The Summer Lifestyle guide
“ These earrings are directly inspired from the natural wonders of Colombia, the second most bio diverse country in the world. The designer, Maria Camila Mesa is an old friend and everything she designs is hand made by single mothers and heads of households so it is wonderful to have beauty work in service of helping these deserving women. ”
Enjoying iced tea and catching up at sunset in Nantucket.
Maureen tells stories of the artisans in Colombia.
Inspired by Colombia’s lush tropical landscape and exotic birds, Maria Camila Mesa’s jewelry designs are handmade by single mother head of households in Medellin.
Maddy tries on some of Maureen's jewelry from Colombia during their meeting on a resort collection.
“ My connection to Colombia goes all the way back to when I was 21, recently graduated from Berkeley and assigned to Medellin as a Peace Corps volunteer. I fell immediately in love with the people and the lush countryside. In 2005 I was asked to help make my school the first public bilingual tech school so the kids could compete in the 21st century. From that beginning the Marina Orth Foundation now works with 21 schools in and around Medellin. ”
“ My house is filled with things I have collected from my world travels writing for Vanity Fair and my frequent Colombia trips, etc. I don’t think taste depends on money. I love to haunt artisan markets. I think every house should tell a story and it’s fun to be surrounded by memories of where and how you got something. ”
Shells on display collected by Maureen in Nantucket. Her mantle hand-carved by the builder's brother-in-law.
Actress Greta Garbo's luggage displayed in Maureen's living room as one of many cool character pieces in her house.
Poster by artist Maggie Meredith (1922-2012) who was an accomplished and highly collected Nantucket painter and poet. Maggie’s style evolved into primitive but precisely drafted contemporary imagery where assembled objects narrated the content.
Serveware from Colombia with bluefish pâté and raw veggie sticks. Maureen is the ultimate hostess.
“ We're so excited to be sending a championship coed robotics team all the way to Estonia to compete in international competition and have just launched our Go Fund Me Page. Love for you to check us out and any amount is appreciated. ”