Nantucket by Design

Save the Dates!
July 30 – August 1, 2020

As the NHA’s premier summer fundraiser, Nantucket by Design celebrates the island’s unique influence on American design with engaging lectures, previewing an antique show, lively panel discussions, and both intimate and grand gatherings.



We are excited to annouce our Nantucket by Design 2020 Lead Sponsor!

William Raveis Nantucket

Follow Us! @NantucketbyDesign

Thank you
Phoebe Tudor, Chair
Nantucket by Design 2017-19

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Nantucket by Design

Design Luncheon

Thursday, Aug 1 at 11am
White Elephant Village Ballroom

A champagne reception and lunch held with keynote presentation by one of the most talented names in design, Bunny Williams. Included book signing.

Co-chaired by Chesie Breen & Stacey Bewkes
Sponsored by Chairish and Nantucket Looms 

The Nantucket Summer Antiques Show Preview Party

Thursday, Aug 1 at 6:30pm
Nantucket Boys and Girls Club 

The Nantucket Historical Association was pleased to partner with The Nantucket Summer Antiques Show, featuring more than 30 fine antiques dealers from the United States & abroad. Managed by The Antiques Council. Guests enjoyed cocktails and light bites while getting an exclusive first access to the show.

Co-chaired by Kelly Williams & Andrew Forsyth and Pamela & Max Berry 
Honorary chairs: Richard Keith Langham, Alex Papachristidis & John Rosselli
Sponsored by Boston Design Center and First Republic Bank


Design Panel

Friday, Aug 2 at 2pm
White Heron Theatre

The Design Panel brought together outstanding design talent for a lively discussion.  This year’s panelists included Anthony Baratta, Christopher Drake,  Cathy Kincaid and Stewart Manger. Moderated by editor-in-chief of Veranda magazine Steele Marcoux, followed by a reception and book signing.

Chaired by Tharon Anderson McEvoy
Chair Emerita: Susan Zises Green

Sponsored by Centre Pointe 

Read more about 2019’s featured Design Luminaries

Emily Elisabeth Photography

All-Star Private Dinners

Friday, Aug 2 at 7pm
Nantucket Private Homes

Dine with one of the renowned design luminaries at an intimate candlelit dinner.

Co-chaired by Gary McBournie & William Richardse

Tabletop Workshop

Saturday, Aug 3 at 10am
White Heron Theatre 

Wendy Kvalheim, CEO of Mottahedeh, Margot Shaw, editor-in-chief of Flower magazine, and Kim Merlin of KKM Design Group discussed creative ways to set a stunning table and design a beautiful centerpiece. Including a interactive to set up your own table design a number of Mottahedeh China selections and several stunning Leontine Linens.

Followed by a book signing with Wendy Kvalheim, From Drawing Board to Dinner Table and Margot Shaw, Living Floral. 

Chaired by Donna Elle
Sponsored by Mottahedeh

There’s No Place Like Home

Saturday, Aug 3 at 11:30am
White Heron Theatre 

Learn how the concept of “home” has evolved in a world driven by social media, online shopping, and digital convenience. Debbie Propst, president of One Kings Lane, will moderate a panel discussion with Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence, brand consultant Anne Hardy of Hardylon,  and renowned designer Alex Papachristidis.

Chaired by Donna Elle
Sponsored by One Kings Lane 

Night at the Museum

Saturday, Aug 3 at 7pm
Whaling Museum

Set amid Nantucket’s history, a Night at the Museum transforms the Whaling Museum into an unforgettable party venue. Nantucket being the far away isle leaves us all “lost at sea.” This year’s theme was castaway chic!  The evening included amazing food, delectable cocktails, rooftop views and dancing the night away under the whale to a DJ and Yacht Rock Schooner.  The event also included a silent auction, chaired by Josette Blackmore. 

Co-chaired by Elizabeth Georgantas & Marla Mullen Sanford

Thank you to our Pop-Up Shop and Pop-In Shopping Event Vendors!

Pop-Up Shop
Whaling Museum, Discovery Center
11 Broad Street

Friday & Saturday, August 2 & 3, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, August 4, 9am to 4pm

Support those who support the NHA! The Discovery Center is featuring a variety of brands: The Harvey Traveler, Leontine Linens, Scotstyle, Susan Lister Locke, and LeighDeux.

Chaired by Alice Campbell 

Pop-In Shops

Friday, August 2,   4-5:30pm
Support those who support NHA! A late afternoon of sips and nibbles to celebrate Nantucket by Design at these participating locations:

  • Audrey Sterk Design and Chairish, Garden at 18R Broad Street (weather permitting)
  • 28 Centre Pointe, 28 Centre Street
  • Current Vintage, 4 Easy Street
  • James Robinson, Inc., 2 South Beach Street
    (10% of all jewelry  and 20% of all silver and objects sales will benefit the NHA 7/31-8/4)
  • Nantucket House Antiques & Interior Design Studio, 2 South Beach Street
  • R Simantov Fine Jewelry, 14 Easy Street
  • Susan Lister Locke, 28 Easy Street
  • Trianon Seaman Schepps, 47 Main Street


Thank you Olivela for Supporting the NHA

In celebration of Nantucket By Design, our partner Olivela, the luxury fashion and beauty retail concept that supports the causes and communities you care about donated  20% of proceeds of everything purchased at the Olivela boutique  to the NHA from August 1-3. 

Address: 25 Centre Street, Nantucket, MA 
Phone number: 508-825-5789

Couldn’t make it to the store between 8/1-8/3? You can still shop any day of the year and 20% of the proceeds will support NHA. Shop online here! 

NYSID Project
Re-imagining The Oldest House

Re-imagining the Oldest House, 2019

Tuesday, Jul 30 – Saturday, Aug 3
11am – 4pm

FREE to NHA members and open to visitors with the purchase of an NHA Historic Pass.

NANTUCKET BY DESIGN is delighted to be working with the students from the New York School of Interior Design for the fourth year to re-imagine the two main rooms at the Oldest House. Directed by Ellen Fisher, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, the students develop narratives about their design concepts and rethink modern life in the Oldest House. The students research the island’s history and culture, and create their vision for you to experience.

For more information about Nantucket by Design and Sponsorship Opportunities for 2020,
please contact:

Director of Corporate Development
Stacey W. Stuart
508-228-1894, ext. 130


Thank You to Our 2019 Media Partners

Thank You to Our 2019 Supporting Sponsors

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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