Nantucket by Design 2018

Nantucket by Design 2018

With a flurry of lectures, parties, and a multitude of events large and small, last week marked the much anticipated Nantucket by Design 2018. In its third year, the Nantucket Historical Association’s major fundraiser celebrated the island’s unique influence on American design with attendees flocking to the Grey Lady from near and far.

The week launched Wednesday evening with a welcome cocktail party, this year sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, along with Centre Pointe and Oomph, at the lovely island home of design chair Phoebe Tudor.

With the cooperation of lovely weather, we kicked off the week in festive style.…

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At Home in Connecticut with One Kings Lane President Debbie Propst

At Home in Connecticut with One Kings Lane President Debbie Propst

One Kings Lane President Debbie Propst walks the walk. During the day she works to make OKL a desired design destination for bringing unique style home and at her bucolic country house in Connecticut, she has done exactly that, working with The Studio, the design services team at One Kings Lane, who helped update her house to reflect her own personal style. Mixing vintage picks with selections from the enormous offerings at One Kings Lane, she proves that the practical needs of a young family and stylish living aren’t mutually exclusive. Tag along with Susanna Salk and me for a behind the scenes visit with Debbie at her welcoming country home.…

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Nantucket Friday Favorites – Guest House Chic

Nantucket Friday Favorites – Guest House Chic

One of the most photo friendly areas on Nantucket is the charming town of Sconset in the southeast corner of the island. With an abundance of rose covered cottages and a tiny “town,” it is brimming with history and nostalgia.

Several years ago, I shared one of my first house tours –  a stylish home on the Bluff. Today we visit their guest house, where style and comfort meet summer living with ease.

While the guest house has been renovated, it retains a cottage feel and proportion, with lattice trim, deep overhangs and more whimsical architectural details, distinguishing it from the main house.…

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Summer Entertaining Favorites

Summer Entertaining Favorites

While I edit my shots from my latest Nantucket house tours, I thought I would share an easy summer entertaining recipe, along with some favorite pantry and table picks. I published this same recipe quite a few years back which many of you newer readers may not have seen.

One of the many cookbooks I accumulated during my publishing years, The Art of Good Cooking by Paul Peck is a sleeper of a classic with many terrific recipes. Originally published in 1961 (I own the even harder to find later paperback edition), it contains one of my favorite easy yet delicious summer staples.…

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Nantucket Friday Favorites – Boathouse Chic

Nantucket Friday Favorites – Boathouse Chic

In downtown Nantucket, across from where the car ferry ushers in its seasonal visitors, sits the historic Old North Wharf. Originally built in 1750 for the burgeoning fishing trade, the tiny shacks lining its width were eventually transformed into cottages for more residential use.

One of the most charming boathouses is actually two cottages combined, that its owners use for entertaining, for occasional guest overflow from their in-town main house and for prepping outings on their classic Hinckley Picnic Boat, docked off of their deck, below, where one of the Nantucket by Design All-Star Private Dinners will be held (more about that at the end of the post).…

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Nantucket Friday Favorites – Greater Light

Nantucket Friday Favorites – Greater Light

I’m woefully late for last week’s Friday favorite from here on Nantucket. All I can say is that island time is real! We’ll be talking more about the Nantucket Historical Association and their important work this summer including next month’s Nantucket by Design, their largest fundraiser of the year. The NHA owns and oversees several historic sites and properties on island. One of my favorites and this week’s Friday Favorite is Greater Light, below.

Originally built in 1790 by the Macy family as a livestock barn, it was discovered in 1929 by Gertrude and Hanna Monaghan (below – Hanna on the left and Gertrude on the right) as they followed a herd of cows up Main Street. …

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Marvelous on Mallorca

Marvelous on Mallorca

While I am happily ensconced in my summer outpost here on Nantucket, I still enjoy vicariously exploring other vacation destinations. In this month’s British House & Garden, a beautiful home on Mallorca piqued my curiosity.

In the rural region of Manocor on this Spanish island, a 200 year old farmhouse was sympathetically restored by Madrid architect and designer, Ramón García Jurado, for a stylish mix of old and new. Above the tempting pool with green tile that blends with the verdant landscape.

In the entry, above and below, Ammonite fossils on an gutsy antique Spanish console are flanked by slender 70’s rattan chairs from Anmoder in Madrid.…

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Friday Favorites – Nantucket On the Go

Friday Favorites – Nantucket On the Go

This week’s Friday Favorites is a tad late due to the continuing Fourth of July week. With family on island, it’s been a parade of endless meals, games and activities! And with the (mostly) glorious weather, comes island and beach exploring with not necessarily time for sit down meals during the day. Luckily, there are many places to facilitate the Nantucket on the go lifestyle. Here are a few to remember for your next trip.

Something Natural is an island institution. For almost 50 years, this popular sandwich shop and bakery has been known for their delicious bread (sold throughout the island), sandwiches, organic juices and tempting homemade baked goods.…

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Happy July 4th

Happy July 4th

Wishing everyone a very happy July 4th from here on Nantucket, where the appeal of the gray lady is epitomized by this well-known rose covered cottage. One of the most photographed houses on island, it reflects the spirit and charm of this small yet special island destination. Years ago, the roses used to almost totally envelop the house and now seem to be making a comeback after a dearth of blooms for a period.

photo above by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

Once owned by designer Jeffrey Bilhuber, the house, according to friend and local realtor Jeanne Hicks, was sold, years ago, fully furnished and you can see why below, in a few images from an article in Architectural Digest in 2003.…

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At Home on Nantucket with Gary McBournie

At Home on Nantucket with Gary McBournie

Drive up to designer Gary McBournie‘s charming Nantucket home and you are greeted by an enormous green privet hedge punctuated by a vibrant blue door, beyond which a gorgeous courtyard blooming with hydrangea and island friendly flowers reveals itself like a secret garden. Inside, the light filled house is infused with Gary’s signature saturated colors and a mix of finds from Nantucket to his and partner, Bill Richards’, international travels. Tag along with me and host Susanna Salk for a behind the scenes video visit to this bright and happy Nantucket island home!

After many years living on Nantucket, Gary finally found the H shaped ranch house he’d been searching for in Shimmo, a convenient island location.

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