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Jump In: Beautiful Backyard Pools in Rhode Island

Someone had to do it. We perused tony pools all over the state. None spoke to us like these three and for very different reasons.

Au Naturelle Why dwell on the mechanics? Infinity edge pools are magic. Take this Jamestown idyll where man-made swimming hole and bay seamlessly converge. Architect William Burgin (along with project designer Jon Brundage) of the Newport firm Burgin Lambert deftly reworked an existing dwelling — whittling it to a proper shape and size — to create a complementary, fully equipped…

At Home: Pot Luck

6 Great Ways to Grow Vegetables in Containers

No room for a garden? No gardening skills? No problem. Growing vegetables and their buddies — herbs, berries, even fruit trees — in containers is easy and amazingly productive.   Watching the emerging leaves is half the fun. Climbers like peas (top right) require a support. Radishes (bottom right, which appear in about a week to ten days) require thinning….

At Home: Early Riser

Color Pops In Point Judith Waterside Garden

Room to Grow There are neighbors close by, but who notices? Garden designer Julia Garriga, who heads an eponymous North Kingstown-based firm, has planned the small paradise so skillfully — and profusely — that the attention focuses on Point Judith Pond and the glorious plants. “Color in spring brings hope and starts the season with joy,” Garriga says. Splashy iris…

At Home: Earth Bound

Explore Cluck! owner Drake Patten's mini-farm.

Fruit, vegetables, eggs warm from the nest and honey, too. Thanks to its caretakers’ incredible vision, this mini-farm is as productive as you get.   Nine-year-old Jackson Deter pitches in with the everyday work. It’s up to him to decide whether the fowl get a name or not. Back to Basics Although there’s probably not a renovation on earth too…

At Home: Streaming Live

Talk about going with the flow. This super-sleek house banishes frills to better highlight its primary asset — a drop-dead, gorgeous riverfront site.

A steel-rimmed stairwell ushers light into yesterday’s foundation — now guest central with twin bedrooms and a sitting area. Bleached walnut surrounds the slate fireplace.   The dwelling’s height places viewers — sitting or standing — at the exact elevation for maximum views. The cool coffee table is by Cusack Design, Somerville.   The design consists of two low-bar buildings…

At Home: Stop and Shop

Maybe you don’t want to snap up an eighteenth-century chest or a ’50s painting at midnight. But you can. Purchasing antiques and collectibles online is painless (PJs allowed), once you know the ropes.

For some e-commerce counsel, we turned to the Drawing Room in Newport — a frontier blazer having sold online since 1996 — and East Providence’s D and M Antiques, whose impressive inventory recently came onboard. Collective Wisdom In three decades, partners Federico Santi and John Gacher have amassed a carefully curated cache of treasures — everything from Gothic furniture and…

At Home: History Majors

Bold gestures were required to make this 1803 Wickford house a home not just for the owners but for their cache of tony, cherry-picked antiques.

Going Forward The owners could really post hands-off signs on everything. But Stanley and Beth Weiss believe in using their treasures and their matter-of-fact, why-own-it-if-not logic makes for a welcoming, relaxed ambience. This, after all, is the Providence-based couple’s getaway house. Of course, ushering the timeworn place into the twenty-first century was no piece of cake. Stanley, using his skilled…

At Home: Office Hours

In addition to all the students who’ve headed back to school, what about the hordes of dedicated academics who must teach and inspire them?

Intrigued with where these academics hole up, we finagled our way into a handful of their workspaces. Forget dull and dusty. These brainy, creative wizards bring their personalities to bear, transforming even the smallest cubby into a personal wonderland. Joseph A. DeGiorgis Where: Providence College, Providence Title: Associate professor, biology department; adjunct faculty, Marine Biological Laboratory Cellular Dynamics Program, Woods…

At Home: Under Wraps

A dark finish gives a classic cuckoo clock an updated spin. Owner Eva Whitmore designed the lamp. The Whitmores have used IKEA cabinets like these in a number of renovations.   Global Outlook The bright house shouldn’t have surprised us. Owners Tom and Eva Whitmore are designers with a highly successful company. Tom’s expertise lies in graphics and communications; Eva…