A Stylist Tale: Cape Code Mod


A few months ago, I had the fortunate experience to style an Estes/Twombly custom designed home on Rhode Island’s Ninigret Pond for Coastal Living. It’s a quiet coastal inlet in Charlestown where small summer cottages sit next to larger year-round homes. How to describe a room that is cute, cozy and wide open all at the same time? This is Estes/Twombly architecture.

I met Jim on the day of the shoot when he took a few tentative steps into the main living area where we were photographing the kitchen. Annie Schlechter, the professional editorial interiors photographer, welcomed and introduced him to the rest of us. Jim was soft-spoken and so kind as to hope he wasn’t interrupting our process. I had noticed that the trusses and roof lines where angled up as to let in more light on the waterside.  When I asked about the windows, he said he chose Lowen Windows because the quality and styled were a perfect fit for the house.


Oscar, their 7-year-old Labrador.

Oscar, their 7-year-old Labrador.

The time spent on this shoot was nearly perfect. “Can’t I help walk Oscar their 7-year-old Labrador just one more time?” I thought. Oscar had been by my side the entire two days. By the end, our bond was inseparable. At one point I had to bring him back to the laundry room and he fell asleep snoring next to me while we were waiting for his next on-set performance. During this time, I sat and admired how cute their laundry room was. It had a punch out window with cross mullions and a Dutch style door so Oscar could stay in but get fresh air flowing through the gallied  space.

On our final day, the homeowners were getting ready for the holiday weekend. When it came time to wrap, I wished to keep cutting watermelon, arranging flowers and fluffing beds for all their guests. Those were spectacular summer days. Some I’ll never forget. A big thank you to Lindsey Stone at Coastal Living magazine for the opportunity to work on the project! And hugs to everyone at Big Leo Productions – dream projects do come true.

Barbara Schmidt