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At Home: Cottage Industry

Heading North Let’s backtrack: Several years ago, artist Allison Paschke and her husband, computer engineer John Danskin, traded in their large, responsibility-laden house and garden for urban living. With the help of the Providence architecture firm 3six0, the couple transformed a Jewelry District loft into two nests: one for her, one for him (more on that later). It was a…

At Home: Treasure Island

  McMod Gallery Forget the unharmonious jumble or, worse, lackluster air of your usual dealer powwow. Pawtucket’s Rhode Island Antiques Mall hums with precision. Owners Scott and Rae Davis are passionate about what they do. The dealers they shepherd receive regular newsletters with selling tips, along with info on what’s moving and what’s not. “Collecting has changed,” explains Scott. “People…

At Home: Field Work

Staking Claim This is the fourth home designer Debbi Zarrella and her husband, Jerry, owners of East Greenwich’s Zarrella Development Corporation, have built for themselves. Together they’ve produced more than 700 houses — of myriad sizes and styles — in about every corner of the state, including Block Island. With all that expertise, you’d assume devising their current abode would have been easy. Not…

At Home: Surprise Package

If you’re thinking this is your usual shingled getaway, think again. A bevy of inspired details sweep this gambrel-roofed house into a category all its own.

First Impressions Having summered for years in Narragansett, these owners decided it was time to build a retreat they could claim year round. Yearning for the kind of house where generations of their children and grandchildren could gather — an abode that might also become their retirement home someday — the couple turned to Wakefield architect Nancy Leslie and interior designer Patti Watson, who…

At Home: Photo Album

Life only slows — and not much — when this well-known photographer and his family are ensconced in the Jamestown house they reshaped to look nothing like its bland former self.

When guests pile up, a gleaming Airstream (left) parked in the yard doubles as a guestroom. Other times the trailer hits the road, serving as motel and mobile studio. “It came decorated just as you see it,” Tenley (shown here with Onne) says. Celebrity Status Onne van der Wal is almost a Rhode Island institution. Known worldwide for his spectacular…

At Home: Double Duty

Problematic site and stringent codes aside, a skillful architect designs a pair of modern houses to create one beautiful home.

The second-story spaces hold the guest room and office. Energy bills are minimized with high-performance insulation, glass and mechanical equipment. Deep eaves and light colored metal roofing help, too. Tiverton landscape architect Martha Moore handled the grounds.          Twice as Nice “It’s a wonderful neighborhood — the kind where everyone waves,” explains the husband. He should know, of course….

Creative Genius

A highly personal narrative and plenty of hard work give this compelling Edgewood carriage house colorful new life.

Graphic designers lisa and victor russo are a renaissance couple. Sewing, baking, guitar-playing, beer-brewing and tango? Just the beginning. They also tackle home projects with the same fervor they bring to their work. If anybody had the energy to transform a nineteenth-century building into an inviting home, it was these two. Fearless about juxtaposing mid-century finds, antiques, tag sale treasures…

Distance Runners

Why give up color with weeks of warm weather to go? These fabulous underused plants fill the gaps.

After what experts refer to as the “big bang” — that spring and early summer color explosion — comes the quiet. Personally, we love harmonious all-green gardens full of textures and tonal variations, but then we visited Jane Case — proprietor of Wakefield’s Blue Moon Farm Nursery and Magic Gardens, a twenty-five-year-old garden design firm — and had a change of heart.   At home, the hostas…

Heaven Sent

Forget a wing and a prayer. Transforming this supersize building entailed a serious devotion to artful living.

The Westport, Massachusetts, church that artist/designer Alyn Carlson worships wouldn’t be the same without her. With her savvy guidance, the aged structure has morphed into a livable home — character intact. Birthday soirees, poetry readings, family dinners — the 1900 architecture is an ideal backdrop for Carlson’s life, as well as her work and that of her partner, fine and commercial artist and photographer,…

Play House

Fashion designer Carina Schott and her husband, figurative painter Karim Hamid, transformed their mid-century Matunuck compound with a deft edit, keeping it fresh and fun.

After 9/11, Manhattan seemed a foreboding place for their son. So Carina Schott, who heads the Wakefield children’s boutique Nonchalant Mom (below, in her studio/shop), and husband, Karim Hamid, bought a car on eBay and headed for the hills. Off they zoomed to upstate New York and Vermont, then down Long Island and finally to Rhode Island where they discovered…