Summer Sounds: A Pair of Musicians' Effortlessly Cool Redone Cape in Westerly, RI

A laidback put to escape to: That is what introduced musicians and artists Sean Spellman and My Larsdotter from Portland, Oregon California and Copenhagen to the tiny seaside city of Westerly, Rhode Island.

“I was touring with my band for many yrs, and I had made the decision to depart Portland so that I could roam a tiny, are living on the highway for a whilst, in my van, at friends’, and many others.,” Sean wrote to us. He’s in a band referred to as Tranquil Lifetime and is a painter and artist (you can place his minimal, classic-y operate in our attribute on Hotel Joaquin in Laguna, CA, amongst other locations) My (pronounced “Me”) is initially from Sweden and is in a band identified as My Bubba. In between the two of them, it’s been tour following tour. “I required to eliminate myself from metropolis everyday living, given that we have been generally grinding away and touring for new music, to just crystal clear my head a little bit and slow down so that when we ended up off tour I could form of chill out without having interruptions,” Sean says. He rented a friend’s guest household in Westerly a person summer and was hooked. “The reward is that my folks are living 40 minutes absent,” he provides.

Sean and My located a 1936 acpe much less than a mile from the ocean, bordered by a family farm and preserved forests, and, with the support of close friends, established about renovating the area, stripping it down and filling it with Sean’s own art and classic finds collected about the yrs. It’s a “live-in gallery” of kinds, he says, and the couple’s inventive backgrounds give the interiors a laidback, distinctly interesting sense. Sean started Westerly Seem, a music competition collection, and they are doing the job on acquiring a couple of artist residencies likely, also.

But the few doesn’t are living in the cape itself: They are living with their daughter, Sol, in a flat higher than the garage and let out the household for family vacation rentals. (It was not too long ago named a person of Conde Nast Traveler’s very best Airbnbs inside of three hours of NYC.) There’s a lush permaculture backyard, bikes. and delicate-best surfboards available, and an outdoor shower, hammock, and heaps of LPs. What additional could you have to have for a minimal escape?

Here’s a seem.

Pictures by Nick Ventura, courtesy of Sean Spellman.

the exterior of the tidy two bedroom, one and a half bath cape, set among garde 9
Above: The exterior of the tidy two bedroom, one particular-and-a-50 %-tub cape, established amid gardens and along with protected forest. “We love the cedar shakes, of system,” says Sean. “I was so anal about preserving the lovely silvery seem of the cedar that when we had new windows mounted I took a wire brush and roughed up just about every new shingle all over them by hand.” (The new home windows are Anderson 400 Collection.)

In the backyard garden: pawpaw trees, elderberries, and a peach tree that arrived with the area. “My likes the elderberries for the reason that they remind her of her hometown in Sweden,” Sean says.

inside, a stripped back living room with walls painted in sherwin williams& 10
Previously mentioned: Inside, a stripped-again dwelling space with walls painted in Sherwin Williams’ Shoji White and pine mantel (a simpler alternative for the ornate one particular that was there). The artwork higher than it is Sean’s have. “I’ve been producing paintings like this on custom-produced boat canvas,” he suggests. “I considered this piece was incredibly fitting for the home.”

“I’ve been digging by means of thrift and antique retailers and estate/property profits for many years, so quite a few of the matters in and on the dwelling are from areas like that,” says Sean. “I expended yrs on the highway with my band and then traveling/dwelling in my van for a although and utilized to on a regular basis decide on up items in my travels.”

Previously mentioned L: The entryway, equipped just. “I traded a portray for this wonderful Menke Ceramics gentle fixture,” states Sean. Over R: “The constructed-ins were being replaced and reconfigured in the residing space with easy pine cabinets.”
in the living room, what sean calls the
Previously mentioned: In the residing place, what Sean calls the “listening station.” The turntable and speakers are vintage, the stand is from an estate sale, and the pair identified the rocker on Facebook Marketplace.
built ins divide living room from kitchen. on the shelves, says sean:
Earlier mentioned: Developed-ins divide residing area from kitchen. On the cabinets, says Sean: “a painting of mine framed in a wood West Elm body, some driftwood, a thrifted lamp, a thrifted map of Block Island, and a discovered remarkable spherical planter.”
Above: “The table was manufactured by my pal Kevin from scrap wood that the last homeowners remaining in the basement,” Sean claims of the eating table. “The chairs are from my ideal neighborhood thrift store.”
the summer ready kitchen, with walls in sherwin williams
Earlier mentioned: The summer-completely ready kitchen area, with walls in Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster and flooring painted in Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray (“a Remodelista tip,” Sean states). “We ended up setting up to construct new plywood doors for all the cupboards, but we didn’t have time before the summer time rental time. That may well occur this wintertime. Rather we just set new knobs on.” (They are Amazon Principles Spherical Cupboard Knobs.) The countertop and faucet are both of those from Ikea—Kasker quartz and Bosjon, respectively.

In the hallway: “a pine peg rail (not genuine Shaker), and my preferred Stetson is hanging there,” claims Sean. Yet another portray of his hangs in a thrifted body.

Over: A little painting by Sean, driftwood collected “from the seashore down the road,” and family vacation reading substance.
a glimpse of the small half bath downstairs.
Higher than: A glimpse of the smaller fifty percent tub downstairs. “My pal Sam Agnello helped make this materialize he’s about to open up a quite awesome cafe in Westerly named Cinder,” Sean states. “I preferred the toilet to sense like a sauna, but we couldnt pay for cedar, so we went with shiplap pine. We ripped the boards to quite a few various widths and set them up vertically with nickle gaps. Getting rid of the drywall as a substitute of placing the pine on major of it authorized us to set the recessed shelving where ever we required, although we had to function about some plumbing.”

The mirror was a community obtain, and the vase is from a “backstage tour” of Heath Ceramics with a mate of Sean’s. “She even let me glaze a piece there. What a location,” he claims. “The palm rose I obtained in the Caribbean in excess of 10 several years ago.”

the sunny main bedroom.
Higher than: The sunny key bed room. “All of the furniture is thrifted, apart from the Ikea bed body,” Sean claims. “We did not shun choosing particular points from Ikea. My’s mom just retired from doing the job in small business advancement at Ikea in Sweden and Athens, Greece, for over 20 a long time, so it is in the family members.”
the walls are done in benjamin moore
Previously mentioned: The walls are done in Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White. A painting by Sean hangs over the bed.
Over: “I bought this desk at a Salvation Army when I was 23,” suggests Sean of the desk in the primary bed room. Most things below, much too, are thrifted, other than for the portray and postcards by Sean.

Earlier mentioned: “Neither of us had been in one put for much more than a pair months for significantly of the very last decade,” says Sean, “so becoming dad and mom and staying in this article operating on this property in Westerly without leaving more than a handful of periods in the past calendar year is some thing we are really happy of.” In this article, Sol, Sean, and My in the garden.

N.B.: Observe @southcountyhouse and @seanwspellman on Instagram for updates—and ebook on Airbnb right in this article.

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