Our DesignersLatest TrendsOur Projects posted by Nan Tofanelli

Summer is here! In February,  I look forward to the long, light filled days and evenings of summer, fresh homegrown fruits and vegies and the lush color green everywhere in trees, lawns and shrubs. I look forward to outdoor dinners, playing in the creek, boating, star gazing and reading in the hammock. What I do not appreciate are flies, and mosquitos and all the diseases they carry that ruin all the fun.

You can use insect repellant, citronella candles, a fly swatter or you can cover up in hot clothing (or all of the above) and still not solve your pesky insect problem. Or you can escape into the dreamlike world of life under a tropical mosquito netting.

The use of mosquito netting has been traced back as far as Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.  Netting can transform a plain room into a romantic guaze-y retreat.

It offers pesticide free protection from West Nile and encephalitis which unfortunately are becoming more common in the Chico area.

Here at Nantucket Home we just happened to get in a new shipment of these airy mosquito nets! Available in two colors, white or ivory and two styles that fit all sizes of beds. Stop by our showroom to see our display.

-Nan

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Celebrating Local posted by Julie Rinehart

Here at Nantucket Home, we are all about celebrating local businesses! We know firsthand the hard work it takes to own a Mom and Pop shop and that it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community. This weekend we are excited to welcome LEE industries to Chico and show them why we take so much pride in the Chico community. LEE Industries believes in the mission of supporting local communities and the movement to bring back brick and mortar shops and local businesses. Traveling all the way from North Carolina with film crew in tow, the owners of LEE Industries will be getting the tour of Chico. They will be learning about our style, our community and our love for local artisans.


While the film crew is filming, we will be celebrating by serving some of our local favorites…

Farm Star Pizza, “Awesome pies where the farmer is the star!” We love farm star pizza and their commitment to using local ingredients whenever possible. We will be serving their lemon pizza, made with local meyer lemons.

The downtown farmers market, a Chico tradition for over 30 years. The market is our favorite place for fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and more! We will be serving fresh fruit kebabs from our local farmers.

R.W. Knudsen Family, where they are passionate about creating exciting juices from the highest quality ingredients available. The Knudsen family started their business with their Concord grape vineyard  in Paradise, CA and from there created some of the best-selling products in the natural food industry.  We will be serving their Santa Cruz organic spritzers.

2 English Ladies, with a mission to “create the freshest & most authentic English curds on this side of the Pond! “ Pat Holdstock and her daughter Claire Stephens specialize in English tea products, making everything from scratch without additives or preservatives. You may have tried their tasty products at the farmers market. We will be serving their lemon, orange and lime curds, along with their original, lavender and gluten-free shortbreads.

We will also be serving Cal Java coffee, “Think Globally, Drink Locally”. Over the years they’ve traveled to the finest coffee growing regions, researching the best and tastiest, bringing home to Chico some of the finest beans in the world.

Painting demonstrations by our beloved local artist Ilona Cronan.  Finding fascination in the smallest of things, Ilona is never bored with anything life has to show her.  Rendering a simple object juxtaposed to a straight line, balancing the shapes and color as if she were studying and playing the game of “stoppage” is her way in art.   If she’s happy with the compositions, really happy, she will stop.  If not, she will keep going until she feels a balance.

We are looking forward to having these great local companies as part of our event on Saturday. We hope to see you here! For more information on the event, click here.

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Celebrating LocalOur Furniture posted by Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

We all know that it's nice to work with people you like.  And that's why we couldn't be happier with LEE Industries, our best friend in the industry for 24 years.  

(Norman & Rick discussing something very important)

There are so many reasons that we love working with LEE. They have always been on the forefront of upholstery design.  They keep their designs fresh and their fabric selection can't be beat.  They are constantly working to make a clean, efficient, eco-friendly and safe environment for their staff, as well as our clients who purchase LEE product. 

They are a 590 person loving family who care about each other, their craftsmanship, and their goods.

Everyone at LEE is wonderful!  Norman & Bondi Coley, Theresa, our reps; Heather, Sandy, Deborah... there's too many to list!  We get to call them almost daily and hear their wonderful southern drawls ask 'how you doing?'. 

(writing orders at market)

They put on a huge party for their retailers at market twice a year serving the best southern food you can find; gumbo, hushpuppies, BBQ... 

They host LEE University where our staff can go to Newton, North Carolina to see the factory, meet the craftspeople and dine in the home of the Coley's.

And when you think they couldn't care more, they go and create a marketing campaign to help promote business to the local stores, the mom and pop's, the brick and mortar's, the Nantucket Home's.

So there's really no reason not to love LEE.

It's been 24 years that we've worked with the people at LEE and we're excited to announce that as part of their LEE Loves Local campaign the owners of LEE Industries, Norman & Bondi Coley, will be traveling all the way from North Carolina (with film crew in tow) to learn about our style, our community and our love for our local artisans.

Come be in our video!
Saturday June 28th from 11 to 2pm.

 

Now, a bit about LEE Industries...

Bill and Dottie Coley founded LEE industries in newton, North Carolina, in 1969.  They set out to manufacture quality American-made furniture that they would use in their home. Bill's training as an architect combined with Dottie’s keen eye for colors and pattern made them a formidable team. So they opened a 7500 square foot factory, hired 10 people and accomplished exactly what they set out to do - and so very much more. In 1972, Chic Robinson joined the team as executive vice president in charge of financial, production, and administrative functions and helped propel LEE to a new level.  Now their son Norman runs the family-owned company with the same values as his parents; it's a commitment to treating employees, partners, community and the environment with respect.

(Bill & Norman Coley)

 

 

(Bondi Coley)

In 1984, LEE made a conscious effort to be as earth-friendly as possible, long before any other furniture manufacturer.  They voluntarily chose to use products that eliminated the use of chlorofluorocarbon gases (CFC’s) which have been known to deplete the ozone layer.  That was almost unheard of in the 80’s.  Today, LEE industries is still a family-owned business that employs more than 500 craftsmen in three plans in Newton, North Carolina.  In fact, every vendor that works with lee must adhere to a code of conduct to ensure those values are present every step of the way.

(Bill McKinney)

“A family-owned and operated company, we are committed to the good of our customers, our associates, our vendors, our community, and our environment. Through diligence, foresight and perseverance, we have become a leader in upholstery manufacturing with outstanding products, superb customer service and cutting edge technology. Thanks to the craftsmanship and team spirit that is the hallmark of LEE's success; every masterpiece is built with pride in the USA.”

(Ginny Collett)

(some of the 590 talented hands that make LEE Industries furniture)

These are only a few of the reasons we love working with LEE, stop by our showroom on Saturday June 28th from 11-2 to meet them in person and find out more about the company!

Sara

 

 

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