Home Studios Polishes a Nantucket Institution

The Pearl, its Boarding House bar, and subterranean lounge Below the Rose all undergo a tasteful refresh.

Nantucket isn’t necessarily known for its adventurous sense of style, but Brooklyn-based Home Studios is showing the islanders that the Grey Lady can refresh while remaining recognizable. Fresh from designing Blue Flag hospitality group’s Rochambeau, Oliver Haslegrave’s interior design firm has polished Nantucket institution the Pearl, its Boarding House bar, and added Below the Rose, a subterranean lounge. 

The latter is appropriately dark and mysterious; once guests take the plunge, they encounter a landscape of dark brass, onyx miele, custom Pierre Frey carpet, and a mural by Lukas Geronimas Giniotis. The Boarding House offers calmer refuge, with a restored bar and stone floor anchoring the space to the area’s colonial roots. But the Pearl is the true treasure, with private dining rooms and a patio glistening in warm white and cool blue. Its custom rift-cut white oak and walnut dining tables are laden with oysters dressed in seaweed vinaigrette and harvested on the island’s Pocomo Meadow family farm—proof that some traditions are better left untouched.

(All photography by Matt Kisiday.)

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