Friday Five Favorite Finds VII

Friday Five Favorite Finds VII

This week’s Friday Five Favorite Finds begins downtown at The White Elephant, the sister property of the Wauwinet Inn, which I recommended earlier in the season.

Located along the harbor, where we started our cruise with the Audrey Sterk-decorated Hinckley several weeks ago, it has the best of both worlds – convenient location and waterfront views with harbor access.

The resort’s restaurant, The Brant Point Grill, is a civilized al fresco lunch spot, perfect to meet a friend, take a break from the downtown melee and enjoy the breezy harbor and garden views.

With plenty of shade, attentive service and appealing menu, it provided a delicious mid-week treat with fresh fried oysters and a glass of chilled rosé!…

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Tony Duquette Jewelry at Sotheby’s

Tony Duquette Jewelry at Sotheby’s

Before we return to activities on Nantucket, I wanted to be sure that the legions of readers who are Tony Duquette jewelry fans were aware of the upcoming auction at Sotheby’s, from August 18 – 30th.  The auction house’s first online-only jewelry sale, it is structured similarly to eBay, with each lot going to the highest bidder at the close.

Featuring 32 extravagant jewels by the famous designer, the sale includes a wide variety of more is more statement pieces. As explained in my piece on the new Tony Duquette/Hutton Wilkinson pieces, the starburst is a classic Duquette motif that can be seen in the offerings above.…

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Nantucket Update

Nantucket Update

With a busy week on island and visiting guests, there hasn’t been time to bring you a Nantucket update. But here is a sneak peek at a bit of what’s been happening and some of the new posts coming soon. So hang on – I’ll be back with you in a flash!!

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Friday Five Favorite Finds VI

Friday Five Favorite Finds VI

This installment of Friday Five Favorite Finds starts at an all time favorite island restaurant. While Chanticleer may be a new and different iteration from the classical French gastronomic experience it once was, it is still a delicious and charming culinary destination.

Whether you eat inside or out in the romantic rose garden, you are sure to have a memorable meal. Do keep it in mind if you are ever having a special event on island. While we ate there this week, a live proposal took place in the garden – a surprise event that received a round of applause from onlooking diners.…

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Nashville Travels with Jonathan Savage

Nashville Travels with Jonathan Savage

The first time I became acquainted with Nashville designer Jonathan Savage was several years ago on the stylish shopping site Taigan, where he maintains an online shop featuring a chic mix of coveted global finds from furniture to accessories. Fast forward to this past spring when I was in Nashville to moderate a panel at the Antiques & Garden Show. Jonathan, who hosted a smashing cocktail party in celebration of the show at his home, below, was kind enough to connect and tour me around town to see some local sites and several of his projects.

While he grew up in Tennessee, Jonathan took a few detours before returning there to make Nashville his home.…

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Visiting Italy with Trust & Travel

Visiting Italy with Trust & Travel

It’s August, the official vacation month of the year. So as I think of future travel and its infinite possibilities, high on my list would be a languorous stay in Italy. What better way to experience a place than to be a homeowner, even if temporarily. One of the benefits of authoring this site is the talented people I meet such as reader Katharina Allès Trauttmandorff and her impressive business, Trust & Travel. No ordinary travel agency, Trust & Travel brings history to life with a portfolio of Italian properties with distinguished pasts.

Villa Spada in Tuscany

After working in the 1990’s on the wine estate of La Foce in Tuscany, below, Katharina was asked by the owner if she could help him transform part of it into a holiday rental home.…

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Friday Five Favorite Finds V

Friday Five Favorite Finds V

Today’s first pick of our Friday Five Favorite Finds is Flowers on Chestnut. The place to go on Nantucket for beautiful flowers is housed in a charming house at 1 Chestnut Street in the heart of downtown.

Whether you are looking for a single bouquet for your island home, rental or boat or multiple floral arrangements for a wedding (see what they did for my niece’s Nantucket nuptials) or major event, the selection at this charming shop is consistently stunning.

In a new space on the wharf this year is the pop-up Town Pool, which you may know from their popular Instagram feed.…

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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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