A Modern Beach House with spectacular views out in Truro, MA


Beach house exterior in Truro, Massachusetts overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and wildflowers.

Are you ready for the long 4th of July weekend here in the US? I’m not actually a huge fan of fireworks and there are plenty of both the legal and illegal kind in the area. I live in a beach community, so it’s party-time all weekend long.

Meanwhile, I wanted to share a set of photos I just got this week (four years later!) of the modern beach house I decorated in Truro, Massachusetts. The project was shot by Paul Blackmore for Cape Cod Magazine and even made the cover!

Modern Coastal House living room in Truro, Massachusetts with off white sofas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

This was a modernist beach house – basically a white box with big windows. Because, after all, when you have this view, there’s no point in obscuring it. The main living room included two seating areas plus the dining area. We wanted to respect the views but also allow for tv viewing, conversation and enjoying the fireplace during the cold New England winter.

Modern Coastal House living room in Truro, Massachusetts with off white sofas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The palette included textural sandy beige colors, brilliant blues and cool stainless steel. The dining side wall had bead board as a nod to traditional Cape Cod beach houses, but the furnishings were all modern clean lines.

Modern Coastal House dining room in Truro, Massachusetts with blue chairs, modern glass dining table and beadboard wall.


Modern Coastal House Truro, Massachusetts dining room blue hydrangea detail with art in the background.

The bedrooms were all simple spaces with a mix of rustic and luxe finishes.

Modern Coastal House bedroom in Truro, Massachusetts with modern canopy bed and beige silk bedding.


Modern Coastal House bedroom in Truro, Massachusetts with rustic wood side table and beige bedding. Restoration Hardware table lamp.


Modern Coastal House bedroom in Truro, Massachusetts with blue silk bedding, beige linen headboard with nailhead trim.


Modern Coastal House bedroom in Truro, Massachusetts with stacked rock table lamp and beige linen headboard with nailheads.

Modern Coastal House bedroom in Truro, Massachusetts gray silk bedding, side table and purple hydrangea
Photo by Linda Merrill

I didn’t design this outdoor shower, but wanted to include it because – who doesn’t want to take an outside shower down on the Cape? This space was the extension off the master bathroom.

Modern Coastal House outdoor shower in Truro, Massachusetts

And, the spectacular view of sunset, which became the cover shot for the magazine…

Modern Coastal House in Truro, Massachusetts blue deck chairs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

And the cover…

Cape Cod Magazine Truro Cover looking at sunset Modern Coastal House

All photos © Paul Blackmore, except where noted.

Because these photos were shot for the magazine, I wasn’t given much choice in what shots were taken and no choice in what made it into the magazine. I was thrilled with the story however. I ran into the photographer this week at a party on Cape Cod and asked if he could send me the hi-res versions and he kindly did! Up until now I’ve been using images I scanned from the magazine and some that I took on my iPad.

Back to July 4th, I just ran across this fabulous conversation between actor Williams Daniels, who played John Adams in the broadway and movie productions of the musical “1776!” and Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of “Hamilton”.  If you’re a musical theater and/or history geek as I am, this is great reading. I’ll certainly be watching “1776!” on Netflix at some point this weekend and am very excited to have tickets to “Hamilton” when it comes to Boston in 2018. (long wait, but it will be worth it!)

What’s up for your weekend?



xoxo Linda Would you like my Favorite Tips for a Well-Decorated Home? Click here!

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