It's hot here (is it where you are?), which is why it's fortunate I'm still in Nantucket talking about island breezes and island houses. Today's two Nantucket homes are very early American, very heirloom. You know that this early American antique design is just one of the designs that I love. Today, I will wallow in this heirloom-ness and not be conflicted about any other loved design aesthetics. Come wallow with me.
Heirloom house #1 appeared in the New York Times Magazine in 2011. As a child of ten, Sherry Lefevre once spent a summer in a rental house on Nantucket and vowed she would once own a home there someday. When she came into an inheritance, she held true to her vow, bought the following house there...
and filled it with antiques.
Today, as an assistant professor of writing at the University of Art in Philadelphia, she's immersed herself in the writings of Bronte, Hawthorne and Emerson, and somehow this literature is reflected in her home. It has the feel of a seafarer's home filled with treasures from afar.
Still, it has all the comforts of today.
It's a matter of taste, I know, but the draperies seem too warm. I so prefer Jacobsen's use of inside shutters, especially when it's as hot as today.
Draperies or shutters, it's a charmer.
The guest room.
Whereas Ms Lefevre bought an heirloom house, an earlier article from Colonial Homes featured the following new home but a new home filled with antiques. Nantucketers love their antiques, and that can't be a bad thing.
The new house outside of town.
Great collection of antique lightship baskets and walking sticks in the foyer.
Newly designed table and chairs and antique china in the dining room.
Had to show the other part of dining room table for all the topiary lovers out there (like Loi and Phyllis). Love the fireplace here.
Kitchen half of great room.
Is it the interior shutters in the library that make me love this room so much, or is it just the comfortable furnishings and books on the shelves?? Whatever - it's a great room.
Airy bedroom with door leading to second floor balcony.
Nautical antique collection,
Hope you enjoyed these two homes. I always have. Now onto something very different thatI have always enjoyed and hope you might also - a short story by Dixie Lee Clifford, entitled Summertime on Laurel Lake which appeared in the July, 1984 Gourmet - the story is today's third heirloom. The setting is not Nantucket but New Hampshire, and it describes the summer vacation we all had once upon a time or should have had. (I'm even including some of Gourmet's recipes at the end.)
My daughter and I read this story every summer, and as I was putting away my July Gourmets, thought you might like it as much as we do. (You are going to have to enlarge it, I think.)
Next time friends and dear readers (you are only "dear" if you actually read the story), I'll still be in Nantucket and soon Martha's Vineyard and then the Hamptons.
All in good time.