Fine Looking Knockers

I know, I know, tacky title, but I couldn’t resist.

One of my favorite parts of going to Nantucket is the chance to observe the awesome attentiveness to detail in the homes.

So let’s knock around town and see what we find…

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Allergic to scallops, but not this one

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Enter if you dare

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Sly as a fox

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In case you are feeling blue

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Daffy Days

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Thistle bee the place

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knocker10Not quite a cowardly lion

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knocker4Eagle eyeknockers14 And don’t be crabby

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Hope you enjoyed my Nantucket Knockers.  Happy Monday, enjoy the week!

In Bloom

Last week in Savannah I had the treat of attending a lecture with my Mom of Manhattan based floral designer Lindsey Taylor, as part of the Tellfair in Bloom series at the Jepson Center.

Lindsey spent early days in her floral-centered career as garden editor at Martha Stewart Living, where she shared tales of shooting arrangements at Martha’s Turkey Hill Farm (quick aside: speaking as a person who lives on a road named after a bird, not far from Martha’s old place–I can tell you these CT names are legit!) property, as they would work with local blooms grown on the farm and shoot on the fly in casual spots such as the chicken coop, according to ideal lighting, etc.

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She then brought us up to her current post as contributor to Wall Street Journal’s “Off Duty” section and dazzled us with tales of her design process and how she finds inspiration.  Which lead to the demonstration where Lindsey riffed off famous works of art…

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to be inspired by colors and textures of blooms, branches, and berries of all kinds and the ways in which they relate to the paintings.  With ease and confidence she grabbed and designed in a manner that she would describe as “off roading” in as much as she would create her own rules with composition, scale, surface and appearance.  The photos from I-Phone afar don’t do justice to how unique and beautiful her arrangements are, suggest you follow her @linseydtaylor to see for yourself.

Lindsey spent a fair amount of time talking about the vessels that she would carefully select for her arrangements. Lindsey further endeared herself to me and others when she mentioned several of those vessels she planned to use for the lecture were damaged en route to Savannah and how she found alternatives at Home Goods.  She had never been to Home Goods, (apparently they don’t have those in Manhattan) and marveled at the inventory, several times through out the lecture.

The lecture ended and we carried on to lunch that was meant to feel like it was set in the garden-

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surrounded by flowersJTfrom many local designers

JT1of their interpretations of arrangements relating to paintings and art.

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A truly inspiring afternoon (Thanks Mom!) well timed with Spring and abundant opportunities to create with flowers.

Happy Humpday!

Charmed Charleston

After coming to Savannah for over 10 years, we figured it was about time to get over to Charleston to check things out.

Plus some of our best buddies moved to the Charleston area, within the past year and it’s only about 2 hours from Savannah, so the stars aligned!

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I thought I needed my own experience in Charleston as up to this point, my perception was limited to Bravo’s Southern Charm (and let’s face it, it is a little less than charming.)

Our buddies lucked out with finding an oceanfront home in the community of Isle of Palms.  The island is a casual beach town that suits them perfectly.

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The tempo is very relaxed, with some of the biggest stressors including making sure all the right gear gets packed into the all terrain beach cart.  They tell me one must have a Yeti cooler to keep bevvies cold…a good note.

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Then it is just a super short jaunt over to the beach.

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The beach is wide, lovely and not crowded.  We watch dolphins jump in the surf and the kids discover all kinds of wonderful sea life, including a large sea turtle’s shell.

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There are a lot of great restaurants in Charleston, but having a sandwich at the beach is tough to beat.

Have you ever noticed how nothing ever tastes quite as good as it does at the beach?

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But life “in town” is a nice counterpoint to the beach pace. Downtown Charleston is not far off, just a couple bridges crossing ocean/ and marsh land.

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Plenty of nods exist to historic times such stepping posts used to help get into horse drawn carriages that still remain outside the historic homes on The Battery.

charleston5Grand old mansions that have been in families for generations line the Battery.

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“Stately” and “grand” are adjectives that come to mind.  charleston6

Though the air in Charleston is a bit more formal, they enjoy a bit of humor wherever it can be found

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There is a plethora of shopping on King Street.  The day we were there it was reserved for pedestrians.

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Natives from Charleston are also a good looking bunch.  Even their pups are pretty.

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Dining is another scene not to be missed in Charleston.

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Husk is transforming what would traditionally be thought of as southern fare with an emphasis on fresh southern produce and grains.

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We brunch at Poogan’s Porch and munch delectable shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles and fried green tomatoes.

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with a celebratory cocktail to wash it all down.  Note: green juice for a while in t-minus 3 days.

I can’t wait to come back to Charleston again.  Thanks so much L&G!

 

 

Easter Egg Doors

Peter Rabbit wouldn’t tolerate a boring color on his front door…

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as sweet as can be

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To chase away the drab residual browns of winter

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So hop on in!

 

24 Hours in Newport

One of the best parts of living in New England is the proximity to cool and interesting cities, towns, villages and terrain…as well as fabled historical sites to each other. So when a dear friend living in the Boston area and I discussed a quick and easy meetup/getaway, Newport, Rhode Island was a natural choice.

A pretty easy 2.5 hour drive from my house, and suddenly I am here-

newport13On the shores of the town of Newport established in 1639.

newport18The town is charming and old…

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Apparently Newport hosts a rather epic St. Patrick’s Day parade the weekend before which we just missed.

Newport has more colonial homes in use than any other location in the U.S.  There are more than 6o buildings still standing in Newport prior to 1765.

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We began our day on the Cliff Walk.

newport5 The Cliff Walk became the first designated National Recreation Trail in New England in 1975.

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Views are breathtaking.

newport4Though the temps are brisk, we are encouraged by the daffodils popping open alongside the trail, that warmer air is not far off.

newport1We make our way over to Salve Regina. A lovely campus…

newport6Several of my family members including my beloved Auntie P, have attended college here.  I now see why, and may have to consider for our girls someday.

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The mansions and “cottages” as some are called, if you can believe it, are nothing short of splendid and grand.

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Some even remind me of where the Munster’s (my kid’s favorite show right now, ha!) may have lived.

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May be because they are so old and foreboding.

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We want to tour more, but Doris Duke’s mansion was opening a week later and my friend had already seen the famous Breaker’s Mansion (where apparently Vanderbilt descendants still reside and I must return to check out on another visit)  Also, we were sporting some rather unfortunate footwear for this much walking…

So we plan a quick pop in to the Historic Hotel Viking on Bellevue.  Turns out that even though Newport is so old and historic, they still have Uber, thank heavens!

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it also turns out bubbles have healing powers for hurting feet.

We head back down towards the harbor in search of some nourishment

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We lunch at the Moorings where they take filling it to brim very literally.  Local oysters and some Brut Rose will do quite nicely before checking into our hotel, 41 North.

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Understated while luxe at the same.

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41 North is ideally located at the water’s edge

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for glorious sunsets.

newport10We gussy up for dinner

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at Stoneacre Pantry, a delicious farm to table dining experience just down Thames and close to the hotel.

newport23 The next morning is crisp, we walk more, this time with sensible shoes.

We hit a few shops where I score the ultimate consignment store find–a genuine Nantucket Lightship Basket purse with scrimshaw and signed for $48!!!!

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Talk about luck of the Irish, and a fitting thing to discover with a friend I met in Nantucket 18 years ago.  It must have been a mistake, but I paid cash and ran!

Then into our cars to head home before the Spring snow hit.

Here’s to weekend adventures and heading into a great new week!

 

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