Design Your Style: Nantucket

Ladies and Gents, today we bring you the 5th segment in your continuing education courses. (If you need a recap, click here). In this segment, you will learn how to make your house look frickin amazing using the beach as your inspiration. Also, remember to take our online quiz to see which style suits you best. Chances are, it’s a combination of a few different styles. Good thing we’re here to help.

So sit back, imagine the warmth of the sun on your skin, the smell of the surf, and the sound of the gentle waves crashing against the sand. Ah…if only you had a pool boy to feed you grapes and refill your margaritas. Here are two lovely rooms by Absolutely Beautiful Things and Apartment Therapy.

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apartment therapy Cottage Company in Harbor Springs

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Oh, how you love the beach! Who doesn’t, right? If you are lucky, your dream home is perched in your favorite beach town. Or if you are the creative type, you’ve brought that favorite beach town into your house. James Radin designed this first room and I just love these beautiful wood ceilings. (Yes, wood fetish again…I can’t help it, I tell you!)

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Your art and accessories speak directly to the activities that are found at the beach. Pieces of driftwood you found here, pictures or paintings of the amazing views there. And flowers are always a beautiful addition.

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You select items that remind you of the coast. Surf boards or fishing boats are found throughout the house. The feeling of the seaside is both abstract and literal in the design of your space. You might notice that in many of these rooms, there are plenty of warm throws to curl up in. Details such as these are not only functional, but also create more of a relaxed atmosphere.

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Cote de Texas - Top Ten Design Elements – 3

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The fabrics are natural like cottons and linens and are light in color and touch. Much of the furniture is wood or wood framed (the lighter the better, think driftwood!) and wicker, when done right, is a must. This first room by Desire to Inspire gets extra points for a fluffy couch pup. The second room is off limits as I am currently stalking the owners to see if they’ll let me move in.

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And since your true inspiration is the sea, the colors and textures in your home are the same that you would find at your favorite beach: light beiges and grays of the sand and driftwood, a variety of blues for the ocean and sky, and greens and vibrant blues of the sea glass…but the key is to have a lot of white! I love the nautical flags and the beautiful blue walls. Great color!

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Your space should feel light and airy and give off the mood one has when at the beach: laid back, relaxed, comfortable, and welcoming. Your furniture is comfortable and the layout is cozy. The more it reminds you of actually sitting on the warm sand the better! Nice touch with the orchids. They are romantic, delicate, exotic, and pretty low maintenance. Hmm…I should aspire to be more like an orchid.

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Think about some of your favorite times at the beach. Most likely you were hanging out with family and friends. Nantucket Style makes your home an extension of this play place.

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Though the space is filled with large white and neutral furniture, it somehow manages to feel both durable and casual. While it’s certainly not cluttered, it’s obviously lived in.

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So, although we’re not quite halfway through our “Design Your Style” segments, we want your feedback. Send us an email or take our 10-second survey, we’d love to hear what you think.

Do you have these styles in your own home? Are you learning anything? Any suggestions? Rants? Good recipes?

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7 Comments

  1. stacey
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    Love these. I wonder if white would be a bad choice with a 4 and 2 year old?

  2. remi
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    I LOVE this look…great advice! Can’t wait for rustic revival!

  3. MG
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    Love your website! Its great for inspiration. Keep up the good work!

  4. Not A Designer
    Posted April 11, 2010 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    love. love. love. this web site. and i scored 100% nantucket style, which makes sense. i understand that light and white is the general theme, but i like color, too, especially for the couch — it’s just more practical for day-to-day. any examples other than the first shot? and am i forbidden from bolder colors than light blue to make this work?

  5. melissa
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi there! You are definitely not forbidden to use colors other than white & blue… In fact, you could use browns & grays for the larger pieces like the sofa, but try to keep the rest of the items light. If you want to add more color - coral is a great accessory for nantucket style so you could bring reds into the accessories and coral prints on the throw pillows. if you want to go bold on the sofa, i’d say the boldest I’d go is chocolate brown with everything else really light but then hints of chocolate elsewhere to tie in the sofa. or a vintage leather sofa could also work… hope that helps!

  6. Posted August 29, 2010 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Wow! I love the designs. Oncidium orchids might also a fit. Oncidium orchids are among the most popular orchids in the world because there is a wide variety of orchids to choose from and these plants are universally easy to tend to at home. I found it with the readings from Top Orchid Care Secrets

  7. Posted September 26, 2010 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Hi Love your blog, I love the Nantucket style. For a more modern city feel I always add hints of black, darker blues and lots of glass and pewter.

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