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John Derian Cape Cod House Tour

House Tour: John Derian's Cape Cod Home

I'm excited to present a post from one of my favorite sites, ShelterPop!

The decoupage artist and retailer's Provincetown, MA, home lets its history show.

Is it possible to have a crush on someone's house? If so, I must confess to being hopelessly in love with John Derian's home. Ever since we had our first glimpse into Mr. Derian's interior world in a feature of his home in Elle Decor in 2006, we've been admiring his style from afar.

Several years back, Derian expanded beyond his New York City apartment and purchased an 18th-century home in Provincetown, MA. It hadn't been renovated in decades. While many would have gutted the old house, Derian left much of what he found unchanged, and it's served as a perfect backdrop for his timeless designs and eclectic collection of antique furnishings. We caught up with Derian and asked him to tell us about this handsome home.

The home features several sitting rooms, including the casual living space seen above. Derian says he believes the house was renovated in the 1830s, and the cabinet to the left of the fireplace was likely part of that renovation. The perfectly simple white wingback chair is the Butterfly Chair, one of Derian's own designs.


The living room is furnished with a pair of Derian's Cove Sofas (the corner of which can be seen above); they are adorned with John Robshaw's printed pillows. The rustic wooden stool is an item from Derian's shop. Of the old beams that have been cut and shaved to size, Derian says: "I use them everywhere — outside, too!"

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The lines of the couch in this seating area echo the house's 18th-century era; the Geranium Sofa is yet another of Derian's own designs.

Throughout the house, Derian kept some of the existing wallpapers that date from the 1930s and '40s despite their faded — and sometimes crumbling — condition. In this upstairs hallway, he chose to leave the actual wallpaper fragments hanging. "They seem to tell a story — I couldn't resist. Plus, the wallpaper is beautiful," says Derian. "It has an amazing patina on it, the perfect yellow." Paired with his pitch-perfect furnishing style, these antique papers don't look shabby but rather create a unique backdrop for the home.

Intrigued? See the bedroom spaces and more on Shelterpop.

Here are a few of my other favorite ShelterPop posts from the week.

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