Design Diary: Victor’s in Provincetown

Recently we met friends for dinner at Victor’s in Provincetown. It was our first time there, and we were pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was light and airy; very enjoyable. Unlike a lot of Outer Cape restaurants, which are oddly dark or horrendously touristy, this one let’s you feel like your’e in a beach town, without blatant reminders. The food was good too. We’ll definitely go back. (PS – There’s a drag brunch every Sunday.)


Design Diary: Local 186 in Provincetown

Despite the 90+ degree heat, we ambled (ok, drove with the A/C blasting) into Provincetown yesterday, having promised the boys a trip to the Penny Patch and Puzzle Me This. The allure for us was the chance to try out the new upscale burger spot at 186 Commercial Street, Local 186. It’s a new venture owned by Eric Jansen and Guillermo Yingling. Eric co-owns the superb restaurant Blackfish in Truro, where many a summer night you can find us at the bar.  Anyway, the burgers, fries, and onion strings were tasty, but the real surprise was the decor. It is crisp but homey and very pulled together. I haven’t had a chance to connect with anyone to find out who’s responsible, but I did take a bunch of photos for you.

ADDITION: This morning I heard back from GM Jennifer White (thank you!), who provided me with many, many details, which I used to caption the images. She says, “It was a collective local effort. Every piece is all made by local artists with reclaimed woods and other vintage materials, all collected from old Provincetown properties.” They goal was for it to look new and different, eclectic, layered, and collected, but not over the top. It’s right on.

Susie Neilsen, graphic designer and owner of Farm Gallery in Wellfleet helped with the overall design concept and layout. She also designed the logo, menu, and website.

The murals are by artist Kris Smith, owner of Coastline Tattoo, in town.

Mat Millett, owner of Helltown Gallery, with the help of Tom Magar (the bartender and an off-season carpenter), made the custom tables in the back dining room and  the vintage tin-covered bar back.

The onion strings, served in a shiny metal tin, were extra salty and delicious.

Another shot of the back dining room banquette table.

All the dining chairs are covered with vintage feed and flour sacks that Jennifer White found on eBay and other sites.

All the designs are different.

A local craftsman named Michael made the barn wood coffee tables in the lounge (above) and hostess podium, as well as the copper artwork and reclaimed ductwork.

One of the coffee tables in the lounge has a built-in Ouija board.

Bartender Edwige.  Industrial lighting over the bar came from a warehouse in Yarmouth.

A niche in the entry that looks through to the bar is filled with cocktail paraphernalia.

Waiting area.

My lunch: The Old-Fashioned—8 oz. Painted Hills burger, Nueske’s bacon, Grafton Reserve cheddar, $14.

Co-owner Gui Yingling arranged a collection of vintage knives over the fireplace in the back dining room.

There are a couple of different vintage animal sculptures,from yard sales ,flea markets, and auctions are mounted on the walls.

Bar-style seating on the front patio.

Architect Steven McGovern designed the new covered porch, in keeping with the design of the original Victorian building. Local craftsman and master carpenter John Badam and his team built it.  You can’t see them in this photograph, but there are flying saucer style lamps that co-owner  John Yingling had stored in his garage for over 20 years, knowing they’d come in handy someday.

The view—Cape Cod Bay—from the covered porch. It’s visible from some of the tables inside too.

Shopping Trip: Provincetown’s Wa, Melt, and Simply Danish

Last night I picked up my friend Sharon Kitchens (she who writes Delicious Musings) at the ferry in Ptown. We wandered from the dock into the West End. On our journey we stopped at Wa, a little zen decor spot I thought was more garden goods than home furnishings, since the exterior sort of resembles a Japanese garden, but they had some great accessories sourced from around the globe.



Wood chests, African sculptures, and betel nut boxes from Southeast Asia.


Local ceramics.


Bark birdhouses.


Ikat cushion on a woven chair.


Silvered glass.


Stone vases.


And my favorite, succulent candles.


Next stop, new natural beauty boutique Melt.




Then I spotted Simply Danish, which just opened six weeks ago. It’s a spare space, with a museum-like display of modern home accessories from companies like Ferm Living, Stelton, and Menu. The photos didn’t come out that well, but here’s a sampling of their goods.


Rubber vases.




Decals and dish towels.


Gardens: Provincetown

Many of the homes along Commercial Street in Provincetown have wonderful lush gardens, full of color and life. This one belongs to architect Brad Walker, design principal at Ruhl Walker Architects in Boston. I actually haven’t even stopped by to see it yet, but he sent me these pictures.






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