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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The Return of the Woody

The Return of the Woody

As I’m Nantucket bound, excited to be getting ready for an extended stay, I was thinking of past journeys and what images connoted the summer ritual of packing up and heading out for the season and one immediately came to mind – that of the classic Jeep Wagoneer. You may remember the Tommy Hilfiger ad from five or six years ago for his “The Hilfigers” campaign that featured a classic woody. Packed to the gils with vintage tartan and wicker baskets, the car symbolized the essence of all-American family road trips.

Other vehicles may fall into the summer island beach category – the Land Rover Defender is another classic that comes to mind – but nothing has quite the same all-American appeal as the beloved woody.…

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Tony Duquette | Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry at Kentshire

Tony Duquette | Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry at Kentshire

The brilliant and multi-talented Tony Duquette was a creative force whose designs extended from from painting and sculpture to stage sets and interiors to costumes and jewelry. After creating the famous “Floral Wreath” necklace, below, commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for his wife in the early 1950’s, Duquette went on to complete jewelry commissions for special clients through his career until his death in 1999.

Protégé and eventual business partner, Hutton Wilkinson, who worked with Duquette for almost thirty years, has carried on the design legacy with custom interiors, fabric (his Gemstone fabric for Jim Thompson seen at Duquette’s home Dawnridge below)

lighting, decorative home products and of course jewelry.…

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design & Decoration

Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design & Decoration

“I am lucky. I wake up each morning knowing that whatever that day brings, I will have been creative, designed something new, and somehow made something beautiful.” So states designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard in the introduction of his new book Martyn Lawrence Bullard: Design & Decoration.

In this, his second book, he shows how his signature sense of luxury and glamour translates to a wide variety of projects, from the lush interiors of not only private residences but also hotels and restaurants around the globe. For a house in Malibu, the clients wanted to emphasize their beautiful gardens and indoor/outdoor lifestyle.…

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Weekend Travels

Weekend Travels

This weekend took me to two favorite New England destinations. For those of you considering some shorter stints this summer, my weekend travels might just yield some inspiration.

On Saturday, I was honored to participate in the third annual Day of Design at the Mayflower Grace, above and below, in Washington, CT. Sponsored by John-Richard with media partner New England Home, the program included four informative and entertaining panels, a lovely terrace luncheon as well as day end drinks and book signing.

An idyllic country retreat, the Mayflower Grace is a mere two hours from New York City. A member of the distinguished Relais & Chateaux group, the boutique inn, on 58 acres with beautiful grounds and gardens,

includes 30 luxurious rooms, delicious dining, pool, tennis and its renowned spa, below.…

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Out and About

Out and About

While I’ve been busy out and about, I’ve been bookmarking a few interesting tidbits to circle back around with to take a closer look. Let me share a few. Belgian antique dealer Jean-Philippe Demeyer’s 13th century estate, Rooigem, just outside of Bruges is a statement in bold and irreverent style.

Functioning as a gallery, everything in this colorful contrast of color, geometry and styles is for sale.

To see the entire house tour, you can visit Vogue Living here.

photos by Kasia Gatkowska for Vogue Living

I have been looking longingly at the new iPad Pro with its amazing ability to draw with the new Apple Pencil among many other impressive features. …

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