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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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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