I would be willing to bet that you’ve never seen a house quite like today’s inspiring home tour! This home in Massachusetts manages to evoke a classic Cape Cod style home, yet also be amazingly unique.
I’m so excited to share my friend Sandra’s home with you today! Sandra blogs at Old Silver Shed, which is also the name of her home overlooking Old Silver Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
They fell in love with the location and bought a run-down 1905 Victorian home in 2004 with the hopes of restoring it. I can see why they fell in love – the setting is truly magnificent!
Unfortunately, the house was too far gone. So they carefully disassembled it piece-by-piece, leaving only the original beach rock fireplace and chimney. They saved everything they could and hoped to incorporate some of the original elements into the new home so that it would look like it had always been there.
And it does!! I would never think this was a brand new build!
The wood porch conveys the classic Cape Cod style right from the start, with comfortable wicker chairs, pots of hydrangeas and an authentic old sign. Love the pillars!
Sandra says they got inspiration from the big turn-of-the-century beach “cottages” that lined the New England coast. They wanted a home that looked like it had been here 100 years, and would look appropriate 100 years from now, too.
Upon entering the home you can immediately see the amount of care and thought that went into this build.
For personality, we added leaded glass transoms to our entry hall as a way to subtly divide the space without affecting the beautiful light that streams in throughout the day.
Living room view. Sandra uses vintage light fixtures almost exclusively throughout the home.
Sandra uses this little corner of the living room as her “office.”
I love that she adds lots of coastal touches, but the rooms never feel too theme-y or cliché. Shells mixed with vintage furniture and modern elements makes for a beautiful mix that reflects her unique style, while keeping things fresh.
My favorite room in the whole house is this guest bedroom they fondly call “the sleeping porch”!
I’m pretty sure if I had this view she’d never get me to leave!
When they planned the home, they included design elements important to shingle-style architecture while paying homage to the original cottage. To take advantage of the expansive views, the strategic placement of windows was a priority.
The laundry room is so charming and another of my favorite spaces!
We used the original cottage for design direction; the ceiling height, window style, and the interior trim work. We stripped and reused all the original doors, and reinstalled the butler’s pantry.
Pass through to the family room with original rocks from the property.
The family room was designed following the details of the original cottage with it’s arched entry, shed dormer and pitched roofline.
The powder room is another example of her gorgeous mix of old and new. I love the old original sink from a hardware store mixed with modern elements.
Sandra loves vintage! And has procured almost all the bathroom fixtures, cabinet and door hardware, lighting, and newel posts at junk shops and salvage yards.
The dining room is just off the kitchen to the right.
I love her display of shells and coral above the kitchen sink! And the view! I don’t even think I’d mind doing dishes here. 😉
This little alcove in her back hall is perfection. I love this cabinet with the original blue paint!
And if you think the inside is gorgeous, wait until you see the deck, patio and that view!!
The deck looks out onto the marsh.
And her patio is utterly charming with an old table found at a junk shop mixed with vintage wicker chairs.
So much of this home speaks to me. I love that everything is so thoughtfully curated, with lots of original and/or vintage touches. They have created a home that is truly magical!
I hope you enjoyed this classic Cape Cod home tour! You can see more of Sandra’s home on her blog, Old Silver Shed and on her Instagram page here.
If you enjoyed this tour, you may want to check out my other Inspiring Home Tours below!
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I love this home and how beautifully it’s decorated. And the windows with the wonderful views and the light they allow inside, just beautiful! Thank you for sharing it!
Cynthia Sobczak says
DEFINITELY ,my next life!!!!!!
I so appreciate beauty..thank you for sharing.
Linda Thompson says
The cape cod is my favorite all time home. It is everything I could wish for in a home. Sadly I didn’t start out with the style and paid too much money to change everything, but can do some changing. The home is absolutely perfect…….
I’m so glad you loved it too! (and I feel you on trying to create the style you like – I’m in a 1970’s era home and trying to make it French farmhouse!)
Michele M. says
I just had the most profoundly strong reaction to this house tour. It was so unexpected I just have to share it – I actually burst into tears. How weird is that?
I honestly think this is the most perfect home I have ever seen. There is something about it that literally made my stomach jump.
Wow. Whew. Weird. Thanks for the tour, haha, I THINK!!?
Love love love it and would do nearly anything to see it in person or stay there. My gosh, it is amazing. Wow.
Haha I first found this house in IG and had the same reaction! it’s amazing!!
I am mesmorized by the colors, textures and furnishings in each and every room. Did you make the window treatment in the powder room, if not, can you share the name of the vendor?
I’m so glad you liked it! I’m not sure since this bathroom belongs to Sandra, but you can go to her blog or her Instagram and reach out to her – I’m sure she’d be happy to help!
Nancy Brantley says
WOW! You are so right! Sandra has great decorating skills to mix so beautifully!! Very beautiful inside and out. Thanks for this tour. Now, going to her blog!
Aww I’m so happy to hear that! It’s pretty special and I’m glad I got to share it with all of you!
Thank you for sharing, Sheila! Everything has been so thoughtfully designed and placed. It’s so inspiring! I’d LOVE to know where she got her wooden doors ( the one to the amazing sleeping porch). Is there someway I could find that out?
We need to replace the interior doors in our home and these would be perfect, however, I’m wondering if they are vintage and original to the home. They are so charming.
Hi there! So glad to hear you love the house as much as I do! I believe all of her interior doors are vintage, and they were either original to the house, or when that wasn’t possible, she sourced them from local salvage and/or junk shops. I would start there for yours, too!
debra @ 5th and state says
loved this tour Sheila of which I pinned away.
Sandra is so talented, I loved seeing original and thoughtful inspirations.
PS…to Sandra, I am a lovely house guest, wink, wink!
Isn’t it just amazing?! And I always say the same thing, haha! Though I’m slightly afraid I’d never want to leave!
Thanks so much for stopping by Debra!~
Ahhhhhhh, so beautiful!
I’m so glad you think so too!