ACK-spirational Living: Hawthorne Park

Nantucket happens to be one of my favorite places in the world. I always refer to it as Disneyland for adults–it’s almost too perfect and cute to be real.  The design inspiration I pull from the island and the insanely gorgeous homes, new and old, that populate the island.  Today I get to share with you a GORGEOUS new development of homes on the island that I am pretty obsessed with (mark this down as LIFE GOALS, y’all).

Hawthorne Park is a one of a kind project of 17 homes set around a private three acre park, improved with walking paths, sitting areas, and fabulous common amenities including a gym, pool, spa and yoga deck. Four different home types (Barn, Cottage, Farmhouse, Homestead– see more below for illustrations) and architectural landscaping were informed by a Malibu surf meets Nantucket farm inspiration. The goal behind the project was not to deliver just another set of homes but rather to capture and accentuate a lifestyle. I think they were very successful in meeting that goal!

This is a design collaboration between Blue Flag Development & Award-Winning Architect Workshop/APD. Blue Flag Development has a reputation for building high-caliber homes with an intense focus on all of the design details.  Their past projects (Tidewater Cottages & Union Lights) showcase their thoughtful work.  

This development is out towards the highly desirable area of Cisco on Nantucket.  Easy access to town or the brewery, Bartlett’s Farm, Miacomet golf course and some of the best beaches on the island.  There are 17 homes available and 3 have already been purchased.

The development is being listed by Jennifer Shalley & Erin Wilson at Fisher Real Estate on the island.  More information can be found on the site HERE (or please email them directly with questions: jen@FisherNantucket.com & erin@fishernantucket.com) ​​​​​​​​

 

 

 

 

THE COTTAGE:

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Inn-spiration.

I was  searching the great interwebs for inspiration last night and came across this darling little inn in Charleston, SC in the new Southern Living Magazine called 86 Cannon.  They showed just a tiny picture of one of the interiors so I had to go research it further and was so pleasantly surprised by the delightful interiors and style of this place! It’s so clean and simple and yet there is great attention to detail by designer Betsy Berry.

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Decoding Inspiration Images

Nothing is more helpful for us as designers than a client who comes armed with loads of inspiration images. But sometimes people get intimidated by how to choose imagery that accurately reflects what they are hoping for in a space. Many feel that the images they show us have to be of the same type of room we’re working on, but that’s not true at all.  It’s all about certain aspects of a room, or a feeling conjured by the space, that’s important- not that the sofa, rug and wall color are all what you like exactly. Perhaps it’s the overall mix of antiques and modern pieces, or the way a certain color combination feels to you.  Being literal is not necessary, and it may just be “I like how this room makes me feel”.  We can work with obtuse emotional reactions to a space the same way we can use an inspirational antique to find something more affordable.

Here’s a good example- I saw this image the July issue of Architectural Digest and  I LOVE this situation- the bold color mixed with neutrals, antiques and modern pieces combined and the use of accessories (I, however, cannot explain why this girl is sitting like this …)

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Inspiration Files: The Fox Group

I saw this kitchen on Instagram last week and absolutely loved it and needed to know more about the people behind it- turns out its from a design-build firm called The Fox Group in Salt Lake City (I feel like there is a lot of good design coming out of that area!)  I absolutely love the blend of rustic and refined here:

The inset wood cabinetry really stands out as well as the special custom details on the paitned cabinets (and cool hardware. And lights. And everything else.)

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