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New Store Alert!

We’re always thrilled when a new store is about to fling open its doors. But lately we’ve had such a retail drought that this news makes us literally giddy with anticipation. The source of our excitement? Sue Casa on State Street in Bristol, a fabulous new home décor and furnishings shop run by the owners of Striper Moon. Slated to…

Shifting Gears

A rundown garage undergoes a traffic-stopping transformation. In its new life it’s a chic cottage characterized by an enviable open floor plan and modern aesthetic.

Heaven knows lesser mortals would have run from the dilapidated garage/carriage house. But Providence interior architect Kirby Goff was hunting for just such a design. “I’ve always been fascinated by a long rectangle,” she explains. “I wanted to recreate that Malibu house feel: a minimal, unpretentious facade. Then, you walk in and discover a great space.” And as luck would…

Why I Buy $6 Tulips

Tulips have been on sale for the past two weeks at Whole Foods, two bunches for $12. We’ve written before about the great cut flowers there; tulips are my favorite, and I buy them every week while they’re in season. 1. They’re cheerful and low-key, not like roses, which always seem to warrant an explanation. (“It was my birthday.” “They’re…

RISD In NYC

Gap, in its first-ever collaboration with a college, recently invited thirty RISD students to create wearable art using classic cardigans from its spring line. The “Project Runway”-style challenge encouraged students to go wild with scissors, dye, beads, lace and tulle, with just one caveat: Keep the cardigans wearable.Check out these photos and decide for yourself whether they met the challenge. They’re the closest we locals are going…

At Home

Garden Variety Problems Don’t fret the shrubs crying for haircuts, the straggly path or the neighbor’s unsightly trash. Here’s how to mend six common landscaping woes and keep your yard looking fabulous all season long. You’ve heard there’s beauty in imperfection, right? Still, when the snow melts and the flaws resurface it’s easy to get downhearted. With the years come…

Designer Genes

They share looks, but what about taste? We visited mother and daughter designers at home to determine how alike—or not—their decorating style really is.

It’s no surprise that a visual achiever like Karen Vaughan (facing page), proprietor of the popular Newport shop that bears her name, would have a similarly talented daughter. But interior designer Kim Kirby (this page), of Kim Kirby Interiors, also in Newport, is no clone. True, our snooping revealed more similarities than differences. But, in the end, these high-drive women…

Kids’ Play

Gone are the country decals of long ago, the fussy wallpapers that screamed nursery. Today’s best children’s rooms are positively posh and ultimately livable.

Kids’ rooms are going to ultra-stylish new heights, and raising the bar are rooms like these Portsmouth beauties. Of course, in such a chic new house (architectural design by Newport Collaborative Architects, construction by Parker Thompson), you’d expect no less. Providence interior designer Nancy Taylor, who’s responsible for the interior detailing, didn’t scale back when it came to putting together…

Sky Boxes

City dwellers are used to having their heads in the clouds, so it’s no surprise their private hideaways are finessed terraces and sunny roof decks.

There’s something magical about a garden-like idyll that soars above traffic. If you’re like us, you’ve spent years craning your neck to get a better peek. This summer, though, we toured a handful, and what did we find? You don’t need a gargantuan space to enjoy Mother Nature. Here’s the lowdown on some lofty lairs that lack for nothing but…

Port of Call

New Bedford is having a heyday. And there’s no shortage of treasures for seasoned antique hunters, flea market fans and art lovers alike to discover in this burgeoning city by the sea.

New Bedford is barely a heartbeat from Providence and Newport, but it feels light years away. Maybe it’s the parking, which is readily available. Or, perhaps, the shops peddling antiques and salvaged architectural goods by the mile. The galleries are abundant and rich. The food is delicious: fish and scallops tumbled right from the sea and onto your plate. And…

Season to Taste

Heady herbs are summer treats we should have close enough to pick fresh at a moment’s notice.

As old as the proverbial hills, herbs influence everything from favorite cuisines to premier toiletries. And without trying to replicate Sturbridge, you can grow your own. n Simply incorporate a few in the flower border, tuck a handful in the vegetable garden or fill a container for the deck. Requirements vary according to the herb but not much. In general,…