2018 Rhode Island Design Awards

Architects, designers and builders are lauded for stunning new builds, renovations and interior design.

Residential Interior Design



Photography by Anthony Crisafulli.

Cozy Cottage

It’s not every day that interior designers get to flex their creative muscles for themselves so, naturally, when Kirby Goff heard about a new-to-the-market bungalow on the East Side, she jumped at the opportunity to put her own spin on a pied a terre. The house was a mess despite its great bones, so Goff spruced up the exterior then turned her attention to what she does best. Her sights set on a “city nest that reflected my love of small coastal, classic homes,” she gave her new abode a neutral interior that was “simple and approachable,” according to our judges. Complete with heightened door openings and loads of texture in the form of jute, linen, marble and shiplap, the finished product had a subtlety of tone and material that our judges loved while Goff proclaimed it “the perfect respite for a busy designer.” A win-win for all.

Interior Design: Kirby Goff Interior Design, Little Compton
Builder: Edward Lacross, Smithfield
Photographer: Anthony Crisafulli, Boston, Mass.



Photography by Greg Premru.

Family Vacation

With her children and grandchildren at the top of her mind, the owner of this newly built house in Middletown tapped DIGS Design Company owner Jocelyn Chiappone to create a space where everyone could come together and then retreat to their own corners when they desired. To check those boxes, the DIGS team outfitted the house with comfortable sleeping spaces, a large dining area and a well-appointed pool, all of which reflect the owner’s spa-like personal style, while also injecting pops of brighter colors throughout. Our judges applauded the balance of contemporary and classic elements, which give the house a comfortable, familiar feel sure to beckon family to visit for years to come.

Interior Design: Jocelyn Chiappone and team, DIGS Design Company, Newport
Builder/Architect: A. Tesa Architecture, Newport
Photographer: Greg Premru, Groton, Mass.



Photography by John Horner

Culinary creation

Upon seeing the images of this East Side kitchen addition by Lisa Foster of Reconstructure, our judges could instantly imagine the clients enjoying the cozy new indoor/outdoor space. Modern yet warm thanks to a mix of materials that include reclaimed flooring, subway tile, custom white cabinets and plenty of stainless, the room also serves to meet several needs at once. A large range accommodates the serious cook in the family, while a banquette, spacious island and easy access to the backyard ensure the clients, a family of four, can come together and move from mealtime to playtime with ease.

Architecture/Interiors: Lisa Foster, Reconstructure, Providence
Contractor/Construction: Neal Kaplan, Neal Estate, Providence
Photographer: John Horner, Somerville, Mass.

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