NYSID at Nantucket by Design

NYSID at Nantucket by Design

As a board member of both the Nantucket Historical Association and the New York School of Interior Design, Maria Spears was instrumental in orchestrating a unique and creative event for Nantucket by Design. Nantucket represents the best of old and new and in thinking of how to meld the island’s history with the power of design, a group of NYSID students were invited to reimagine two rooms in Nantucket’s oldest house.

Built as a wedding gift in 1686 for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner by their fathers, what is now known as the Jethro Coffin House, is not only the oldest house on island but the sole surviving structure from the Nantucket’s original English settlement.…

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Ike Kligerman Barkley at Nantucket by Design

Ike Kligerman Barkley at Nantucket by Design

After almost four decades of presenting the Nantucket Antiques Show as their major annual fundraising event, the Nantucket Historical Association updated and rebranded this much anticipated week, introducing Nantucket by Design this year. Honing in the focus on design and designers, they organized, under the capable, enthusiastic and energized leadership of inaugural chairman Maureen Bousa, a terrific week of events highlighting established and emerging talent as well as iconic island properties and local resources.

Several of the popular events remained, including the kick-off VIP cocktail party, the Design Luncheon and the “All-Star” Design Panel, moderated by Susan Zises Green. In its fifth year, the Design Luncheon features an esteemed speaker from the world of design, this year a team of three – John Ike, Tom Kligerman and Joel Barkley, partners in the distinguished architectural firm Ike Kligerman Barkley. …

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Friday Five Favorite Finds VIII

Friday Five Favorite Finds VIII

This week’s Friday Five Favorite Finds starts with a discovery that truly deserves its own post. But with many articles simmering on the back burner, this favorite find will lead off the group today. I’m not quite sure how I have never known about the Weaving Room, Anna Lynn Bender’s enticing Nantucket studio.

As I slowly drove by and caught a glimpse through the open door, I immediately found a parking place to explore inside. Upon entering, I knew I had found something special.

Beautiful rugs, throws and pillows, all casually yet artfully arranged, greeted me.

Everywhere I looked was a visual artisanal treat.…

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Sneak Peek: The Box Updated in Galerie Magazine

Sneak Peek: The Box Updated in Galerie Magazine

When Hudson News founders Lisa and James Cohen came to the conclusion that most art magazines were a tad dry and unapproachable, they decided the logical solution was to launch one of their own. Embodying lifestyle topics of travel, architecture, fashion, art and interiors, galerie is already, after its inaugural issue last April, finding its niche among those who want, as editor-in-chief Suzanne Slesin explains, “everything but not anything.” In the second issue, on newsstands September 1,  there are articles across a wide spectrum of art and design, from artisans and artists, to products and projects, including a fantastic apartment in Paris, designed by the late and great Alberto Pinto, featured on the cover, below.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Christopher Spitzmiller

At Home with Susanna Salk and Christopher Spitzmiller

During the week, gifted ceramicist and lamp designer Christopher Spitzmiller is in his New York City studio, busy creating the exquisite lamps, plates and accessories prized by those who appreciate the finest handmade products in the world of design. But on the weekends, he can’t wait to escape to the heart of the Hudson Valley where his bucolic retreat, Clove Brook Farm awaits. There, in a beautifully renovated 19th century farmhouse, he gardens, tends to his growing animal brood and entertains local friends lucky enough to receive an invitation.Please join Susanna and me as we take you behind the scenes for a video visit with Chris at the enchanting Clove Brook Farm.…

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Friday Five Favorite Finds VII

Friday Five Favorite Finds VII

This week’s Friday Five Favorite Finds begins downtown at The White Elephant, the sister property of the Wauwinet Inn, which I recommended earlier in the season.

Located along the harbor, where we started our cruise with the Audrey Sterk-decorated Hinckley several weeks ago, it has the best of both worlds – convenient location and waterfront views with harbor access.

The resort’s restaurant, The Brant Point Grill, is a civilized al fresco lunch spot, perfect to meet a friend, take a break from the downtown melee and enjoy the breezy harbor and garden views.

With plenty of shade, attentive service and appealing menu, it provided a delicious mid-week treat with fresh fried oysters and a glass of chilled rosé!…

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Tony Duquette Jewelry at Sotheby’s

Tony Duquette Jewelry at Sotheby’s

Before we return to activities on Nantucket, I wanted to be sure that the legions of readers who are Tony Duquette jewelry fans were aware of the upcoming auction at Sotheby’s, from August 18 – 30th.  The auction house’s first online-only jewelry sale, it is structured similarly to eBay, with each lot going to the highest bidder at the close.

Featuring 32 extravagant jewels by the famous designer, the sale includes a wide variety of more is more statement pieces. As explained in my piece on the new Tony Duquette/Hutton Wilkinson pieces, the starburst is a classic Duquette motif that can be seen in the offerings above.…

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Nantucket Update

Nantucket Update

With a busy week on island and visiting guests, there hasn’t been time to bring you a Nantucket update. But here is a sneak peek at a bit of what’s been happening and some of the new posts coming soon. So hang on – I’ll be back with you in a flash!!

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Friday Five Favorite Finds VI

Friday Five Favorite Finds VI

This installment of Friday Five Favorite Finds starts at an all time favorite island restaurant. While Chanticleer may be a new and different iteration from the classical French gastronomic experience it once was, it is still a delicious and charming culinary destination.

Whether you eat inside or out in the romantic rose garden, you are sure to have a memorable meal. Do keep it in mind if you are ever having a special event on island. While we ate there this week, a live proposal took place in the garden – a surprise event that received a round of applause from onlooking diners.…

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Nashville Travels with Jonathan Savage

Nashville Travels with Jonathan Savage

The first time I became acquainted with Nashville designer Jonathan Savage was several years ago on the stylish shopping site Taigan, where he maintains an online shop featuring a chic mix of coveted global finds from furniture to accessories. Fast forward to this past spring when I was in Nashville to moderate a panel at the Antiques & Garden Show. Jonathan, who hosted a smashing cocktail party in celebration of the show at his home, below, was kind enough to connect and tour me around town to see some local sites and several of his projects.

While he grew up in Tennessee, Jonathan took a few detours before returning there to make Nashville his home.…

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