...I’ve been privileged to spend most of my life on Nantucket, as a visitor when I was a child, and as a part time-resident and owner of five homes on the island as an adult. I’ve designed many homes for clients here over the years, creating peaceful island sanctuaries for busy, successful people. This charming “little grey lady of the sea,” as she is known, is a sought-after vacation destination for beach lovers, history buffs, lovers and friends. It may just be one of earth’s most unspoiled places. People often ask me to define “Nantucket Style.” Different people may answer that in different ways. I tell my clients, “You should know you’re living on an island.” Beyond that, design is led by the client, and their dreams and vision for their home. Still, there are some things that are classic Nantucket. Here are a few of my favorites: Grey-shingled Cottages:
Courtesy of Union Street InnThe entire island is designated as a National Historic Landmark, with more than 800 houses built before the Civil War. The grey shingled homes and the morning and evening fog have contributed to the island’s nickname, “the little grey lady of the sea.” These houses have seen their fair share of salt-laden winds and winter squalls. The grey shingles stand up against the weather year after year; the cobblestone streets have lasted for generations as well. Along with the roses tumbling over gates and clinging to trellises, they are a distinct part of Nantucket’s charm.
You Can't Have Too Many Whales:Chinese export porcelain is the quintessential island collectible, and has been for years. The technique for using blue decoration on white porcelain actually began in the Middle East in the 9th Century, but cobalt blue pigment was excavated from Iran and exported to China in the 9th Century as well. The striking porcelain quickly became popular, and trading routes expanded to Europe, Asia, Northern Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. Blue and white porcelain found its way to Nantucket as ballast on ships or in the trunks of sea captains and sailors. Art That Celebrates the Sea:
Blue Horizon, by Michael KeaneThe light on Nantucket has inspired artists for years. Marine art abounds in lovely beach homes. Michael Keane’s art (shown above) is a wonderful example of fine art that celebrates the ocean in all its natural beauty. Shows featuring Mr. Keane and other renowned artists are an established tradition on Nantucket, where people who love to sail and love the sea appreciate seascapes and ships recreated in art. Scrimshaw: Scrimshaw is the beautiful art form first practiced beginning in 1749, in the days of whaling ships, wizened sea captains and hardy sailors. Whaling was a dangerous undertaking and could never be attempted at night, leaving sailors with free time on their hands. They used it for carving elaborate pictures, lettering and scroll work on the bones and teeth of sperm whales and the tusks of walruses and other marine animals. The work they left behind is a treasured collectible today. Today, scrimshaw artists (called scrimshanders) work with eco-friendly or man-made materials, including cow bones, antlers and ostrich eggs. The Colors of Sand and Sea:
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