The July 2012 issue of Nantucket Today Magazine offers a look into a Dujardin-designed home that is aptly described as An Unexpected Treasure, at least for the midwestern couple who lovingly renovated it and calls it home. For me and my design staff, working here was a delight and a pleasure. Come take a tour with me and see this “upside down” house as they are known on Nantucket, then be sure to pick up the July issue of Nantucket Today for more.
An “upside down” house, in traditional island style, is one in which the living areas and master bedroom are on the second floor, in order to take advantage of stunning water views best seen from a higher vantage point. This secluded home has a beachy charm overlaid with elegance, where precious antiques and original artwork are blended with personal mementos. The dining table above is an antique lacemaker’s table, surrounded by a set of painted 19th century chairs.
This Swedish Apothecary chest is one of the unexpected treasures found throughout the home. Although its owners are challenged to fill every one of the twenty drawers, we knew it would be perfect here. We re-envisioned the space for this striking piece!
Unusual artwork that doubles as a conversation starter works beautifully in an entry way, when guests are being welcomed. Their first view of the home should be an enticing one, promising equally interesting and elegant rooms to come. Created for Dujardin Design by artist Christian Thee to suggest a pirate’s treasure map, the couple’s favorite spots on the island are pinpointed: the basket museum, the Great Harbor Yacht Club, and the airport where they joyfully make their island arrival.
Shelves in the master bedroom showcase a fabulous Nantucket lighthouse basket collection, one of the many ways the design of the home mirrors the couple and their interests. I feel that it’s important to express your unique personality and passions in your most private space. A separate sitting area in the bedroom offers a place of rest and repose.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this window into a home filled with meaningful beauty, with beloved art and objects that are bring pleasure because they are personal. That simple approach helps to make this house a happy home, a place where friends are welcomed and memories are made, where every sunset and ocean breeze is cherished, and life itself is an unexpected treasure.
All photography: Terry Pommett