NEW ADDITIONS TO NANTUCKET PRINT SHOP

My brother Camden and I just rolled out a new round of prints at Nantucket Print Shop! We’d been getting requests for more horizontal options so six of the eight new arrivals are the perfect orientation for hanging above your bed or sofa. And you can always message us for info on different frame options and unframed print orders! We’re having so much fun collaborating on a new venture and are so grateful for your support!

Steps Beach Gate

Hydrangea Fence

Steps Beach Pathway

Sankaty Lighthouse

Nantucket Buoys

Sunken Ship Sunset

Tom Nevers Beach

Hydrangea Driveway

P.S. See Nantucket Print Shop prints in our home here.

P.P.S. Our best sellers so far here and here.

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FRIDAY Q&A: MY FAVORITE FLOWERS, NANTUCKET BACHELORETTE PARTY RECS, HOW I STYLE MY HAIR WHEN I’M SHORT ON TIME, AND MORE

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day. I dragged Will to see Isn’t It Romantic on Wednesday night — he loooves going to the movies and I can’t remember the last time we’d seen something in theaters! The previews for the movie looked so funny (I think Rebel Wilson is hilarious) but I think they kind of packed the funniest moments into the preview and the rest was pretty cheesy. Would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve seen it! Yesterday I went to my mom’s going away party at the clinic where she’s worked for the last five years as she’s transitioning to become a school nurse at the end of the month. So proud of her and excited for what’s to come! Happy belated Valentine’s and have a great weekend!

design darling friday q&a

1. Heading to ACK for a friend’s bachelorette party in July and would love your recs!

You can see all my recommendations in my Nantucket travel guide! If you click on FAQs, I list out everything I’d recommend specifically for a bachelorette. Have the best time!

2. Any tips for planning a wedding after party?

Our wedding reception was outdoors under a tent and Nantucket has strict noise regulations so our reception had to end at 10 p.m.! We knew we wanted to keep the party going so we all walked up to the piano bar at the Summer House. ‘Sconset is pretty quiet relative to downtown Nantucket but there were a few late night diners still at the piano bar since we didn’t rent out the entire bar but they kind of just joined the party! Seeing all my family and friends (and a few random patrons!) gathered around the piano belting out show tunes was one of the happiest moments of our wedding day and it was totally unplanned. So I really don’t have a ton of advice besides making sure everyone knows where to go to keep the party going (our wedding planner reminded everyone as they were lining up for our sparkler exit) and having one tab at the bar for all wedding guests (we had wristbands made so the bartenders knew who was part of our crew!).

3. How did you start your business/blog? Would love advice for what to do in the early days when there’s no money to buy a professional camera.

I started my blog in 2009 and launched an online boutique by the same name in 2012 (I shared that story in this post!). Conveniently two of the biggest changes that have happened in blogging over the past ten years are the explosive growth of Instagram and the rapid improvement of iPhone photography, so I think it’s totally possible to start a blog or any kind of online business with an inexpensive domain name, a free Instagram handle, and the phone you already own. Having high quality photos will definitely become more important once you start partnering with brands who want to repurpose your content, but you can build a loyal following on your blog and Instagram with relatable everyday iPhone snaps of your outfits, recipes, weekend trips, etc.! 

4. How tall are you and how tall is Will?

I’m 5’1” and he’s 5’6”!

5. What are your thoughts on headbands being back in style? I’m on the fence!

I’m not a huge fan. 😬 I definitely have friends who look adorable in them, but I’m pretty self-conscious about my ears sticking out and am not about to wear something that accentuates that! I’d rather tie a bow in my hair (like this) but I think they can be chic (particularly with your hair swept back vs. down and tucked behind your ears).

6. Any recommendations of places to visit in Florida? I’m planning a trip with my boyfriend soon!

My Grandy lives in Naples for half the year so that’s where we usually go, but we were just in Boca Grande and are headed to Palm Beach next weekend and I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those!

7. How do you style your hair when you’re short on time?

I run through it with my straightening brush in less than ten minutes and call it a day! You can see it in action here. I like to add a little wave with my curling iron if I have time but will stop after straightening if I’m in a rush. Or I’ll leave it in its uneven natural state and throw on a hat! 😉

8. Have you done Whole 30 or other big changes in eating before? How did it go?

I really haven’t! I honestly don’t have the self-discipline to restrict my dietary habits like that. I’m such a picky eater as it is that I can’t imagine cutting out carbs or dairy. That said I’ve been a pescatarian for twelve years — I just gave up meat cold turkey (ha) during my freshman year of college and haven’t craved it since.

9. My boyfriend of six months asked for a list of my favorite flowers so he knows what to buy for Valentine’s Day, etc. I haven’t really given it much thought before this but would love to know what types of flowers you like as I always love your taste in how you decorate!

First of all, that is the cutest thing ever! And second, I’m so sorry I didn’t get to this before Valentine’s Day but I’m sure he got you something lovely because he sounds like a gem. 🙂 I love peonies, hydrangeas, tulips, ranunculus, and garden roses!

INTRODUCING NANTUCKET PRINT SHOP!

I am so excited to share that my youngest brother Camden and I are starting a new little side project together called Nantucket Print Shop! We both love taking photos on the island and after each receiving several requests about purchasing prints of our photos, we decided to team up and make it happen! You can find Nantucket Print Shop on Etsy, where we’re launching with twenty-nine prints and will be adding new pieces at least once a month. We are so excited to share our love of Nantucket with the walls of your home!

Hydrangea Heaven

Nantucket Print Shop Brant Point Lighthouse

Nantucket Print Shop Sconset Bridge

Nantucket Print Shop Chanticleer Carousel Horse

Nantucket Print Shop Pink and Purple Hydrangeas

Every print comes in a white wood frame and is available in two frame sizes: 19.75″ x 25.25″, a medium size print that’s perfect for hanging above a bedside table or desk, in a gallery wall, or in a powder room, and 29.75″ x 40.75″, a large size print that’s great above a bed, console table, or dresser. I recently hung one large print above the dresser in our guest bedroom (which you’ll see on the blog tomorrow!) as well as two large prints side by side on the opposite wall. I love the generous size and the quality is pretty amazing if I do say so myself!

Nantucket Print Shop Hydrangea Arbor

Nantucket Print Shop Hydrangea Driveway

Nantucket Print Shop on Design Darling

Nantucket Print Shop Colorful Boats

Camden is finishing up his senior year of college at Miami of Ohio and I’m so excited that we could start this little side hustle together! We always love going out and taking pictures together on the island and I’m crossing my fingers and toes we’ll get one more summer out there together before he enters the working world. In any event we’re stoked to have a way to get our prints in your hands and would love your feedback as we get this new venture up and running! This is something we’ve talked about doing forever and I’m over the moon that we finally made it happen. Feel free to message us on Etsy if you have any questions or want to inquire about custom sizing. We are so grateful for your support!

Nantucket Print Shop Climbing Roses and Hydrangeas

Design Darling Nantucket Print Shop

Nantucket Print Shop American Flags at Sunset

Nantucket Print Shop large frame

Nantucket Print Shop Hydrangea Cottage

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FRIDAY Q&A: AFFORDABLE BEDDING, MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION, VISITING NANTUCKET IN THE OFF-SEASON, AND MORE

Happy Friday! Did anyone else feel like this week just flew by? I spent Monday in the city celebrating Amy’s birthday and stayed up way too late on Tuesday watching election results and then it feels like I blinked and here we are. In any event I’m spending the day shooting a bunch of upcoming holiday content and then we’re flying to Indiana to visit Will’s grandparents tonight. I’m also excited to research a little winter getaway thanks to all your recommendations on this post — major wanderlust over here! I hope you all have a great weekend!

design darling friday q&a

1. What are your favorite under $50 coffee table books?

Most of my favorite coffee table books are under $50! If you’re just starting your collection, I would recommend A House by the Sea by Bunny Williams, Beautiful by Mark D. Sikes, Escape by Gray Malin, Once Upon A Time by Slim Aarons, and The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman. In my dream life, I have a couple extra copies of each in a gift closet ready to go as hostess gifts and last-minute birthday presents!

2. Any recs for affordable bedding?

I love this bedding collection from Pottery Barn — it’s classic and crisp and you can add a monogram for a more custom look. They often have sales with 20% or 30% off if you can wait for one of those! If that’s still a little too pricey, I’d recommend buying inexpensive all white bedding (like this duvet cover with these sheets) and then bringing in two monogrammed shams or a single monogrammed boudoir pillow. 

3. Hello, curious now about how you chose your wedding rings? We ended up choosing the thinnest white gold bands, to match my engagement ring which has a very thin band and because I like the idea of stacking (another ring to celebrate a birth, maybe). But now I’m kind of regretting that the wedding ring is not more visible (I kind of want to show it off you know?). I wanted ALL the rings so it was a very hard choice! Do you also like the idea of stacking rings or do you think it becomes too much/not so elegant?

I picked out a thin diamond eternity band and then Will surprised me with a thin band with alternating diamonds and sapphires on the morning of our wedding. I wear my wedding band first, then my engagement ring, and then the diamond and sapphire ring on top and it feels like the perfect combination for me! I love a stacked look but personally wouldn’t wear more than those three rings on one finger, so if I ever added another band it would probably be for my other hand!

4. Has your family ever visited Nantucket for Christmas Stroll? How was it?

We have and it’s lovely! We’re going up this year the weekend after our family Thanksgiving in Rhode Island and can’t wait to enjoy the island in the off-season. There’s an annual tree lighting on Main Street where everyone sings Christmas carols and cheers when the tree lights up and it’s one of my favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit! I’ve received several questions about visiting Nantucket in the off-season and many of the restaurants and businesses featured in my Nantucket guide are open beyond the summer months, but the town website publishes lists of open restaurants by week/month (like this one) if you need information on specific dates.

5. Chicken Box or Gazebo?

Gazebo then Chicken Box. 🙂

6. What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

I have so many! But my very favorite is reading The Night Before Christmas as an extended family just before we go to bed on Christmas Eve. We’ve had the same illustrated copy since I was little and we pass it around the room with each family member reading one page. A few years ago Grandy gave Will a new copy of the book for Christmas to ensure that we’ll keep the tradition alive for many years to come (even after our current copy falls apart) and it’s something I can’t wait to share with our own kids someday. 

7. Any advice for what to wear on first dates?

Wear whatever makes you feel most confident! Personally I’m more comfortable in jeans than dresses or skirts so I used to wear jeans with heels and a sweater or top befitting the season. If I were going on a first date now, I’d wear something like this or this with my go-to skinny jeans and walkable heels and call it a day. If you’re more of a dress girl, I’d do something like this dress or this one with slouchy boots, but again it’s really about what makes you feel like the best version of yourself! 

8. Would you get a Cartier love bracelet/ring? If so, which one?

I love the look of both but I get annoyed easily by bracelets and always want to take them off when I’m at my computer which would defeat the purpose! So personally I’d go with the ring, but I really don’t think you can go wrong with something so timeless!

9. Would love to hear your ideas on decorating for the holidays!

You can see how we decorated our house for Christmas last year in this post! Many of the same pieces are available again this year in this collection but generally speaking I love lots of greenery (garlands, wreaths) and use only white lights. This year I had to buy an artificial Christmas tree to shoot several holiday-themed sponsored posts that were due before real trees would be available and it pained me to set it up… Real trees all the way!

10. Did you do a bouquet toss / garter toss at your wedding?

We didn’t. We wanted to make the most of every minute we had on the dance floor since Nantucket weddings have to move indoors after 10 p.m. — I seriously would have nixed the wedding cake for ten more minutes dancing! Personally I wasn’t big on the idea of either tradition so I didn’t give it a second thought but it’s your wedding so you should absolutely honor the traditions that are meaningful to you! P.S. There were some great comments on this post about whether or not to wear a wedding veil!

STUBBS & WOOTTON BESPOKE NANTUCKET SLIPPERS

Say hello to my new favorite pair of shoes: Stubbs & Wootton bespoke slippers featuring Nantucket lighthouses Brant Point and Sankaty. I’ve been living in Stubbs & Wootton slippers all spring and summer (you’ve seen them here, here, herehere, here, here, here, and here) and I just can’t get enough. They’re classic, comfortable, cool, and make even a t-shirt and jeans feel polished and put together. I had seen these bespoke Nantucket slippers on Tumblr years ago and was over the moon when Stubbs & Wootton recently brought back the lighthouse motifs to their bespoke section. While they’re still an investment piece, you can currently take 30% off your bespoke order now through September 15.

Another new piece that speaks to my love for Nantucket is this gorgeous mother of pearl necklace featuring the island’s coordinates. It was a gift from 28 Centre Pointe (one of my favorite boutiques on the island and featured in my Nantucket guide!) and a perfect start to my recent interest in investing in everyday jewelry. I couldn’t love it any more if I tried!

j.crew stretch button-up shirt with peplum and bespoke stubbs & wootton

design darling nantucket stubbs and wootton with sankaty lighthouse

asha nantucket coordinates pendant necklace on design darling

stubbs and wootton nantucket loafers on design darling

j.crew stretch button-up shirt with peplum on design darling

stubbs and wootton nantucket slippers on design darling

design darling nantucket stubbs & wootton

J.Crew peplum shirt  //  Polo Ralph Lauren cable knit cashmere sweater  //  Frame jeans

Celine sunglasses  //  Asha Nantucket coordinates pendant and gold chain c/o  //  J.McLaughlin bag

Stubbs & Wootton bespoke Nantucket slippers (currently $350 instead of $500) c/o

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