A Fashion Designer’s Nantucket Cottage + 15 Spring Wardrobe Pieces

Veronica Swanson Beard’s Nantucket Cottage

Veranda magazine has featured yet another beach house of my dreams in their recent March/April issue.

Last year, it was this incredible house on Block Island, Rhode Island.

This Spring, they have taken us to Nantucket and the perfectly edited cottage of fashion designer Veronica Swanson Beard, which achieves what has to be one of the most difficult design challenges to pull off: sophisticated yet comfortable (much like the clothes she designs with her sister-in-law of the same name).

I selected a few of their classic Spring pieces, featured for you below. Shop the collection HERE.

You can find my feature on the Block Island house HERE.

Lastly, my “Southerner’s Guide to Nantucket” can be found HERE.

Happy Spring!

“It’s sturdy and well-built,” says Swanson Beard, “and the location is amazing—close to town and right on the bike path, which gives the boys so much freedom.” Her family had been renting summer properties on the island for a couple of years and had no interest in a ships-ahoy-style beach house. “I envisioned us here in the off-season,” she notes, “and I wanted our place to feel cozy and layered.”

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“In the living space, a large vintage sofa—upholstered in shades of sea glass green, claret, and Nantucket red—mingles with a giant Lucite coffee table from the 1970s, vintage wicker and rattan furniture, and Swanson Beard’s collection of shell boxes.”

“Paulsen also painted a checkerboard grid of abstract, espresso brown swirls on the downstairs floors; upstairs, the bedroom flooring was splatter-painted, each in its own palette of five distinct colors.”

“It’s no wonder, then, Swanson Beard fell for Nantucket, an island with history layering classic Quaker simplicity, artisanal craftsmanship, and an influx of exotic global influences, thanks to its centuries-old whaling industry. “The surface of this place has gotten very polished, very resort,” says Holland. “But there’s still an element of the creative survivor soul that made Nantucket what it is. This is what Veronica fell in love with, the true energy of this island.”

“Hand-printed muslin wallpaper by artist Kevin Paulsen was hung above wood paneling layered with plaster and rubbed, painted, and glazed for a timeworn look.”
“An aged fieldstone retaining wall and privet hedge enclose a cozy fire pit area.”
Whitman Shirt and Carly Kick Flare Jean
Taylor Wide Leg Jean
Porta Chambray Shirt and Dylan Straight Leg Jean
Langston Top
Capriana Embroidered Top
Timmi Denim Short
Abita Lace Top and matching Tijana Lace Short
Eleanor Cable Knit Pullover and Eleanora Floral Print Skirt
Lucine Paisley Dress
Diantha One Shoulder Top
Tucker Dress
Sisters-in-law Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard

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