After three dormant years, Nantucket institution The Pearl has reopened with new management and an updated look that pays homage to the beloved restaurant’s previous three decades of service.
The refreshed interior—which mixes traditional millwork with contemporary furniture to bring the 1850s building into the 21st century—is the work of Brooklyn-based design firm Home Studios. Its founder, Oliver Haslegrave, spent a formative summer on the Massachusetts island as a teenager and took special care to reimagine this space while maintaining its welcoming essence.
“Especially in a small community, with a place that people really liked, the goal was definitely to preserve the spirit of it, to preserve the feel of an evening there,” he explains. “But we completely renovated. We changed everything, but we wanted to echo the kind of experience that people had at the original.”
Oliver kept the existing layout of the restaurant so it would seem familiar to diners. He also stuck with a neutral color palette but opted for warmer tones as opposed to the former cool hues—except with the aqua velvet banquette that nods to the oceanside locale. And he combined intentional architectural details with a variety of texture-rich materials to recreate the cozy vibe. Here are nine ideas to steal from the inviting space.
Photography by Matt Kisiday
1. Honor history with traditional millwork.
2. Experiment with a datum line.
3. Highlight a dysfunctional fireplace.
4. Create intimacy with cafe curtains.
5. Commit—subtly—to a theme.
6. Add arches wherever possible.
7. Consider mirror art.
8. Go totally tonal.
9. Incorporate vintage furniture.
For more on the Cape and islands, see:
- Greydon House: A Seafarer’s Inn (with Maritime Finds) on Old Nantucket
- A Modest Beach Cottage on Martha’s Vineyard Goes from “Bad Seventies” to “Good Seventies”
- The Soulful Side of Old Cape Cod: Justine’s Family Cottage
Frequently asked questions
What is The Pearl Nantucket?
The Pearl Nantucket is a luxury hotel located in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Where is The Pearl Nantucket located?
The Pearl Nantucket is located in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Is The Pearl Nantucket a design-focused hotel?
Yes, The Pearl Nantucket is known for its design-focused approach.
What design ideas are showcased in The Pearl Nantucket?
The Pearl Nantucket showcases various design ideas such as contemporary coastal decor, nautical elements, and beach-inspired color palettes.
Are there images available to see the design ideas at The Pearl Nantucket?
Yes, you can find images of the design ideas at The Pearl Nantucket on their website or featured in the article.
Can I book a room at The Pearl Nantucket?
Yes, you can book a room at The Pearl Nantucket directly through their website or via phone.
Does The Pearl Nantucket offer amenities?
Yes, The Pearl Nantucket offers various amenities including a spa, fitness center, restaurant, and bar.
Are there nearby attractions to The Pearl Nantucket?
Yes, Nantucket offers a range of attractions including beaches, historic sites, museums, and shops.
What is the price range for rooms at The Pearl Nantucket?
The price range for rooms at The Pearl Nantucket varies depending on the season and room type. It is best to check their website or contact them directly for current pricing.
Is The Pearl Nantucket suitable for events or weddings?
Yes, The Pearl Nantucket offers event and wedding venues and can accommodate such occasions.