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Relax on the porch? Not if bugs are buzzing in your ears and nibbling at your ankles. Today’s smartest homeowners are revisiting the screen porch as a savvy solution that increases living space and maximizes nature’s sweetest season.

Captain’s Quarters Right away, visitors sense this inviting Little Compton porch (architect: Mark Mascheroni, New York) is as beautifully crafted as a fine yacht. Indeed, its teak floor, ceiling and window frames (the owners swap the screens for glass in cooler months) evoke thoughts of the sea, although its locale, near a verdant golf course, is more pastoral than salty….

Shifting Gears

A rundown garage undergoes a traffic-stopping transformation. In its new life it’s a chic cottage characterized by an enviable open floor plan and modern aesthetic.

Heaven knows lesser mortals would have run from the dilapidated garage/carriage house. But Providence interior architect Kirby Goff was hunting for just such a design. “I’ve always been fascinated by a long rectangle,” she explains. “I wanted to recreate that Malibu house feel: a minimal, unpretentious facade. Then, you walk in and discover a great space.” And as luck would…

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Garden Variety Problems Don’t fret the shrubs crying for haircuts, the straggly path or the neighbor’s unsightly trash. Here’s how to mend six common landscaping woes and keep your yard looking fabulous all season long. You’ve heard there’s beauty in imperfection, right? Still, when the snow melts and the flaws resurface it’s easy to get downhearted. With the years come…

Homework Solutions

Beautifully rehabbed mill buildings in Providence and Pawtucket now double as dazzling work-live spaces. No commute, and nests that nurture and inspire—what more could uber-creative artists want?

Dance Fever Ellen Mayer, founder of Providence Tango, lives a life filled with rhythm and music. And as if that weren’t enough to make us desk slaves envious (recall, please, philosopher Nietzsche’s wisdom: “…we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced…”), this multi-talented woman also designs jewelry, sews and paints. » read more   Novel Ideas…

Dirty Business

Yesterday it seemed the most trafficked rooms in the house were also the most neglected. No more. Utility rooms have become chic and central to an orderly life.

Heaps of dirty clothes, legions of mittens minus partners, drippy umbrellas! It’s not pretty. In the spirit of a new year with organization once again topping our resolution lists, utilitarian spaces are gaining attention. Next to open kitchens and porches, in fact, such multi-purpose rooms are de rigueur in new house construction. “I’m hearing it all the time,” says Providence-based…

Vintage Rooms

Cellaring your wine with some help from the pros.

Wine cellars, old as the hills, are the country’s newest trend. Haute or humble, these unique spaces channel sunny vineyards and make every gathering a celebration worth toasting. » Creating a wine cellar » Bordeaux Country » Urban Legend » The Collector: Louis Mueller

Designer Genes

They share looks, but what about taste? We visited mother and daughter designers at home to determine how alike—or not—their decorating style really is.

It’s no surprise that a visual achiever like Karen Vaughan (facing page), proprietor of the popular Newport shop that bears her name, would have a similarly talented daughter. But interior designer Kim Kirby (this page), of Kim Kirby Interiors, also in Newport, is no clone. True, our snooping revealed more similarities than differences. But, in the end, these high-drive women…

Kids’ Play

Gone are the country decals of long ago, the fussy wallpapers that screamed nursery. Today’s best children’s rooms are positively posh and ultimately livable.

Kids’ rooms are going to ultra-stylish new heights, and raising the bar are rooms like these Portsmouth beauties. Of course, in such a chic new house (architectural design by Newport Collaborative Architects, construction by Parker Thompson), you’d expect no less. Providence interior designer Nancy Taylor, who’s responsible for the interior detailing, didn’t scale back when it came to putting together…

Sky Boxes

City dwellers are used to having their heads in the clouds, so it’s no surprise their private hideaways are finessed terraces and sunny roof decks.

There’s something magical about a garden-like idyll that soars above traffic. If you’re like us, you’ve spent years craning your neck to get a better peek. This summer, though, we toured a handful, and what did we find? You don’t need a gargantuan space to enjoy Mother Nature. Here’s the lowdown on some lofty lairs that lack for nothing but…

Port of Call

New Bedford is having a heyday. And there’s no shortage of treasures for seasoned antique hunters, flea market fans and art lovers alike to discover in this burgeoning city by the sea.

New Bedford is barely a heartbeat from Providence and Newport, but it feels light years away. Maybe it’s the parking, which is readily available. Or, perhaps, the shops peddling antiques and salvaged architectural goods by the mile. The galleries are abundant and rich. The food is delicious: fish and scallops tumbled right from the sea and onto your plate. And…