Most Nantucket regulars would agree that September is the most beautiful month on island. The throngs of tourists have left, you can actually get a restaurant reservation, the water is still warm and that early autumn light softens the colors to glinting golden hues. So while Labor Day may have passed, we take another look at a chic island home. Today’s Nantucket House Tour brings us to one of the most charming locations on island. Sconset, short for the proper Siasconset (Native American for “place of great bones”) is the other Nantucket “town.” One of the earliest seasonal communities in the country, its core of 18th and 19th century rose covered shingled cottages are a shutterbug’s dream.
On the Bluff in Sconset with expansive ocean views, my friends’ house is a family friendly home with just the right mix of old and new.
When they bought the property, the original house, below, needed to be moved and updated with necessities such as insulation and additional bathrooms (it had five bedrooms with one bath).
With the help of Botticelli & Pohl, it was reconfigured, keeping the best of the old, such as the original windows, and creating the new with the same vintage Nantucket feel, while adding the conveniences of modern living.
As with many older Sconset homes, the original house had dark wood in the interiors, so the owners found ways to bring that in. The mudroom is a great space for all the accumulation of summer life, with a handy chalkboard for messages or schedules.
The kitchen and adjoining family room were new additions but feel seamless in their flow. New cabinetry with vintage lighting and furniture offer the best of both worlds.
The seating area is in a sunny corner with an inviting eclectic mix.
Classic Slim Aarons prints, vintage pillows and aged Janus et Cie chairs have a timeless seaside appeal.
An adjoining TV room is cozy with a casual rustic chic vibe.
But the epicenter of the home is the family room. A large space, it is reminiscent of the rambling camp-like expanses in older vacation homes. Divided by the central staircase, one side features a seating area around a stone fireplace. The owners commissioned a local mason to create it as a nod to the old beehive fireplaces in their last house, made from the same cobblestones as the fabled streets in town.
A blue and white theme dominates with a comfortable mix of upholstery and rattan with an assortment of personal island related accoutrements.
A fun collection of ship dioramas, which used to be scattered among the rooms, is now unified here.
The other side of the staircase features an open game room where a range of activities for evening or rainy days is available.
Every corner features charming vignettes with references to a sense of place.
Pass by the staircase and you can enter one of my favorite rooms, the bar. A wonderful area for entertaining, it serves as a homey space for lunch off season.
The back side of the bar, through the porthole door, is attached to the pantry. And just like in good boat design, every inch is utilized. A clever tactic I admired was how each side of the double door opens neatly into its own nook, fitting exactly flush against the wall. Wine and basket storage fill the surround.
A door on the far side of the seating area in the family room leads to the charming dining room. In an elegant soothing palette of greenish gray, the owners recreated the walls of the original room with the same type of v groove beadboard paneling.
Every house on island could benefit from a screened porch and this house has a lovely one, with a fireplace backing up to the one in the TV room. Cool evenings and fall days are welcomed in this sheltered space continuing the blue and white theme with comfy cushions on wicker.
This segues to the outdoor terrace, perfect for warm weather dining and lazy lounging.
And for those in between moments, the house is replete with covered porches, providing shade and protection on hot sunny days,
and corners and steps graced with pots of lush greenery and blooms.
We’ll take a quick peek upstairs, where the views across the street alone are worth the trip.
The top of the stairs divide, one side leading to the master suite and the other to the family bedrooms. Outside the master is an appealing area to work or read.
Desk and nautical appointed shelving fill one side with a reading area on the other.
The master bedroom is a light and airy retreat opened up to the rafters.
Windows on three sides let the ocean breezes waft through the room. With a charming country appeal, an Elizabeth Eakins rug anchors the space with a pretty new Schumacher pattern on a tufted window seat.
Like all the bathrooms in the house, the master has a fun splatter paint floor with a crisp and clean ship shape aesthetic.
I often think halls are underrated and forgotten spaces. But this one, leading off the other side of the landing, is a lovely visual pause. With pale colors and simple furnishings, it offers you a place to rest your eyes and feet.
Continuing the tone throughout, the children’s bedrooms have an easy relaxed seaside chic that is stylish yet comfortable.
And in between is a fun “crash” room where an overflow of kids and their friends can hang out and even sleep.
I’m sure my daughter has spent many fun hours here.
An original outbuilding on the property, below, which was once a bath house with changing rooms for coming to and from the beach, was protected by the HDC (Historic District Commission), and was eventually enlarged to become a wonderful guest house that we will visit on another occasion.
Many thanks to my lovely friends for allowing me to share their beautiful Nantucket home. Kudos to them for creating such a heavenly haven for friends and family!
19 thoughts on “Nantucket House Tour | Stylish in Sconset”
Isn’t this the most charming beach house! I adore the bedroom, bathrooms – in fact, all of it! The overall sentimentality of the house is wonderful!
What a beautifully appointed home! The second story spaces appear to flow nicely together. Love that bar too! Thank you for sharing
This is the best one yet! An authentic Nantucket home – so rare these days. It’s a pleasure to see after so many publications have been featuring generic homes that could have been furnished out of any catalogue with little sense of place. Your friend’s home is the “real” thing ~ so genuine, personal, inviting, warm and chock full of island treasures. Beautifully done.
I LOVED seeing this post. You’ve made my day!
This is the most wonderful house! Understated and elegant, warm and welcoming it has it all!
Truly authentic and lovely….hanging on to summer!
Marvelous! This home strikes a perfect balance of traditional summer house elements, with a fresh (but not generic) sensibility and a real attention to how the spaces will be used today. Warm, personal, beautiful and with a particularly New England spirit. What a great place to gather family and friends!
What a wonderful house tour! After my first visit to Martha’s Vineyard this summer, I love the laid back feel of island living, and the aesthetics of shingle siding, blooming hydrangeas, seaside treasures. This fabulous home is exactly what I would love for family and friends to visit!
Love it all! Fresh sea air, sandy beaches, cedar shakes and all dressed out in blue and white-book me in right now!
xo, Lissy Parker
They did such a lovely job at incorporating old and new, and indoor and outdoor space into one beautiful home! Lovely….
Stacy thanks for sharing these beautiful, comfortable and casual spaces for Nantucket lifestyle!
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Stacey thanks for sharing these beautiful, comfortable and casual spaces for Nantucket lifestyle!
The Arts by Karena
Featuring India Hicks!
The whole house is so well done…any info on where the bar and kitchen counter stools are from. I like them both. Thanks for sharing!
It’s perfect–I’ll be moving soon. Thanks, once again, for a superb post. Mary
Thank you for sharing so much of a single home! I love the antique heart pine floors in Nantucket homes. That warm reddish color has so much depth. Milling antique longleaf pine beams from mills in the north provides a close match but it takes a year of daylight to get close to that rich!
What lovely house. Really, perfection.
What a lovely and charming home. Thanks for sharing…Wouldn’t mind getting an invite…:-))
Now this has…soul! Thankfully, in my opinion, not just white!!! Luv’d it!! franki
A wonderful old home, whose soul has been preserved. The enlargements and enhancements seem thoughtful and considered, versus so many coastal homes that are enlarged for ego and “resale” sakes. It is so refreshing to see a home where authenticity and personality quietly speak about a family that loves not just the house, but the external environment that is integral to its very existence.
What a dream house! Sigh