Cynthia Driscoll gone ACK

I wanted to share this wonderful piece by a great Boston Designer, Cynthia Driscoll, who has done some incredible work over the years. She has just completed her big project on Nantucket. If you are in Boston stop by here store on Charles Street to say hello! Here is a piece written by Cynthia. Enjoy!

 

We love Nantucket! Every part of the island is great, but we especially like being near the town center where we can walk to restaurants, shops and beaches. There’s nothing like waking before everyone else and wandering to the nearest bakery for a cup of coffee and a freshly baked pastry. Sometimes I even return with a bag of goodies for the late sleepers.
After years of being renters, this winter we had the opportunity to purchase our own house. The place was a mess after seven years of being a “rental mill.” If you’re not sure of the term, it’s a house that’s rented out to anybody, any time, with few or no restrictions. We’ve had four months to restore the house and it’s looking pretty good. Exterior and interior paint, refinished floors, all new furniture and lighting are some of the improvements. One of our terms in the purchase agreement was to have every piece of furniture, every dish, every towel removed from the house. It was quite a nasty place.
As a designer, I wanted the house to look chic, but comfortable and livable. I decided to use some modern elements with clean lines, but also a bit of whimsy.
Here are some pics of our house:
The farmers porch is fabulous! I don’t know why and I almost don’t dare say it out loud, but we haven’t had any mosquitoes in the evening. There are eight Adirondacks, four rockers and four classics on the porch. And yes, tables beside each for our evening beverages.

nantucket rocking

Coming into the entry is a rustic white washed table that holds a giant clam shell as well as green and turquoise sea glass bottles. Yes, there are two bottles on the lucite brackets secretly held in place with mounting tape.

nantucket walk in

The next pic is of the living room. With tongue in cheek, I placed a coffee table between a sofa and two chairs. The table top is called cheese stone (Swiss, I assume) and has huge natural holes throughout. You need to be careful where you put your glass. It’s part of our sobriety test. The stone weighs about 400 pounds and is on a stainless steel base. The color theme is blue and turquoise and has other surprises on the wall that you’ll see in the next pic.
Silver leafed fish are swimming the walls of the living room. The big ones are chasing the small ones and the small ones are getting away…..so far. There are nine of these large specimens swimming around the room.

nantucket fish room

nantucket

The dining room seats 10. The top is a huge, thick slab of wood. It’s irregular edges are a great contrast to the stainless steel base. The white chairs are copies of a mid-century Panton chair. They are funky looking, very comfortable and extremely durable. The lighting fixture is modern with lots of strands of crystals hanging from a stainless steel rod. I like to dim it and put lots of candles on the length of the table.

nantucket dining

As you can see, I’ve had lots of fun with this project. It’s a great house with five bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms. Everyone gets their own personal space. Some of the bedrooms have their own tv’s if one seeks alone time. There’s a family room tv and in the finished basement a 65″ television to be enjoyed from motorized recliners. OMG, this place sounds fabulous! And it is.
More pics later so stay tuned.

 

If you would like to rent a few weeks at this fabulous house reach out to: danielle@bostonchicblog.com

Futball……football……soccer. Any questions. .

I’m stepping in and taking over today’s Boston Chic blog from my wife. I felt the need to write a short sports blog for all the sports fans out there, in order to add another dynamic to this already great site….shameless plug.

The sport of futball or football or soccer (Christ why are the so many names) has captivated the American public over the past month during this World Cup and as an avid sports enthusiast, I can only hope that it continues to grow here in the U.S. (I need something to fill the lull between NHL playoffs and the start of “American football”. And why shouldn’t it? It has all the key elements that make all sports great. Great rivalries? Check. Exceptional athletes. Check. Deep competitiveness. Check Overpaid primadonas? Double check. Said primadonas bitching about all their calls? Triple Check (Ronaldo), and last but not least…..flopping. I mean let’s be serious for a minute, some of these Nancy’s looked like they got sniped by a bee outta nowhere before they were touched by the opponent and then rolled around on the ground like it was fifth grade and the fire department was teaching the stop drop and roll routine. Just a pitiful display of sportsmanship. But………in the world of soccer or whatever you want to call it, it works. let’s be straight I am only talking about the rest of the world when I make these snide comments. The US made me proud and kept tha BS to an absolute minimum, and played a tournament they should be proud of.

So what is stopping soccer from catching on like the other big 4 sports? It can’t be the egregious flopping, we have that in extreme prevalence in the NBA (lebron) and in the NHL (all of Montreal……god I hate them) and both those sports are dominating in the US market. I thought it was lack of the superstar, jordanesqe status of the MLS players but Beckham proved that wasn’t the case either. This is a stumper.

I don’t know what it is, and welcome an open discussion in the comment section, but if the MLS can put out the kind of product I witnessed in the World Cup with all the competitiveness, blood, sweat, and tears. Sign me up. I had a great time watching our boys play on the world stage and even more so, Tim Howard putting on a clinic on what it is to carry your team on your back and put yourself in the record books at the same time. Bravo. Well done to the entire team. I can only hope MLS can now step up sustain this buzz because it would be a shame to let it go another four years to see some great soccer. Happy Fourth of July folks, while we didn’t win it all, it always good to be an American. God bless

Tim Howard

Strawberry Season!

Sorry, I have been MIA for quite a few days. I have this awful cold that I just can’t get rid of and its really put a damper on our time on the island this past week.  Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to do all the fun things that we like to do, but we are trying to make the best of it while I take it easy.

Taking it easy, meant let’s go grab some fresh strawberries at Bartlett farm in Nantucket. We were able to go out into the field and pick these wonderful fresh strawberries that were fantastic! I threw together this quick, easy and somewhat healthy a few nights ago. Strawberries with angel food cake and fresh whipped cream! Delightful!

bartlett farm

 

 

 

bartlett big berries

 

 

 

angelf ood cake

 

 

 

 

Fresh Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

1 pt. whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar (confectioners) or Splenda or Stevia in the Raw
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Pour whipping cream into a medium to large sized bowl.

Beat the cream with an electric mixer, about 3 to 4 minutes, until it starts to become firm.

Then add the powdered sugar and continue beating.

Once the powdered sugar is mixed in add the vanilla.

Continue beating with electric mixer until your whipped cream is firm, but smooth. About another minute or two.

You don’t want to over beat it because it will turn to butter.

 

Let me know what you think of making your own Fresh Whipping Cream. It is so good, I love it. I always love hearing from you.