Nantucket Christmas Stroll

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I’m not sure there’s anything more enchanting than the annual Christmas Stroll on Nantucket Island. It’s part of Nantucket Noel, which is a monthly long celebration organized by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce. Christmas Stroll this year is from Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 7th.

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My husband, Frank, and I will be there, as always, with our three little white Bichon Frises, and my dad, Bob! We wouldn’t miss the carolers in Victorian costumers, the bell ringers, the magical talking tree, and of course Santa arriving by boat!

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This year is extra special, as I’ll be at Mitchells Book Corner for a book signing on Saturday, December 6th from 12 to 1 p.m. I hope you’ll come by to see me if you’re on the island.

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My publisher tells me that my book, Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior, makes a wonderful Christmas gift for anyone wanting a more beautiful, elegant, and healthier home. (And don’t tell anyone, but all my secrets are in there!)

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It’s such a magical time of the year. I hope you enjoy every minute of the holiday season, no matter where you are.

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Photos courtesy of the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce; except first photo courtesy of www.hylinecruises.com 

Dujardin Home

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After years of planning and months of searching for exquisite, unique and elegant home accessories that truly deserve a place in your home, we’ve launched Dujardin Home! My vision was to create an online shop that offers an edited, curated collection of very special items, the kind of things that elevate your home, and your life, from the ordinary to the amazing.

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Just in time for the holidays, you can find fabulous gift ideas and items to elevate your parties to a stunning new level. Come take a peek at:

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Totes

Handcrafted in the United States with pre-consumer recycled sailcloth and marine grade fabric, this is the kind of tote bag you’ll take everywhere. The designers in my office use it to organize fabric samples, friends love how roomy it is when they use it as an airplane carryon, and of course it works perfectly for the beach! You’ll need one for yourself, but they also make the perfect, usable gift.

 

 

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Pillows

Our nautical pillows are custom-made for Dujardin Home, so you won’t find them anywhere else. Inspired by maritime signal flags, add one for a punch of color, or three or more to make a statement. They’re perfect for the beach house, or anywhere you want to dream of the sea.

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Throws

There are throws, and then there are our throws, made from Baby Alpaca wool. This is the softest, most luxurious fiber in the world, better than cashmere for warmth and comfort. It’s hypoallergenic, so it always feels smooth against your skin, without that wooly itching, and perfect for anyone with allergies or asthma. And of course ours are made naturally, with no chemicals or bleaches used during processing. Baby Alpaca refers to the very finest, most rare Alpaca fibers, not fleece sheared from babies. But it’s soft enough to wrap your baby in, no matter how young or old!

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Glassware

We had to go all the way to Prague for this heirloom quality crystal, made to our specifications with an etched compass rose. Mouth blown by Czech artisans, an old firm of established glassmakers created these exquisite pieces especially for Dujardin Home. You can set a sparkling holiday table with clear crystal, luminescent blue or deep sea-colored ink, or mix and match.  It’s no secret that I love the ocean, and the compass rose is one of my most treasured symbols to use when designing homes. It’s been used on nautical charts for centuries. Whenever I see it, I’m a sailor in my heart.

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One of a Kind

Home decor stores have proliferated in recent years, with the result that many homes are beginning to have a sameness from room to room. Designing your home is a very personal journey, but I always recommend that when your budget dictates that you choose mass produced furniture, add some pieces that are unique to you. Antiques fit the bill, but I’ve also included special “one-of-a-kind” items in my collection to help make your home uniquely your own. You won’t see these framed nautical prints or vintage sterling tableware anywhere else!

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Comfort Zone

To help you pull it all together and create the healthy, eco-elegant home of your dreams, I’ve written a book. Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior draws on my decades of work as a LEED Accredited interior designer. I’ve had the pleasure of designing some of the world’s most beautiful homes, in some of the world’s most stunning locations. I share what I’ve learned in my book, because I believe that A Healthy Home is the Ultimate Luxury. (TM)

I want that luxury to be yours.

Come visit us at Dujardin Home. I can’t wait to show you around!

(And there’s more to come! We’ll be adding to our collection, so be sure to stop back frequently to check to see what’s new.)

Inspiration Starts Here

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On my new Dujardin Home website, I say that “Inspiration Starts Here!” I want to inspire all of you to see your home with new eyes, to be delighted with the very special items we’ve searched the world to find, and to find new ways to bring elegance, beauty and health to your lives.

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I thought you might be interested to see where my inspiration comes from. My life and my work have taken me to some of the most wonderful places on earth. I have seen so many beautiful sights just this year, from the shores of Long Island Sound where I make my year-round home…

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…to the harbor of Nantucket Island…

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…from the excitement of New York City…

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…to the town of High Point, North Carolina…

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… from the castles of St. Andrews, Scotland…

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…to the canals of Venice.

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Add to that the many showrooms I visit in the Decoration and Design Building and at 200 Lex in New York City, and in Design Centers in other cities around the country. I see and handle sumptuous fabrics, brilliantly designed lights and chandeliers, hand carved wooden case goods and deeply comfortable upholstered furniture. All of it becomes part of my thoughts and my dreams.

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Now I’ve realized one of my dreams, which is to bring this beauty and elegance to you. Our curated collection is inspired by the best of what I see and live every day, and the many creative and talented people I meet and work with.

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 Here I am with John and Chad Stark, of the Stark Carpet Corporation

 And we’re just beginning. Stay with me. We’re going to some wonderful places, and I have some more wonderful things to share at Dujardin Home!

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