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It’s been so depressing watching the drama on Wall Street and in Washington that I needed to take a braincation. What’s a braincation? In a word, a made-up word, I would call it a fantasy. I had Nantucket on my mind as the perfect escape from reality. Braincations are super cheap and offer amazing eye candy for those who yearn for Americana interiors and a dose of Yankee inspiration.
Nantucket style begins even before you step inside any home. Mind you, most homes on the island are clad in cedar shingles which weather beautifully and are more charming than a basket full of puppies. They all seem to echo our romantic notions of Colonial America mixed with carefree summer fun. In addition to the natural materials found on these home, they all have amazing lantern-style lighting.
Homeowners do a great job of capturing authentic styles that would have originally used gas for illumination. Like the use of shingles, oil rubbed bronze lighting is used as it weathers well in the harsher elements and compliment the early American style.
Nantucket interiors borrow a great deal from both classic New England design aesthetics as well as an earthy, more organic bent. I love the combination of the more formal, 19th century chair with the exposed wood and hand-blown, rope-covered glass. It’s totally romantic yet not too fussy.
While the globes may simply be decoration, you can achieve the look with this simple glass pendant which has an old world feel.
Summer weekends in New England are also about casual elegance. The sun, surf and sand are an intoxicating mix. As such, most interiors are no-fuss and easy to maintain. The blue stripe ticking on this sofa will never go out of style and looks perfect with crisp white accents tables and shells. I must say that my braincation has had a calming affect without the worry of too much sun.
Photos courtesy of lampsplus.com, beachcottagelove.blogspot.com, destination360.com, zimbio.com
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
Nice post. I also like looking at this blog for coastal style pictures. Enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work!
Thanks for the comment, Pat. We'll be sure to check out your coastal blog suggestion. If you'd like to read some of our other posts with a coastal theme, you can check them out here: www.lampsplus.com/.../coastal