Megan Fulweiler

Portsmouth Home Owners Create Idyllic Country Paradise

The couple's love of gardening creates beauty from spring to fall.

Down a narrow lane, bordered with green fields and dotted with horses, sits one of the most magical homes in the state. Its roots go all the way back to about 1750 when men wore tricorn hats. At the turn of the century, it became the blacksmith’s house for the Moses Taylor estate at Glen Farm. In its heyday, that…

DARA Artisans Decorate With Global Treasures

The founders of the online marketplace fill their Little Compton home with handmade pieces.

  Behind Closed Doors Stones walls and ribbons of puffy hydrangeas are standard in Little Compton. It’s only once you’re inside the waterfront enclave that you get a clue that something’s different: an artful clay wind chime by Michele Quan sways in the salt breeze not far from a craggy mill stone (the couple reassembled the pieces) dating back to…

Making Room for the Parents

Planning a place for your parents doesn't have to be pedestrian.

Full Circle If ever there was a love story this is it. Holistic health coach Katie McDonald and her husband, Scott, were married in 1990. Their wedding weekend celebration was held right on this spot. Zoom ahead and, sadly, Katie’s father dies. Her mother sells the house to the couple, who hire the Providence architectural firm 3six0 for an award-winning…

Sleek Yet Kid-Friendly in Middletown Home

Contemporary meets country in this inviting house.

The inventive house (contractor: Oldport Homes, Middletown) is composed of two overlapping volumes. One holds the main living areas and play loft; the other, bedrooms and garage. An expansive deck adds more living space, generating endless reasons to stay outdoors. Launching the Dream Somehow a classic New England abode just wasn’t right. When possible, these busy parents spend their time…

Historic Benefit Street Residence Gets New Life

Designer Courtney Taylor made the home chic yet pet-friendly.

Happy endings don’t always befall dwellings that are hundreds of years old. This East Side residence beat the odds.   The Stars Align If Providence interior designer Courtney Taylor’s husband, Sedge Gray, had jogged along any other street that morning he’d have missed the “Open House” sign. The couple wouldn’t have attended, the place would have sold and, well, who…

Inside RISD President Rosanne Somerson’s Home

Almost everything inside was made by students, faculty and alumni.

RISD President Rosanne Somerson’s home is the quintessential design center. Just about everything in it — textiles, furnishings, art — is the work of students, faculty or alumni. Having formerly held the post of school provost and then interim president, Somerson makes her new role official on October 9. For complete inauguration weekend information, visit president.risd.edu. Crash Course The historic…

Shop For Antique and Vintage Finds in Worcester

Places like the Crompton Collective are filled with great deals.

When we got wind of fresh hunting grounds fifty minutes northwest of Providence, we were out the door faster than you can say Fiestaware. Worcester, as it turns out, has a plethora of riches. We zeroed in on Crompton Collective, “a curated boutique marketplace,” according to owner Amy Lynn Chase, housed in a historic mill. Ninety-two vendors peddling everything from…

At Home: Pot Luck

6 Great Ways to Grow Vegetables in Containers

No room for a garden? No gardening skills? No problem. Growing vegetables and their buddies — herbs, berries, even fruit trees — in containers is easy and amazingly productive.   Watching the emerging leaves is half the fun. Climbers like peas (top right) require a support. Radishes (bottom right, which appear in about a week to ten days) require thinning….

At Home: Early Riser

Color Pops In Point Judith Waterside Garden

Room to Grow There are neighbors close by, but who notices? Garden designer Julia Garriga, who heads an eponymous North Kingstown-based firm, has planned the small paradise so skillfully — and profusely — that the attention focuses on Point Judith Pond and the glorious plants. “Color in spring brings hope and starts the season with joy,” Garriga says. Splashy iris…

Real Simple

Two nature lovers create a sanctuary in Little Compton.

It must have been fate. Pining for a bucolic address, the couple happened to recall a long ago trip they’d taken with friends. Forgotten images of stone walls and quiet pastures resurfaced and before they knew it, they were the proud owners of an 1810 house, one of the area’s oldest homes, in one of the most scenic spots imaginable….