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One Wild Garden

Cheetahs, a mountain lion and a hippo family found a home in Newport.

A cheeky gnome or perfectly posed woodland creature can be a reliable way to break up an otherwise green landscape with a playful touch. But a singular figurine plopped down amongst a bed of flowers is one thing. Taming a menagerie of life-sized animal sculptures so they come together in an 8,000-square-foot garden off Bellevue Avenue in Newport is another matter entirely.

A Seaside Sanctuary in Warren

At this dreamy waterfront property, the view steals the show.

Discovering the property felt like fate. The owner, a busy financier living in Boston, stumbled upon the “for sale” sign tucked away on a private road during one of her regular visits to see her brother and his family in Warren’s Touisset neighborhood. The property was barely a sliver, wedged in between neighboring homes, and the house that inhabited it…

Behind the Scenes at Barnaby Castle

Chic private happenings help preserve this Providence gem.

Don’t own a mansion? No problem. Those who book an event at one of the most storied estates in Rhode Island also become partners in preservation. Barnaby Castle on the West Side of Providence is being restored and the current owner has unlocked the property for hosting events such as cocktail parties, meetings and more. Event designer and resident Kaitlyn…

Decorating Tips from Restaurant Designers

Learn how to set the tone in your own home.

A new utility-grade oak floor warms the space up, while custom lighting fixtures add a whimsical touch. The communal table, originally the fabrication table used to weld the counter’s steel frames, worked so well it was made a permanent fixture. Furniture by Providence’s Greycork provides additional seating.   Sweet Escape When an ever-changing menu of Instagram-worthy doughnuts is your business’s…

11 Great Clutches for the Holidays

Stand out from the crowd with these gorgeous purses.

Clockwise from top right: Multicolored hand-painted coated canvas clutch with beaded fringe, $145, Babs, babsetc.com. Striped cotton envelope clutch, $45, Pink Pineapple, Newport and Wakefield. Multicolored hand-painted coated canvas bag, $145, Babs. Yellow and white diamond print wristlet, $58, Kreatelier, Providence. Multicolored coated canvas fringed trim clutch, $145, Babs. Blue and pink coral print beaded clutch, $150, J. McLaughlin, Providence…

2016 Design Awards Winners

From new construction to commercial renovations, these projects demonstrate great talent.

Twenty-two years in and we continue to marvel at all the amazing design and construction work that goes on in our little state year after year. Amongst the bounty of entries, there is no shortage of eye-catching projects and interesting, sometimes even heartwarming, stories behind them. Lucky for us, the challenge of picking the winners is on other, much more…

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…

The Craftsmen Behind the Music

These Rhode Island artisans make instruments sing.

There’s an orchestral bass from 1610 on the table at Zachary S. Martin Luthierie’s Pawtucket repair shop. Martin’s restoring the centuries-old piece to musical glory, as he does for musicians nationwide. The process takes multiple years and he revels in it, working with his own hand-made tools while reimagining. “I can see the original maker working by candlelight on a…

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…

Lotuff Leather Creates Pieces for a Lifetime

The Providence-based company makes high-end leather bags and accessories.

Inside Lotuff Leather’s workshop, filled with shelving that displays goods like museum masterpieces, leather artisan Fiona Bank uses a clicker press to cut the front of a Triumph briefcase from the most perfect section of hide. “This is the most important part in forming the whole bag,” says Lotuff creative director and designer Lindy McDonough. “Each section has a number….