Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket 2015

Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket 2015

Benefitting the worthy Nantucket Historical Association, the Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket is always an August highlight on island. With just one more day to visit, I wanted to share a few favorites from this year’s show. When attending the preview at the opening night cocktail party, both designer Suzanne Tucker (who spoke on the design panel Friday morning) and I admired (and instagrammed) an unusual 19th century cast iron urn in a rare oval shape from the Finnegan Gallery in Chicago.

They also are showing an unusually large mid-19th century French enameled cast iron conservatory planter. With lion head handles and lovely blue and white decorative pattern, it would be a marvelous addition to any room.…

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Virtual Postcard | Kevin Isbell in Sardinia

Virtual Postcard | Kevin Isbell in Sardinia

Welcome to a new installment of our summer video travel series VIRTUAL POSTCARD. When I noticed that designer Kevin Isbell was planning a trip to Sardinia this summer, I immediately nabbed him for an episode, knowing his seasoned eye would capture the beauty of this distinctive destination. The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia boasts both dramatic natural vistas and proud ancient traditions. Tag along with Kevin as he takes us with him to this unique European island paradise.

Often inspired by his love of travel, Kevin’s interiors are as sophisticated and wordly as they are comfortable and functional. Elegantly layered with cultural references, there is a thread of where he’s been or would like to go in everything he designs.…

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McMillen at Home: Three Generations of Style

McMillen at Home: Three Generations of Style

Founded in 1924 by Mrs. Drury McMillen, McMillen Inc. is the oldest, continuously operating interior design firm in America. And I can’t think of any other design firm that can boast of having three generations of women from one family in its fold. Last fall, the New York School of Interior Design mounted a landmark retrospective celebrating McMillen’s nine decades of distinguished design. Susanna and I were thrilled to meet with Ann Pyne, current president of McMillen, curator of the exhibition and daughter of legendary McMillen designer and president Betty Sherrill, and Ann’s daughter Elizabeth Pyne, a designer at the youthful McMillen Plus division, to tour the show and chat about three generations of McMillen style.…

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Bringing the World Home

Bringing the World Home

Monday I head back to Nantucket for a big week of design. The annual Antiques & Design Show starts on Friday with several attending events including the festive opening night party and design panel, which this year includes Susanne Kasler, Amanda Linderoth, Charlotte Moss, Matthew Patrick Smyth and Suzanne Tucker. Next weekend also features the biggest auction of the season at Rafael Osona which is also a treat. And coming soon I will have insider peeks at two beautiful island homes. Our Virtual Postcard will continue with some exciting episodes from traveling design mavens around the world. And stop by Monday for the next episode of Susanna’s and my At Home with video series.…

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bohemiachic at Privet Lives

bohemiachic at Privet Lives

When at the Day of Design at the Mayflower Grace last month, fellow speaker Kathy McCarver Root sported a fantastic necklace I admired. She explained that the long chain, with a color coordinated assortment of unusual charms and objets, was the work of friend Maura de Visscher, founder of bohemiachic. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that Privet Lives in New Preston, already a favorite stop in the area, was hosting Maura for their latest pop-up. I was up in Litchfield County on a shoot Monday and co-owner Suzanne Cassano was kind enough to open shop so I could have a peek.…

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Summer Inspiration

Summer Inspiration

It was a rather rude awakening to return home from the cool crisp Maine air to the sweltering heat and humidity of Connecticut. I would rather be sitting on the lawn at Migis  seeing the water skiers come in

lazing near the docks

or watching my husband and daughter duel it out on the courts from the shade of our cabin’s porch.

But since I am ensconced in my air conditioned office, our summer inspiration today comes via virtual visits. You can take a trip to Mallorca with novelist Emma Straub, photographer Alexi Silvagni and NYC boutique owner Liana Pai and family in this month’s CN Traveler.…

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Dangling Downeast

Dangling Downeast

While I may be happily ensconced downeast in one of my favorite summer enclaves, I forgot to pack my laptop charger. So as my battery dwindles dangerously close to zero, I leave you with my beautiful view lakeside at Migis Lodge in Maine where the luxury of old school hospitality, crystal blue Lake Sebago against the vibrant green Maine pines and a healthy dose of fresh air, lobster and sinful hot fudge sundaes will keep me going until I am back in business. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. You can follow along on Instagram for a peek at more of Migis’ magic moments.…

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Shopping the Wharf on Nantucket | SPACE and Scrub Oak

Shopping the Wharf on Nantucket | SPACE and Scrub Oak

In its third year at 4 Old South Wharf, SPACE has made a name for itself sourcing stylish hand crafted, artistic products from near and far.

Owner Elise Gura has a great sense of the special, honed from years of eclectic experience all leading to her settling in this unique space on the wharf on Nantucket. After 25 years as a chef, she then turned her skills to flowers, working for renowned floral designers Renny Reynolds and Stonekelly. Her entrée into design was at Peter Marino where she sourced textiles. After stints in New York and Aspen, Elise’s love of travel, food and culture and sourcing unusual finds finally brought her back to Nantucket where she opened SPACE.…

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Shopping the Wharf on Nantucket | Table No. 1

Shopping the Wharf on Nantucket | Table No. 1

While there are many mainstays on the island, shopping the wharf on Nantucket can be a little like musical chairs. Some businesses start here and then move on “uptown” to more permanent lodgings but some remain, finding a fit with the seasonal charm of the small shop spaces. This week I took a trip to see what was new. My first destination was Table No. 1, Sarah Powers’ new wine and cheese emporium.

A seasoned professional with years of experience helping to market a variety of international lifestyle brands with a focus on food, fine wines and spirits, from Champagne Krug and Cakebread Cellars to Johnny Walker Blue and the Wines of Chile, Sarah’s passion is to spread the word about these people and their brands, as well as the many other farmers and artisans she has met along the way.…

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Living Large in Small Spaces | House Beautiful Sneak Peek

Living Large in Small Spaces | House Beautiful Sneak Peek

Ever since I saw last year’s Designer Showhouse at Sotheby’s, I knew Max Sinsteden and Catherine Olasky of Olasky & Sinsteden were a young team to watch. With pedigreed design backgrounds and well-traveled experience, their stylish mix of updated traditional is sophisticated and refreshing. I only had to meet Max once (although I am happy to say I have now seen him on numerous occasions) to realize that he lives large – his passion for design and enthusiasm for a life well lived is upbeat and contagious. So while it might be surprising to learn that he lives in a 525 feet rental apartment, the fact that it is supremely chic, comfortable and eminently livable is certainly not a surprise in the least!…

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