An island retreat is enlivened with antiques, a summery palette, and a truly organic garden
Written by MOLLY JANE QUINN
Photography by PETER VANDERWARKER
Interior Design by RICHARD PLUMER DESIGNS
Landscape Design by HEMINGWAYSCAPES
Designers often obliquely refer to
their creations as “inspired by nature.”
In the case of a shingled summer
house overlooking Nantucket Harbor,
interior designer Gilbert Powell can genuinely
claim Mother Nature as his muse: The house’s
palette of crisp blue and white interspersed with
punches of green was plucked directly from the
idyllic Monomoy landscape.
Powell, who co-owns the Palm Beach,
Florida, firm Richard Plumer Designs with
fellow designer Stephen Mooney, opened a
sister outpost in Osterville, Massachusetts, three
years ago after noticing how many Floridians
summered on Cape Cod and Nantucket.
Fortuitously, a favorite Palm Beach client was
just then in the midst of a summer-home move
from the Cape to Nantucket.