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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…

Home: College Hill Goes Modern

A repeat performance by the architects refined the home for new owners.

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Historic Benefit Street Residence Gets New Life

Designer Courtney Taylor made the home chic yet pet-friendly.

Happy endings don’t always befall dwellings that are hundreds of years old. This East Side residence beat the odds.   The Stars Align If Providence interior designer Courtney Taylor’s husband, Sedge Gray, had jogged along any other street that morning he’d have missed the “Open House” sign. The couple wouldn’t have attended, the place would have sold and, well, who…

Inside RISD President Rosanne Somerson's Home

Almost everything inside was made by students, faculty and alumni.

RISD President Rosanne Somerson’s home is the quintessential design center. Just about everything in it — textiles, furnishings, art — is the work of students, faculty or alumni. Having formerly held the post of school provost and then interim president, Somerson makes her new role official on October 9. For complete inauguration weekend information, visit president.risd.edu.   Crash Course The…