Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Saturday visit to the Spotted Cod...and our give-away winner!

Last Saturday, Jenny and I were invited to do a book signing at the home decor shop The Spotted Cod in Sandwich, MA.  It is about a two and a half hour trek south from our town - through Boston and on to Cape Cod. We've traveled close to the town on many occasions on our way to Nantucket, but have never had the opportunity to stop and visit. Well, what an enchanting trip it was.

I met the shop owner of The Spotted Cod, Lee Repetto, a couple of years ago at one of my favorite antique haunts. We became fast friends and recently we saw each other again and chatted about doing an event. The date was set and saw the fulfillment of visiting Lee's shop, meeting her customers, and greeting lots of fans of HOLIDAY.

The town is a quintessential New England village complete with early architecture, charming streets, and storybook holiday decorations.  The COD is tucked between the Daniel Webster Inn and an amazing cafe/gourmet food shop The Brown Jug (which has a special wine annex in an adjacent building). The houses are set close together, twinkle lights are all about, and holly and boxwood sprouts like a natural thicket of Christmas cheer. This group of businesses has created quite a stylish enclave of lifestyle shopping, with the best home accessories and great cheese, wine, and other foodie faves all within steps of each other. And the Spotted Cod and The Brown Jug owners and staff are fun and flirty - like Mary and Rhoda popping into each others apartments for quirky laughs and light bulbs.

We entered Lee's store, which is a magical mix of unique home accessories arranged in luscious and enviable color palettes.  Lots of beautiful "one of a kind" artisan wares - many of which are made special or custom embellished just for the shop - making this experience a definite must for anyone looking for something fresh, stylish, and different. I was totally enthralled with the beach glass-colored room which is filled with items in the most incredible shades of blues and greens. Lee has a real affinity for these hues and has found a myriad of handcrafts in multiple materials that will literally make you jump for joy... I LOVED it!!  And there is so much to thrill over: pottery, glass, tabletop, linens, jewelry, home, and fashion accessories. Beautiful art, candles, and ornaments all perfectly made and displayed Lee, Dee and Philly (Lee's amazing visual display team). 
The gift basket was spectacular... filled with delicious provisions for snacks, breakfast, drinks and hors douvres.  We will enjoy every bit of  the bounty... a lovely and very unexpected gift. 

We wrapped up our day with the lovely treat of dinner at the Daniel Webster Inn with Lee and her team. We found more things in common, including dealers that we know and handcrafts that we are both fans of.  It was an amazing day in a magical place and I am sure we will return many, many times. 

Clip and punch this tag and hang it on your memo board as a reminder to visit The Spotted Cod. We loved the collection of wicker picnic baskets to tote our finds and the accessories in sea glass colors and shells and ornaments in dreamy shades of blues and greens.
Sandwich, Massachusetts and The Spotted Cod... make a day to visit.


 Now, on to the winner of the Joy to the World print:
A big congratulations goes out to
Please send us your full name and mailing address, Joyce, so we can mail you your prize!
Holiday with Matthew Mead is sold only via this website. 
Have you ordered your copy yet?


  1. Funny as I just posted on my blog yesterday about my visit to the Spotted Cod and meeting you! I grew up in Sandwich as I is in fact a very charming town..the oldest town on the Cape. And after meeting you my daughter and I went to the Brown Jug! Enjoying your Holiday mag and your book Entertaining Simple. Happy Holidays!

  2. Now I must say Sandwich is my favourite American town!!!! I love the sweetness of it all...when visiting a while ago I told my husband to please leave me there forever!!! What JOY you had...."sigh"

    Hugs and blessings.xoxox

  3. I've been to those shops, too. Love them indeed. On the topic of Holiday -- what do I do if I never received my copy? I'd love to see what magic it holds...

  4. Lovely post!

    I am having my first giveaway on my blog - a gift card sponsored by CSN Stores. please do come over and enter.

  5. Sounds like a charming town and a delightful shop. Will put them on my list to visit when I am that way. Thanks for sharing!

  6. My parents took my kids to Sandwich in October. I'll have to see if they visited this shop. Might not get back there for a while, since we're in TN, but I'll put it on my list for next time!!!


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