Introducing Soane Fall 2016

Introducing Soane Fall 2016

I have written about Soane on many occasions in the past as they represent all that I love in the world in design. Their dedication to handmade craftsmanship, elegant designs and worldly point of view make them a firm without many equals. I am thrilled to finally be able to share with you some of the fabulous Soane Fall 2016 designs that I have been quietly coveting in my office.

Setting the tone for the collection is the exquisite new Paisley Parrot fabric, shown here on a drool-worthy custom bed treatment. The bold scale of the print, combined with its intricate “parrot within a parrot” design, is a testament to owner Lulu Lytle’s knowledge, imagination and creativity.…

Read More »

Posted in design, furniture, interior design | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments  

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

As we bid goodbye to summer and usher in the unofficial beginning of fall, I wish you all a very happy Labor Day. We may be celebrating the contributions that workers have made to our country but let’s also enjoy the long light of summer before we hit the ground running for the fall season ahead.

Read More »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 2 Comments  

Friday Five Favorite Finds X Part II

Friday Five Favorite Finds X Part II

As summer winds down and flip flops and straw hats segue into less casual attire, thoughts turn to fashion for fall. So part II of this weeks’s Friday Five Favorite Finds includes two shops on island whose statement-making accoutrements can add a luxurious layer to your wardrobe.

In her third season on island, Jada Loveless‘ tailored elegant shop at 1 Orange Street is the perfect venue for her collection of handbags. In a jewel box of a space designed by fellow Atlantan Suzanne Kasler, Jada displays her handcrafted wares in style.

Following a career in fashion and design, working for notable names such as Neiman Marcus and Celine, Jada ventured out on her own, working with fine leathers and exotics.…

Read More »

Posted in bags, fashion, gifts, jewelry, Nantucket, travel | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments  

Friday Five Favorite Finds X

Friday Five Favorite Finds X

As it turns out, my final Friday Five Favorite Finds for 2016 ends today on its tenth edition. Today’s first of my favorite finds starts in the charming village of Sconset. An island friend reminded me of The Sconset Foot Path, which I hadn’t taken for years. It is, as deeded by William F. Flagg in 1892, “For the residents & visitors of Nantucket to be used as a foot path or foot promenade for no other purpose or purposes whatsoever.”

Open sunrise to sunset, the path starts in the village among the area’s rose covered shingled cottages,

winding down the road set between the small houses.…

Read More »

Posted in food and drink, furniture, interior design, Nantucket, travel | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments  

Saying Goodbye to Summer

Saying Goodbye to Summer

It’s always bittersweet as I get ready to pack up and say goodbye to summer, especially this year when I was able to have a longer stay here on Nantucket. I leave you with a farewell collage for a taste of the Grey Lady’s allure. I hope you’ve enjoyed following my missives from here on island. Do stop back on Friday for the tenth and final Friday Five Favorite Finds.

Read More »

Posted in Nantucket, travel | Tagged , , | 3 Comments  

Milieu Magazine Anniversary Issue Sneak Peek

Milieu Magazine Anniversary Issue Sneak Peek

Three years ago, Texas based interior designer Pamela Pierce was ready for a new challenge. After thirty years of designing interiors, she decided to share her love of great design from another vantage point. Despite the closings of many beloved shelter publications over the years, Pierce still believed in the power of print and so three years ago this September, launched Milieu Magazine.

The upcoming anniversary issue, available later this week, celebrates the best of homes, style and sources around the globe. Travel with Suzanne Kasler to shop her favorite Atlanta haunts and then to a beautiful project she designed in South Carolina, visit with Pier Luigi Loro Piana at the Piazza di Siena in Rome and their facilities in northern Italy, learn more about the muti-talented Hutton Wilkinson and British designer Mary Fox Linton (her Fox Linton line of luxurious and understated fabrics were one of my Deco Off favorites) and many more behind the scenes treats.…

Read More »

Posted in furniture, interior design, travel | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments  

Friday Five Favorite Finds IX

Friday Five Favorite Finds IX

This Friday’s Five Favorite Finds kicks off with a location that celebrates two popular island categories – food and gardens. Drive about a half mile down the slightly-off-the-beaten-track dirt Millbrook Road, and you will discover the enticing world of Pumpkin Pond Farm.

On nine fertile acres, owner Marty McGowan has created the island’s only certified organic farm as well as a nursery (Marty has owned Sconset Gardener for 40 years), all designed with an artistic eye. Much of the vintage ironwork was sourced from the Frick estate

and Marty created his own Appian Way, incorporating the same silver stone as used on historic Main Street in town.…

Read More »

Posted in art, food and drink, garden, health, interior design, Nantucket, travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments  

Friday Five Favorite Finds IX Preview

Friday Five Favorite Finds IX Preview

Friday Five has become a summer favorite and while I’ll be bringing you this week’s picks, you’ll have to stop back a bit later today (Friday) to see in full. But for all of you who look forward to opening them with your coffee in the morning, I’m offering a little preview here. So hold on – hope to see you here in a bit. I appreciate your patience during a busy week with my full crew finally on island together!

Read More »

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment  

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.…

Read More »

Posted in architecture, art history, furniture, history, interior design, Nantucket, travel | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments  

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. …

Read More »

Posted in architecture, books, design, interior design, Nantucket, travel | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments