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A Subtle Case of the Blues

The bevy of blue and green pillows made from velvet in the cozy den/television room just off the front hallway offers another textural flourish. “You don’t necessarily think of velvet in a house on Nantucket,” Stahl says. “But it really set the tone for the space—comfortable, cozy, yet still having those sea glass tones. And I love the rug in that room because it’s got a little metallic in it up against a suede/leather combination. You could sweep this if you had to.” 

Glass objects infused with blues and teals and pale greens add their own textural lilt. The client put together a particularly alluring combination of glass decanters, vases, sculptures, and bowls on a narrow console table at the back of the living room to catch light and reflect back to the home its overarching color scheme. She also chose lamps with glass bases in hallways and bedrooms that glint with the home’s colors.

Two pieces of art on landings leading to the second and third floors are composed of blue and green glass as well. One-of-a-kind three-dimensional still life assemblages of life boats with bottles, they are the handmade creations of renowned glass artist Marc Petrovic, whose work is featured in museums from Jackson Hole to Vero Beach and the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Both  belong to his Navigator series; the boat in each represents an individual, while the bottles are a play on casting bottles into the sea with messages in them—snippets of conversation or, as Petrovic says, “chambers of the heart where you collect and store feelings or pieces of communication.” 

Art steals the show in a number of spots in the home, almost always featuring soft blues and greens. “The clients have a great eye for art; it was really a blessing on this project,” Stahl says, pointing to the large painting over the dining table by noted Provincetown artist Anne Packard. “This work,” she comments, “just kind of goes along with the feeling of the house, which is all about subtlety and serenity and peacefulness. It says everything about what she and her husband wanted this restful home to feel like.  

“We chose where it would go together,” Stahl says. “It was rare how well it worked out. It wasn’t like Chip distanced the two windows to fit the painting.” The same is true for the smaller, moodier Anne Packard painting in the TV room. It worked perfectly in the spot chosen for it.

Yet another show-stopping piece of art is a six-foot photo of Nantucket’s Brant Point Light in the home’s front hallway. It was captured by Nantucket photographer Nathan Coe, whose work has been featured in Vogue and has been exhibited in New York, Palm Beach, and other locations. The client originally thought to have a photo of Nantucket’s Sankaty Head Light there, but Stahl talked her out of it because the Sankaty lighthouse has a wide red stripe on it that doesn’t go with the home’s vibe. The Brant Point light also makes a more logical choice since it’s an easy stroll from the home.  

Around all of this art Stahl chose soft blues and greens for furniture, bedding, rugs, and other decorating touches. Most of it she custom designed: the muted blue leather upholstery on the stools by the kitchen island, the sofas and lounge chairs, and the easy-on-the-eye patterns across all the home’s curtains and throw pillows. A few of the items were found at Serena & Lily, a favorite of the client’s, such as the soft blue linen duvet covers on the beds in the main bedroom and one of the guest rooms. It all comes together felicitously. 

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