Home Tour: John Derian's 18th-Century New England Home

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Artist John Derian's 18th-century home in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Derian in the kitchen; when he renovated the house, he left the space open so that there would be plenty of room for friends to help prepare food.

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An antique English transferware vase holds flowers for the dinner table.

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Artful Mix


On a shelf in the dining room, Derian's vintage treasures include sea sponges, mercury glass, shells, and handblown bottles.

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Artful Mix


On a bedside table, a handblown carafe from Lebanon and a wicker-covered bottle, both from Derian's store.

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A canopy bed in a guest room is covered with a vintage Indian sari.

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A painting of an artist's palette by Peter Gee stands on a folk-art tripod table.

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Artful Mix


A 19th-century portrait rests atop a fireplace.

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Period Pieces


In an upstairs bedroom, a Federal mirror hangs above an Empire bureau displaying a transferware bowl, a collection of sand dollars, folk-art dice, and a Cire Trudon candle from Derian's store. The walls are made of horsehair-and-seashell plaster and are original to the house. Derian left them bare after stripping the room of wallpaper.

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Provincetown at dusk.

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