I’ve always been a coastal girl. I once lived 30 minutes from the ocean, when I was away at school, and felt so landlocked. It was awful. As you know, from other posts and my title, I love Cali! I also have a huge place in my heart for Nantucket, having spent many vacations there with family.
Nantucket style is very specific to Nantucket. It has strong New England characteristics, but many elements are quintessential to the island. Most of the houses have weathered cedar shakes and are shingle style, Cape Cod style or New England Saltbox style homes. The historic district limits the colors the houses can be painted so walking around the downtown area is very quaint.
The islanders are very proud of their gardens, especially the abundant multicolored hydrangeas and climbing roses.
Interior design is clean and crisp with lots of blues and whites. Stripes and small florals, seashells, hydrangeas and seafaring objects are often seen in the decor. Many homes have hardwood floors to make it easy to sweep away the sand. Slipcovered furniture is great for wet bathing suits also.
Another well known object of Nantucket is the Nantucket Lightship basket. They are often seen as purses, but are used as decor too.
You will see more colonial style antiques and old paintings of whaling ships. There won’t be any mid-century modern furniture here.
Like the West coast, Nantucketers love to be outside, so most homes have decks or patios to enjoy the summer weather.
LA or California style is a bit harder to pin down, but quite obvious when you see the pictures.
There are Spanish style, mid-century modern, Craftsman style and contemporary style homes, just to name a few, dotting the west coast. The quintessential style is harder to put a finger on, but sums up in two words, laid back.
The abundance of mid-century and vintage furniture is evident in it’s omnipresence. It’s mixed with new furniture, leather, natural fibers such as rattan, vintage Persian rugs, funky artwork, rustic wood and even a surfboard or two.
The textiles are less match-y and more eclectic. Vintage indigo pillows, antique batiks, and colorful Moroccan boucharouette rugs.
Indoor outdoor living is a year round luxury on the west coast. The lines blur between the indoors and outdoors with wide expanses of windows and wide open doors. The sun flows easily.
The gardens are much different in California. More drought tolerant shrubs and trees are used. Everyone thinks of the palm tree, but succulents reign strong in the landscape.
ACK or LAX? Which is your preference?
(all pics found on pinterest)