Courtney Coelho

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.

Secret Garden

This Little Compton estate grew from a few clippings into a lush, colorful paradise.

Each pathway — like this one lined with old cedars — leads to another delightfully unexpected scene in the Sakonnet Garden. Show Caption Hide Caption The garden begins with a walk along a path carved out of fern and moss. Farther in, a weeping beech tunnel called the Black Border leads the way to a working fountain. Show Caption Hide…

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…

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…

Decoding Mid-Century Modern at White Star Antiques

The South Main Street emporium offers advice for smart shoppers.

Setting Up Shop Ask the four owners of Providence’s White Star Antiques why vintage and antique furniture never seem to go out of style and they’ll agree: Great design spans time. It’s a mantra that guided the two married couples — Alex and Melanie Correia and Josh and Karen Peterson — when they opened their shop at 357 South Main…

At Home with J. Schatz

An L.A. couple settles in Olneyville for work and life.

Coast to Coast Stepping into the Olneyville building that Jim Schatz and Peter Souza now call work and home, it’s hard to believe a mere fifteen months ago they were seeing the space for the first time. While most would still have a lengthy to-do list, Schatz and Souza swooped in and completely transformed the former Weybossett Mills dye house,…

A Labor of Love in Exeter

Two New York transplants find adventure in a pre-Colonial renovation.

The Seitas replaced cedar shingles with clapboards on the front of the house. Dark stain — Benjamin Moore’s Night Horizon — conceals the structure’s less-than-straight angles.   House Guests To say that the quaint pre-Colonial tucked away on a gravel road in Exeter had its challenges would not be an exaggeration. “Have you ever seen the movie Funny Farm?” the…

A Design Lover's Dream on Block Island

The home designer Jens Risom built for his family endures five decades in.

While its incomparable views of Block Island Sound have remained steadfast, a few changes were made to the front of the house over the years. Originally designed in wood with a glass panel in the center, Jens swapped those plans for the all-glass design that makes the house so unusual. A front door was taken out in the first year…

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…