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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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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The Revered part II

09 Apr 2011
Our FurnitureLatest Trends posted by Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

We're back.  We were in High Point, NC for a week for the biggest furniture market in the world.  It always amazes me that such a huge event takes place in such a small town.  It was a very inspiring market.  Lots of color, lots of good news of the economy and of course, great design. 

We've put together a selection of our favorite pieces from one of our preferred furniture designers, Barclay Butera (who we also saw in High Point).


The Croft desk is truly a favorite of mine because not only is it a beautiful piece that is exceptionally crafted but it also serves another purpose as it is a partner desk.  Partner desks have many advantages – space saver, cost efficient and they lend the ability to sneak in a little flirtatious footzie with your “partner”  in between paying bills & catching up on those never-ending emails!  Lauren

I love love love this mirror! The carved edge frames the mirror in the most unique way. Holly


This bed looks so comfortable and inviting.  I love that the upholstered fabric is very neutral and that any color bedding would work on it.  The footboard makes it more on the modern side, but that doesn’t bother me.  I love footboards…they finish the piece.  The side rails look wood, but they are metal.  So it’s edgy and soft!   And I love the juxtaposition of this chair and dresser!  The chair is classic and fun.  I love the fabric…it would completely liven up a room.  And the dresser is very delicate and simple.  The wood is so pretty.  It will serve a great purpose in any bedroom!  



 The Leather Piper Plantation Chair still holds at #1 for many of us… including Janet and Nan.

Classic styling with a twist. Love the nail head tacks and the contrast suede. Plus it’s really comfortable.  Have you come in to see this East Indies bed?  I absolutely love the detail on the bottom of the footboard on this bed. No need for a dust ruffle here.  Nan

Beautifully crafted, this bed is a favorite of mine due to the rich detail and low profile posts, making it warm and inviting for any bedroom.    Lauren

I adore this chaise.  It has such beautiful lines, and details to it.  The red leather is simply gorgeous.  When we were first introduced to this line by Barclay, I couldn’t stop thinking about this piece….I really need to figure a place in my own home for it!  And this chair is named after Ginger Rogers.  It honors the legacy of the actress by combining comfort with an effortless style, so like the hotels often graced by this starlet.  This stylish chair would add lots of elegance to a room.  Envision at the end of the day relaxing in this beauty with a lemon drop martini. 


 I guess I like a bit of the Pan Asian influence as you can see from my picks. Accented with ebony mahogany, the carved frame on the chair carries the bamboo motif.   I could never do such a bold pattern on a chair but I think it's fabulous. Maybe I can be daring....


Another of Holly's picks is the Ryan City Bar.  “I really like this piece, very classy.”

(and Rick, rarely one for giving a straight answer...)

I am a sucker for chrome and now chrome with really soft leather,,, I want to slick back my hair, have martinis over looking Manhattan and SHE  is wearing a slinky something with Cole Porter playing the piano…I am rich and I don’t hesitate in using a cab over walking 2 blocks.  

(not) Rick

Do you see a favorite here?


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