written by estelle bond guralnick • photographed by eric roth
KEVIN McLAUGHLIN • Since landing in Provincetown,
Massachusetts, this furniture craftsman and his wife have
adopted a stop-and-smell-the-roses lifestyle
living room (left)
features a 25-foot-
high vaulted pine
ceiling. Its generous
size allows furnishings
in two zones: one for
watching TV; the
other, a “Zen” zone
for quiet reading.
The sofa and lounge
chairs are McLaughlin
designs. Kevin and
outside their P-town
home (right), are
ready to bike to town.
LITTLE DID CITY-BRED KEVIN AND JEANNIE McLAUGHLIN suspect when they bought a getaway retreat in Provincetown, Massachusetts, that not only would it change their lives, but their value system as well. “I used to live to work,” says Kevin. “Now — and we both feel the same way — we work to live.” As third-generation leader of McLaughlin Upholstering Co. in
Everett, Massachusetts, the high-end, to-the-trade firm started by his grandfather in
1889, Kevin is no stranger to the importance of beauty in personal surroundings (see
his Charlestown, Massachusetts, triplex in Design New England’s May/June 2007 issue).
But now he and Jeannie feel truly at home. The wonders of nature and the remarkable
warmth of village life have got them hook, line, and sinker.
It all started in 2004 when a friend invited them to dinner at Captain Jack’s
Wharf, fishing cabins turned condos on a colorful, authentic wharf, followed by an
alluring tour of what the locals call P-town. The food — and vibe — were great, and
so the next summer they returned for a week, found a condominium to buy, and subsequently had an intimate P-town wedding followed by a clambake on the beach.
Two years ago, totally immersed in the community, they decided the time had