When Flair New York co-owner Jon Maroto purchased a shingled 1880 fisherman’s house in Provincetown, Massachusetts, he asked his friend and the shop’s other owner, George Nunno, to collaborate on decorating the idyllic Cape Cod getaway. The result? A stylish home with a gorgeous nautical palette.
The house, situated on a quiet street several blocks from the heart of the village, is a more basic version of a Greek Revival. While the home was in disrepair, Nunno was attracted to its original bones and its large yard, a rarity in central Provincetown. The resort town’s popularity as a summer destination has resulted in an increase in subdivisions and a scarcity of available plots of land. While Nunno and Jon wanted to bring Flair style to the retreat, maintaining the home’s historical and architectural integrity was of paramount importance, and ultimately the focus of the revamp.
After a two-year renovation of the structure, the men tackled the interior design in the same focused manner. A mix of antiques, imports, local art, and some furnishings from Flair created an understated haven with a relaxed Cape Cod vibe. Nunno strayed from the black-and-white color scheme that is so well-known in his store and embraced signature Cape Cod blue and white throughout.
Antique mounted red coral is displayed on a Directoire-style chest from Flair Florence.
The charming living room with oversize fireplace reveals what Nunno and Jon do so well—mix eras to create something familiar yet original and fresh. A Chippendale sofa sits harmoniously next to a pair of 1950s Italian lounge chairs purchased in Florence and upholstered in a graphic blue-and-white fabric. A custom area rug from France in the same hues unites the color scheme. Abstract wave patterns swirl on velvet pillows atop the sofa, echoing the nearby sea. Artwork on the walls hails exclusively from the Provincetown area.
While preserving the past was a major objective in the renovation, so was opening the home to create space for entertaining in a convivial atmosphere. “We wanted it to feel airy. We chose a big dining table that seats 10 people, and more often than not, every seat is filled,” Jon says. Dining chairs with a Chinese fret design on the backs surround a large Napoleon III dining table. A custom braided blue-and-white rug anchors the room. The grand statement piece, though, is the china cabinet, a vintage Parisian vitrine found in a French flea market. It shows off a large collection of blue-and-white dishes and serveware that Jon uses when he has guests.
Custom built-in shelving by Cape Associates creates an alcove for the bed, topped with a Calvin Klein Home navy blue cover and a vintage Hermès anchor blanket.
The home’s outside deck, covered by a wisteria-laced pergola, is modeled after a Texas deck, the uppermost deck on a steamer or riverboat. “It’s like being on a boat,” Jon says. But rather than overlooking water, the view includes his garden, a series of three room-like areas. Situated off Jon’s bedroom, the deck lends itself to quiet moments, with a wide, inviting chaise longue covered in black and white. “That chaise with a stack of books—I could spend all day there,” Jon says “There’s nowhere I feel happier.”