Nantucket by Design

Thank you!

That’s a wrap on the NHA’s premier summer fundraiser, Nantucket by Design!

The funds raised and the awareness generated during this event will undoubtedly fuel the Nantucket Historical Association’s ongoing mission to safeguard the island’s heritage for generations to come. We are immensely grateful for your involvement and look forward to continuing this journey together, as we continue to weave the tapestry of Nantucket’s unique and captivating history through design. Thank you for being the driving force behind this remarkable achievement.

View Photos from 2023 Nantucket by Design – click here!

Stacey Bewkes and Olivia Charney

Thank you to our Chairs, Stacey Bewkes and Olivia Charney!

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2023 Schedule of Events

Opening Night Cocktail Party
Private Estate
Wednesday, August 2
6 – 8 pm

Leadership ticket holders and sponsors enjoy an evening with design luminaries to kick off Nantucket by Design.

SOLD OUT! – Keynote Design Luncheon
White Elephant Ballroom
Thursday, August 3
11:30 am – 2 pm
Doors open at 11 am

Keynote speakers include Ashley Hicks & Martina Mondadori, joined by moderator Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence for an engaging presentation followed by lunch.

Sponsored by Kathleen Hay Designs, Nantucket House Antiques & Interior Design Studios, and Studio 534

The Nantucket Show Preview PartyNantucket Boys & Girls Club
Thursday, August 3
6 – 8 pm
Doors open at 5:30 pm

Attendees experience a special first look at The Nantucket Show.

Sponsored by James Robinson, Eleish Van Breems, Magellan Jets

SOLD OUT! – Design Panel
White Elephant Ballroom
Friday, August 4
10 – 11 am
Doors open at 9:30 am

With moderator Steele Marcoux, editor-in-chief of Veranda Magazine, attendees will enjoy a distinguished panel including India Hicks, Wambui Ippolito, Thomas Jayne, and Nicholas Varney.

Chair Emeritus Susan Zises Green
Sponsored by Nantucket Looms, Blue Flag Partners, and Stark

Master Classes
Various Locations
Friday, August 4
2 – 4 pm

A series of four different Master Classes will be offered to explore floral arranging, entertaining, the creative process, historic architecture, and jewelry design, with local experts, including Susan Lister Locke, Kathleen Hay, Beth English, Debi Lilly, and Andrew Kotchen.

Each Master Class will be limited to 14-20 attendees.

Private Event - Whaling Museum RooftopClosing Night Celebration
Whaling Museum 
Saturday, August 5
5 – 7 pm
Doors open at 4:30 pm

An exclusive evening with design luminaries while taking in the spectacular views of Nantucket town and harbor from the museum’s rooftop.

Sponsored by Nantucket Lightshop, Woodmeister Master Builders, and Workshop APD

Learn more about our 2023 Design Luminaries

Threads of Life

Threads of Life
Quilt Exhibition 

Greater Light
August 2 -5
10 am – 5 pm
*Saturday hours: 9 – 11 am

FREE for all Visitors
In partnership with Christopher Farr Cloth, the NHA will host a curated exhibition of quilts titled Threads of Life at its Historic Site, Greater Light, during its annual summer fundraiser, Nantucket by Design. Each quilt will be designed by a top design luminary from around the globe.

All quilts are available for sale at the exhibition and online, with a generous portion of the net proceeds from the sales benefiting the NHA.


Threads of Life Quilt Exhibition Preview Cocktail Party

Tuesday, August 1

4—6 pm

Greater Light, 8 Howard Street

Please join us for a special preview of the Threads of Life exhibition to showcase one-of-a-kind quilts at a magical NHA historic property during Nantucket by Design week. Quilts will be offered for sale to benefit the Nantucket Historical Association.  


Threads of Life Quilt Exhibition Design Salon

August 4 | 6—8 pm

Greater Light, 8 Howard Street

RSVP to Threads of Life Design Salon:

We invite you to a reception and design salon on ‘The Important Role of Contemporary Design in Maintaining an Artistic Legacy’ followed by a screening of Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island.

The design salon will be moderated by Mitchell Owens, American Editor of World of Interiors and Contributor Editor of Architectural Digest. The esteemed panel includes renowned interior designers Chad Dorsey, Nicole Hogarty, and Nick Gault. Architectural Historian and fellow designer Thomas Jayne, and Mary Bergman, the Executive Director of the Nantucket Preservation Trust.

Threads of Life is sponsored by New England Home.









Design Book Signings Friday, Aug 4 | 3-5 pm Eleish Van Breems Home  14 Easy Street





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For more information about Nantucket by Design and Sponsorship Opportunities for 2023, please contact:

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

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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