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Rhode Island Monthly's 2015 Design Awards Winners

From modern elegance on College Hill to a surf-inspired hotel, the winning work will turn your head.

Not only do we get to peer behind closed doors, we’re also privy to scores of passionate, challenge-filled stories. Architects, designers, contractors and masons; there’s an army and a narrative behind each and every entry that comes our way. And just when we swear it can’t get any better, it always does. This year a colorful hotel rolled in, for…

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…

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…

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…

Living in a Tiny House

A Burrillville Couple Creates a Minimalist Retreat

Dan and Jess Sullivan live in a tiny house — 128 square feet, to be exact. The couple started building the wooden structure on wheels about two years ago, constructing a flat roof and elevated shelves to make the most of the space, nicknamed the Pod. “It has this illusion that it’s much roomier,” says Jess Sullivan. “People joke about…

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….

Down by the Sea

This spectacular waterside garden is one of Newport's greatest treasures.

In a quiet street far from the crowds sits a cottage so sweet it could have toppled from a storybook. A prim fence shields the property, giving no hint as to the magnificent display that unfolds just beyond the gate. Listen and you may hear waves rumble. Certainly, you’ll hear bees. From spring to fall, there’s no end to what…

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…