Over the past couple of years, we’ve been lucky enough to get an insider’s view of Provincetown through the lens of Philip Cozzi, whose family has a long history with Cape Cod’s outermost town, and his wife, Kristin Hein. Recently the couple, who together run the design firm Hein & Cozzi, put down permanent roots in P-town when they bought the Old Homestead, a former sea captain’s home turned guesthouse. We’ve already taken a tour of their Scandi-style lodgings upstairs (see Low-Key Luxury: The New Old Homestead in Provincetown) and their bohemian gardens outside (see Before & After: A New Cape Cod Garden for the Old Homestead in Provincetown); today we’re exploring the couple’s own living quarters on the ground floor.
When they bought the house, it had been chopped up into tiny boardinghouse rooms, but the Old Homestead‘s historic details and harbor views convinced Philip and Kristin that it was worth the investment. Working to preserve as much vintage detail as possible, including the slanted floors and original timber beams, Philip and Kristin sought to create their own personal vision of Provincetown seaside living: “a modernized interior held in an historic envelope,” as they call it. Join us for a tour.
Photography by Justine Hand.While the Gustavian palette upstairs pays homage to Kristin’s Swedish hertitage, downstairs the couple drew inspiration from Philip’s Italian past, specifically the warm, tavern-like atmosphere of his uncle Ciro’s famed restaurant Ciro & Sal’s, located just down Commercial Street. First they created a mixed-use entertaining, dining, lodging, living area by knocking down a wall that had awkwardly divided the 900-square-foot space. The open layout increases the sense of flow and connects the space to the garden areas outside.
Throughout the entire downstairs space, the duo installed painted pine T&G/shiplap with an exaggerated gap to create a linear aspect and to unify the space. Finally, against this warm backdrop, Philip and Kristin installed their eclectic collection of furniture, art, and personal ephemera, acquired through their years of travel and from their families’ storied pasts.
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