The assignment was to create a home combining coastal living with a European flair. For Judd Brown Designs of Pawtucket, that meant the addition of 2,200 square feet and the complete renovation of a dazzling property that overlooks Bonnet Shores in Narragansett. Among the many features of this spectacular 7,000 square foot home: four fireplaces of marble, fieldstone and French limestone; a magnificent wine room; two full kitchens; and a gorgeous octagonal master bedroom with stunning views of the ocean.
DESIGN & BUILD Judd Brown Designs
INTERIORS Pineapple Grove Designs
LANDSCAPE DESIGN & INSTALLATION Landscape Creations of Rhode Island
KITCHEN Fox Kitchens
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Warren Jagger
Nearly one year later, the project was completed. The result is a breezy and light, yet formal mood, blending the client’s desire for posh entertaining space with functional living.
Judd Brown Designs was founded by Judd Brown in 1983 and has specialized in an array of design projects for the hospitality industry. Interior Designmagazine has recognized Brown in 11 of the past 13 years as a “Design Giant.” Brown worked closely on this renovation with Pineapple Grove Designs of Boca Raton, Fla., a company renowned for meticulously crafted architectural ornamentation.
A zealous attention to detail can be seen in every room; from the decorative pink and coral accents in a lower-level bedroom, to the soothing marble floor in the master bath to the intricate iron work on the white oak bar to the inlaid tile with a beach grass motif on the outdoor fieldstone fireplace.
Interior Design magazine has recognized Brown in 11 of the past 13 years as a “Design Giant.”
This attention to detail was carried through to the outside, where Landscape Creations of Rhode Island designed a European-style courtyard and a circular parking lot to welcome visitors. Concrete pavers laid in a herringbone pattern, with a charcoal gray border, were used for the courtyard. The area is brightened with catmint, daylilies and yarrow in shades of blue, white, pink and yellow.
Inside the home, the amalgamation of New England and European accents intersect in the living and dining rooms. The exposed structural beams on the living room ceiling feature a gray-wash faux finish, subtly matched to the French limestone fireplace and walnut floor. In the dining room, space that had been the living room, Greek columns frame French doors which lead to an outside patio, producing a pavilion ambiance. A stone stairway winds gracefully toward the sky to an outside deck above the dining room.
“We wanted to create a space that flows,” Brown said. “Both the ceiling inside and outside are a light, hazy blue that ties it together. The client loves entertaining, and guests can spend time on the upper deck, then proceed down the stairway to the porch and into the dining room.”
The kitchen, only three years old, was redesigned by shifting cabinets that were glazed and painted light walnut. A new island is bordered by a darker shade of walnut flooring and a cozy nook in the kitchen features a custom banquette with a work station and flat-screen television.
The wine room is perhaps the most distinctive space in the home. Located on the lower level, it includes a second full kitchen, allowing for easy dining on the nearby patio. A bar, with a cast concrete top, is made of white oak, matching the trim throughout the room which is awash in various shades of beige. Of special interest is the custom-designed iron grill on the front of the bar. Created by Pineapple Grove, it mimics waves and wind-blown beach grass.
Another cozy seating nook in this space is flanked by walls finished to resemble French limestone. A lovely travertine tile floor and an impressive fieldstone fireplace complete the atmosphere of utter relaxation, making this a wonderful spot to savor a glass of wine.
A master suite takes up much of an addition to the home. The bedroom features soft cream-striped wallpaper, a walnut floor topped with a custom-made area rug and an ornate chandelier centered over the bed.
In the master bath, the beach feel continues. A hand-laid mosaic marble floor immediately catches the eye. Speckled in light pearl, with honey onyx and white granite, it creates the sense of walking on sand. An all-glass steam shower provides an idyllic view through a window and to the ocean beyond.
“The client wanted a formal beach feel because this is their year-round home,” Brown said, “and I think we managed to tie it all together.”