This Home is Perfectly P-Town

June 17, 2024

Meticulous attention to detail and a fearless approach to design give a Cape Cod house its personality and charm.

Text by Paula M. Bodah    Photography by Laura Moss    Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent


It’s a courageous couple who can view a video of a house on the other side of the country and make the decision to purchase it. The owners of this Provincetown, Massachusetts, home live on the West Coast but had been vacationing regularly in the Cape Cod town for well over a decade.

They had contemplated buying once or twice, but the timing was never quite right. Now that they were finally ready, a worldwide pandemic was getting in the way. “Covid had shut everything down,” says one of the homeowners. “But we looked at the house online and fell in love with it.”

He and his husband could see that the dwelling, built in 1900, had been well-constructed and well-cared-for. “It had some of the best woodwork I’ve ever seen in a home,” he says.

Yes, the decor was an ode to yellow, from the sponge-painted living room walls to a primary bath with ceilings and walls of yellow glass mosaic tile, yellow marble vanity tops, and a yellow tub, but, says the homeowner, “I can look past that sort of thing. The bones were beautifully intact.”

The couple were fans of Provincetown’s Shor Home Furnishings & Interiors, frequently buying items and shipping them to their home out West, so it only made sense that they’d turn to owners Herbert Acevedo and Kevin Miller for design advice.

“They wanted the house to have the flavor of old Provincetown, but they also wanted it to have a modern feel,” Acevedo explains. “We combined new and old, antiques juxtaposed with contemporary pieces.”

The design pros repainted walls, ceilings, and trim in a clean, bright white, then used a tawny-hued grasscloth wallcovering here and there to add warmth and texture. The grasscloth makes appearances in the stairwell and in a second-floor sitting room for a visual cohesiveness between the two floors.

On the first floor, where furniture and accessories in a range of blues offer a classic Cape Cod feel, Acevedo and Miller added a fun, modern note by incorporating a mix of patterns and textures. “We like to bring in a lot of texture,” Miller says, noting the living room’s seagrass coffee table, woven sofa upholstery, and velvet-covered lounge chairs.

On the second floor, a Dash & Albert rug on the landing introduces a coral hue to the palette, and the bamboo shades here and in the nearby sitting room signal a bolder use of texture.

The entire third floor is given over to the primary suite, and it’s here that Acevedo and Miller’s fearlessness in mixing color, texture, and pattern is on full display. A cloud-patterned wallpaper from Cole & Son in dreamy silvery-grays makes the perfect backdrop for the designers’ playful pairings. A chair and hassock sport blue fabric in a geometric print, while roman shades and the bed’s duvet depict white birds on a green background.

And then there are the final details, clever accessories such as the foyer’s six-foot-tall crane statues and the bar area’s whimsical bunny head sculpture, that only add to the already abundant charm. Miller and Acevedo’s attention to the particulars have yielded a home that’s a true reflection of its owners.

Project Team
Architectural and interior designShor Home Furnishings & Interiors

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