When Nantucket Looms' master weaver Becky Peraner was growing up in Connecticut, she could never have known the impact her family home would have on her life. Surrounded by everything from woven baskets to old English ironware, Becky's parents, who are avid antique collectors instilled in her a love of collecting and an appreciation of the arts. Speaking of her mother, Jean, Becky attributes her influence to her love of textiles. "My mom was an interior designer", Becky explains, "and I was raised with fabric samples everywhere. I think her influence subconsciously made me love textiles that much more".
Becky's mom has always been extremely supportive of her art career. Having attended art school herself, Jean always supported Becky's love of painting and although Becky originally attended The Rhode Island School of Design for painting, she went on to major in textile design. "I found myself drawn to textiles as an art form", says Becky. It was a decision that shaped the outcome of her life, becoming an apprentice to Andy Oates at Nantucket Looms and eventually becoming head weaver and partner in the business.
These days, Becky's mom continues to be an influence on her work - particularly her handwoven sea life tapestries. When Jean visits from Connecticut, she and Becky enjoy walking on the beach with her daughters, collecting scallop shells and sea glass. "We always try and find low tide at the Jetties or Pocomo Point or our secret little spot in Madaket Harbor where we collect shells and see the sunset. The idea for the woven tapestries naturally came together from these walks on the beach. As my love of weaving grew, I began incorporating the things we collected into my work", explains Becky.
Becky's mother and father's house in Connecticut is still full of collections to this day and it is something she really appreciates especially in an age when design trends have moved from extensive collections to a more minimalistic style. Knowing the extent to which this has inspired her life and her art, Becky holds her mother's collections and influence close and is proud to carry on her tradition in her work. "I love sending people off with a little collection of Nantucket in a piece of artwork, or incorporating special things of their own into a piece - like their grandfather's watch parts or people's own collection of shells".The strong bond between Becky and Jean inspired a life of creativity and artistic integrity and it is a bond that Becky strives to continue in her relationship with her two daughters Suzanne and Julia as they grow up on Nantucket.
Downtown Nantucket’s unique architectural history offers both challenges and wonderful opportunity when it comes to design. When designing the interior of this historic downtown Nantucket residence, the Nantucket Looms Design Team worked closely with the homeowner to embrace this historic feel and inject it with colorful accents and eclectic style. By combining the client’s own artwork collection and antique furniture with bright colors and bold patterns, along with the original historic structure of this whaling captain’s home, the Nantucket Looms Design Team created a space that is cheerful, charming, historic and comfortable.
For this project, the client wanted bright, happy colors to go with her eclectic art collection. Many of her antique furniture and artwork was used along with updated comfortable furniture and bright colors. The designers along with the client chose user-friendly fabrics that could stand up to high traffic and remain fade and stain-resistant. The rug is a custom handwoven rag rug by a local island artist, Hillary Anapol.
The client likes to keep her windows open so vinyl grass cloth was chosen for the walls to hold up to the damp weather. Being on a busy street, the traditional historic windows contained shutters. To allow more light in, a half shutter was chosen. The top of the shutter also has a solar shade to filter the sunlight and protect the furniture fabrics from fading. An ivory handwoven Nantucket Looms mohair throw adorns this Lee Industries chair, upholstered with handprinted fabric by Peter Fassano.
The family room was designed with high traffic in mind. A tray from Nantucket Looms sits atop a leather ottoman by Lee Industries, which serves conveniently as a coffee table. The rug is a custom sized rug by Woodard & Greenstein.A high performance fabric from Perennials was used on the sofa. The wood grain fabric adds a wonderful texture to the room. Again, a handwoven Nantucket Looms cashmere throw adorns the back of the sofa.The sofa from Lee Industries is covered in a wonderful soft brushed cotton by Romo. The pillow was chosen for a pop of color and for its whimsical print. Nantucket Looms mohair throw is draped on the sofa.To decorate the fireplace, these handmade Nantucket Balls by local artist Joanna Kane were used (purchased from Nantucket Looms). Artwork from the clients own collection adorns the wall, with light fixtures from Curry & Co.Close-up view of the custom checkerboard handwoven rag rug by local Nantucket artist, Hillary Anapol purchased through Nantucket Looms.Entrance to the home. The client wanted to add vibrant colors while still staying true to the historic integrity of the house. The rug here is a custom design hand tufted 100% wool rug. The Pottery Barn mirror is backed with a wallpaper by Carlton V. The furniture is from the homeowner’s own antique collection.The stairway detail was a signature design from the original builder of the house in Nantucket’s whaling heyday circa 1822.Custom colored hand hooked wool rug greets the guest with a colorful yet historic feel.In the library, the Peter Fassano wallpaper is accented with artwork by David Wiggins purchased through Nantucket Looms.The bamboo chair, an estate sale find by the Nantucket Looms design team, sits perfectly beside the original fireplace.The Nantucket Looms design team worked closely with the client to incorporate her antiques into the home. The lamp and ornaments shown here are from the clients collection. The larger painting, by local artist Peggy Silverstein, was purchased through Nantucket Looms.C&C Milano fabric was used on a settee by Lee Industries, adorned with a handwoven Nantucket Looms cashmere throw.The dining room table was custom designed for large family gatherings and was provided by Nantucket Looms. The client’s collection of sailor’s valentines adorns the wall, reinforcing the strong Nantucket historic feel of the house. The polypropylene rug was chosen to withstand high traffic and pets. Drapery fabric is from Lewis & WoodThe client’s collection of sailor’s valentines adorns the wall, reinforcing the strong Nantucket historic feel of the house.The client’s collection of sailor’s valentines adorns the wall, reinforcing the strong Nantucket historic feel of the house. Drapery fabric is from Lewis & WoodAnother example of how the team worked closely with the client to incorporate her own artwork and antiques collection with the design. The drapery fabric here is by Lewis & Wood, perfectly color-coordinated with the clients eclectic collage entitled ‘Bee Woman’.The family room was designed with high traffic in mind. A tray from Nantucket Looms sits atop a leather ottoman by Lee Industries, which serves conveniently as a coffee table, The rug is a custom sized rug by Woodard & Greenstein.A high performance fabric from Perennials was used on the sofa. The wood grain fabric adds a wonderful texture to the room. Again, a handwoven Nantucket Looms cashmere throw adorns the back of the sofa.In this small powder room, the wallpaper, along with the porthole mirror, was chosen in honor of Nantucket’s whaling historyA bird’s eye perspective of the entrance to this whaling captain’s home. A stair runner by Woodard & Greenstein and custom colored 100% wool hooked rug.This painting, by local artist Peter Sheppard, was chosen for the client’s son’s guest room because of his love for fishing. The decorative ACK balls by Joanne Kane adorn the mantle. Both pieces of original artwork were purchased through Nantucket Looms.A handwoven mohair and silk throw from Nantucket Looms keeps guests warm in the guest room.Handwoven sand dollar vignette by Rebecca Jusko Peraner adorns a guest bathroom. Purchased through Nantucket Looms.The hand printed floral fabric was chosen because of the homeowners love of gardening. Custom linens match the fabric. The iron bed gives the room an airy feel for those evenings you want to sleep with the windows open. Rattan lamps are used beside the bed and. the chartreuse bedside tables are in keeping with the garden theme.In the master bedroom, the rug from Colony Rug Co. was chosen for its wonderful feel on bare feet. The colors add brightness while the custom sheets and bedding were chosen to coordinate with the hand printed fabrics. A Nantucket Looms handwoven cashmere throw is displayed on the bed.Handprinted linen from Raoul Textiles was used to warm the master bedroom and sitting area with a relaxed roman shade.The sofa from Lee Industries is covered in a wonderful soft brushed cotton by Romo. The pillow was chosen for a pop of color and for its whimsical print. Nantucket Looms mohair throw is draped on the sofa.The historic home’s third floor was converted to a guest bedroom. The polypropylene rug was custom cut by Colony Rug Co. to go around structural beams in the middle of the room.Another polypropylene rug by Colony Rug Co. was chosen to cover the back stairway.