At Home

Off to Work

No train, no bus, no painful car pool chitchat and all that unspent gas money? We went in search of busy people with easily commutable offices—as in just a few steps from their back door—to see how they pull it off.

Federal CaseSean Conway ran a nursery for thirteen years and now designs products for Target. His popular PBS show, “Cultivating Life,” began airing a new season just last month. Given his media exposure and high-profile agenda (Martha Stewart is a fan), it’s easy to picture Conway ensconced in a glitzy office. Instead every morning, the Tiverton-based designer walks from his…

at home [outdoor living]

Pool PartyUnlike earlier pools, new models slip into all kinds of settings. Easier to maintain than ever, beneficial to your health (think of the exercise), a pool transforms a mundane backyard into a sumptuous water world. Form FittingTalk about a summer idyll (opening page). Newport architect William Burgin of Burgin Lambert Architects perfected this Jamestown setting with a ceramic tile-trimmed…

Shop Talk

John Dunnigan has an international reputation. A professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, he heads the school’s furniture design department. RISD grad Nicholas Hollibaugh was the recipient of the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts 2007 Crafts Fellowship. Each artist’s work takes a different direction, but their dedication is identical. Both will tell you that working with…

Leaning Green

After years of happy comings and goings, this 1865 farmhouse in Westport, Massachusetts, was in need of an update. To nudge the home into the present century, Portsmouth designer Michele Foster of Foster Associates and her team, Scott Galczynski, Chris Cote and Michelle Hartwell, merged twin parlors, flipped the stairs and added a modest 600 square feet. Today, the client’s…

Spring Fever

Magic makers For inspiration and tips on how to get a jump on the season, we turned to floral designers Joyce Holland and Steven Clouthier at Stoneblossom in East Greenwich. If they can’t find what they want at market, this talented duo forces a bunch of early blooms. Known for their artful and unusual arrangements, the designers incorporate flowering branches…

Fish Tales

Jewel box Sure, a blaze on the hearth is lovely. But inspired by an aquarium they spotted on their travels, the owners of this new South County house recruited Warwick-based Something Fishy to install a 207-gallon saltwater fish aquarium as a focal point instead. Surrounded by a bounty of handsome wood cabinetry designed by the co-owner, the tank also acts…

Couch Trip

Stacy Carlson, from Lou Lou’s Décor in Tiverton, does it up with classic tones and a beachy motif. Carlson looted her lively shop for a host of decorative and disparate elements. “Today’s transitional style calls for a mix,” she explains. “A little Asian, maybe some country. Blending creates interest.” Of course, with a super but neutral sofa playing the starring…