pair beautifully with the cherry vanity and tub surround to create a Zen-like ambience. “It’s very spare, very elegant,” says Acevedo.
The second master suite affords the same picture-perfect views, framed by Travers drapes on the French doors in a silver silk also used in the window treatment and Euro shams on the bed.
Upstairs, the living spaces capitalize on the harbor and bay views with a wall of French doors leading to a deck that extends the length of the house. “We chose a transitional style, not too modern or too traditional,” notes Acevedo. “All the upholstered pieces are by Hickory Chair. The handsome rich velvet taupe daybed is a nice place to perch and watch television, read or enjoy the view. The cocktail table provides a large centerpiece and is great for entertaining.” Rounding out the seating area is a pair of leather chairs. Two smaller scale sofas in a pale gray with taupe velvet welting create another conversation area at the opposite end of the room.
In the kitchen, bluish gray tile by Ann Sacks complements the black granite countertops and whitewashed oak cabinets original to the home. The island bar stools have the same leather as the living room chairs, forming a cohesive design that links the two spaces. Glass shelves with wood facing and spotlighting display Thai, Cambodian and Gandharan pieces the couple has collected from galleries in Boston and Boca Raton.
In the adjacent breakfast area, four chairs by Thos. Moser surround a round table by Oggetti, affording a comfortable and stylish spot to sip coffee and enjoy the breezes wafting in from the bay. “Shor really made the process a pleasure,” says the homeowner. “They didn’t rush us, [and] let us go at our own pace. The house now feels like home. We love being here.”
Interior design by Herbert Acevedo of Shor Home Furnishings & Interior Design
Architect: Kevin Miller