If you’ve spent time in Provincetown in the last few decades, you know about Ciro Cozzi. An artist, bon vivant, and c0-owner of Ciro & Sal’s Restaurant, he was a beloved figure in town (when he died in 2013, Anthony Bourdain tweeted “RIP Ciro Cozzi, my first real boss of bosses in long ago Provincetown, Mass.”). For years he lived with his family in a rambling home consisting of three structures cobbled together, the front a “float-over” from Long Point, a mid 19th century section, and a grand Colonial Revival addition.
When a local couple bought the house after Ciro’s death, his nephew Philip Cozzi of Hein + Cozzi, the Provincetown design firm, took the lead. According to Philip’s wife and partner Kristin Hein, “Philip was the spirit guide—he spent, or misspent—every summer of his teenage years housed in the attic with his miscreant cousins, working at his uncle’s restaurant.
“When it came to restoration, we were all aligned in honoring the home by keeping the existing foot print as well as all original beams and millwork. The task at hand was to update the necessities: bathrooms, kitchens, and lighting.” Kristin imbued the home with “a moody yet masculine color palette,” as she calls it. “We used Farrow & Ball’s ‘Mole’s Breath’ as a common thread for millwork and trim, ‘Railings’ (a dark blue-black) for all doors, and ‘Pavilion Grey/Clunch’ on walls and ceilings. Window treatments were kept simple: rough burlap fabric hung on boat cleats, sheerer in public areas and thicker in bedrooms, and wooden venetian blinds with black tape in halls and bathrooms.”