Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Art to Fill a Provincetown Dream House...part 1

The perfect view through the trellised entrance gate.
As you know from my last blog post, Provincetown is special and important to me. I feel so alive and at home here and dream of a day where a waterfront property is more than just a once a year for a few weeks spot. I dream of having a place to spend most of the Summer and also a few weeks in October and November. dream house is on the market! I just discovered this house a few weeks ago and have played (over and over) the tape in my head of what it would be like to own this property and fill it with fantastic art. This has become a bit of an obsession filled with delusional dreams. But one can dream, right?

I should point out that Tim is not spending time playing this fantasy game. But, in playing the what if game for a few minutes while on a walk through town with our dear friend Lue Svendson, it came out that if we ever somehow found ourselves with a Provincetown getaway Tim would want a combination of shaded yard with a water view. That combo is hard to come by here. Most properties have one or the other. Not this one at 593 Commercial Street, Tim! 

Here is what the real estate listing says about this gem....

This quintessential beachfront cottage is everything you've ever imagined a beach house to be - and more. The house faces Cape Cod Bay in Provincetown's east end. With exposed beams & wood flooring throughout, windows with bay & garden views at every turn, the romance of living by the sea is fully at home here. The 2nd floor bedrooms feature cathedral ceilings & the master overlooks the water with sweeping views to the south, east & west. The many recent improvements include new windows, deck, fireplace and chimney, new bath, wall insulation, foundation & more. Outside, the lovingly created gardens complement the setting on the beach & the quaintness of the architecture with several "rooms" for enjoyment, contemplation, reading or gazing out to sea. In addition, there is a spacious artist's studio with north light. 

This house is special. From the entrance gate at the street front of the property all you can see is a beautiful yard on the bay beach. You have to crane your neck through the thick privacy hedge to see that there are three structures on the property. To the right, the artist studio/guest house and the garden shed:

To the left, the main house. A simple, shingled structure with the requisite crisp white trim. Nothing fancy (complicated), this building has an open living/dining/kitchen on the first floor and on the second floor the master bedroom and bathroom and a study. 

Across the back of the main house, a wall of windows in the master bedroom and a wall of windows/doors in the living/dining allow for incredible views of the water and a great new deck that goes right up to the sand and is perfect for the hours of the day when sunning and staring at the water is all one wants to do.

While Tim enjoys the shaded yard from the perch of these chic vintage lawn chairs......

I can be placing art inside.....many of you will see these interior shots and think, "what a mess." This is absolute perfection when it comes to a beach house. Fresh paint, de-cluttering, and great art will make this home exactly what a beach house should be...comfortable, crisp, fresh, simple...allowing for the stunning views of the water to take center stage and the art to complement those views and keep them alive inside even in parts of the house where water cannot be seen.

So, if the fantasy came true and we lived here what art would I want to fill the walls? Being the perfect beach house that it is there are only a few walls to hold large pieces. So only three or four large pieces could be purchased. All of the rest would be smalls.

I definitely would want a piece by each of the artists that I work with. And the rest would be Cape Cod artists. So here are my selections from the Southern artists that I serve as agent for (plus a couple of great friends) that I would bring up to Provincetown.

In the main house:

Mallory Page
Morning-Summertime Blues
Mixed Media-Acrylic, Gesso, Ink, Charcoal, Pencil on Wood Panel
42” x 42”
$ 3,200.00
available from Tracery, Mountain Brook, Alabama

Lue Svendson
Alone for Awhile
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
$ 500.00
available from Gallery at City Club, Lafayette, Louisiana

Candace Greer
Dusk at the Beach
Acrylic on Wood
12" x 12"
$ 450.00
available from Tracery, Mountain Brook, Alabama

Joy Gardner
Pale Reflection
Oil on Canvas
12" x 12"
$ 350.00
available from Rue du Pont Galerie, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Caroline Chunn McCarthy
Bell Jar 
Oil on Canvas
30" x 40"
$ 1,800.00
available from Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting, Atlanta/Lafayette

In the guest house:

Mallory Page
Need & Want Diptych
Acrylic on Wood 
3' x 4' each
$ 4,725.00/pair
available from Max & Company, Atlanta, Georgia

Candace Greer
No Fear
Acrylic on Wood
16" x 20"
$ 625.00
available from Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting, Atlanta/Lafayette

Hope Hebert
Sea Breeze I
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 18"
$ 600.00
from Gallery at City Club at River Ranch, Lafayette, Louisiana

Lue Svendson
The Wharf in the Morning
Oil on Panel
11" x 14"
$ 550.00
available from Rue du Pont Galerie, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Since all of this is pure fantasy, I should point out that all of the art I have selected is available for you to have in your home...the real one that you live in. For more information on any of the artists or paintings that I have included, please be in touch.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this fantasy which will include my top 10 paintings that I have seen during this trip to Provincetown.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!



Francis Smith said...

Very lovely! May your fantasies really come true someday soon. Gorgeous place and gorgeous art!

Kathy McCullen said...

What a beautiful fantasy it is! When we were desgning and buiding our home several years ago, sadly, I was unable to convince my husband that a gray shingled beach cottage was just perfect for our sylvan Georgia setting. I will just have to return to your blog to dream!