Shopping the Wharf on Nantucket | SPACE and Scrub Oak

Shopping the Wharf on Nantucket | SPACE and Scrub Oak

In its third year at 4 Old South Wharf, SPACE has made a name for itself sourcing stylish hand crafted, artistic products from near and far.

Owner Elise Gura has a great sense of the special, honed from years of eclectic experience all leading to her settling in this unique space on the wharf on Nantucket. After 25 years as a chef, she then turned her skills to flowers, working for renowned floral designers Renny Reynolds and Stonekelly. Her entrée into design was at Peter Marino where she sourced textiles. After stints in New York and Aspen, Elise’s love of travel, food and culture and sourcing unusual finds finally brought her back to Nantucket where she opened SPACE.…

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Shopping the Wharf on Nantucket | Table No. 1

Shopping the Wharf on Nantucket | Table No. 1

While there are many mainstays on the island, shopping the wharf on Nantucket can be a little like musical chairs. Some businesses start here and then move on “uptown” to more permanent lodgings but some remain, finding a fit with the seasonal charm of the small shop spaces. This week I took a trip to see what was new. My first destination was Table No. 1, Sarah Powers’ new wine and cheese emporium.

A seasoned professional with years of experience helping to market a variety of international lifestyle brands with a focus on food, fine wines and spirits, from Champagne Krug and Cakebread Cellars to Johnny Walker Blue and the Wines of Chile, Sarah’s passion is to spread the word about these people and their brands, as well as the many other farmers and artisans she has met along the way.…

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Living Large in Small Spaces | House Beautiful Sneak Peek

Living Large in Small Spaces | House Beautiful Sneak Peek

Ever since I saw last year’s Designer Showhouse at Sotheby’s, I knew Max Sinsteden and Catherine Olasky of Olasky & Sinsteden were a young team to watch. With pedigreed design backgrounds and well-traveled experience, their stylish mix of updated traditional is sophisticated and refreshing. I only had to meet Max once (although I am happy to say I have now seen him on numerous occasions) to realize that he lives large – his passion for design and enthusiasm for a life well lived is upbeat and contagious. So while it might be surprising to learn that he lives in a 525 feet rental apartment, the fact that it is supremely chic, comfortable and eminently livable is certainly not a surprise in the least!…

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If You’re Heading to London

If You’re Heading to London

This summer’s theme in these parts has clearly settled on travel. Whether extended weekends or weeks long summer idyls, inspiration is everywhere. For those who might be heading to London, there are several not-to-be-missed exhibits in town. Most appropriate perhaps is the Joseph Cornell show at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Joseph Cornell, Tilly Losch, c. 1935-38

Entitled Wanderlust, it focuses on Cornell’s imaginary voyages expressed in his incredibly detailed and creative shadow boxes and other work. In collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, the exhibit assembles over 80 of the artist’s amazing boxes, assemblages, collages and films.

Joseph Cornell, Naples, c.

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Summer Travels

Summer Travels

Those of you who follow along on Instagram have seen several highlights as I enjoy Nantucket’s mercurial weather and more consistent hospitality. I’ll continue to share some of my favorite spots on island with additional postings here when I visit places of particular interest.

For those of you making or considering other summer travels, I have noticed several noteworthy places. A chic new restaurant in Paris, La Fidélité has opened. Designed by architect Laurent Vialle with decor by Clémence and Clement Goutal, the former brewery has been transformed into a stylish brasserie mixing Art Decor touches with a tropical feel.…

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Happy 4th!

Happy 4th!

As we celebrate the birth of our nation, wishing everyone a festive and happy 4th of July. Long may she wave!

photo by Quintessence

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Island Bound

Island Bound

This week I will be island bound, heading to Nantucket with some of my family for the fourth of July weekend. I am excited to be spending more time on island this year and look forward to sharing with you a bit of what makes this tiny island such a desired destination. From the pristine beaches to fabulous flora, fantastic restaurants, incredible sunsets, cobblestone streets and long nautical history, it is a small place with big appeal. Below, just a peek through my lens at some of the sights and scenes that make Nantucket such a special summer home. The approach to the island via ferry just never gets old.…

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What to Serve on the 4th | Antonio Galloni Recommends the Best Rosés of the Season

What to Serve on the 4th | Antonio Galloni Recommends the Best Rosés of the Season

With the holiday weekend ahead, it’s time to think about entertaining essentials. And while traditional meal options may range from burgers to BBQ or lobster, no drink has become more synonymous with the summer season than Rosé. With its light bright color and flavor, Rosé is a perfect choice for cocktails, pairs wonderfully with fish and seafood and the fuller flavored varieties are ideal with heavier and even spicy food. As the founder of multimedia wine site Vinous, Antonio Galloni is one of most trusted and respected wine critics in the world. I have asked Antonio, whose champagne tasting I attended last fall, to share with us his picks for the season’s best Rosés – all great choices for July 4th entertaining and beyond.  …

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The Luxury Education Foundation | Ten Years of Innovative Education

The Luxury Education Foundation | Ten Years of Innovative Education

Behind the appeal of many luxury brands is the artistry, craftsmanship and attention to detail that set them apart. But how, in this age of need for speed and lack of formal apprenticeship programs, do young people interested in working in the world of luxury goods learn their craft? Enter the LEF, the Luxury Education Foundation. A public, not-for-profit organization merging the worlds of design and business for students, LEF is an educational collaboration between Columbia Business School and Parsons School of Design, providing undergraduate and graduate students various platforms related to the creation and marketing of luxury goods.…

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Coach Pups and Doggy Devotion

Coach Pups and Doggy Devotion

Not just for years, decades or centuries, but for millennia, humans have been devoted to their dogs. From tiny chihuahuas to giant Newfoundlands, dogs complete our lives as few others can. And Coach is capturing our canine affections with their engaging new Coach Pups campaign. In a series of pet portraits by famed photographer Steven Meisel, the fall 2015 campaign launches this month starring Miss Asia Kinney, the adorable French Bulldog companion to Lady Gaga.

Already a social media idol with 120,000 Instagram followers, Miss Asia is making her owner proud. “She’s a natural in front of the camera, and we’re both so excited that the iconic Steven Meisel shot her for Coach’s pup campaign!” Miss Asia and her loving owner have also inspired Coach to make a donation to Chicago French Bulldog Rescue.

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