“We create a space that is drop-dead gorgeous that also supports personal health and well-being. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
DINING ROOM The dining room floor is a hand-painted harlequin pattern created by a Nantucket artist. OPPOSITE PAGE: On the tabletop is a pair of Chinese Export underglaze blue large moon flasks with figures, c. 1860-1880, a tribute to the China trade that once drove Nantucket’s economy.
WOOD CHEST IN DINING ROOM This antique Biedermier wood chest is circa 1820, a perfect choice for this room. Above the chest hangs a piece by George Muendel, well-known American Impressionist.
Durston Saylor Du jardin, when translated from the
French, means “of the garden,” and there is perhaps no better metaphor than a gorgeous Nantucket garden in full bloom to compare to the work
of one of the most talented interior
LIVING ROOM WITH FIREPLACE VIEW A natural wool rug by Earth Weave beautifully anchors the living room, filled to the brim with interesting artwork. Over the mantel is a painting by Michael Keane, the world-renowned marine artist, and to the right is artwork representing Nantucket (three rowboats) by Mark Petrovic. An ivory cane on the mantel is another Nantucket piece; to the left is a Han Dynasty Chinese puppy.
designers to ever grace our shores. Trudy Dujardin, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers who is licensed to design interiors up to 5000 square feet, has been working as a design professional since 1976, and began her own design firm – Dujardin Design Associates – in 1987. At the time she was starting her own firm, words like “organic” and “sustainable” were terms most of us associated with obscure farms in far-flung places populated by an odd assortment of folks. Trudy, however, knew then that there was something to the organic movement. In other words, like Barbara Mandrell, Trudy was organic when organic wasn’t cool. She ate organic food whenever possible and began to nurture her own sustainability spark. “People thought I was loopy back then,” she recalled. But that mindset stayed with her, and it carried over into her professional life. As she said recently, “I just couldn’t stop looking at the 30
LIVING ROOM WITH WINDOW VIEW The living room is made for comfort, with upholstered furniture covered in 100% natural materials and filled with a cotton/wool organic blend. The window covering is a 100% cotton blind that drops down for light control.
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TOP LEFT: BREAKFAST ROOM A model of the ship The Flying Cloud provides a focal point here; framed menu covers from Bastille Day celebrations at the famed Chanticleer restaurant bring back fond memories of wonderful meals enjoyed with friends.
BOTTOM RIGHT: KITCHEN These cabinets were original to the home; once they were repainted with no - VOC paint - they happily became another green addition to the house. The center island is made with Rock Maple wood, and no - VOC painted insets.
world and thinking that there was a link between these containers where we put people and their health. ”She spent five years researching environmentally friendly building and design techniques. She learned a great deal about the harmful effects of many of the common products designers use; she said of her education, “What I know now, I’d never go back to using that old stuff. It’s such a chemical burden to put on the body when you use all these chemicals.” She eventually acquired her, LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), an internationallyrecognized green building certification system. Not one to experiment on her clients, however, Trudy made it a point to perfect her green building techniques on her own home first. That initial project – her Nantucket summer home – was later named the “House of the Year” in “Cape Cod and Islands Home Magazine”. Not bad for the first time out of the gate. When working with a professional who sets the bar as high as Trudy does – her firm has won numerous awards for their outstanding design work – one anticipates having to pay a sum equivalent to the GNP of a small country. Trudy shakes her head and smiles. “If a client asks, I say, ‘You can afford me. We’ll make it work.’” The first meeting with a client is, she explained, something of an interview process for both parties. Trudy wants to make sure her abilities are suited to the wants of the clients and clients want to make sure that Trudy is the best designer for their project. Assuming the answer from both is a yes, then it’s on to the planning phase. Trudy walks through the home room-by-room, listening to the client. She learns about the client’s likes and dislikes. She gets a feel for who the client is, what they’re really passionate about, what their ideal room will look like when she’s done with it. Then she works to create a floor plan that reflects the client’s desires. “I really just love to work with people,” she said of her job. “I love to help them furnish the spaces they love.”
Durston Saylor STAIRCASE The staircase boasts three wooden lighthouses, all fiberoptically lit with softly changing colors. An interior window to the right allows sunlight to flow from room to room. Low voltage fiber optics also light the three wall niches, displaying 18th Century Oriental temple carvings. In the umbrella stand to the left is a collection of walking sticks, including fine whalebone and ivory examples.
“We’re very detail-oriented and we work long hours,” Trudy said of her staff. “If a client sends an email late at night with a question, more often than not that email gets answered before six o’clock the next morning.” Increasingly, clients are coming to Trudy with a combination of requests: They want a beautiful interior that is also environmentally friendly. In other words, many of today’s clients want exactly what Trudy thrives on. “It’s the best of both
Durston Saylor LANDING The console table is constructed of solid wood by a contemporary craftsman. The painting above is a sea scene by artist Richard Loud. Two blue glass baskets displayed on the console are by Dale Chihuly, the foremost glass artist in the country today. The floor is made of glass tiles inset into wood to produce the color and texture of a carpet. The doors are made of textured glass, ingeniously placed to allow light to flow from one area to the next; the waffle pattern ensures privacy.
worlds,” Trudy explained. “We create a space that is drop-dead gorgeous that also supports personal health and well-being. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
LIBRARY In this welcoming library, Trudy opted for trompe l’oeil painted walls, reproducing the look of grass cloth with no-VOC paint. The cocktail table is a French 18th century campaign chest, famed artist Robert Newall’s watercolors hang on the walls, and a lighthouse lens holds pride of place on the end table. Of note is the whale board on the wall to the right; it was commissioned by Trudy from the late Charles Sayle, a renowned island and maritime historian, and a friend of longstanding. Durston Saylor
Acquiring green design and building products has become
exist before World War Two, so older furniture doesn’t have
easier over the years, due in large part to the old equation of
all that stuff in it.” And as for thinking locally, Trudy buys from
supply and demand. As more consumers look for products
local merchants whenever possible: “I am a huge, huge
that aren’t detrimental to their health, more and more
supporter of hiring local craftspeople to do the work
companies are making the products available, which has
whenever possible,” she said. “Supporting the local economy
made them less expensive in recent years. “People today are
is itself a sustainable act.”
demanding green products,” Trudy explained. “A lot of my clients come to me with so much knowledge about the
Spending winters in Fairfield, Connecticut, Trudy splits her time
materials, it’s amazing.”
between design work and teaching a course on sustainable design at Fairfield University, the first university in the country
Though she is extremely passionate about green building,
to offer that type of course. But it’s the design work that is truly
Trudy doesn’t try to push her clients in that direction. “I don’t
her passion, and there is nothing she likes more than
do hard-sell. I’m just not a salesperson,” she explained.
designing homes on Nantucket. “My soul is on Nantucket,”
“Instead, I present them with the information and let them
she said. “I don’t feel like I’m working on Nantucket. I feel like
make their own educated decisions.”
When it comes time to actually acquire the furniture for the
That said, playtime doesn’t come without its price. Those of us
rooms she’s designing, Trudy relies on both the Boston and
who live on Nantucket year-round know all too well about the
New York City Design Centers for stock pieces, but she also
pitfalls of travelling back and forth during the stormy
regularly commissions custom-made pieces in places where
winter months. Oftentimes the boats don’t run because of high
sustainable materials and methods are used. She also loves to
winds and the planes are grounded due to inclement weather.
use antique pieces when she can. “Antique furniture is the
And when that happens, Trudy – just like the rest of us – is
ultimate sustainable product. It already exists, so they don’t
stuck. But, as she was quick to point out, there are certainly
have to cut down any trees to make it, and what’s more, a lot
worse places to find oneself stuck than Nantucket.
of the chemicals they use today in furniture production didn’t 34
BEDROOM A pristine environment ensures a good nightâ€™s sleep. The bed is covered with all organic cotton sheets, pillowcases and coverlet. The mattress is filled with organic cotton and wool, and made without chemicals. Two paintings to the right are by artist George Muendel.