I was pretty familiar with PSDAB, though learned a lot more about it last spring when I worked on copy for Boston Magazine‘s Design Home 2016, which is perched high up at The Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass. overlooking Cape Cod. Living Where Land Meets Sea features many more classic casual coastal beauties, including floor plans and elevations.
Here is a sampling of Cape Cod summer house architecture by Polhemus Savery DaSilva from their gorgeous new book Living Where Land Meets Sea with images by local photographer Brian Vanden Brink.
Shingle Style home on a Cape Cod river.
Paradise Cove in Chatham boasts charming starfish cutouts on the shutters, a PSDAB signature touch. (Be on the lookout for a story in Boston Globe Magazine on April 2nd on fire pits, which features the patio around back.)
Riptide, a Colonial Revival in Chatham, Mass.
Riverfront home with long dock.
This shingle clad, 2,000-square foot cottage has sailboat cut-outs on the shutters.
Classic New England bungalows influences the screened porch of this lakeside house called Eagle’s Perch.
Justyna Przybylowska is a Vancouver-based photographer with provocative, hard-edged work in both black and white and color, with many selections available on Society6.
Her art prints start at $64. Like most of the offerings at Society6, Przybylowska’s color and black & white photography prints are available in varying sizes, framed, printed on canvas or metal, on iPhone cases, pillows, totes, greeting cards , hoodies, and other items.
You can see Justyna Przybylowska’s most recent work on her website PRZY, which she calls an online photographic exhibit of the world through her eyes. And then there’s her Instagram feed.
Here’s a sampling of her work from Society6, plus a selfie.
Swapping out mundane hardware for more special styles is an easy upgrade that gives a big return. Opting for brass intensifies the results. Who would have thought that the design world’s sudden penchant for brass, especially brass pendant lights, on the heels of it being considered so utterly bourgeois would have such staying power? Brass accents instantly brighten and freshen a space. Doing brass in the kitchen is big.
Gone are the days of the builder’s brass chandelier over the dining table. There is so much good brass lighting on the market. My favorite lighting sites include StyleCarrot partners Lumens, Ylighting, and Destination Lighting, (all of which are having major sale events right now). Let’s look at the 21 modern brass pendant lights I picked out from there and elsewhere.
Curtis, who’s 19 and writes the affordable-lifestyle blog A Life in the Fashion Lane, came to her 500-square-foot North End one-bedroom apartment basically empty-handed, save for clothing and photos. Luckily she met designer Jenna-Lyn Croteau at the South End Open Market, who agreed to take on the project for a budget of less than $1,000.
Croteau, who’s 22, is a student at Boston Architectural College and the founder of the furniture restoration and design firm, Recycle Refinish Reuse. (She also assists the fabulously talented Alina Wolhardt of Wolf In Sheep Design, who just designed the new Flour Bakery.)
Jenna created Alexa’s white and gold look with a little money, lots of DIY finesse, and a handful of freebies Alexa was able to score in exchange for exposure on her blog.
Photo by Samara Vise for the Boston Globe
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Alexa loves to display photos of her friends. Jenna clipped Polaroids of Alexa’s travels around Europe, including the Cannes Film Festival, to three rows of linen string above the campaign style nightstand. There are more snapshots tucked into a holder on the other wall, next to four enlarged photos in frames bought on clearance from HomeGoods that Jenna painted white. The Soho cityscape above the bed is from Minted, by Austin-based photographer Kaitlin Rebesco.
Jenna transformed aa 50-cent vase from the Salvation Army with gold spray paint. Croteau made a wall-hung headboard from plywood, foam, and quilted fabric. She even made the covered buttons. She has her own table saw, jigsaw, sander, and drill in her home workshop.
Ethan Allen supplied the bedding and throw pillows. (White bedding was a must since Alexa use the bed as a background for photographing outfits.) The diamond-pattern throw is from Walmart, and the Moroccan-style rug from Wayfair.
The tufted leatherette chair with nailhead trim was a splurge that Jenna found on Craigslist for $100; definitely their biggest purchase. Room & Board provided the black sheepskin pillow. The curtains are from Ikea; the rods were already there when Alexa moved in.
Photo by Samara Vise for the Boston Globe
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Jenna set up Alexa’s workspace on the other side of the bedroom. Responding to one of Alexa’s inspiration photos, Jenna made the desk by placing the top of an old trunk on the legs from two stools. A piece of found glass lets Curtis display snapshots underneath.
The Herman Miller fiberglass desk chair was a roadside find that was orange and very scratched up until Alexa primed and spray painted the seat white and the legs gold.
Jenna spotted the sparkly gold @ symbol at T.J.Maxx, which became the starting point for the art wall, which includes a print from Alexa’s dad and a pineapple print from Minted.
Alexa purchased the tall, mirrored chest from Overstock. Jenna revamped the dark metal honeycomb frame of an $8 mirror from the Salvation Army with white paint.
It’s true that most of us have stone countertops that can withstand heat, but I think (preferably) modern trivets still have a place in the kitchen.
Not long ago I put a Pyrex baking dish straight from the oven onto our granite countertop. It was wet. The entire dish, salmon included, exploded. Seriously. Exploded.
Many kitchens, including mine, mix countertops, using a different material for the island than for the rest of the workspaces. The ship-like cherry wood countertops on either side of our stove are scorched from the tea kettle. (Not my doing.) I leave a cork trivet nearby now.
And unless you have have a marble-topped Saarinen tulip table you don’t want to be putting hot dishes on your dining table.