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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…

Home: Road Trip to Shop in Chatham

Ninety-two miles from Providence? That’s roughly an hour and forty minutes — far less time than it takes to do a week’s laundry. In fact, the thought of chores propelled us to our car. Before we knew it, we were walking the tony main street. Chatham, we learned, is the most easterly, sea-reaching point in the state, with water lapping on three…

At Home: Room Service

Double up or go big. Blank walls are boring. Dual elephant prints from Pink Pagoda speak to the bold window fabric. Splurge. Quality linens make a difference. “The hotel industry is all about crisp, white bedding,” says Chiappone. Accent pillows are playful notes easily swapped according to whim or season. Fire up some color: A cheery bench — for a suitcase or…

At Home: Sweet Staycations

Take it from us, your getaway could be as close as your backyard. We found two multifunctional — and totally diverse — island retreats enhancing their owners’ lives in myriad ways.

Orange walls signify the husband’s studio. The round painting is by Anne Tait; the stairwell piece is by Josy Wright. The project contractors were Granville Builders in South Kingstown. Mary McNally monotypes add interest to the sleeping area. Happy Endings Architect Peter Twombly of Newport’s Estes/Twombly Architects cleverly designed the little New England-like building to feel far grander than its…

At Home: Friendly Co-Workers

Many less familiar plants like we’ve corralled here can mingle with your favorite, say, petunias on the deck. Then — how great is this? — move inside to keep you company all winter.

For shady conditions, consider (above, clockwise from top left): Staghorn fern, Silver Lady tree fern, Foxtail asparagus, Alocasia, polka-dot begonia, Bird’s Nest fern or Calathea. Cool Characters Horticulturist Rick Peckham, who owns Peckham’s Greenhouse in Little Compton, knows everything about plants. With a designer’s eye, he creates myriad picture-perfect containers. But many of his go-to plants are ones we forget….