Our Nantucket rental: A decorator was here

Just a little over two weeks ago my husband surprised me and told me he had rented a house on Nantucket for my Birthday. I will admit that at first I was somewhat freaked out..my clients!…the expense!…I can’t take more time off!  Well he knew I would say all of these things so he just went ahead and booked it so that I couldn’t say no. I really had no idea what to expect so I was very happy when we walked through a private gate to this cute rose covered cottage, just steps from town.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

It was the perfect house but I couldn’t help but chuckle because as we walked through the tastefully decorated cottage I could see the tell tale mark of a decorator in every room. I could even identify most of the vendors for the furnishings.  Take a look and see all the trends and vendors I spotted! livingroom2 The living room furniture is very on trend white linen, with English arm style sofa and side chairs. The Emerald green double gourd lamp (Lamps Plus or One Kings lane), bright botanical pillows and coordinating art work adds the “pop of color”. (notice how the colors of the art work perfectly coordinates with the pillows)livingroom3 The two side chairs are detailed with nail head trim. A large clam shell (Ballard Designs) sits on a grass cloth wrapped coffee table. (I know several vendors make grass cloth covered tables but the first one that comes to mind is Thibaut). livingroom4 Two on trend spool chairs flank a faux bamboo side table with a bright yellow vase that I have seen in multiple stores including Homegoods. livingroom vignette A table vignette with two apothecary jars and faux blue coral on a tray. sleeping porch pillows The sleeping porch bed has a bedspread that I recognized as coming from Serena and Lilly (I just ordered one for a client) and some on trend paisley and medallion patterned pillows. bedroom The master bedroom has bedding from Restoration Hardware and I just recently saw the lamps on One Kings Lane. I also instantly recognized the three photos above the bed because they are from the hugely popular and super hot photographer Gray Malin. Malin shoots lots of ariel views of beaches so the umbrellas and bathers become dots of color and pattern. Here is the link to the set above the bed. He also sells his work on One Kings Lane so maybe the lamps and photography were purchased together??

The kitchen was quintessential Nantucket cottage with open shelving, butcher block counters and a pot rack. There was a Dash and Albert stripped rug on the floor and a rope ball next to the door that I believe is also from Ballard Design.


and on the other side of the kitchen….


a pair of trendy red industrial stools and another Gray Malin print. This one is called Bermuda Pineapples.

So I guess it’s just normal considering my job but I am wondering if the rest of you that are decorators or designers do the same thing? Are you always spotting and identifying trends and vendor sources when you visit someone’s home? I would love to know!


9 Responses to Our Nantucket rental: A decorator was here
  1. Hannah Reply

    Yes, I can’t walk into a space without checking off my mental list of where things are from that I recognize!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hannah, I don’t know if we should be proud of that skill…or consider it a sickness 🙂

  2. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    Amazing, Linda! You are GOOD!!!! It’s always important to find a rental or hotel that is pretty when I vacation – I have to be surrounded by pretty!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kristie but all the credit has to go to my husband. It was sight unseen for me until I walked through the gate. I’ll pass your comment along to him though!

  3. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    No, I mean you are GOOD for being able to pick out all those items and knowing where they are from!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Ah…got ya! Too much time at the computer sourcing I guess!

  4. Jil Sonia Interiors Reply

    Oh what a wonderful surprise, and what a great husband you have! Everything, including the decor is perfect. Bet you had a great time there!

  5. Meredith Reply

    You made me laugh as I often do that same mental inventory!! ( esp. with Homegoods stuff!) but more importantly I want to say HOORAY!! for your hubby renting the cottage and MAKING you take a break!!! LOVE THAT!!

  6. Lisa Lucas Reply

    We recently rented a cottage at Seabrook Washington which is the Sunset Magazine Idea Town and I too spent my time upturning the on trend furniture to confirm its source. The houses in Seabrook I think try to outdo one another with looking completely on trend and must have to pass a design committee to be part of the rental pool. Amazing place for a designer to relax.

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