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  • Tips for Decorating Your Entryway

    Decorating your Entryway

    Cape Cod Islands Wood Chart Used for Decorating Your Entryway

    The entry to your house is where all those first impressions begin. Adding a few choice personal touches like a wooden nautical chart is essential for establishing and anchoring those first impressions. Especially during Thanksgiving and other holiday events, it is important to have the entryway spruced up with functional style. The following are some different ideas for making an impression with your own homes gateway.

    Decorating Your Entryway with Smaller Items

    Using a few small simple items offers less clutter while also adding character. The key is placement with surrounding items. One easy way of accomplishing that is by adding a small table. Here are some examples of placing ships boats and a map:

    Some popular entryway configurations contain a cushion with bench and/or hooks to hang coats and hats. If you have these then you might not want or need a table in the entryway. Instead of adding anything additional look at replacing items like the types of hooks you have, the cushions and what hangs on wall just above these. You could use anchor or other wall hooks alongside a detailed nautical chart, burlap prints, or wood signs. There are also nautical cushions to choose from such as the Anchor Throw Pillow with Rope or Starfish Pillow. Here are some examples of using wall hooks, maps, prints, cushions or large shop:

    Decorating Your Entryway with Larger Items

    Of course you could just as easily rely upon larger items and eliminate the time to gather some of the smaller decor. Even before you come into the house you could have a weathervane like the Copper Eagle with Fish or the Whale to establishing a theme. The door itself could have some additional elements such as the door knockers like the Brass Whale or Sailboat. A few well placed hooks alongside a larger 20 Inch Brass Porthole shop makes it easier to achieve a look while also being functional. You could also use larger maps of San Francisco & Bay Area or the Cape Cod and Islands. Of course nothing makes a statement like a 48” diameter ship’s wheel. Here are some examples using larger items:

    The Emporium of Nantucket carries a number of nautical accents to help shape an entryway. We have also started a Pinterest board called Entryway Decor Ideas we will continue to add ongoing items to. If you have any you found and would like to share or your own entryway pictures let us know by commenting below.

  • Style StACK: Layered Looks for Fall

    Style StACK: Layered Looks for Men

    Preppy Fall 2013

    Blue Oxford Button Down Shirt for Preppy Fall 2013 Faded Navy Baseball Cap w/ Nantucket and Tuckernuck Islands for Preppy Fall 2013 NAVY MEN'S CABLE KNIT SWEATER - PIMA Cotton for for Preppy Fall 2013

    Blue Oxford Button Down Shirt

    Nantucket Brand

    Our crisp blue Oxford style button down shirt has a colored Nantucket Brand logo on the left chest and custom Nantucket Brand buttons. Made of 100% cotton and available in several colors.

     

    Faded Navy Baseball Cap w/ Nantucket and Tuckernuck Islands

    Harding - Lane

    This pre-washed, deep fitting baseball cap is made of 100% cotton with needlepoint embroidery. It features a classic, faded look perfect for a day of golfing or fishing.

     

     

    Navy Cable Knit Sweater

    Nantucket Brand

    This elegant navy blue sweater is made of ultra-soft, 100% pima cotton and 12-gauge cable knit. Features a crewneck style for a classic, casual look.

     

    Striped Anchor Needlepoint Belt for Preppy Fall 2013 Khaki Flat Front Brant Point Pants (Men’s) for Preppy Fall 2013 Whalers Suede Loafers for Preppy Fall 2013

    Striped Anchor Needlepoint Belt

    Smathers & Branson

    This nautical themed belt is hand-stitched for quality assurance and finished with a chestnut colored leather strap and brass buckle. Each belt is packaged in a handmade wooden gift box.

    Khaki Flat Front Brant Point Pants

    Nantucket Brand

    Our original khakis, these pants are made of soft, brushed cotton twill and double weighted waistband for added durability. The classic fit is neither too loose nor too baggy.

     

    Suede Loafers

    Austen Heller

    These suede loafers are perfect for blending style and comfort, and are handcrafted in Europe with a soft calfskin lining and plush insole for added comfort. Available in a wide variety of colors and styles.

     

    Style StACK: Layered Looks for Women

    Preppy Fall 2013

    White Oxford Button Down Shirt (Women’s) for Preppy Fall 2013 Blythe Necklace in Midnight for Preppy Fall 2013 Navy Cable Knit Pima Cotton Sweater (Women’s) for Preppy Fall 2013

    White Oxford Button Down Shirt

    Nantucket Brand

    Our clean white Oxford style button down shirt has an embroidered Nantucket Brand logo on the left chest and custom Nantucket Brand buttons. Made of 100% cotton , this is a classic shirt that can be worn in multiple ways.

     

    Blythe Necklace in Midnight

    Loren Hope

    The Blythe necklace features a perfect combination of modern and vintage style and can be worn by itself or as a layered accessory with other necklaces.  Handmade in the USA.

     

    Navy Cable Knit Pima Cotton Sweater

    Nantucket Brand

    This navy blue sweater is made of soft 100% pima cotton and features a 12-gauge cable weave.  The V-neck design seamlessly walks the line between classic and daring, a perfect addition to any wardrobe.

     

    KHAKI WOMEN'S TWILL Pants for Preppy Fall 2013 Fabric Ballet Flats for Preppy Fall 2013 Light Blue Canvas Tote Bag for Preppy Fall 2013

    Khaki Women's Twill Pants

    Nantucket Brand

    Our khaki women's brushed cotton twill pants feature 2 slanted side pockets and 2 buttoned back pockets. Full length pants in a variety of colors. Pants are made from a soft, 100% cotton twill material.

    Fabric Ballet Flats

    Eliza B

    These nautical themed ballet flats are the perfect pair of flats to throw on for a comfortable day without sacrificing your sense of style. Multiple style options available.

     

    Light Blue Canvas Tote Bag

    Nantucket Brand

    Our light blue canvas tote bag is made with heavy cotton canvas for added durability, making it perfect as a hand bag. The white canvas bag features light blue handles, base and lining and 2 choice of embroidery on the side of the bag: the Nantucket Brand Whale and Compass logo or a Palmetto.

     

  • Nantucket in November

    Nantucket in November

    Photo of Nantucket in November. ©2013 Nantucket Brand

    Our Guide to Nantucket in November

    It's hard to believe we're already one week into November. Although a week has gone by, we wanted to tell you a little bit about Nantucket in November by highlighting a few events and telling you what to expect.

    Restaurants & Stores

    The island certainly begins to get a bit quieter as we head further into the "off-season." Some restaurants and stores have closed for the season, but more are still open - often with shorter hours. For the latest restaurant hours, it's best to check the Inquirer & shop's restaurant guide. They occasionally include a paper-guide in the newspaper showing what is currently open. If you can't find it, just give the restaurant a call before showing up.

    As mentioned, most downtown stores are open, at least until sometime around Christmas, and many stay open in some capacity all year-round. That includes our two retail stores: Nantucket Brand Clothing and The Emporium of Nantucket. Again, try calling before showing up - especially if you're planning to shop downtown on Nantucket in November.

    Museums

    The Nantucket Whaling Museum is still open, but only on weekends. Their Foggy Facts & Fictions exhibit, where one of our dresses is displayed, ends on November 10th. If you haven't been yet, make plans for this weekend! Unfortunately, most of the NHA's historic sites close before November.

    Thanksgiving on Nantucket

    Of course, November means Thanksgiving. Nantucket is a great place for this feasting holiday. The weather is cool and the trees are mostly barren giving the perfect fall look and feel for a real New England Thanksgiving. In fact, Vice President Joe Biden has celebrated 36 straight Thanksgiving holidays on Nantucket.

    On Thanksgiving day, November 28th this year, the 12th annual Cold Turkey Plunge will take place at Children's Beach. If you're brave, take the plunge and dive in. The event benefits the Nantucket Atheneum. Register ahead of time and help them reach their goal of raising $75,000.

    The day after Thanksgiving typically means the beginning of the Christmas season, and it's no different on Nantucket. Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Chamber of Commerce holds the Christmas Tree Lighting on Main Street. Trees line all of the downtown sidewalks and are decorated by various community groups, schoolchildren, businesses, and others ahead of time. Then around 5pm, all the trees are lit and the Christmas Carols begin.

    This certainly isn't a comprehensive guide to Nantucket in November, but it's a great start. Let us know in the comments what else you'd suggest!

  • "Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining." - Anne Lamott

    Sankaty Head Light - Nantucket - Postcard - Anne Lamott QuoteSankaty Head Light on Nantucket with a quote from the author, Anne Lamott

    "Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining."
    -Anne Lamott

    Our quote this week comes from the American author, Anne Lamott. She is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction, as well as the subject of the 1999 documentary, Bird by Bird: A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott.

    I am not familiar with Lamott, but wanted to find a quote that fits with this image, which is another vintage Nantucket postcard. The postcard depicts Sankaty Head Light on Nantucket. This is one of three lighthouses on Nantucket and sits on the eastern end of the island. Sankaty Head Light is typically easy to identify with it's large red stripe in the middle. However, that stripe is quite faint here.

    At the time of this postcard, which is sometime around 1954 based on the stamp on the front of this book of postcards, the lighthouse had a keeper's house and Coast Guard building around it. However, the building were removed in the 1990s due to concerns of falling over the bluff due to erosion. Sankaty Head Light was moved away from the bluff in 2007, after many years of finding ways to curb the damage from erosion. You can read much more about the history of Sankaty Head Light at NewEnglandLighthouses.net.

    I lived along Polpis Road, which runs near the lighthouse, for many years and would occasionally take bike rides there. It's a beautiful location with a huge bluff on one side and views of Sankaty Golf Club and the moors in the other direction. Go visit sometime if you have a chance.

    Check out our site to see our own Sankaty Head Light tie and bowtie. We also offer handmade, reclaimed wood signs featuring Sankaty Head Light and a Sankaty Head Light Framed Print.

  • Home ACKcents: Ship's Wheel Inspirations

     

    Ship's wheels are iconic. They pervade every bit of nautical lore and history by providing an instantly unmistakable look. As such, they are a favorite centerpiece for nautically styled homes. When supported effectively by smaller nautical accents, ship's wheels become more than just a decoration on the wall, they become a piece everyone admires. Just as the case with porthole shop inspirations, any additional decorations around the ship's wheel should be minimal and avoid clutter. Unlike with porthole shops, these typically don’t do well in pairs or triplets but rather as a solo attraction with other accents to provide supporting details. Too often a ships wheel is left to stand by itself but without supporting details it doesn’t have the same pizzaz. To avoid that look try adding supporting nautical accents that provide detail without overshadowing the effect.

     

    The following are examples to inspire decorating an area with a ship's wheel. The possibilities are endless. Start by deciding on the style, such as a ship’s wheel with brass ring or a ship’s wheel without. Sizes start from 12” all the way up to 60”.


    Use Maps Alongside a Ship's Wheel

     

    This example displays several maps around the ship’s wheel, which add to the nautical theme. Consider using nautical wood maps which have superior detail as they were created with the help of a professional cartographer. We also offer nautical burlap prints and a old map of Nantucket, which work well as complementary items. The smaller frames might be easier to use such as San Francisco and Bay Area, Martha’s Vineyard, or Nantucket Island.

     

    Smaller Decorations on Shelf Beside Ships Wheel

    This is probably the easiest way to achieve the desired effect. It is easier to find items and place them on a shelf than it is to place the right items to hang around a wheel. The beauty of using shelves is the items can be swapped out to “freshen up” the look. Keep in mind that some like the first example may be a bit busier than the ideal. Some examples of items to use on a shelf beside a ship's wheel include a compass, masthead oil lamp, or a sextant.


    Another option is to flip this and have a map and other items as a focal point and a smaller 12" ship's wheel as a supporting detail as shown here:

    Ship's Wheel Decoration on Mantel


     

    Ship's Wheel as Focal Point

     

    Of course, you could also use a ship’s wheel as a focal point with supporting elements in other areas of the room or on a separate wall. This works for some who really want to showcase a large ships wheel, like the 60” wheel, above something like a fireplace. This makes sense since balancing out such a large piece can be tricky otherwise. Some supporting pieces to consider placing on other walls in the same room are artwork, nautical clocks, or porthole shops.


    Another possibility is using a large ship's wheel outdoors. Over time you can get a nice natural weathered look as shown here:


    Ship's Wheel - Outside Wall


    There are endless other possible configurations depending upon the area and supporting elements. If you already have other elements to complement a ship's wheel but need just a few additional items try using a Nickel Ship's Wheel Clock or Polished Brass Ship's Wheel Bell (there is nickel as well) or any other nautical accents. After you get what you like together send us a note via Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, or email and share what you have done! We love to highlight what others do such as with a customer's nautical nursery.


  • We've been doing some remodeling

    Get to Know Us: About our Remodeling

    Remodeling of Site

    We've been doing some remodeling around out site lately. We're aiming to make it as user-friendly as we can. We're still in midst of our remodel so you'll see more changes in the near future, but we've done a number of things already.

    • Started an Easy Returns page, which allows customers to process returns & exchanges on their own. Previously, we had to send return forms manually.
    • Created a more efficient customer service form so we can handle all your questions and comments faster.
    • Added sizing info directly into the product page tabs. Size charts were previously in new windows, but now can be found directly on the product page.

    We'll keep you posted on new updates to our ongoing remodeling project. If you have suggestions, leave a comment below!

    • Made our home page more image-heavy, as we've found people tend to prefer images over text.
    • Introduced new designs for our header and footer, which should make it a little easier to navigate.
    • Added links to all of our social networks, making it easier to connect with us.

    We've still got a lot more in store, but we wanted to let you know what we've been doing to improve your experience on our site. Let us know if you have any thoughts or suggestions for us!

  • Top 10 Nautical Pumpkins

    Nantucket Pumpkin

    Top 10 Nautical Pumpkins

     

    Happy Halloween! We were browsing Pinterest and came across a great looking "nautical pumpkin." Of course, that lead to searching for more nautical pumpkins. It's probably too late to inspire your pumpkin carving this year, but keep these in mind for next year and be sure to share your own nautical halloween ideas with us. Anyway, we've put together a list of our top 10 favorite nautical pumpkins, as found on Pinterest. 

     

    10) We'll start off with some pumpkins used in a nautical-fashion - though obviously not carved. 

     

    9) This is a great looking crab. We just wish there were a higher quality photo available.

     

    8) These are both great, but we especially love the whale pumpkin.

     

    7) Another Pin with multiple pumpkins. We're especially impressed with the compass pumpkin in the top right.

     

    6) So many to choose from again! We put it here for the school of fish.

     

    5) Loving the lobster pumpkin!

     

    4) We usually love traditional orange pumpkins, but these painted pumpkins are an exception!

     

    3) Another one where we wished it was a better photo. Really like the detail of the stars above the ship on this pumpkin.

     

    2) Lots to look at here, but we're focused on the waves on the left side.

     

    1) Check out the detail included on ship!

     

  • "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." — Babe Ruth

    Nantucket Baseball - Sconset Team with Babe Ruth Quote
    Photo of old Nantucket baseball team. Creative Commons image from nantuckethistoricalassociation on flickr

    "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."

    - Babe Ruth

    Nantucket Baseball

    Nantucket has a long baseball tradition and on the brink of Game 6 of the 2013 World Series, this seemed like a fitting image to use along with a quote this week. Erik Ingmundson wrote an article in 2008 for the Nantucket Historical Association detailing Nantucket's baseball history. He mentions that the earliest evidence of the baseball on Nantucket dates back to July 8, 1871. The photo above, from the Nantucket Historical Association's photo archive (and flickr account), shows the 'Sconset Baseball Club in 1890.

    I found this quote today when looking for a "baseball" quote. I can't recall reading it before, but I likely came across it previously. It's a great quote for baseball, a sport where even the greats fail 7 out of 10 times to the plate, and can certainly apply more generally to life. Babe Ruth may best be known as a Yankee, he really embodies complete baseball lore to millions.

    Baseball has always been popular in my family and we've had our own share of involvement in Nantucket baseball history. My father, Larry Maury, not only coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for over 15 years, but helped run each league for many years - with the help of my mother of course. While working with those leagues, he played a large role in building the Delta fields which included two baseball fields, and then went on to help with the full-size diamond in Tom Nevers, where he helped coordinate and host Cape Cod League games on the island.

    As you may have guessed, I played baseball for many years, which lead to my parents' involvement. My brothers followed behind me and played as well. Baseball has always helped bring my family together - whether it was competing in our own games or playing catch in the back yard. As we've gotten older, we don't get our own gloves out quite as much, but we still get together to watch our favorite team: the Boston Red Sox. Although I certainly can't speak for everyone at Nantucket Brand, I know who I will be rooting for tonight. Go Red Sox.

  • Home ACKcents: Porthole shop Inspirations

    If you have ever thought of redoing an area into a nautical theme, porthole shops offer a simple yet effective way to start. In fact, well placed porthole shops are a strong anchor for the eye within a nautical themed area or room. What makes them so versatile besides the look are the different sizes. Although you can use a larger porthole shop with great effect, the use of smaller shops in pairs or triplets is also just as effective. Recently Nantucket Brand discovered some great inspirational pieces that showcase porthole shops in action. If you have an area needing a bit of nautical charm try these on for size. Items mentioned: porthole shops, nautical knobs, nautical accentsClick below to read more!

  • Home ACKcents: Porthole Mirror Inspirations

    If you have ever thought of redoing an area into a nautical theme, porthole mirrors offer a simple yet effective way to start. In fact, well placed porthole mirrors are a strong anchor for the eye within a nautical themed area or room. What makes them so versatile besides the look are the different sizes. Although you can use a larger porthole mirror with great effect, the use of smaller mirrors in pairs or triplets is also just as effective. Recently Nantucket Brand discovered some great inspirational pieces that showcase porthole mirrors in action. If you have an area needing a bit of nautical charm try these on for size. Items mentioned: porthole mirrors, nautical knobs, nautical accentsClick below to read more!

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