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  • 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 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!

  • Preppy Halloween Costume Ideas

    Our Preppy Halloween Costume Ideas for 2013

    The leaves are turning yellow and red, the days are getting shorter and the calendar says it’s October, which can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner! While Nantucket Brand may not be the first store to pop into your mind while thinking of Halloween costume ideas, several of our items are perfect for "preppy" Halloween costumes. We posted some preppy Halloween costume ideas two years ago and have an update for you today! Here are some ideas on how to look like you swing with the country club set this October.

     

    Preppy Halloween Costume - Tennis Player
    Photo from NewsGab.com

    Tennis Player

    Whether you’re channeling the great Steffi Graf or up-and-coming champions like Maria Sharapova, Nantucket Brand has everything you need to look ready for Wimbledon. Our women's cable tennis sweater or women's tennis polo combined with a simple and elegant white tennis skirt make for a classic tennis outfit. Combine with a headband, knee socks, and an old tennis racket and people may well think you just returned from an ATP World Tour!

     

    Nancy Drew - Preppy Halloween Costume
    Photo from DecaturDaily.com

    Nancy Drew

    Simply combine a Cashmere sweater with a Madras skirt to bring everyone’s favorite teen detective to life. We’ve even got you covered with a magnifying glass to complete the look. It doesn’t take a super-sleuth to figure out that this is a great costume!

     

    Preppy Halloween Costume - Golfer
    Photo from ASU.edu

    Golfer

    Another great costume idea would be to combine one of our many women's polo shirts with a classic twill skirt, along with a baseball hat and some cleats to get the look of a pro golfer. Men can use one of our wide men's polo shirts, available in several colors along with a pair of khaki pants. You’ll look so believable, you may get tired of answering questions about Augusta and where you store your Green Jacket in the off-season!

     

    Preppy Halloween 80s Frat Guy
    Photo from Ivy-Style.com

    80s Frat Guy

    An absolute staple of any classic 80’s hijinks movie, the preppy frat guy is an American movie icon. We offer a wide range of men’s polo shirts available in several colors. Accompanied by one of our preppy sweaters tied around your neck and some retro style sunglasses, you’ll look like you’re about to pull a prank on Delta House or plot double-secret probation with the Dean.

     

    If you have any great preppy costume ideas, we’d love to hear them in the comments below!

  • "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us"

    Sankaty Head Lighthouse on Nantucket. Photo by petersbar on flickr

    Sankaty Head Lighthouse on Nantucket with Emerson Quote

    Sankaty Head Lighthouse on Nantucket. Photo by petersbar on flickr

    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Our quote this week comes from the great American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson. I was reminded of this quote recently when using a notebook given to me by my wife.. I typically carry around small Moleskine notebooks and as a gift, she gave me some with great quotations on stickers adhered to various pages.

     

    I first came across Emerson in a poetry class I took at Nantucket High School. Although I didn't know it at the time, I recently learned that Emerson once spoke at the Nantucket Atheneum, the island's library. Emerson had an apparent fondness for Nantucket, even dubbing it the "Nation of Nantucket" due the isolation and uniqueness of the island sitting 30 miles out to sea. It's certainly fitting that the man who spent so much time alone at Walden Pond.

     

    Sankaty Head Lighthouse

    The photo of Sankaty Head Lighthouse above comes from petersbar on flickr. Sankaty Head Light sits on the eastern edge of the island. Originally built in 1850, the lighthouse was moved back 400 feet from the bluff in 2007. Erosion has been a big problem for coastal home and structures on the island.

     

    This photo looks back over the moors in the Polpis area of Nantucket. petersbar certainly did a great job of capturing the lighthouse in great light and it seemed fitting for this quote from Emerson.

  • "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

    Nantucket Yacht Club Vintage Postcard with Quote

    Photo of a vintage postcard depicting Nantucket Yacht Club

    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

    - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

    Our quote this week comes from the America author, H. Jackson Brown Jr., who wrote the New York Times besteller, Life's Little Instruction Book. Brown had worked as a creative director at an advertising agency prior to becoming an author.

    Nantucket Yacht Club

    The image is a photo of a vintage postcard depicting the Nantucket Yacht Club, as seen from the harbor. The club was founded in 1906. In this scene, small sailboats sits in the "safe habor" ready to "sail away" and "expolore, dream, and discover."

  • Life on ACK: Our Montauk Madras Dress in the Nantucket Legends Exhibit at the Whaling Museum

    Montauk Madras Dress at Whaling Museum

    Our Montauk Madras Dress at the Nantucket Whaling Museum

    My sister-in-law recently visited Nantucket, which gave my wife and I a good reason to visit the Nantucket Historical Association's Whaling Museum. The museum is always entertaining and I highly recommend visiting if you are ever on the island.

    They currently have an exhibit called Nantucket Legends: Foggy Facts & Fictions. The exhibit explores tales about the island's history and includes a section about the history of attire on the island. Luckily enough for us, we were invited to feature one of our items in the exhibit by Michelle Soverino at the Nantucket Historical Association. We offered our Montauk Madras Dress, which is now on display.

    Madras Dress at Foggy Facts and Fictions Exhibit Nantucket Brand at the Whaling Museum

    Although the exhibit has been open since April, I just realized that we never posted about this on our blog. It's quite an honor to have our dress displayed at the Whaling Museum.

    Besides our dress, the exhibit features very interesting information about Nantucket's history including the origin of the name "widow's walk", how our downtown streets became paved with cobblestones, and for whom the "Three Bricks" were built. The exhibit is only open until November 10, 2013. If you have a chance, it's certainly worth a visit.

  • Columbus Day Weekend Sale

    Columbus Day Weekend Sale

    Columbus Day Weekend Sale

    Save 30% on all orders this Columbus Day Weekend. Enter the code ANCHOR30 on the shopping cart page to apply the discount.

    Valid at NantucketBrand.com until 11:59pm EST on Monday, October 14th. May not be combined with any other offers.

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