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Living By Lisa Clair Photos by Michael Partenio courtesy of Dujardin Design Associates

Mr. Jacobsen’s interiors show his adaptation of traditional American design. The fireplace and wood paneling above are contemporary versions of colonial, paneled fireplace walls. An added feature of these panels is touch latches that open to provide hidden storage for stereo equipment, china and necessary mechanicals for the house.


Potting Shed – a charming glass enclosure with sink and potting benches for flower arranging. The Dutch door and mullioned windows reflect the American vernacular work of Mr. Jacobsen.


This is the patio adjoining the great room. The contemporary European furniture was selected by DDA to mirror the clean lines of the house and the interior furnishings. Doors to the house recess into the wall to provide a seamless access for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Wisteria above softens the geometric lines; pillows add a whimsical burst of color.

Prominent architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen is widely known for his modern, pavilion-based residences, echoing the vernacular architecture of the American homestead. This Nantucket home in Siasconset, designed by Mr. Jacobsen in 1990 and untouched since it was built, is a prime example of the Jacobsen style: a large, center pavilion flanked by “outbuildings,” recalling the barns, detached kitchens and smokehouses of rural America. In this home, the center pavilion houses the grand living space, flanked by kitchen, television room, guest bedroom and master suite. There is also a separate carriage house that has a two-car garage, with a guest apartment above. The Washington, D.C.-based owners asked Dujardin Design Associates, Inc. to preserve all the original details and to celebrate Mr. Jacobsen’s work, while fitting the house to their unique lifestyle Trudy Dujardin, ASID, LEED AP + ID + C, and Senior Designer Price Connors retained Mr. Jacobsen's original

This Hugh Newell Jacobsen house in ’Sconset is a perfect example of the Jacobsen

design work, beautifully complementing the home with their

style: a modern, pavilion-based residence that fits beautifully into the Nantucket

signature clean aesthetic and elegant, contemporary furnishings

landscape and follows the Nantucket Historic District Commission’s strict guidelines

and design.

for gray exterior and minimal trim.



The breakfast room is another echo of farmhouse style. The traditional farmhouse table is paired with simple, clean-lined chairs, demonstrating the Dujardin philosophy that well-designed furniture with a simple aesthetic blends easily despite the span of centuries.

The double-height great room serves as both living room and dining room. The white walls were retained to honor Mr. Jacobsen’s original vision. The hanging, wrought-iron fixture draws the eye upward to better appreciate the volume of the space. The fixture is purposely reminiscent of a garden armillary.

The unusual kitchen island is done in dark mahogany and reflects early colonial American turnings on the carved legs. Cabinets in this room were restored to their original condition; countertops were upgraded to marble. More of Mr. Jacobsen’s signature lighting is found in the kitchen. The use of unusual accessories, both contemporary and traditional, updated the kitchen while maintaining its simplicity of design.



DDA chose to retain the original Jacobsen-designed master bed and his signature egg crate bookcases. Books are wrapped in white paper to maintain the serene colors in the room. The luxurious wool rug, comfortable chairs and reading lamp provide a quiet reading space. The roman shades are minimal but provide light control and privacy.

The guest bedroom continues the muted colors and clean aesthetic of the house, using traditional forms, but updated in a contemporary manner. Even the bed coverings reflect the marriage of contemporary and




damask combined with a bold stripe. The curve of the headboard is a graceful complement to the room’s straight lines.

DDA chose to restore the original cabinets in the master bath, while updating the rest of the space with the addition of a new marble countertop and faucets. A recessed, sliding shutter on the window provides privacy. All the floors in the home, including in the bath, were restored to the original pickled white finish. The textured mirror frame was chosen to highlight the smoothness of the other finishes, part of the subtle play of opposites that is a signature of DDA style.


The swimming pool shows the kitchen wing on the right, with the carriage/guest house in the rear. The last outbuilding on the left is the shower and changing facility for the pool.

A place to reflect.


21st Century Living  

21st Century Living

21st Century Living  

21st Century Living