Two Local Creatives Transformed a Meshanticut Cape

A floral designer and a visual artist turned a fixer upper into their dream home.

The open kitchen, complete with bar area and L-shaped counter, is ideal for entertaining.

Upstairs, the bedrooms needed little more than a coat of paint and the couple’s signature style to bring them to life.

Easy Entertaining
At their previous abode, a Victorian on Providence’s West Side, DelSignore and Carpentier were constantly entertaining. But the couple always felt that their enclosed kitchen and butler’s pantry got too crowded during parties. So when it came to renovating their new home, it was an easy call to take down a wall separating the kitchen and library and open up the doorway to the dining room for better flow. The kitchen also got a full makeover, complete with new flooring and cabinets, granite countertops and a bar area. The L-shaped counter delineates the kitchen from the library while also providing a place for guests to gather while the couple cooks. The narrow space didn’t allow for a permanent island, so they opted for a table that could be moved out of the room when needed.

DelSignore has already put his green thumb to work in the front yard, planting “Brouwer’s Beauty” Pieris, painted ferns, hinoki cypress and heuchera that are right at home with the property’s established dogwoods.

About Face
Upstairs, the biggest change was the remodeled bathroom, which gained square footage thanks to the removal of a closet. The bedrooms didn’t need much work save for a fresh coat of paint. Like the rest of the house, DelSignore and Carpentier decorated with a mix of personal and family artwork, antiques and finds from their travels. From the second floor, the couple can look out on the mature trees and peaked roofs of the homes in their Meshanticut neighborhood, as well as the front and back gardens that floral designer DelSignore has only begun to work his magic on. The home’s exterior was the final stage of the renovation, but you’d never know it by looking at the monochromatic paint job and clapboards that give the house its Colonial vibe and the shade garden that perfectly complements the front yard’s dogwood trees. For an added touch of authenticity, Carpentier’s father rebuilt the front door surround, giving it a new lintel and pilasters in a Doric style. All that work hasn’t gone unnoticed by the steady stream of neighbors who pass by on their way to and from nearby Meshanticut Lake, according to Carpentier. “When we are working in the yard, people often stop and say, ‘I just want to tell you, your house is beautiful.’ That’s really nice to hear.”

The master bedroom is rich with personal touches, including African Chiwara headdresses DelSignore purchased on a trip and Carpentier’s artwork.

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