Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

Sara Tofanelli-Barroso Sara grew up in Chico, California.  She started working in the family business (Nantucket Home) at a young age.  She learned the family business, learned to save and learned to travel with her savings.  After high school she left Chico to live in Italy and travel throughout Europe.  It was here that her love for food, coffee, language and culture flourished.  Upon returning, she attended Chico State, met her future husband, John (who was also intrigued with traveling), graduated with a degree in English Literature and Italian and left Chico with him to live and work in Torino, Italy.  Sara currently is the ‘shopkeeper’ at Nantucket Home.  She spends her time away from work playing with her children, dogs, and husband.  And whenever she can find spare time she enjoys reading her favorite blogs on everything from design to food to lifestyle.

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Occassionally we see obvious trends when we are at a trade show. Most of the time however, the trends are very subtle or sometimes not very interesting. This year we experienced PINK! Whether you like that color (Lauren), or not, it wasn't to be ignored!

Pink walls, pink chairs, pink elevators, lights and lamps. Could I live with a little pink in my life?

Many talented designers have preached about the power of pink walls in a dining room or in a bathroom. The color is flattering to most complexions. And heaven knows that we all can use a little help in that department.

And then there's the ultimate in delicious pinkness... the pink umbrella in your drink! Enjoy!


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Our Home AccessoriesLatest Trends posted by Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

When we were in High Point we saw a lot of color.  One showroom in particular showcased bright color one would see in Florida.  Breathtaking (we'll show you soon) but would our clients be drawn to it?  One of our reps said to us "nobody ever tells you that you look good wearing taupe or black... but dress in something with color and suddenly you'll hear 'I like that color on you'".  Rick liked this concept.  And he brought it up to us a few more times on our buying trip. 

It's true.  We all love color and pattern but we're a bit scared of it too.  Whether it's wearing it or putting it in your home it's a line that we all should learn to cross.  Why not start small?

Pillows are a great way to introduce color and pattern into your home. 

They make it easy to freshen up your house without buying a new piece of furniture or artwork. 

They don't require nails to hang or even delivery men to rearrange your current environment. 

Quite obviously they are the easiest item to bring home to freshen up your house, liven up your sofa and introduce color and pattern. Come by before May 1st and choose any LEE fabric for your pillows and at 30% off ... your other furniture will be green with envy.

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A Veranda Highlight

11 Apr 2011
Our FurnitureOur Home Accessories posted by Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

We search high and low for the unique pieces we bring into our Nantucket Home line.  It's usually the small, family-owned manufacturers that catch our attention.  We gravitate towards them for many reasons namely ...their attention to detail, cutting edge determination, strive for quality product and of course, their friendly demeanor.

So we're always pleased to find out when they get national recognition.  Palecek, a manufacturer we've carried for 20 plus years, will be in Veranda magazine this month  (see above image) highlighting their Spa Collection.

Known for their eclectic materials, Allan Palecek started his company upon returning home from the Vietnam war.   Similar to Rick and Nan's story of how they began Nantucket Home, Allan too was intrigued by basket weaving and other crafts in Vietnam and wanted to share it.  What started as a small basket importing venture has turned into a large creative enterprise of designing, manufacturing and importing fascinating items from all over the world.  Every piece has a story with Palecek. 

Check out Veranda this month!


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