interior design

Tabletop Tips

I’ll admit it – I have a slight obsession with tabletop. I love it all – placemats, napkins, china, flatware, stemware. But with four kids, it didn’t make sense over the years to be using my nice mats every day. Unfortunately even the reasonably sturdy woven Deborah Rhodes mats that I love didn’t stand up to their abuse.…
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The Silk Purse

My favorite local consignment shop will not be just a local haunt for much longer. If you live in my area, the The Silk Purse is a well known secret (yes, I know it’s an oxymoron) of interior designers and style mavens as a go to destination for fine quality household furnishings and accessories.…
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Summer Breeze

I had always wanted to build a pool and pool house at our former home. We downsized and moved next door (yes, exactly next door) 3-1/2 years ago when my third was about to go off to boarding school and we realized we didn’t need the size and maintenance of such a large house.…
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Hydrangea Happy

I love hydrangea – is there anyone who doesn’t? They are the perfect summer bloom. As the end of summer is approaching, I am so sorry I won’t have my masses of blue outside my window to look at for much longer.…
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Nantucket Top 20 – Eat

I could do weeks’ worth of posts on Nantucket. There is so much to see and do. Here, however, is an extremely abbreviated list of a few more of my favorite places, divided into three categories for when you are on island.…
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Nantucket Top 20 – Shop

Nantucket is a shopper’s heaven. There is more quality shopping here within a small area than most places I can think of. I have focussed on not only personal favorites but traditional Nantucket stores that have strong ties to the island.…
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Nantucket Style

I’ve been coming to Nantucket for over 25 years and even though it is more crowded and built up than ever, it is still an island paradise. Thirty miles out to sea, it is a small place, only 3-1/2 miles wide by 14 miles long with over 40% of the land protected by the Land Trust.…
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Nantucket Looms

Nantucket Looms represents some of the best artisanal industry on Nantucket. Liz Winship, who has been on the board of directors of the Nantucket Atheneum and Small Friends, worked for Nantucket Looms for years before purchasing it in 1993. And this year the store moved to its own building at 31 Main St.…
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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Well today seems to be the day for all sorts of new discoveries. Dessin Fournir, the well respected company that represents several distinguished manufacturers, from their own eponymous line to de Gournay and Kerry Joyce, today introduced fabulous Oculus Mirrors from Van Gregory & Norton.…
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Miles of Style at Taigan

TaiganFor those of you who don’t already know about Taigan and Fetch, let me introduce you. Taigan is a beautifully designed, sophisticated, members only (membership is free) online collection of the very best specialty shops across the country (and some abroad) for almost everything – fashion, home decor, art, antiques, jewelry, gourmet food and fine gifts.…
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