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Lisa Mackey’s Luxe Looks

Lisa Mackey's artful accessories are handmade at Hope Artiste Village.

Antique cutting and sewing machines stand inside accessory designer Lisa Mackey's studio surrounded by her inspiration boards of fashion spreads cut out from Vogue. Steel dies for cutting belts and handbags lean in a corner, eighteen-karat gold and sterling silver jewelry with baroque pearls and diamonds are displayed like a gallery and vibrant python skins and leather hides are spread…

2014 Design Awards

We’ve turned a galactic corner: It’s our twentieth annual Design Awards and we’re not ashamed to be self-congratulatory.

Residential New Construction Gold Our judges were hard pressed to find one thing they didn’t like. “With the use of a rainwater collection system, native plantings, high performance insulation and solar hot water and pool heating,” architect Peter Twombly explains, “this building is designed to LEED gold standards.” All that aside, there’s the skillful siting and Twombly’s ingenious plan that…

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…

Suit Yourself at Marc Allen

An orange painted carpet greets from the sidewalk outside Marc Allen Fine Clothiers, so clients know they're stepping into a luxury shop that likes to have a little fun. Owner Marc Streisand's passion for fashion began when he was a teenager. "Girls said I was cute, but I was too short," he says. "My mom took me shopping and helped…

Wear Your Music Reinvents Guitar Strings

Everyone knows one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and Providence entrepreneur Hannah Garrison takes those words to heart. Always making jewelry out of recycled materials, she would invite musicians to play in her art studio. “Often would change their guitar strings, and leave them lying around,” says Garrison. It was then she saw the potential to create bracelets out…

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….

Earthly Delights

Great gardens don’t happen overnight. For years, these thoughtful owners and their skillful designer have fine-tuned to get spectacular results. Every plant, including the roses, pulls its weight.

If a book shouldn’t be judged by its cover, neither should a rose. But assuming its persona and perfume mean a needy diva, gardeners often shy away. Many of today’s beauties are far different, though, from their prissy florist shop cousins. Once established, these modern troopers (there’s a staggering variety including climbers, ground covers, shrubs and more) endure.   Need…

An Artistic Escape

Georgia Marsh and husband, Ted Hedgpeth, left New York City in the wake of 9/11 and headed to Jamestown and the nineteenth-century house they were in the midst of renovating. “For the next two months,” says Marsh, “I just kept my head down and weeded.” An unkempt yard scattered with random engine parts aside, the half-acre island property seemed like…