The Story Behind the Style: Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa

The Story Behind the Style: Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa

It always seems to come down to the story behind the style. Without that, there is no substance, no narrative, no authenticity. It is why I am always digging to find that backstory for you, to experience, inspire and inform. For my own home, I may have a vague vision in my head, but as I am not a designer, it frequently takes me a while to find exactly what I want. And so it was when I was searching for wallpaper to create interest in my newly renovated entry. For months I combed sites and occasionally showrooms until one day I saw the new Oscar de la Renta III collection for Lee Jofa in their shoot for the collection below and knew immediately the beautiful Sameera wallpaper was the one.…

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Greydon House Nantucket

Greydon House Nantucket

Nantucket is a small island brimming with charm and character, due in no small part to the island’s vigilance in protecting its history and built and natural environments. So when real estate investment firm Faros Properties decided to open a new hotel downtown, they knew they wanted to honor that legacy. Enlisting design firm Roman and Williams with local architect Matthew MacEachern, the firm opened Greydon House last fall, ticking all the boxes with style to spare.

Incorporating a thoughtful renovation of an existing Greek revival building and a seamless three story addition, the new boutique hotel effortlessly walks the line between old and new.…

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Nantucket Favorite Friday Finds VII

Nantucket Favorite Friday Finds VII

With its modern organic vibe, Coastal is a long time Nantucket favorite. Founded by ex-Calvin Klein fashion executive Karen Fisher, the store features a unique mix of vintage and contemporary artisanal furniture, art and accessories all with a creative coastal feel.

And with partner Kate Bayer, Karen also has an active design business, creating interiors with a sophisticated pared down aesthetic inspired by nature’s coastal colors and textures.

From a wide selection of paintings and photography with a – you guessed it – coastal theme,

to vintage finds, both pedigreed, such as the Bruno Mattson webbed chairs, below

and anonymous,

to custom furniture and all manor of accessories, there is something for everyone to enhance their home inside and out.…

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Cars for the Classic and Adventurous

Cars for the Classic and Adventurous

If you’ve been to Nantucket, you’ve no doubt spotted that special breed of car on island – those sport utility vehicles that bridge the gap between classic and cool. Often built for navigating unpaved roads and the occasional beach run, they are just as stylish in town as on rugged terrain. The timeless Grand Wagoneer, which I’ve written about before  (and occasionally share my #wagoneerspotting on Instagram) has a loyal following, many of whom are anxiously awaiting the new edition by Jeep in 2019 or 20.

But for those of you who can’t wait or are pining for a vintage original, let me introduce you to Wagonmaster.…

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A Look at How They Decorated with Author P. Gaye Tapp

A Look at How They Decorated with Author P. Gaye Tapp

It was no surprise when long time blogging friend, decorator and now author, Gaye Tapp  shared her book idea for How They Decorated with me. Passionate about the intersection of fashion and interiors as well as how the past informs today, Gaye has amassed a following fascinated by her astute and insightful musings. I immediately knew she would do justice to the marvelous subject matter in an original and intelligent manner, one that capitalized on her voluminous knowledge of fashion and decor history as well as her expert design sleuthing skills.

Within its pages, How They Decorated illuminates the creative expression of sixteen of the twentieth century’s most stylish women.…

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Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds VI | A Weekend of Art and Antiques

Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds VI | A Weekend of Art and Antiques

In addition to its beautiful beaches and historic charm, Nantucket offers a rich cultural scene for such a small island. This week I had the opportunity to view two lovely venues for art and antiques. On Thursday and Friday, luxury brand consultant, landscape designer and photographer James Ogilvy had a small exhibition of his ethereal landscape photography at a private home here on island.

© Ogilvy Photography 2017

While based in Scotland, Ogilvy has been summering in Nantucket for nearly 30 years and the exhibit, entitled Thin Places, holds meaning and relevance for both places. According to ancient Celtic and Christian theology, it references a place where heaven and earth are especially close.…

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Vogue Living x Schumacher

Vogue Living x Schumacher

It’s hard to keep up with Dara Caponigro and her team at Schumacher! Their latest creative collaboration with Vogue – Vogue Living – just launched and the collection a wonderful melding of many of the themes I write about here – fashion and decor, timeless design and looking back to move forward.

Inspired by the Vogue archives and developed in tandem with the sophisticated eye of Vogue’s International Editor at Large, Hamish Bowles, it is an updated take on classic English Country. As Dara explains, “As the worlds of fashion and home intersect more and more, it made perfect sense for us to partner with Vogue.  

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Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds V | Nantucket by Design 2017

Nantucket Friday Favorite Finds V | Nantucket by Design 2017

While Friday has somehow segued to Sunday, this week’s favorite find from here on Nantucket has to be Nantucket by Design 2017. Building on the momentum established with last year’s debut, the collection of week-long events benefitting the Nantucket Historical Association, hit the ground running with the VIP cocktail party I highlighted in the last post.

Next event on the agenda was the Design Luncheon, sponsored by Nantucket Looms and New England Home Magazine, where Robin Standefer of Roman and Williams spoke, highlighting their work, including Greydon House here on island (above and below – we’ll be back to visit in more detail).…

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Nantucket by Design 2017

Nantucket by Design 2017

While the first week of August on Nantucket has in recent years always included a focus on design, this year marks the second annual edition of Nantucket by Design.

The major fundraising event for the Nantucket Historical Association, this exciting week of design brings together a group of distinguished designers, sponsors and events to celebrate the great history and traditions of design style here on Nantucket.

The week launched yesterday evening (Tuesday) with a VIP cocktail party with Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams. The design duo behind the chic new boutique hotel on island, Greydon House, they will be the featured speakers at the sixth annual Design Luncheon today (Wednesday) at the Great Harbor Yacht Club on Wednesday.…

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Wallpaper Wizardry | The Schumacher Library of Wallcovering

Wallpaper Wizardry | The Schumacher Library of Wallcovering

My love of wallpaper is no secret and I was intrigued as Schumacher hinted on their Instagram feed (@Schumacher1889) about an impending wallpaper announcement. So I am especially excited to be able to share with you their big reveal – The Schumacher Library of Wallcovering, debuting in all domestic and international showrooms next week.

Building on the success of Volume I three years ago, this new edition includes the complete collection of Schumacher’s 1,736 wallcoverings, organized into 19 logical and easy to use chapters.

photo by Melanie Acevedo

From panels, as seen in an interior by Miles Redd using his Brighton Pavilion panels, above, to chinoiserie, florals, textures, large, small and mid size prints, as seen in a design by Jana Bek using Veere Grenney’s Belvedere, below, and more, each category includes beautiful photography, with over 200 images of installed patterns as inspiration, to easily see and source the products.…

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