Happy July 4th

Wishing everyone a very happy July 4th from here on Nantucket, where the appeal of the gray lady is epitomized by this well-known rose covered cottage. One of the most photographed houses on island, it reflects the spirit and charm of this small yet special island destination. Years ago, the roses used to almost totally envelop the house and now seem to be making a comeback after a dearth of blooms for a period.

July 4th on Nantucket-1photo above by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

Once owned by designer Jeffrey Bilhuber, the house, according to friend and local realtor Jeanne Hicks, was sold, years ago, fully furnished and you can see why below, in a few images from an article in Architectural Digest in 2003.

Jeffrey Bilhuber Nantucket library, Photography by Peter Vanderwarker for ADAbove the library/entrance designed with its dark walls “as an homage to Billy Baldwin.”

Jeffrey Bilhuber Nantucket living roomThe living room, above, included an intimate and cozy seating area with bright white trim against the original gray wood walls.

Jeffrey Bilhuber Nantucket dining room

The charming dining area included “a Confederate soldier’s uniform shirt—converted to a Native American tunic,” with chairs from Christie’s.

Jeffrey Bilhuber Nantucket master bedroom, Photography by Peter Vanderwarker for AD

The master bedroom makes use of every inch without losing its charm and the guest bedroom below, incorporates traditional furnishings with a more modern bed and bench of Bilhuber’s own design. It just goes to show how good design stands the test of time!

Jeffrey Bilhuber Nantucket master bedroom, Photography by Peter Vanderwarker for AD

all interior photos above by Peter Vanderwarker for AD

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4 Responses to Happy July 4th

  1. Marsha says:

    When my daughter was in high school she attending a riding school in upstate Massachusetts each summer. We would go pick her up and head to the Cape, not to Nantucket, but the
    Cape, where we experienced your wonderful summers, roses growing everywhere, sitting on the beach with blankets. We staying at the same hotel each summer, but as were were Texans we felt we got the “leftovers” because of the normal guests who came each summer, we didn’t mind a bit. Lovely times for us. Than on to NYC, with horse tack in hand, walking into the hotel smelling a bit like horsies. Beautiful memories. Love this posst

  2. Franki says:

    Go 4th and EnJOY!! franki

  3. Sara coax says:

    Jeffrey’s work is special and unique, timeless. Beauitful & livable! Thank you for sharing this post.
    Happy 4th!

  4. Happy 4th to you!!
    I remember this house. I could have moved right in back when it was first published and still could. Thank you. Mary

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