Interior designer and decorative arts historian, Thomas Jayne, is a favorite of mine, so when I stumbled upon this 19th century Nantucket summer home he designed in 2008, I just had to share. Thomas is a traditionalist and the author of Classical Principles for Modern Design: Lessons from Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s The Decoration of Houses. Using these principles, he creates interiors that are truly timeless, including today’s tour of one of the iconic “Three Bricks” homes of Nantucket.
Built in 1838 as a wedding present for a son of Joseph Starbuck, one of the island’s most successful businessmen, the house is notable for its distinguished proportions and scale. Later it was owned by Jane Engelhard, the great patron of American arts and letters. Thomas was tasked with bridging the beautiful Federal-style architecture and the client’s collection of American painting and antiques into a fresh, viable family home for modern living.
“Our firm’s credo: It is often better to first adapt to an old house before adapting it to you” said Thomas. “Luckily, our clients were committed to adjusting their way of living to the historic architecture of the house rather than trying to make it fit with contemporary taste.” Let’s take a look inside!
To read more about this beautiful historic home, please visit Thomas Jayne’s portfolio. I also highly recommend his books, Classical Principles for Modern Design: Lessons from Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s The Decoration of Houses and American Decoration: A Sense of Place.