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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Visiting Italy with Trust & Travel

Visiting Italy with Trust & Travel

It’s August, the official vacation month of the year. So as I think of future travel and its infinite possibilities, high on my list would be a languorous stay in Italy. What better way to experience a place than to be a homeowner, even if temporarily. One of the benefits of authoring this site is the talented people I meet such as reader Katharina Allès Trauttmandorff and her impressive business, Trust & Travel. No ordinary travel agency, Trust & Travel brings history to life with a portfolio of Italian properties with distinguished pasts.

Villa Spada in Tuscany

After working in the 1990’s on the wine estate of La Foce in Tuscany, below, Katharina was asked by the owner if she could help him transform part of it into a holiday rental home.…

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Friday Five Favorite Finds V

Friday Five Favorite Finds V

Today’s first pick of our Friday Five Favorite Finds is Flowers on Chestnut. The place to go on Nantucket for beautiful flowers is housed in a charming house at 1 Chestnut Street in the heart of downtown.

Whether you are looking for a single bouquet for your island home, rental or boat or multiple floral arrangements for a wedding (see what they did for my niece’s Nantucket nuptials) or major event, the selection at this charming shop is consistently stunning.

In a new space on the wharf this year is the pop-up Town Pool, which you may know from their popular Instagram feed.…

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ReMain Nantucket

ReMain Nantucket

Behind the charm of the cobblestone streets and rose covered cottages, Nantucket is a real-life, year round community that has not only the same considerations of any small town but also the additional challenges of island life, an iconic historic district and a seasonal tourist trade. Throughout the years there have been summer visitors who fall in love with the allure of the Grey Lady, and decide to stay. Melissa Philbrick hadn’t even summered on island when, in 1986, she moved here with her husband, author Nathaniel Philbrick and two young children. A Boston lawyer, she had grown tired of her commute and joined an island firm, eventually setting up her own real estate practice in 1996.…

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Behind the Scenes at Christie’s

Behind the Scenes at Christie’s

This year, Christie’s is celebrating its 250th anniversary. And while there have been many special exhibitions and events this year at their outposts around the world, today I take you on a quick virtual trip online behind the scenes at the auction house where they have posted interviews and special relevant pieces for the occasion. Since 1766, Christie’s has been offering art, antiques and precious objects to collectors around the globe, from James Christie’s sales of Sir Robert Walpole’s and Catherine the Great’s art collections in 1778 to now 350 auctions annually that this year alone totaled $3 billion.

To mark this significant year in their history, they have, for example, collaborated with their property division, Christie’s International Real Estate, to share online five historic British estates for sale that represent the best of British architecture through the ages.…

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Friday Five Favorite Finds IV

Friday Five Favorite Finds IV

This week’s Friday Five Favorite Finds starts off with a bit of Nantucket history. In the early 18th century, the island was made up primarily of Quaker and Congregational worshippers, a century later adding a second Congregational Churches on island, with the original “north church” on Centre Street and the “south church” on Orange Street.

By the middle of the 19th century, the Orange Street church, became the Unitarian Church. With its distinctive gold domed clock tower, above, it is a landmark that can be seen approaching the island. What many may not know is that inside the 1809 building is, my first pick, a collection of 1844 trompe l’oeil paintings by artist Carl Wendte.…

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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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