Interiors

Summer Must-Haves

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Summer Must-Haves Color blooms throughout the seasons at Sundries Furniture, a home décor store in East Falmouth on Cape Cod known for its laid-back coastal style and boldly hued accent pieces.  “We love colorful, comfortable, livable spaces,” says store manager Laurie Long about her and owner Donna Stearn’s design aesthetic—both of whom work together on interior design projects throughout the year. Since Sundries has been in business for nine years now, they have access to countless product lines and can offer a list of choice items. “The longer you’re in business, the more resources are available to you,” says Stearn, who works regularly with a stable of professional cr Click here to read more.

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Everyone gets the ‘Star Treatment’ at Weatherly Tile & Stone

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

For designer Gaye Weatherly, the layout of brilliantly finished glass tile and stone is “imagination at work,” a process that culls inspiration from a variety of resources and results in a polished product. For years, Weatherly has applied her arts education and tasteful aesthetic to the creation of both tile and stone designs. She has expanded the work of her business, Weatherly Tile & Stone, Inc. of Portsmouth, to include worldwide demographics – the States, St. Barts, St. Maarten, Anguilla, the Grand Cayman, Dubai – and shows no sign of slowing down. Whether your preference for tile design is sand-meets-sea or vintage-meets-regal, basic field tile or a deco piece, Weathe Click here to read more.

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Divine Design Nature inspires a remodel

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

It was love at first sight. Homeowners Mike and Beth Richardson knew their Marshfield home on Bartlett’s Island, with its sweeping views of the marsh and North River, was the one. “We didn’t even go inside before we decided to buy it,” says Beth. With the help of Caroline Warner, interior designer and owner of The Welch Company in Scituate, MA, the interior soon matched the surrounding beauty of the natural landscape.  From the start, Warner had a clear vision for the living room and kitchen. “Both rooms had potential for warmth and comfortable elegance,” she says, “with the marsh views offering a commanding focal point.” Photography by Dan Cutrona Interiors: Caroli Click here to read more.

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Vamping Up Your Linen Closet

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Wendy Brown of Wendy Brown Fine Linens in Providence has a sophisticated eye and an innate need for comfort and style. More than 10 years ago, she took what was a “fetish” for quality linen and custom embroidery and created her now chic boutique on the streets of Wayland Square. But don’t be fooled: WBFL is more than a linen shop. Products sourced from Wendy Brown Fine Linens The shop itself is a comfortable combination of rich color and soothing neutrals – the décor feminine and classic, and brimming with one-of-a-kind finds. Brown’s buying trips amass an enviable collection – from bed, bath and table linens, to plush baby products and key home essentials. Brown buys with Click here to read more.

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Luxurious Lighting is all about Layering

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Without multiple layers of lighting elements, the most stunning décor can easily fall flat. Consider a large great room where the only light source is recessed ceiling lights. The fake watches room may be bright enough but with all illumination coming from above, it can tend to feel cold. Relying solely on ceiling lighting can create a sense that it’s just not a room where you want to spend time. It’s all about layers With more than 60 years of experience, Crown Supply, with its 30,000 square-foot showroom in Providence, RI, and another newer location in Milford, MA, understands just how important lighting selections are when it comes to making spaces feel both welcoming and functio Click here to read more.

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Redefining Luxury

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

The pebbly feel of leather under your fingertips, the cooling sensation of smooth marble at our feet and a coffered wood-paneled ceiling are all examples of fine materials that emanate luxury in our homes. While luxury may have traditionally been defined by difficult-to-get products and sky-high prices, homeowners are now looking to channel their funds into the important details that make a room special. Clients have let go of trying to attain particular name brands in order to further personalize their home and save valuable time by making the room layout more efficient. Mercedes Aza, vice president and director of marketing at Roomscapes Luxury Design Center in Rockland, MA, a leader in in Click here to read more.

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New Home, Same Neighborhood

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Looking to purchase a year-round home for their family of four—and two pint-sized pooches—Michele and her husband Paul instead fell in love with a seasonal home just a short walk from their current residence in the Minot Beach section of Scituate, MA. After buying the aging structure, Michele recalls briefly considering winterizing it, “but it quickly became clear that we would have to replace it to create a year-round home,” she says. The decision gave the family a blank canvas to design a warm and inviting space that would fit their coastal-loving lifestyle. Michele—who is a long-standing customer of the seaside-inspired Welch Company Home + Design decor showroom—called on o Click here to read more.

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Special Treatment

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

She paints with patterns and prioritizes texture. Her creations can enliven spaces, or simply soften them. Whether the goal is to add luxury, encourage comfort, lend formality or some combination in between, she is always mindful of fabric design’s endless creative possibilities. [caption id="attachment_168" align="alignnone" width="720"] Bess Walker covered the chairs flanking the fireplace, the homeowners' family pieces, with coordinating fabrics.[/caption] ‘What feels right’ Bess Walker is an interior decorator who specializes in textiles. Her showroom, Walker Interiors, in Middletown, Rhode Island, is home to an extensive library of fabrics, carpets, wallpapers, and trims. “ Click here to read more.

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Sophisticated Beach Style

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

You would never guess that where this Newport property now stands, was once a small, white 1940’s ranch home with pink shutters -- but that it was, indeed. Starting from scratch Homeowners Ken and Michelle Loffredo decided to tear down said ranch house, which had belonged to Ken’s parents, to build a new dwelling that best maximized the lot; this meant situating the new home up on the hill, capitalizing on the exceptional water view. After two years of planning and construction alongside architect Robert Morin and builder John Ventura, both from Middletown, RI, the couple was ready to move in. “Robert’s design opened up the house, with multiple levels and angles that make everythin Click here to read more.

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Open Invitation

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

It was the opportunity of a lifetime. When the neighboring home went on the market, they knew they couldn’t pass it up. The potential was to own two homes—both overlooking Chatham’s Stage Harbor—on abutting properties with one shared driveway. Once combined, the two sites now form an enviable family compound, where friends and extended family always have room to stay. For this serendipitous addition to their Cape Cod lifestyle, the owners envisioned a coastal-inspired interior that communicated elegance without compromising durability. “We wanted a casual and comfortable beach house with a different look and feel than our main house,” they explain. “We also wanted furnishing Click here to read more.

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Putting It All Together

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

For designer Irina MacPhee, owner of Pastiche of Cape Cod in West Barnstable and Dennisport, the details and finishing touches are what make a house really shine and that is one of the things she liked best about designing the main living spaces in this Barnstable home. [caption id="attachment_137" align="alignnone" width="720"] A grouping of comfortable furniture is arranged around a fieldstone fireplace in the great room.[/caption] The homeowner had purchased a kitchen table and chairs from Pastiche several years ago. When she moved to a new house on the water, she came into MacPhee’s store with the desire to finish decorating her new home. She hired MacPhee to help her put togethe Click here to read more.

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The Art of Hanging Art

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

After moving to Rhode Island from out of state, a couple was left with the labor-intensive task of unpacking their life’s possessions. Close to 50 pieces of artwork and mirrors in various sizes remained un-hung in the historic home they’d just purchased. “It’s the intimidation factor,” says Geoff Gaunt, co-owner of Providence Picture Frame in Rhode Island, about why some people are hesitant to hang their own wall art.  Lack of time and the desire to have the job done correctly are other factors that drive customers to seek out Providence Picture Frame for their art-hanging expertise. [caption id="attachment_131" align="alignnone" width="720"] This massive mirror was the star Click here to read more.

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Rethinking a Vintage Victorian

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Back in 1900, when this Victorian-style home overlooking Greenwich Bay in Cowesett (Warwick), Rhode Island was built, mariners’ families scanned the horizon for a glimpse of their ships returning home. Today, the residents tend to enjoy the view with considerably less angst than their predecessors. [caption id="attachment_121" align="alignnone" width="720"] Designer Jocelyn Chiappone used Farrow & Ball's "Borrowed Light" paint color on the walls and incorporated furniture with clean lines to give the home a modern seaside vibe.[/caption] Modernizing while restoring Owners Kristie and Giovanni Feroce loved the setting, but knew some work would be required to bring their 112-year-ol Click here to read more.

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History in Every Corner

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

In recent years there has been a trend for builders who buy property in a desirable waterfront location to tear down the old buildings to build brand new ones. Warren Kelly, owner of Kelly Properties & Construction Management, prefers to buck that trend. When the historic New England Home for the Deaf in Danvers came on the market, he saw an opportunity to do something really special with the property and partnered with the Thomson Group to create Riverbank, an exclusive condominium complex.“The Home for the Deaf has enormous historicalvalue to the community,” Kelly says. [caption id="attachment_112" align="alignnone" width="720"] The 'granite barn' portion of what was the New Eng Click here to read more.

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Hope Street ‘Upcycling’

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Line Daems and Pernilla Frazier started Kreatelier in 2007. Their European backgrounds, shared aesthetics and entrepreneurial creativity found a place on Hope Street, where a bright red awning welcomes visitors. Whether restoring a consignment tea chair or creating a mobile of whimsical fabric birds, Line and Pernilla ensure reuse and recycling are common threads, knitted together by their philosophy: Everything is fabric. Everything is used, re-used, or passed forward. [caption id="attachment_105" align="alignnone" width="720"] These chairs were custom upholstered in 100% cotton, washable fabric by Clarke & Clarke.[/caption] All things useful and functional Line and Pernilla enc Click here to read more.

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Savoring the View

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Most often the best meetings are by chance. Marsha Malone of Nautique in Brewster was in her store one day a few years ago when a client came in looking for furniture for his summer home in Brewster. He bought a few pieces off the floor and kept coming back for more. “He finally said, ‘You should come see my place,’” remembers Malone and so she did. It was the start of a fruitful design collaboration. [caption id="attachment_100" align="alignnone" width="720"] Marsha Malone turned unused space at the top of the stairs into a quiet studio area for the homeowner.[/caption] Starting with the living room She began by providing a few swivel chairs for the living room overlooking Click here to read more.

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At home with the Green Door

POSTED: October 3rd 2013

Designing and decorating a home is either something you love, or something you wish you could live without. For Susan Swanson -- owner, interior designer and store curator of The Green Door, a gift and home accessories shop in East Greenwich, RI -- it’s pure love. Susan has had a love of design since she was in high school when she served on Seventeen Magazine’s “Fashion Board,” and it just comes naturally. [caption id="attachment_93" align="alignnone" width="720"] The living room in Susan Swanson's home; the glass display case houses a portion of her vintage.[/caption] “I love making things look good,” says Susan. “I have always been very aware of how my living space a Click here to read more.

The living room in Susan Swanson's home; the glass display case houses a portion of her vintage.
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