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Low-Key Luxury: The New Old Homestead in Provincetown


Low-Key Luxury: The New Old Homestead in Provincetown

June 22, 2015

Designers Kristin Hein and Philip Cozzi of Hein+Cozzi “dumped our sandbox upside down,” as they say, and “moved life and studio from the Hamptons to Provincetown, Massachusetts” not too long ago. Growing up, Philip worked summers at Ciro and Sals, a legendary P-Town restaurant co-owned by Ciro Cozzi, an artist and restaurateur. “Everyone, I mean everyone, came–from John Wayne to John Waters, from Robert Motherwell to Norman Mailer,” he says. “Provincetown is America’s oldest active art colony and we love the sense of community. People pop by and wave, there are impromptu cocktail parties, we ride our bikes out to dinner, to the bank, to the grocery store.”

When the Old Homestead, a guest house and local landmark in the East End of town, hit the market, the couple took the plunge. Built in 1850 for Captain Frank Rich, a sea captain and sexton of the Church of Saint Mary of the Harbor, “the property was dilapidated and yet wonderfully untouched,” Kristin says. “Through every window there was an idyllic view. We kept the history of the place intact, preserving the original beams, the pine floors, and the brick chimney.” The Old Homestead is now a luxe two-bedroom, two-bath rental available by the week, stocked fridge, bikes, and paddleboards included.

Photography by Paul Freehauf.

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Above: The veranda overlooks Provincetown Harbor and Cape Cod Bay in the distance. The Paul 13 Lantern is from Remains Lighting, the early American farm table is from Nellie’s of Amagansett, and the caned Thonet chairs are from 1stdibs.

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Above: In the living area, vintage club chairs mingle with an African bench from Juan Montoya in NYC, carved Chinese stools, and a Fortuny fixture from Ralph Pucci (Philip is the former design director of the studio), and the vintage Khotan and Tibetan rugs are from Galerie Shabab in NYC.

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Above: The shiplap walls are painted a gray-violet shade from the Guggenheim Collection by Fine Paints of Europe (G020 to be precise). “It feels like the moment before nautical twilight as you gaze out onto the bay,” Kristin says.

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Above: Kristin and Philip retained the original brick chimney, pine floors, and wood beams. “We did add the shiplap to unify the space,” they say.

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Above: The oak Cutter Wardrobe by Skagerak is $699 from Horne. Have a look at 11 Display-Worthy Clothes Hangers.

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Above: The kitchen includes a Bertazzoni range, a narrow Active Smart Fisher Paykel Refrigerator with Bottom Freezer (see our post on the company’s dishwasher drawers here), and Tolix Marais stools. (Designing your own compact kitchen? See Skinny Refrigerators and Best Appliances for Small Kitchens for ideas.)

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Above: Glassware from Reidel is stored overhead.

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Above: Throughout the house Apartment Pendants with Clear Glass Shades from Schoolhouse Electric are casually wrapped around the existing beams.

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Above: The carved Chinese fertility bed is from Julie Hodgess in London (Kristin worked for her design company for a few years before forming Hein+Cozzi with Philip).

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Above: The bathrooms have Duravit Vero Washbasins and Waterworks Highgate taps and fixtures. The hex tiles are from Oak Park Tile.

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Above: Guest rooms are outfitted with organic Saatva mattresses and Society bed linens sourced from ABC Carpet & Home.

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Above: Sliding doors open onto the main living space.

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Above: A shiplap-paneled bath with a Mini Cutter Wardrobe by Skagerak for towels and Fresnel adjustable wall/ceiling lights designed by Joe Colombo for Oluce.

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Above: “We are 60 miles out into the ocean, the tides rise and fall 11 feet twice a day, the light rivals Greece, the sense of adventure and freedom is palpable,” Kristin says. The house rents by the week; for booking information, go to the Old Homestead Provincetown.

We also recommend the Salt House Inn in Provincetown. And for another old Cape Cod house that we love, see Justine’s Soulful Family Cottage (and learn how to make her Cape Cod Beach Plum Jam).

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