Q&A with Carole King of Porter & Mags

Meet Carole King, owner of Porter & Mags in Dennis Port

When did you open Porter & Mags?

June 2013, in Dennis Port. I had previously owned stores in Weston and South Egremont, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires.

Is there a special meaning behind the name?

One of my closest friends in college was also named Carol. Carol and Carole was too confusing, so all of our friends called us “Porter & Mags,” versions of our last names (my maiden name is Maghery). She and her husband were very supportive when I relocated to the Cape from the Berkshires five years ago, so naming the business after our college nicknames was my way of saying “thank you” to them.

What do you sell in your shop?

Furniture, decorative accessories, unusual lamps, artwork, textiles, area rugs and gifts. In addition to our ready-made products, we offer customers the opportunity to order custom versions of our products. We always have more than 300 decorative pillows in stock, a large selection of textiles from all over the world—throws in alpaca, cotton, cashmere, bamboo and mohair—and an ever-changing collection of small, one-of-a-kind accent pieces that add just the right finishing touch to any space.

Do you offer interior design services as well?

Yes. I founded Details, Inc., the interior design arm of our business, in 1981 in Boston. We are a full-service residential design firm. We’ve done extensive projects all over the U.S. 

Porter & Mags

665 Main St., Dennis Port, 508-394-0944


Wine holder crafted from wine barrel staves, $235

Burnout velvet pillow in a variety of colors and sizes:
8 by 16 inches:$120
16 by 16 inches: $286

Gourd lamp in lagoon, available in custom colors and shades, $450

Stackable book quote $175

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