design darling nantucket living room

Today is the most exciting before and after so far: our living room! (If you’re catching up on our Nantucket decorating progress, check out the reveals of our guest bedroom, upstairs bathroom, sitting room, and downstairs bathroom.) This is one of my favorite rooms in the house, not only because we spend the most time here but because the difference between the room two months ago and the room today is just so drastic. I’ll let the before and after pictures speak for themselves…!

design darling nantucket living room before pictures

Before the living room had yellow walls, dated window treatments, a scratchy area rug, and a furniture configuration that blocked off the open floor plan into the dining room and made everything look squished.

design darling living room striped sofas

Taking down the floral window treatments was a crucial first step in brightening up the room and bringing it into 2017. This room gets fantastic natural light and has a wall of hedges outside for privacy, so we opted not to replace the window treatments we took down (which weren’t super functional to begin with!). After my dad patched in the holes from the curtain rod, he and I painted two coats of white, which made the room feel even brighter.

design darling nantucket before pictures

There was so much furniture crammed into this space, including this random outdoor chair for additional seating. (There are six people — and two dogs who sit on furniture — in our family, plus a revolving door of visitors during the summer months!) We played around with the furniture layout a bunch and ultimately maximized seating by arranging the striped sofas opposite one another and replacing the one overstuffed armchair in the corner with two comfy armchairs we scored at Ikea. Now the room seats the same number of people as it did before, but in a configuration that feels more inviting and way less cramped.

design darling striped sofas

I was really happy that we decided to save the striped sofas instead of replacing them with something new. They’re such a fun statement and they really make the room, especially now that they’re not competing with floral curtains or yellow paint. These were in the house when my parents bought it, but you can get a similar look with this or this. We did upgrade to this Dash & Albert Petit Diamond indoor/outdoor rug, which is so much softer than the previous rug and adds a little texture without competing with the sofas. I think I own five Dash & Albert rugs at this point but they just have the best patterns! We also considered this and this but I really think this subtle diamond weave is just right for the room.

design darling nantucket house before pictures

Here’s a before picture of the striped sofas and the coffee table in their previous configuration. There was so little space to move around the coffee table and the sofa on the right totally blocked off the walkway into the dining room. We were a little worried that moving the loveseat size across from the full sofa would make the hallway feel crowded (you’ll see what I mean in more photos below), but it totally opened up the whole downstairs.

design darling nantucket poster

The coffee table was also an existing piece of furniture and it’s amazing how much less bulky it feels now that there’s room to walk around it. We moved the existing white side tables up to the master bedroom and replaced them with mismatched rattan end tables that add a little color and texture.

design darling living room

As an aside, I’m loving this new lens that Will gave me for my birthday. It enables me to capture the wide angle shots that you guys always ask to see on decorating projects and will be so great for our honeymoon! He totally surprised me after asking Ali for a recommendation… #swoon.

design darling striped sofas nantucket

Anyway! You can also see what a huge difference staining the floors made. This was by far the most expensive project my parents took on this summer but we all keep marveling at how great they look! The dark stain runs all through the first floor, up the stairs, and into the bedrooms upstairs. We put down this affordable jute runner in the downstairs hallway to minimize scratching (particularly from the dogs) and I love the way it looks.

stray dog designs white bird lamp

My mom found this fabulous white bird lamp at the Serena & Lily store in Westport and just had to have it. I thought it was a little out there at first, but I’ve come to love it! Mom always knows best. 🙂

design darling nantucket print and striped sofas

The Nantucket poster was another find of my mom’s. The artist is Liz Roache if you’re interested in one of your own! I also love this print.

design darling nantucket living room with rattan end tables striped sofas and raffia floor pillows

We love gathering around the coffee table to play board games and, despite my mom’s insistence that she’s a “total floor gal,” we thought adding a couple floor pillows would provide a more welcoming seating option (though you can see from the close-up of the rug that it’s perfectly comfortable for lounging!). This summer we’ve been playing nightly rounds of Bananagrams, Boggle, and Scrabble instead of watching TV — it’s so much more social!

frontgate bistro chairs

My mom sewed these throw pillows (inspired by these ones in our living room in Greenwich) and I love how they pick up the blue stripe in the sofas as well as the bright blue bistro chairs in the dining room. We used to have yellow-y/orange wood dining chairs (a similar shade to the old floors) and these bistro chairs were a major upgrade in both comfort and style.

serena and lily raffia tassel pillow

This raffia tassel pillow was another Serena & Lily find that we just had to have (I have a wishlist a mile long of their goodies!).

blue and white striped sofa

This pierced white lamp was a lucky Home Goods find — I find that store so hit or miss but my mom would pop in every few weeks this summer and scored some seriously amazing deals. Makes me want to take a spin through when I’m finally home in September!

design darling sunnycliffe

We donated a ton of paperback romance novels that had been in the bookshelves since we moved into the house — it’s nice to look at the shelves and see books you’d actually want to read! The painting at the bottom is a watercolor of the Chanticleer where we’ll have our rehearsal dinner next week (!).

stray dog designs bird lamp

Amy gave us these Ralph Lauren cocktail napkins as a hostess gift earlier this summer and they’re perfect in our entirely blue and white house. 🙂

raffia tray

One more brilliant Home Goods find was this raffia tray. My mom and I always drool over the Oomph raffia pieces available at 28 Centre Pointe on the island and this was a fun way to get the look without breaking the bank. I’ve looked all over and can’t seem to find anything similar that’s not wildly expensive. Let me know if you have better luck!

design darling nantucket living room reveal

Similar striped sofas  //  Ikea armchairs  //  Dash & Albert Petit Diamond indoor/outdoor rug c/o

Rattan side tables (found at Kirby & Co.)  //  Stray Dog Designs bird lamp  //  Liz Roache Nantucket poster

 Overstock jute runner  //  Pottery Barn floor pillows  //  Pottery Barn jute trim pillows

Frontgate bistro chairs  //  Serena & Lily raffia tassel pillow

Similar coral lamp  //  similar grosgrain trim pillows

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design darling nantucket bathroom before and after

I hope you’ve been enjoying all our decorating progress in my family’s house on Nantucket! So far I’ve shared a guest bedroom, an upstairs bathroom, and the sitting room and today I’m excited to share pictures of the powder room downstairs. This is actually another full bathroom (not technically a powder room) but I honestly don’t think anyone has ever used this shower because we all use the outdoor shower, rain or shine! But since this will be the primary bathroom our guests use during the welcome party the night before our wedding, we wanted to give it a fresh look with new wallpaper, a fresh coat of paint on the mirror, new towels, and new artwork. And I don’t know if it’s weird to say a bathroom is my favorite room in the whole house, but I’m just obsessed with the way it turned out!

design darling nantucket bathroom

But first, the before picture. I don’t know where the previous homeowners’ obsession with yellow came from, but I swear it became our mission this summer to erase it from every room in the house. (Seriously, it was in the bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, and laundry room.) The wallpaper was dated and the nautical trim at the top certainly wasn’t helping matters. It’s crazy how much we transformed this little space!

design darling bathroom wallpaper

design darling bathroom blue and white wallpaper

Will and I stripped the wallpaper (only to find more yellow paint underneath…) and my mom and Aunt Jill hung this gorgeous blue and white wallpaper from Peter Fasano. You already saw one of his patterns in our upstairs bathroom and I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite between the two. This Jaya wallpaper combines classic blue and white stripes (a forever favorite) with a more playful block print that I just can’t get enough of. It’s incredible how light and bright it makes this space feel!

design darling nantucket bathroom with peter fasano jaya wallpaper

design darling nantucket decorating

Another thing you might have noticed in the before picture was the choice to pair the yellow walls with a silver mirror. Yuuuck. I gave it a fresh coat of white paint in our backyard and this quick fix was all it needed!

ack v hamps prints on design darling

design darling nantucket lightship basket art print

ack v hamps art prints on design darling

The art prints in the before picture featured images from different calendar months, ranging from espadrilles for summer to ghosts and pumpkins for fall. They never felt quite right for a summer house, so I was thrilled when the artist behind ACK v. Hamps reached out about sending a few prints from his collection. Inspired by a playful rivalry between Nantucket and the Hamptons, these summery art prints are the cherry on top of this bright new bathroom. There are so many more I want for our house in Greenwich (the beach cruiser, the boat toteGardiner’s Cornerthe Nantucket reds, the rose-covered cottagethese seashells…) but I ultimately went with the Juice Bar waffle cone (because our family goes approximately 5 nights a week), the Nantucket lightship basket (my mom just passed hers down to me at my bridal shower!), and the Jack Rogers sandal (one of my summer wardrobe staples!). Love love love love love.

peter fasano jaya wallpaper in blue and white

peter fasano jaya wallpaper

design darling candlefish candle and peter fasano jaya wallpaper in blue and white

Last but not least, the little details. I love a pretty hand soap and this candle is a fun souvenir from a family outing to Candlefish during our Christmas in Charleston this past year. And I already shared these piped bath towels from Pine Cone Hill in the upstairs bathroom — we were lucky that they sent enough for both baths!

design darling nantucket bathroom blue and white wallpaper

design darling nantucket lightship basket and jack rogers ack v hamps prints

Peter Fasano Jaya wallpaper c/o

Juice Bar art print c/o  //  Nantucket lightship basket art print c/o  //  Jack Rogers art print c/o

Similar mirror  //  Pine Cone Hill bath towels c/o  //  Target navy bath mat

Hand soap  //  Candlefish candle  //  Lobster matches

Coming soon are room reveals for the living room, kitchen, and dining room — stay tuned! xx



I hope you guys are ready for a bunch of Nantucket room reveals because they’re going to be coming at you often over the next few weeks! Decorating often feels like a waiting game — waiting for certain pieces to arrive, waiting for different projects to be tackled — but I live for the moment when everything starts to come together. Thankfully we’ve had a lot of those moments lately and I can’t wait to show you all the magic!

design darling nantucket bathroom reveal peter fasano sintra wallpaper and pine cone hill trio french blue shower curtain

peter fasano sintra wallpaper pine cone hill trio french blue shower curtain pine cone hill signature banded white french blue towels pine cone hill signature french blue bath rug

Today’s reveal is one of the upstairs bathrooms, right across the hall from the guest bedroom I shared earlier this month. It used to follow the guest bedroom’s under-the-sea theme, with bright turquoise wallpaper covered in fish, shells, and other underwater creatures. This is one of the only spaces for which I don’t have a before picture, but trust me when I say it was desperate for a more sophisticated look.

design darling nantucket bathroom peter fasano sintra wallpaper

design darling nantucket bathroom peter fasano sintra wallpaper and pine cone hill signature banded towels

Enter Peter Fasano, a treasure trove of fabrics and wallpapers hand-painted and silkscreened right here in Massachusetts. I fell in love with so many of the patterns in their collection, from the super chic Indiennes style to this graphic Vriksa woodblock. My mom and I ultimately decided on this bold Sintra print, comprised of complementary blue and white squares and resembling classic Portuguese tile. The quality of the paper is to die for and completely transformed this tiny bathroom from a dated and juvenile bath to a sophisticated and totally timeless little corner of our family’s home. Ali’s husband Patrick stripped down the old wallpaper and my mom and Aunt Jill had every wall repapered in one afternoon. For someone who was downstairs stripping wallpaper from a different bathroom (reveal for that space coming soon!), I have to say the transformation was practically instant.

peter fasano sintra wallpaper in design darling nantucket bathroom

pine cone hill trio french blue shower curtain and pine cone hill signature french blue bath rug

And no bathroom reveal would be complete without pretty new accessories! You might remember my love of Annie Selke’s Pine Cone Hill from our guest bedroom and bathroom when we lived in Dallas, so I knew their pretty towels were a must for upgrading this bathroom. You all know I love navy blue, but I wanted this space to feel extra bright so we went with bath accessories in Pine Cone Hill’s French blue colorway and it is the most beautiful complement to the lighter shade in the wallpaper. Even without replacing the lighting or towel bars, the new shower curtain, towels, and bath mat took this space from good to great. And even though most of us use the outdoor shower all summer long, it’s definitely an upgrade to dry off in a plush white towel vs. a sandy one straight off the beach!

design darling nantucket bathroom peter fasano sintra wallpaper in blue and white

pine cone hill trio french blue shower curtain and peter fasano sintra wallpaper in blue and white

P.S. If you’re decorating a bedroom or bathroom, you need to know about Pine Cone Hill’s Classic Colorful Coordinates collection. You can pick your favorite color and instantly shop bedding and bath items that all coordinate perfectly with one another and the photos are so visually appealing they make me want to redo our entire house in Connecticut. For real, I cannot even handle this striped bed skirt (seriously, way to make the most boring/utilitarian item crazy adorable!) or these striped hampers (which would make my weekly schlep to our basement washer and dryer a bit easier on the eyes).

peter fasano sintra wallpaper in blue and white

peter fasano sintra wallpaper in blue and white on design darling

Peter Fasano wallpaper c/o  //  Pine Cone Hill shower curtain c/o

Pine Cone Hill towels c/o  //  Pine Cone Hill bath mat c/o

Michel Design Works hand soap  //  Cuyana cosmetic case

Stay tuned for more room reveals — I am so excited to roll them out!!!


I’m excited to share the first before and after from my family’s home on Nantucket! This is one of the guest bedrooms on the second floor and for the past fifteen years we’ve referred to it as the fish room because of the unfortunate underwater-themed fabric on the window treatments and slipper chair. It finally has a fresh look with white walls, dark wood floors, painted headboards, new bedding, a new jute rug, new lighting, and new cover for the slipper chair! My mom and I agree on our dislike of themed decorating (or themed weddings for that matter — don’t get me started!) and really, shouldn’t every beach house be decorated in blue and white?

design darling nantucket house striped bedding

The new bedding was a lucky find from Nordstrom’s home department. They just started carrying Southern Tide’s home collection and I think all the bedding is so cute! (By the way, not quite right for Nantucket, but these pineapple sheets were meant for a dorm room or first apartment!) The striped comforters are by Nautica and then we brightened them up with Southern Tide pillows in bright cobalt and nautical stripes. I love the way everything pops against the newly white headboards (which you may have seen me painting on Instagram stories a while back!). I have so many Nordstrom home favorites right now so I’ll link a bunch in the slideshow at the end of the post. Enjoy and happy weekend! xx


design darling nantucket house before pictures

design darling nantucket house before pictures guest bedroom


design darling nantucket poster

design darling rory on nantucket

design darling nantucket house guest bedroom

design darling nantucket house rope doorstop

design darling nantucket guest bedroom striped pillows

seashells in hurricane vase on design darling

design darling nantucket guest room

design darling rory nantucket

design darling nantucket house tour

Nautica comforters //  Southern Tide color block pillow  //  Southern Tide striped throw pillows

Similar jute rugs here, here, and here

P.S. My first Nantucket decorating update and what Nantucket means to me.

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Will and I are heading to Nantucket for the weekend and part of next week as he magically just so happens to have a work conference in our favorite place! It’s going to be the longest time we’ve spent out there together since our wedding last summer and I’m so excited to run around and visit all our go-to spots.

I shared these Nantucket matchbook prints that Will gave me for Valentine’s Day and got so many DMs asking about them! They’re one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received and I’m so happy to finally have them hanging in our home. We got the Summer House print as that’s where we had our wedding reception, the Millie’s print as that’s the restaurant that catered our welcome party and where my cousins and siblings have worked for many summers, and the Chanticleer print as that’s where we had our rehearsal dinner! But they have a ton of different ones (including ones for other destinations!) so you can pick out the spots that mean the most to you. Or if you prefer paintings to photographs, you need to know about ACK v. Hamps — we have three of their prints hanging in our Nantucket powder room!

design darling nantucket matchbook prints

I know a ton of you are Nantucket lovers as well so I’ve been bookmarking all kinds of cute Nantucket-inspired gift ideas and wanted to share a few of my favorites! Whether you’re packing your bags for your next trip, picking up a hostess gift for a friend’s house on the island, or just looking for a little memento of your favorite place, I hope you find a thing or two you love!

nantucket gift ideas on design darling

Nantucket sweater  //  Nantucket letterpress map print

Nantucket lightship basket clutch  //  Nantucket playing cards

Nantucket sign print  //  Nantucket coffee table book

Nantucket needlepoint belt  //  Nantucket pendant necklace

Peter Beaton hat  //  Nantucket matchbook print

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