jules besch stationers – truro, ma.

Another post from my most recent visit to Cape Cod. Jules Besch Stationers was formerly located in Wellfleet center, and now occupies a charming cottage-like space in Truro. The shop specializes in all kinds of paper goods including cards, notebooks, calendars and wrapping paper. On the day I visited the owner happened to be hosting his 18th annual afternoon tea which meant there were lots of delicious treats (and tea of course). There are so many beautiful and unique things to see at this store. Sharing some photos of the shop below.

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atlantic spice co. – truro, ma.

Visited the Atlantic Spice Co. shop in Truro, Massachusetts for the first time this past weekend. Somehow in over 20 years of visiting the outer cape, I had never made it to this gem. The shop sells every spice imaginable, along with loose-leaf teas, nuts, seeds, botanicals, essential oils, and much more – all at wholesale prices. I would have bought more but their products tend to be sold in pretty large quantities since they are a wholesale retailer. Their prices are really reasonable and they have a great selection. I highly recommend stopping by their store if you find yourself in Truro. And if you can’t make the trip, you can shop their inventory online at their website. Check out some of my photos from the shop below.

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bits of inspiration – #88.

While I am an avid HGTV viewer, it was not until recently that I first had the pleasure of watching Island HuntersIf you’re not familiar, it’s basically House Hunters but for people looking to purchase their own private islands. As someone who likes their TV programing to be aspirational, I was instantly addicted. Coincidentally, this week it was announced that a private island in Orleans, Massachusetts has become available to purchase for $12.5M. Sipson Island offers 25 private acres, located in Cape Cod’s Pleasant Bay. It’s location in an area of the Cape where most beachfront land is protected by the National Seashore makes Sipson Island’s listing a particularly rare and valuable opportunity. Check out some of my favorite photos from the listing below.

Photo courtesy of Robert Paul Properties

Photo courtesy of Robert Paul Properties

Photo courtesy of Robert Paul Properties

Photo courtesy of Robert Paul Properties

Photo courtesy of Robert Paul Properties

cape cod: house of shifting sands.

Boston Magazine recently published an article about an incredible piece of modern architecture on the outer cape. The article on the House of Shifting Sands doesn’t reveal the home’s exact location (though I’m very curious now) but the beach and dunes pictured are very reminiscent of some of the more secluded portions of the Truro and Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

Wherever it is, the house is truly a wonder – both in design and engineering. The home, designed by the Ruhl Walker architecture firm, employs solar panels and a sophisticated heat exchanger to produce zero carbon footprint. Despite it’s modern appearance, the House of Shifting Sands was designed to feel like a part of its surrounding environment. Photos below are all courtesy of photographer Jane Messinger whose portfolio site includes other breathtaking homes. I’d encourage you to check those out if you like what you see here..

Photo courtesy of Jane Messinger

Photo courtesy of Jane Messinger

Photo courtesy of Jane Messinger

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Photo courtesy of Jane Messinger