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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   Crash Course The…

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…

The Salvaged Beauty of an East Providence Ranch House

Nothing was wasted in the renovation of this waterfront home.

Growing Pains Call it kismet, if you will. The wife had long admired the little East Providence house from afar. It was a happy day when she and her husband finally claimed it. Sweet as it was, though, the snug nest demanded updating. Alas, tight quarters were tough for a duo who love hosting family and friends. In stepped Providence’s…

Newport Home and Garden Channel Classic Gallic Style

Can a garden be chic? Of course, if it’s French like this one. The gorgeous plants, the skillful choreography of forms and textures and the inspired detailing had us thinking we’d crossed the ocean.

Well Appointed Parterre — the private paradise belonging to author Bettie Bearden Pardee — is as charming as her books (the most recent: Living Newport: Houses, People, Style). The tony property, once part of an old estate, has been transformed into a series of garden rooms. Grand trees that were here when Pardee arrived, though, remain in place. Incorporated into…

Jump In: Beautiful Backyard Pools in Rhode Island

Someone had to do it. We perused tony pools all over the state. None spoke to us like these three and for very different reasons.

Au Naturelle Why dwell on the mechanics? Infinity edge pools are magic. Take this Jamestown idyll where man-made swimming hole and bay seamlessly converge. Architect William Burgin (along with project designer Jon Brundage) of the Newport firm Burgin Lambert deftly reworked an existing dwelling — whittling it to a proper shape and size — to create a complementary, fully equipped…

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…

At Home: Earth Bound

Explore Cluck! owner Drake Patten's mini-farm.

Fruit, vegetables, eggs warm from the nest and honey, too. Thanks to its caretakers’ incredible vision, this mini-farm is as productive as you get.   Nine-year-old Jackson Deter pitches in with the everyday work. It’s up to him to decide whether the fowl get a name or not. Back to Basics Although there’s probably not a renovation on earth too…

At Home: Streaming Live

Talk about going with the flow. This super-sleek house banishes frills to better highlight its primary asset — a drop-dead, gorgeous riverfront site.

A steel-rimmed stairwell ushers light into yesterday’s foundation — now guest central with twin bedrooms and a sitting area. Bleached walnut surrounds the slate fireplace.   The dwelling’s height places viewers — sitting or standing — at the exact elevation for maximum views. The cool coffee table is by Cusack Design, Somerville.   The design consists of two low-bar buildings…

At Home: Stop and Shop

Maybe you don’t want to snap up an eighteenth-century chest or a ’50s painting at midnight. But you can. Purchasing antiques and collectibles online is painless (PJs allowed), once you know the ropes.

For some e-commerce counsel, we turned to the Drawing Room in Newport — a frontier blazer having sold online since 1996 — and East Providence’s D and M Antiques, whose impressive inventory recently came onboard. Collective Wisdom In three decades, partners Federico Santi and John Gacher have amassed a carefully curated cache of treasures — everything from Gothic furniture and…