Coastal New England style

15 May 2018

I lucked out in the relations department in many ways, but one of my favorite lucky breaks is having my Aunt Nan in my family tree. Not only is she kind, hilarious, and thoughtful, but she is INSANELY talented. Longtime readers will remember that she contributed two of the most special pieces in June’s nursery — the crib skirt she sewed and horse mobile she knit (!) — but they represent just the tip of her creative iceberg.

Liberty print nursery

Everyone who knows Nan has been saying for years that she should open an Etsy shop and share her talent with the world, and I’m so happy to say that she has!! Really, the only question was what product she might focus on, and I love what she’s chosen: the sweetest decorative pillows, with a classic New England spin.

New England pillows

These beauties would be right at home in any camp, cottage, or coastal-inspired interior — Northeastern zip code not required. The quality, of course, is impeccable, all of the colorways are completely customizable (at no extra charge since every pillow is made to order!), and the pricing is so reasonable.

oars pillow

lobster boat pillow

rowboat pillow

I’m so proud of Aunt Nan and couldn’t wait to share with y’all! Isn’t it neat how the internet and platforms like Etsy make it so easy for people to share their gifts, and for the rest of us to support talented people? Truly marvelous, I think :)

P.S. Just for fun, I would love to hear about your most talented (quirky or otherwise) relation in the comments. For example, in addition to Aunt Nan, one of my cousins has memorized the birthdays of almost 50 family members!!

P.P.S. 12 things I miss about New England

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May 15, 2018 10:52 am

Meghan paints awesome watercolors. She really needs to open an Etsy shop.

May 15, 2018 1:53 pm

My mom has been making rag quilts for YEARS and I finally convinced her to open an Etsy shop two months ago!!! It has been so fun to work on with her and to watch her expand her horizons now that my brother and I are out of the house.

May 15, 2018 2:54 pm

These are AMAZING! and very affordable! My aunt who recently passed at 96 made me beautiful dresses for my dolls. She was a very talented seamstress and would have definitely rocked Etsy if it were around 40 years ago!

May 16, 2018 6:04 am

These are beautiful!! I still can’t believe she knitted June’s mobile.

The first relative that comes to mind is not necessarily artistically talented, but let’s go with creative, haha! The officer in the photo on the right is my cousin’s husband (theirs was the first wedding I ever attended):

May 16, 2018 8:05 am

Amazing talents! Can’t wait to see how you use Nan’s skills again with Baby Boy Thomas!

May 17, 2018 6:58 pm

Wow these are gorgeous!! I don’t really desire nautical style at all (I love the desert) but these have me questioning that…the oars in a circle, the dog on the boat (my heart!!) and the canoe from above…so gorgeous!!