Back to Normal. Back to Nantucket.
Even though the lawn still needs mowing, my bags are now unpacked, the wash is finished, the "kreepie krawlie" is cleaning the pool, and I feel able to get back on track, back to my Nantucket postings again (the lawn can just wait till tomorrow). Let's begin with another Jacobsen house on Nantucket because his houses just say summer - the gray shingles typical of the island on his exteriors and clean, cool, white surfaces typical of this architect on the interiors - a combination I find so enchanting. Come, be enchanted with me.
Gray shingled home with just a peek of the First Congregational Church's steeple in the back.
|This and following images from Architectural Digest, July 2004|
The front entrance where "crisp minimalism" meets traditional.
Don't you just love the way the light from the windows plays on the floor and lights up the rooms? The floors are not white in this home, but still the rooms are filled with summer airiness.
I even love the windows darkened toward dusk. So simple, so clean, so "summer" - and I bet the owners' lawn is mowed.
Except for this library, I don't think I have ever seen the architect use blue in his houses, but have, of course, seen his signature egg crate book cases many times. Desk is all leather. Such a great room.
Again, summer abounds here.
Summer's dining room, I presume.
While checking my magazines to make certain I had not missed anything "Nantucket-y," I came across this article from Elle Decor, July 2002. It features the Voorhees barn which I posted about earlier. I'm adding these images now because they show a few different shots of the house/barn and of its owner shown below. Also, because the landscape and Voorhees are so typically Nantucket.
Remember, if you think you have seen these images before, you have. Elle Decor just chose to tinge them slightly and to show the rooms from a slightly different angle. Anyway, the home is so delightful that it should to be seen again.
I like this angle of the dining room because it gives us a glimpse of the patio.
Upstairs bath with a window I really like.
An untinged, outside view of the barn and its patio.
Now, leaving Jacobsen's design for a moment, I'd like to show you another Nantucket home. This time it is a home designed by Karin Blake, also a minimalist, but a minimalist who always uses more antiques in her design than does Jacobsen.
|This image and the following from Architectural Digest, June 2002|
I've seen images of this home on Pinterest, but I wanted to show it in its entirety juxtaposed with Jacobsen's work. Whose do you prefer?
Do you miss the white furnishings and the egg crate book cases? I do. But, would I miss them quite as much in December?
More living room. Blake's antiques always have great scale and so suit the rooms they are in.
Love the lack of window treatment, but miss the Jacobsen shutters.
Note the Nantucket basket to the right of the bed. Blake's light hand is used here, but do you like her upholstery fabric or do you miss Jacobsen's even lighter, whiter touch?
I'm ending today's post with an image that again speaks of summer. (It is July after all. Corn is in all the vegetable stands.) The image below is not of Nantucket, but I happened to find it in the same Elle Decor issue from above and had to include it, a shingled home by Steven Gambrel in the Hamptons. While it is not Nantucket, it could be.
Wish we were all having corn on the cob here tonight and enjoying our summer evening and discussing whose design work we most admire. Adieu, dear reader, till next time when I will either be in Nantucket or in another Jacobsen designed home.