Ever since this spread of designer Richard FitzGerald ‘s Cape Cod home appeared in Design New England Magazine, I’ve been dying to share the images! As I know and have blogged about the photographer, Michael J. Lee, I asked him right away for permission to share his gorgeous photos of this beautiful home. And now I can finally post them!
Mr. FitzGerald is an old school interior designer. Based between Massachusetts and Florida, he’s had the kind of career that doesn’t require lots of marketing and promotions. He was inducted into the first class of the New England Design Hall of Fame in 2007. His work has appeared in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Boston Globe and Cape Cod Life, among other publications. FitzGerald also spent a number of years as the decorating editor at House Beautiful and the east coast/European editor for Architectural Digest. But, for all this, when I posted about the Hall of Fame, I was unable to find any photos of his work online!! So, I was thrilled to finally see inside his personal space – his Cape Cod vacation home. Mr. FitzGerald is an avid collector and gardener and his house and gardens reflect his love of both.
This entry way of the house reminds me very much of Edith Wharton’s entry way at The Mount. It has a decided indoor/outdoor feel which smooths the transition from outdoors to in. The lantern hung from a vaulted, barn board ceiling feels very porch like. The iron and stoneware, garden frog and plants enhance this feeling.
How gorgeous is this combination of peach wall with the blue and white! The walls took their cue from the “ancestor” portrait and the blue and white is carried through the pottery and check on the chairs.
How adorable is this little sun room? One thing I find interesting is that the drapes are stationary – they can’t be pulled across the windows. As an aside, this is a great cost saver where an oppulent look is desired, but when privacy isn’t an issue .
The master bedroom opens up to the garden. The master’s master surveys his domain.
And the jewel like pool and gardens.
Mr. FitzGerald refers to himself as a “Jeffersonian” which is apparent in the classic proportions of the pool house. The glossy white with blue coved ceiling is stunning, isn’t it? And I love the pops of pink on the upholstery and plants. Easy and breezy.
Cape Cod vacation anyone??
Well, a big thanks to Michael J. Lee for sharing his beautiful photos of Richard FitzGerald ‘s home with us. You can view Michael’s website here.
Addendum for 2020
This original post was written in 2009. Richard FitzGerald passed away in 2018 at the age of 80. Mr. FitzGerald’s partner, David Webster, owner of the iconic Webster & Co. showroom at the Boston Design Center, just passed away this week, on July 5th. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. FitzGerald and when I wrote this post, I wasn’t aware that this was Mr. Webster’s home as well. I did know Mr. Webster, however, and I, along with the entire New England design community are mourning his passing. He showroom, which closed a couple of years ago, was an oasis of impeccable taste, luxurious brands and a welcoming spirit. Mr. Webster was always so kind to me. He was never too busy to stop and say a few words, sharing a moment from his life and asking about mine. Several years ago, when I had a digital magazine, Mr. Webster allowed me to create a beautiful vignette for one of my covers pulling from his gorgeous inventory. His generosity of spirit will truly be missed. But I know he and Mr. Fitz are together again and heaven is an even more beautiful place.
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