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One Wild Garden

Cheetahs, a mountain lion and a hippo family found a home in Newport.

A cheeky gnome or perfectly posed woodland creature can be a reliable way to break up an otherwise green landscape with a playful touch. But a singular figurine plopped down amongst a bed of flowers is one thing. Taming a menagerie of life-sized animal sculptures so they come together in an 8,000-square-foot garden off Bellevue Avenue in Newport is another matter entirely.

Decorating Tips from Restaurant Designers

Learn how to set the tone in your own home.

A new utility-grade oak floor warms the space up, while custom lighting fixtures add a whimsical touch. The communal table, originally the fabrication table used to weld the counter’s steel frames, worked so well it was made a permanent fixture. Furniture by Providence’s Greycork provides additional seating.   Sweet Escape When an ever-changing menu of Instagram-worthy doughnuts is your business’s…

Decoding Mid-Century Modern at White Star Antiques

The South Main Street emporium offers advice for smart shoppers.

Setting Up Shop Ask the four owners of Providence’s White Star Antiques why vintage and antique furniture never seem to go out of style and they’ll agree: Great design spans time. It’s a mantra that guided the two married couples — Alex and Melanie Correia and Josh and Karen Peterson — when they opened their shop at 357 South Main…

At Home with J. Schatz

An L.A. couple settles in Olneyville for work and life.

Coast to Coast Stepping into the Olneyville building that Jim Schatz and Peter Souza now call work and home, it’s hard to believe a mere fifteen months ago they were seeing the space for the first time. While most would still have a lengthy to-do list, Schatz and Souza swooped in and completely transformed the former Weybossett Mills dye house,…

A Labor of Love in Exeter

Two New York transplants find adventure in a pre-Colonial renovation.

The Seitas replaced cedar shingles with clapboards on the front of the house. Dark stain — Benjamin Moore’s Night Horizon — conceals the structure’s less-than-straight angles.   House Guests To say that the quaint pre-Colonial tucked away on a gravel road in Exeter had its challenges would not be an exaggeration. “Have you ever seen the movie Funny Farm?” the…

11 Great Clutches for the Holidays

Stand out from the crowd with these gorgeous purses.

Clockwise from top right: Multicolored hand-painted coated canvas clutch with beaded fringe, $145, Babs, Striped cotton envelope clutch, $45, Pink Pineapple, Newport and Wakefield. Multicolored hand-painted coated canvas bag, $145, Babs. Yellow and white diamond print wristlet, $58, Kreatelier, Providence. Multicolored coated canvas fringed trim clutch, $145, Babs. Blue and pink coral print beaded clutch, $150, J. McLaughlin, Providence…

A Design Lover's Dream on Block Island

The home designer Jens Risom built for his family endures five decades in.

While its incomparable views of Block Island Sound have remained steadfast, a few changes were made to the front of the house over the years. Originally designed in wood with a glass panel in the center, Jens swapped those plans for the all-glass design that makes the house so unusual. A front door was taken out in the first year…

Guide to a Day of Shopping in Portland

Great shops? Seaside location? Yummy food? Let's drive up.

Portland has long had a reputation for being one of New England’s foodiest cities, a destination where chefs across the country set up shop, much to the delight of residents and tourists. But those in the know have recognized that great food isn’t the only reason to make the journey up I-95. From high-end handmade furniture to vintage finds, Portland…

Providence Penthouse Has Priceless Views

Sleek design and views of the state on a clear day set this property apart.

Flying High Let’s be honest, the word “view” can be overused in real estate, loosely thrown about to describe even the smallest sliver of sea out a side window. But a select few properties have vistas so spectacular that they’ve genuinely earned the right to make it a selling point. The newly renovated penthouse in the Residences Tower in Providence…

Renovation Transforms Edgewood Home

The airy layout makes the most of the bay views.

Clear Vision It’s safe to say that a 1920s brick duplex with an aluminum-sided addition stuck to the back was not one East Side couple’s idea of a dream home. But when they found just that in Cranston’s picturesque Edgewood neighborhood in 2013, complete with a priceless view of Narragansett Bay, they, with a little help from their architect, Mary…