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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, babsetc.com. 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…

Greycork and Studio Endo Bring It Home

The high-profile young local furniture makers have very different styles.

Heavy Metal   In his nearly decade-long career as a furniture designer, Miles Endo has taken inspiration from many sources: architecture, early twentieth-century industrial design, even a paper clip once served as a starting point for one of his signature stools. But he didn’t have to look quite as far for his latest collection. While carrying on his Japanese father’s…

Making Room for the Parents

Planning a place for your parents doesn't have to be pedestrian.

Full Circle If ever there was a love story this is it. Holistic health coach Katie McDonald and her husband, Scott, were married in 1990. Their wedding weekend celebration was held right on this spot. Zoom ahead and, sadly, Katie’s father dies. Her mother sells the house to the couple, who hire the Providence architectural firm 3six0 for an award-winning…

Sleek Yet Kid-Friendly in Middletown Home

Contemporary meets country in this inviting house.

The inventive house (contractor: Oldport Homes, Middletown) is composed of two overlapping volumes. One holds the main living areas and play loft; the other, bedrooms and garage. An expansive deck adds more living space, generating endless reasons to stay outdoors. Launching the Dream Somehow a classic New England abode just wasn’t right. When possible, these busy parents spend their time…

Providence Renters Make the Most of Small Spaces

These three downtown apartments are stylish and efficient.

Creative Genius Product designer for Hasbro’s Nerf, Matty Devin Brown brought his talents to bear when it came to tweaking his Westminster Loft. “I love compact spaces with high ceilings that engender organization,” he says. Brown located his work station in the bay and chose a modular storage system from IKEA, which allowed him to customize. The sleek cabinet (with…