Hydrangea Happy

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. I am lucky to have quite a few hydrangea bushes that supply my house with multiple bouquets all summer long. Shirley, my right hand “man”, who keeps me and our home running smoothly in every way, is also a gifted florist, who created these lovely arrangements.

Mine seem to last for at least a week to 10 days if the containers are kept very full of water and even longer if the ends are trimmed when you change the water, which you should do every few days.…

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New Talent at Talbots

New Talent at Talbots

Talbots is not normally on my radar but I somehow stumbled on their fall catalogue and was surprisingly impressed. They are clearly trying to tone up their image. There are quite a few adorable items with great price points – could be just the thing to fill in some holes in your fall wardrobe without breaking the bank. Of course seeing the pieces in person will be the true test. And it didn’t hurt that the catalogue is beautifully shot and styled. Maybe they have a new art director :-)Fur collar $89, Sequin-trimmed sweater $129, Tweed pencil skirt $119Fringed silk charmeuse dress $349Leopard print coat $279  Leopard is EVERYWHERE this fall!!!…

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Nantucket Top 20 – Eat

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. First, of course, is eat.

Bartlett’s One of the two places I go for fresh island-grown produce, especially corn and tomatoes. I love the oak leaf lettuce, although my brother-in-law’s favorite is the Simpson.  Since opening the new store in 2006, they now offer a wide selection of organic and pre-prepared food (they make a great curried chicken salad), and household staples. 

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Nantucket Top 20 – Shop

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. Enjoy!

Flowers on Chestnut – The place to go for flowers if you are having an on island wedding or event. This charming store has not only fresh flowers and fabulous containers but also a delightful assortment of offerings for home and garden from select furniture pieces to desk and tabletop accessories and even a smattering of antique transferware. Great spot for gifts.…

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Nantucket Top 20 – Learn

Nantucket Top 20 – Learn

History and nature rich Nantucket offers many opportunities to explore both these areas. Trying not to exceed our top pick number of 20, I had to whittle my choices down to these four favorites places.

Nantucket Atheneum – An absolutely beautiful library. Any Nantucket year-round resident, property owner or Massachusetts library card holder is eligible to receive a free Atheneum card. Any other visitor can get one for $25, which entitles you to check out materials and lasts for a year. They also sponsor terrific lectures and activites. The 1996 renovation included the creation of The Weezie Library (smaller building on right) for children which is totally charming, has a great collection and offers storytime, children’s author events, and other special events.…

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Nantucket Style

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.

Nantucket is also steeped in history – over 800 houses predate the Civil War. And it’s no accident that there aren’t any eye sores among the enchanting gray shingled homes that populate the island – any new structure has to pass the approval of the HDC (Historic District Commission) which reviews all exterior changes and new construction on the island.…

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Peter Beaton

Peter Beaton

Darcy Creech and her store, Peter Beaton, are institutions here on Nantucket. It all started in 1989 when Darcy made herself a chic, flower-adorned panama hat to wear to a party here on island. It was an instant hit and in no time, Darcy built for herself a successful hat company selling to the likes of Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus, Barney’s, Nordstrom, and two First Ladies. Four years later she sold the company and decided to move to Nantucket full time. She named her new company Peter Beaton after her first son and bought a house in the middle of town that is now her store.…

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Nantucket Looms

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. Famous for its hand woven throws and textiles, which are woven upstairs in the studio, the Loom also carries other home furnishings and accessories as well as the works of many local artists, from the paintings of Robert Stark Jr., and the embroidered narratives of Susan Boardman, to the carvings of master ship model builder Mark Sutherland and the fine jewelry of Susan Lister Locke. …

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

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. These stunning architectural objects are hand made in their Brooklyn studio. Made of bamboo, wood and papier mache, they are available in a wide variety of contemporary and traditional finishes from matte white gesso and gloss candy lacquers to white gold and silver leaf. There are six Oculus frame styles available with either antiqued or clear glass convex mirrors ranging in diameter from 6 to 18 inches.…

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Miles of Style at Taigan

Miles of Style at Taigan

For 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. Sit at home and shop from such places as Suzanne Rheinstein’s stylish Hollyhock, the luxury Relais & Chateau destination Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, or at today’s quintessence feature Susan van der Linde. Taigan’s creative director is none other than noted author Julia Reed, the former writer and editor at Vogue and longtime contributing editor at Newsweek. …

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