Restoring a Historic Home

Just steps from Nantucket Harbor, old meets new at this impeccable restored family summer home with a storied past.

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Original Home
Photo courtesy of Nantucket Historical Association

Original Home

The house was built in 1739 by the Macy family (relatives of the same folks who much later founded the famed New York City department store), but had suffered years of poorly conceived additions and renovations, as well as general neglect. Pictured: The house circa 1905.

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.