Courtney Coelho

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…

Providence Penthouse Has Priceless Views

Sleek design and views of the state on a clear day set this property apart.

Flying High Let’s be honest, the word “view” can be overused in real estate, loosely thrown about to describe even the smallest sliver of sea out a side window. But a select few properties have vistas so spectacular that they’ve genuinely earned the right to make it a selling point. The newly renovated penthouse in the Residences Tower in Providence…

Renovation Transforms Edgewood Home

The airy layout makes the most of the bay views.

Clear Vision It’s safe to say that a 1920s brick duplex with an aluminum-sided addition stuck to the back was not one East Side couple’s idea of a dream home. But when they found just that in Cranston’s picturesque Edgewood neighborhood in 2013, complete with a priceless view of Narragansett Bay, they, with a little help from their architect, Mary…

Greycork and Studio Endo Bring It Home

The high-profile young local furniture makers have very different styles.

Heavy Metal   In his nearly decade-long career as a furniture designer, Miles Endo has taken inspiration from many sources: architecture, early twentieth-century industrial design, even a paper clip once served as a starting point for one of his signature stools. But he didn’t have to look quite as far for his latest collection. While carrying on his Japanese father’s…

Local Floral Designers Unite to Create FloralCoLab

Each with their own style, the designers teach classes around Rhode Island.

The Floral CoLab brings together the talents of local floral designers, unique businesses and cultural destinations through season-driven classes. Here, the CoLab’s designer-instructors offer insights into the creative pursuit they’ve made their life’s work. Collective Passion When design and nature come together, beautiful things can happen. That’s the idea behind the year-old Floral CoLab, a collective offering floral design classes…

Experience Zen in this Tranquil Garden

Asian serenity meets New England ingenuity in Newport.

A sailor’s sanctuary In their earliest incarnation in twelfth century Japan, Zen gardens were a place of respite for war-weary Samurai returning home from the battlefield. There, behind the gardens’ walls, the soldiers could meditate and recharge in their rock-laden retreats. Eight centuries later, the idea of such an escape still appeals. It’s what inspired landscape architect Tanya Kelley while…