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I’m woefully late for last week’s Friday favorite from here on Nantucket. All I can say is that island time is real! We’ll be talking more about the Nantucket Historical Association and their important work this summer including next month’s Nantucket by Design, their largest fundraiser of the year.…

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While I am happily ensconced in my summer outpost here on Nantucket, I still enjoy vicariously exploring other vacation destinations. In this month’s British House & Garden, a beautiful home on Mallorca piqued my curiosity.
In the rural region of Manocor on this Spanish island, a 200 year old farmhouse was sympathetically restored by Madrid architect and designer, Ramón García Jurado, for a stylish mix of old and new.…

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This week’s Friday Favorites is a tad late due to the continuing Fourth of July week. With family on island, it’s been a parade of endless meals, games and activities! And with the (mostly) glorious weather, comes island and beach exploring with not necessarily time for sit down meals during the day.…

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Wishing everyone a very happy July 4th from here on Nantucket, where the appeal of the gray lady is epitomized by this well-known rose covered cottage. One of the most photographed houses on island, it reflects the spirit and charm of this small yet special island destination.…

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Drive up to designer Gary McBournie‘s charming Nantucket home and you are greeted by an enormous green privet hedge punctuated by a vibrant blue door, beyond which a gorgeous courtyard blooming with hydrangea and island friendly flowers reveals itself like a secret garden.…

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Surrounded by an abundance of nature’s gifts every day, it’s not surprising that there is an emphasis on living healthfully here on Nantucket. Whether it’s what you eat or put on your face and body, natural beauty is a goal here on island.…

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I’ve written many times about the exceptional shopping in the tiny town of New Preston, Connecticut. Here, an array of local stores present their individual style with flair and personality. One of the more recent additions is Michael DePerno’s and Andrew Fry’s Plain Goods, carrying a carefully curated selection of vintage and antiques furnishings and accessories, select fashion, and pantry items, all with an artisanal bent.…

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When you think of Nantucket, perhaps beautiful beaches, cobblestone streets and rose covered cottages come to mind, but this small island is also home to one of the most pioneering women in the history of science. This year celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Maria Mitchell [pronounced “mə-RYE-ə”], America’s first female astronomer and to commemorate the occasion, the Nantucket Historical Association has collaborated with the Maria Mitchell Association on an exhibition at the Whaling Museum, below.…

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As I prepare for my annual summer trip to Nantucket, I was reviewing some of my past posts of island favorites. I thought I would include a few Nantucket highlights here and ask you readers what you might enjoy seeing this year.…

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Just take a stroll this weekend around Instagram and you will see a plethora of roses blooming in gardens here and abroad. If you are a flower and gardening aficionado and happened to be traveling to England in the next five weeks, you might want to add the Rose Festival at the RHS Garden Rosemoor, which opens tomorrow, to your agenda.…

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