Coastal blues and greens enliven century-old quilts in Pinwheel (left) and Bear's Paw patterns that dress the antique wrought-iron beds in the bedroom of this Nantucket cottage. The new rag rug was handwoven by area artisans at the Weaving Room, and the demijohn lamp hails from a nearby antiques shop. Bright Idea: Loosen up a traditional bedroom with mismatched quilts.
In the family room of this Massachusetts home, a melon-colored coffee table by Seabrook Classics pops against neutral Lee Industries chairs. The faux-coral table lamp is from Pier 1, and the walls are painted "White Dove" by Benjamin Moore. Bright Idea: A vinyl coating (applied by a professional fabric-treatment firm) protects the sofa's upholstery from wet swimsuits.
In this Massachusetts home, a pair of chairs covered in cotton matelassé swivel to face the harbor in the master bedroom's sitting area. A model sailboat from Chatham's Tale of the Cod sits atop a reclaimed-wood table found at Midsummer Nights, also in Chatham. The walls are painted "Icy Morn" by Benjamin Moore.
Charlotte Pietrowskii Love Shelling My two nieces, my sister and I collected kitten paw shells at Blind Pass this past June. They were so plentiful, that we just scooped handfuls of them into our shell bag. I made these 9-inch trees using about 460 shells each. Now we will always remember our fun summer day every Christmas!