A rare opportunity to view imaginative design trends and help a great cause in the process, the 2015 inaugural Cape Designer ShowHouse runs from June 12 to 28. The event will benefit WE CAN, a Cape non-profit dedicated to empowering Cape Cod women to achieve lasting positive change for themselves and their families. More than 20 talented designers from Boston, Cape Cod and the Islands have donated their time to transform a turn-of-the-century Osterville home into a work of art. If you are looking for ideas on how to update your home or just want to donate to a great cause, you won’t want to miss this inspiring event. Hours: Monday through Thursday and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets ($35/ pp in advance; $40 at the door) are available starting April 20 at www.wecancenter.org, and at select retail locations, including all Puritan of Cape Cod locations and Margo’s of Osterville. (Location is not handicapped accessible and please no children under 12). Free parking and regular shuttle services available.
Mark your calendar for the inaugural Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival! The Cape-wide event runs from July 10 through 19, and will include private garden tours organized by local nonprofits and museums and special hydrangea-themed events and promotions. To celebrate the Cape’s unofficial, but most recognizable flowering plant, Christy Haig from Saint Aubin Nurseries (4850 State Highway, Eastham; 508-255-9090) recommends a few of the garden center’s favorite and most dazzling cultivars.
1. The Endless Summer® BloomStruck™is one of the hottest cultivars to hit the market because it of its ability to re-bloom throughout the summer season. (See above photo)
2. Hydrangea macrophylla “Lanarth White” is the best pure white lacecap hydrangea available, says Haig. It is reliable, produces an abundance of flowers and it offers a great contrast for gardens filled with colors of blue and purple. (Photo left)
3. Hydrangea macrophylla “Kompeito,” also known as Star Gazer, sold out quickly last year at the garden center, Haig reports. The unusual blooms, which grow on old and new wood, have a long lifespan. (Center photo)
4. A dwarf variety, Hydrangea paniculata Bobo® has beautiful cone-shaped blooms and grows to about three feet tall. (Photo right)
For more information on the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, visit CapeCodHydrangeaFest.com.
After seven years, ‘g’ Green Design Center has moved from Mashpee Common’s North Market place to the more heavily trafficked main section. The new location at 27 Fountain Street (508-477-7988) is smidgen smaller, but that is the result of owner Nicole Goldman knowing exactly what customers are looking for in eco-friendly products for the home, from cabinets and flooring to countertops and tile and more. “We wanted to consolidate the facility,” she explained about the move, “and we wanted to be a part of the main marketplace to have access to a larger clientele.” Although the nature of sustainable products has evolved over the years, ‘g’ Green Design Center’s mission has stayed the same: “We want to provide healthy, [eco-friendly] products and be a resource for sustainable living on Cape Cod,” Goldman said.
Cape Associates (345 Massasoit Rd., Eastham; 508-255-1770) was recognized for professional excellence with two PRISM Awards on October 9, 2014. April Ducott, project manager at Cape Associates won a Silver PRISM for Project Manager of the Year, and the Michael H. Cole Building (pictured here), recently built by Cape Associates in Eastham, won Gold for Most Innovative Green Design. Hosted by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB), the PRISM Awards recognize industry professionals for excellence in residential building, remodeling, design, architecture, sales and marketing.
REEF Cape Cod’s Home Builder (24 School St., West Dennis; 508-394-3090) has been honored with a 2015 “Best of Houzz” award for customer service by Houzz.com, the leading online platform for residential design and building. The Cape Cod design-build firm and other honorees were chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users in the Houzz community. “It really means something when the largest online home design/build site acknowledges your efforts,” said Matt Teague, president of REEF Cape Cod’s Home Builder. “Presently we are building custom homes throughout Cape Cod, from New Seabury to Truro. One of our goals is to exceed customer expectations, and it’s great for our team to be recognized for their success.” This home remodel in Dennis, overlooking Cape Cod Bay, is just one of the many projects by REEF that has shown the company’s commitment service, which includes delivering projects on time and within budget.
Siemasko + Verbridge, a full-service design firm that has thrived on the North Shore of Boston for more than 20 years, has brought their expertise to the Cape, opening an office in Chatham (403 Main St.; 508-348-5485). “We are thrilled to announce the opening of a second S+V office. The new Chatham office marks our official expansion into the Cape and Islands,” said architect Leslie Schneeberger, who will be managing the new location. The firm offers a full breadth of design services, including interior design, decorating, architecture, planning and landscape design and construction—all of which is handled in-house, streamlining the building and remodeling process, and easing planning stress for homeowners. A recent project, this home in Mattapoisett was designed and built by Siemasko + Verbridge.
Patriot Builders, Inc. (537 Route 28, Harwich Port; 866-430-0771) has launched a new website. The site is fully optimized for mobile devices, and includes information on the 22-year-old business, the services they offer and image galleries of their latest projects. To view, visit patriotbuilders.com.
Julie Moir Messervy, an award-winning landscape designer for more than 35 years, is taking her experience and sharing it with homeowners with the release of her upgraded Home Outside Palette App. The free app (available at the iTunes App Store, Google Play or http://jmmds.com/home-outside-palette-app/) offers all of the necessary tools for designing a landscape, across major devices and platforms such as iPhone, iPad, Android and tablets. “The app is like having your garden in your pocket; anyone, anywhere will have the tools to design the landscape that they’ve always wanted,” said Julie Moir Messervy, principal of Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio. The Home Outside Palette app allows users to select, drag and drop beautiful hand-drawn elements—including trees, gardens, patios, hammocks, driveways, houses and sheds—onto an uploaded background photo or graph. Once completed, the design can be emailed, shared with friends and family through social media, or, for an additional fee, sent to Julie Moir Messervy and her Home Outside designers for professional design improvements. Friends can even edit one another’s designs and email them back and forth.
RPM Carpets & Floorcoverings (192 Route 137, East Harwich; 508-432-4151) has expanded their showroom offerings to include almost 50 new hand-knotted rugs from Amer, a brand best known for their colorful and trendy area rugs, competitive prices and responsible business practices. RPM is always updating their inventory, so check back often to see the latest flooring options.
Interior designer Neil Blair has joined owner and interior designer Angela Hamwey at Mackenzie & Mae (396 Main St., Suite 5B, Hyannis; 508-957-2544). Blair has been creating stylish spaces, both residential and commercial, throughout New England for the past six years. “I like to help clients incorporate traditional design concepts with new ideas or the unexpected,” said Blair. But his experience isn’t just limited to interior design. “I have also been integral in many major renovation projects, [working with] contractors and sub [contractors],” he explained. “I understand the importance of timely client decisions and seamless installations that keep a project moving forward efficiently and cost-effectively.” Blair looks forward to putting his unique design talent to work here on the Cape and beyond.