A Shingled House with Aqua Shutters on Cape Cod

by hookedonhouses on February 8, 2013

Polhemus Savery DaSilver shingled house turquoise shuttersI have been a fan of the architecture firm Polhemus Savery DaSilva (try saying that three times fast!) for a long time. I have their book Shingled Houses in the Summer Sun and have featured their work a couple times before (one of my favorite remodels was an Italianate-style house from the 1880s). So I was excited to see this one with the charming aqua door and shutters…

shingled house turquoise shutters Cape Cod

The landscaping is lovely, too. Those daisies! Those hydrangeas!

paneled ceiling blue and white living room Cape Cod

There’s a “fish” theme happening here–note the fabric on the sofa above and the pendant lights below:

Cape Cod kitchen table and island

white and turquoise kitchen Cape Cod

built-in bar in Cape Cod kitchen

Michael Graves said of their work: “The world of Polhemus Savery DaSilva is so enormously refreshing . . . a body of uncompromising domestic architecture.”

beachy bedroom with a view Cape Cod

beachy mudroom-laundry room Cape Cod

I wouldn’t mind sitting right here beside the pool right now (although it’s probably a little chilly out there today!):

poolside in Cape Cod-shingled house

Thanks to one of my favorite blogs, House of Turquoise, for featuring this one. Erin actually came across the house on vacation and snapped a photo of it herself. I wouldn’t have been able to resist taking one, either!

shingled house turquoise shutters Cape Cod 2

Visit Polhemus Savery DaSilva to see more gorgeous houses in their portfolio and to learn more about their work. Photos by Brian Vanden Brink.

You might also like this house they worked on:

gable after remodeling-Polhemus Savery DaSilva

Restoring an Italianate-Style House from the 1800s

P.S. Thanks to all of you who voted for my blog over at Apartment Therapy’s Contest and subscribed to my new newsletter yesterday (if you want to be on my mailing list, click here). I appreciate all your support! ~Julia¬† :-)

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laney February 8, 2013 at 8:09 am


Laura February 8, 2013 at 8:48 am

For a new house (very much an old house fan here), it’s beautifully done. I wonder where on the Cape it is?

Erin {House of Turquoise} February 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

Isn’t it beautiful?! I’m pretty certain we spotted it in Orleans!

cheryl February 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Morris Island Road in Chatham

Laura February 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

Very nice – I know just where that is. My parents live in Brewster. Love to visit the Cape – so many beautiful places and lovely houses. I’d pick Chatham to live in myself (if I could afford it!)

cheryl February 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm

We spend a week there every summer, and I remember walking up and peeking in all of the windows right after it was built. My husband was mortified :)

hookedonhouses February 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Love it! That sounds like something I’d do. :-)

Withywindle February 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

This lovely home is in Chatham – I’ve taken photos of it myself! It’s a beautiful home.

Beth C. February 8, 2013 at 8:50 am

Those starfish cutouts on the shutters are adorable!

Poppy February 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

Hi Julia,

I AM IN LOVE! This house is STUNNING, inside and out! The marine colour palette, the relaxed and casal mood, the LANDSCAPING!!! Simply gorgeous. Thanks for warming up my day here in SNOWY, STORMY Toronto.

Have a bright and beautiful weekend,


Alie B February 8, 2013 at 9:13 am

You sadistic woman, Julia….featuring this gorgeous summer retreat on one of the worst winter days of the year! Kidding! It’s lovely to dream. :) Beautiful home!

Susan February 8, 2013 at 9:18 am


Susan and Bentley

House Crazy Sarah February 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

oh boy, that one’s a heart-pounder Julia!

Erin {House of Turquoise} February 8, 2013 at 10:09 am

What a fun surprise so see this amazing home on your blog today! I cannot get over how incredible it is…those shutters! Ahh! Their firm does fantastic work. I have their book too; it’s a good one!

Thank you so much for the kind shout out, it’s much appreciated! Have a great weekend, Julia!

Teresa February 8, 2013 at 10:14 am

What a gorgeous house to look at on such a winter day. Those aqua shutters with the starfish cutouts just make the house stand out! I just love Cape Cod and all its wonderful cottages, inns and beaches but I dont think I would want to be there today!

Jake's a Girl February 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

The only thing I didn’t like…The fishy sofa. But I could learn to live with it. :)

Christina from Dallas February 8, 2013 at 11:00 am

Sooo charming! I love the shutters the most. I love a beachy themed house.

Melissa L. February 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

One of my favorites. Simple, classic, light.

Tricia February 8, 2013 at 11:14 am

OMGGGGGG!! Love this house! Well, I agree about the fishy sofa, and the whole fish theme in general, but woweee! I’m lusting after that kitchen and the bar photo is being added to my pinterest immediately.

Striving for Simple February 8, 2013 at 11:35 am

Beautiful – although it does look a little “new”.

carla February 8, 2013 at 11:42 am

a beautiful, tastefully done home! I want to live there!!! :)

Erin February 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

What a fun dose of summer in Feb! Love that glossy ceiling in the family room, & these pics make me wish I could grow hydrangeas in the desert! That pool shot looks like it could be from the set of Something’s Gotta Give. I could definitely enjoy a cold lemonade out by that pool!

Rebecca C. February 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I absolutely love the colors in this house. Well done.

polly dove February 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

i want some of that …

Pat February 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm


Deidre February 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Is that an abalone shell chandelier? What a great idea!

Melinda February 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Yes, please!

65andcounting February 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Aaah, such a perfect day to show a bright cheery beautiful sunny summer house….especially for those of us where the snow is falling like crazy already and the winds picking up. I plan to keep this blog page as my home screen…that is, until the power goes out when we hit the two feet of snow predicted.

Could move in to this home tomorrow. Love the tin fish lamps over the kitchen island especially.

Kiki Nakita February 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

When can I move in?

Such an adorable home, and I love everything about the decor. From the whimsical starfish collection, to the open light and airy rooms.

Jen February 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

So beautiful feels like something out of fairtale cartoon

Becky February 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I must say this is probably in my top 5 of houses you have shown us. There is not one thing I would want different. From the landscape to the inside… it is a lovely HOME.
I check your site everyday..usually at work!! It helps to brighten my day..really. I am such an architecture buff and I love seeing all these homes.. truly,
Thank You :)

hookedonhouses February 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

That’s so nice to hear. Thanks, Becky! :-)

Jenny February 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Wonderful. I don’t think kids whine, fight or spill at houses that pretty.

Natalie February 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Ohhhh i’m in love. and now i want a bar/serve area in the dining room just like that. love love love

Catherine February 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I’ll take one of those, thank you very much! Sigh, so pretty…..

Becky February 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Oh, that kitchen! And, ohhhhhhhhh Chatham!

AB February 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

This is by far my favorite house that you’ve featured, Julia. I have a thing for cedar shake. My only quip are the star cutouts in the shutters. Pure perfection.

Brandy February 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm

You find the best eye candy, Julia!
btw, Love the newsletter :-)

hookedonhouses February 8, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Oh, good. I’m so glad you liked it!

Kim February 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm

What a wonderful house! My favorite is the exterior and landscaping. It’s so peaceful and beautiful. I would spend a lot of time outside during the summer if I owned this house.

Pat Smith February 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm

The essence of summer! Love every detail.

The Country Girl February 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Those small little windows scrunched up against the big front gable….what happened to the design process there?

Destiny February 8, 2013 at 9:18 pm

This IS my favorite house that you’ve featured. (Although, I have issues with balance so, I kind of want to add another window to the front of the house – on the porch.) Reminicing about summers spent on the Cape brought unexpected tears to my eyes.

On another note: I LOVE your newsletter! It’s so well done and something I’m really going to enjoy. Thank you for it! That “Be Choosy” quote is going somewhere in my home, as it perfectly expresses who I am and how I live.

hookedonhouses February 8, 2013 at 11:36 pm

So glad you enjoyed my first newsletter! I love that quote, too–just had to share it. Thanks, Destiny! :)

Esther George February 8, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Hi Julia what can any of us say but Just Beautiful the landscaping Wow…. Just when all the garden catalogues have arrived… Tempting…. Thank you for making my day as always. Regards Esther from Sydney… PS never miss your blog.

hookedonhouses February 8, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Thanks, Esther! I always enjoy hearing from you!

Screendoorgirl 3 February 8, 2013 at 11:54 pm

This house is so beautiful inside and out . I love those shutters, and the hydrangeas! Thanks for sharing..

martha February 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

Stunning! Truly an ageless home. As a lover of no window treatments, I especially loved this house.You can see evidence of shades in some of the windows (bedroom) and I appreciate that also. As much as I love unadorned windows, when I see them in bedrooms and baths without any means for privacy I feel like the home is just for show and not for real people.

Patti February 9, 2013 at 10:32 am

Shingle and shutter love…I need more money.

Ginger February 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

Where oh where did they get that bedspread in the bedroom with the green, turquoise and yellow? Fabulous room!

International decor February 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Really you write great posts and have great blog

nannecutler@aol.com February 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm

great house!

i love a good shutter, particularly ones with cutouts that attach a personality or sense of place to the home.

nannecutler@aol.com February 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

gorgeous house!

i LOVE good shutters! good shutter dogs, good hinges, the right size, fine materials…cutouts are the icing on the shutter cake…particularly when they reflect the owners’ personality or give a sense of place to the home.

Candy Jo February 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

New Launch Condo February 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoyed this and I will be back for more. Thanks

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