Websites that Inspire

Websites that Inspire

During my online wanderings, I am often underwhelmed by the sameness of so many sites. With the ubiquitousness of certain formats and templates, sometimes there’s very little visually distinguishing different companies. That is why, when I come across websites that inspire with landing pages that are distinctive and inventive, I take a moment to explore. And I must admit, just like those companies with especially enticing packaging or advertising, I make a mental note to try their product before those that don’t make such creative efforts.

While many of you are familiar with the name and perhaps the products of Fornasetti, you may not have visited their incredibly imaginative site.…

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At Home with Susanna Salk and Liz Lange at Grey Gardens

At Home with Susanna Salk and Liz Lange at Grey Gardens

Few homes elicit the same obsessive intrigue as Grey Gardens. Made famous by the late David and Albert Maysles’ 1975 documentary, the house was subsequently featured in an HBO remake with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, as well as endless parodies, most recently Fred Armisen and Bill Hader’s hysterical Sandy Gardens. Immortalized in the true bittersweet tale of Edith Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and her daughter Little Edie, aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the house was almost as much of a star as its occupants. In 1979 the late Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn purchased the house from Little Edie, bringing Grey Gardens back to its former glory with a beautiful and sensitive renovation.…

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Friday Five Favorite Finds III

Friday Five Favorite Finds III

Today’s Friday Five Favorite Finds starts with a pick from an iconic Nantucket institution. Founded in the 1950s by artist and master weaver Andy Oates and businessman Bill Euler, what is now the Nantucket Looms started as a small textile operation.

In the ensuing decades, with longtime employee Liz Winship taking ownership in 1993 and her daughter now CEO, it has grown into a go-to source for not only handwoven textiles and the work of island artists and artisans but full scale interior design. Their signature throws, available in a variety of all-natural fibers, are timeless classics. Handwoven in their studio, they are the perfect addition to any island (or mainland) home.…

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Stylish Yachting

Stylish Yachting

Life on Nantucket revolves around the water. Whether you are in it, on it or just enjoying the view, the endless blue beckons. And while boats are a ubiquitous part of island life, many aren’t interested in the expense or effort of owning one. Of course day rentals are possible for everything from cruising, to whale watching or fishing, but for those interested in the luxury of  yachting life, Barton & Gray may be for you. With a fleet of crewed Hinckleys throughout the Eastern seaboard, from Boston to the Bahamas, Barton & Gray Mariners Club offers members unlimited access for yacht ownership that is appealingly more “amenity than asset.”

And because yachting is all about the experience, Barton & Gray has partnered with several design companies over the past several years (Lilly Pulitzer and Serena & Lily) to outfit their boats in style.…

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Paradise Found – Gardens of Enchantment

Paradise Found – Gardens of Enchantment

Anyone who has perused the pages of books or magazines or even Pinterest boards that feature beautiful gardens, is familiar with the name of Clive Nichols. One of the world’s finest and most famous flower and garden photographers, he has traveled the world photographing gardens that include the HRH The Prince of Wale’s own private garden in Scotland and Lord Rothschild’s in Corfu.

In his latest book, Paradise Found: Gardens of Enchantment, he leads us through a selection of nineteen stunning properties, primarily in England with two in France and one in Italy.

© Paradise Found – Gardens of Enchantment by Clive Nichols, published by teNeues.

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Friday Five Favorite Finds 2

Friday Five Favorite Finds 2

For the second installment of my Friday Five Favorite Finds from Nantucket, we start by visiting the far northeast end of the island. Wauwinet is where the island narrows and curves around with Nantucket bay on one side and the Atlantic a short walk away on the other. Situated in this quiet neighborhood is one of the most beautiful resorts on island, the Wauwinet Inn.

The only island member of the elite Relais & Chateaux group, the inn faces west, looking across the calm of the bay. My first find is the experience of having an evening drink on the terrace or lawn of this beautiful seaside refuge to experience the most spectacular island sunsets.…

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Back to the Land

Back to the Land

While we just celebrated the birthday of our own “land” this weekend, there seems to be a more widespread undercurrent in the air. The appeal of returning back to the land is a movement literally underfoot. From the longstanding farm to table movement, to a renewed interest in home made and artisanal products, where the connection from maker to buyer is transparent, we have slowly progressed to the point where the fantasy of a life even closer to nature is becoming a reality for many.

I’m sure many of you are fans of the talented, entertaining and beautiful Mimi Thorisson.…

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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

From a quintessential American setting, wishing everyone a very happy Fourth of July! The Nantucket fireworks were last night, and while we didn’t venture into town for the festivities, the spirit was evident island-wide, as everyone from storefronts to iconic rose covered cottages proudly display their red, white and blue!

 

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Friday Five Favorite Finds

Friday Five Favorite Finds

For this summer, I am initiating a fun little weekly series, Friday Five Favorite Finds, which I find on my travels out and about on Nantucket. My inaugural offering was made easy as I attended a cocktail reception Thursday evening for the five businesses housed at 2 South Beach Street. Some veteran Nantucket outposts and some new, they all deserve a visit.

In his third summer at 2 South Beach Street, photographer Michael Gaillard is no stranger to Nantucket. Island born, now living in Brooklyn, he received his BA from Stanford, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and an MFA from Columbia.…

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New York Botanical Garden Celebrates 125 Years

New York Botanical Garden Celebrates 125 Years

This year the New York Botanical Garden celebrates 125 years. One of New York City’s most prized cultural institutions, the Botanical Garden is not only an urban oasis of breathtaking beauty, but also a a world-renowned leader in plant research and conservation and an educational facility that attracts both science scholars from around the globe as well as children, deepening the connections between plants and people.

In celebration of the Garden’s 125th anniversary, a newly revised edition of the original encyclopedic resource book, The New York Botanical Garden, documents the many aspects of the institution, with updated text and over 200 new images by Larry Lederman.…

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