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A Small Victory

Happy Victory Day, everybody! Here at Rhode Island Monthly we do work today (not because we’re not patriotic state citizens, but because we now get two other vacay days instead, including our birthdays – yay!) and while it’s true that I’m not happily esconced on a beach towel like the rest of our victory-loving state, I can report that this…

Creative Genius

A highly personal narrative and plenty of hard work give this compelling Edgewood carriage house colorful new life.

Graphic designers lisa and victor russo are a renaissance couple. Sewing, baking, guitar-playing, beer-brewing and tango? Just the beginning. They also tackle home projects with the same fervor they bring to their work. If anybody had the energy to transform a nineteenth-century building into an inviting home, it was these two. Fearless about juxtaposing mid-century finds, antiques, tag sale treasures…

A Sweet New Store in Warren

There’s a new store in my Warren neighborhood that I’ve been meaning to blog about. I finally made it in there this past weekend so now I finally can…and I’m happy to report that it’s definitely worthy of its own post. Swish, located on Miller Street where Modern Printed Matter used to reside (totally RI description there), is a super…

Love, Travel and Leisure

Yesterday, Yahoo posted on its front page Travel + Leisure's recent list of top cities for singles, ranking Providence as number 10. Our lovely city has been on such a head-spinning number of Best and Worst for Singles lists in recent years, it's clear that nobody has any idea what on earth goes on in Providence. It reminded me of…

Call For Beaches and Lakes

For both personal and professional reasons, I’d really love to hear from readers about their favorite places to get wet. We’re starting work on a water guide for next year, and we’d like to document the different characters and special spots along Rhode Island’s coast and waterways. Oh, and in Massachusetts and Connecticut too – just as long as it’s…

Distance Runners

Why give up color with weeks of warm weather to go? These fabulous underused plants fill the gaps.

After what experts refer to as the “big bang” — that spring and early summer color explosion — comes the quiet. Personally, we love harmonious all-green gardens full of textures and tonal variations, but then we visited Jane Case — proprietor of Wakefield’s Blue Moon Farm Nursery and Magic Gardens, a twenty-five-year-old garden design firm — and had a change of heart.   At home, the hostas…

Heaven Sent

Forget a wing and a prayer. Transforming this supersize building entailed a serious devotion to artful living.

The Westport, Massachusetts, church that artist/designer Alyn Carlson worships wouldn’t be the same without her. With her savvy guidance, the aged structure has morphed into a livable home — character intact. Birthday soirees, poetry readings, family dinners — the 1900 architecture is an ideal backdrop for Carlson’s life, as well as her work and that of her partner, fine and commercial artist and photographer,…

Arctic Endeavor

Just when it starts to get properly nice here next month, Ellen Piangerelli will head north. Way north. In fact, to say she’s headed for the frozen Arctic wastes is no exaggeration – she’s headed for them and she’s going to attempt to cross them, 320 miles of them, on foot. She’s one of the three-person Wired US team for…

A Rose By Any Other Name….

….still wouldn’t be this cheap! Head’s up: Whole Foods is running their annual Valentine’s Day deal, and it literally can’t be beat: not one, but TWO dozen roses for a twenty spot. Hell, those awful food-colored carnations cost more than this! The roses come in all colors, so no need to worry about sending your sorta Valentine mixed messages (that’s…

The New Frog and Toad

One of our favorite Providence gift stores has just completed an expansion, and it looks awesome. There’s a whole lot more of Frog and Toad to love now that they’ve busted through a wall and doubled the size of their Hope Street location. More furniture, more clothing (plus a new dressing room to try it all on in), more accessories,…