Exploring the West Side’s Colorful Historic Homes

Creative couples are flocking to homes with good bones on Providence's West Side.

The Fraziers’ living room is a mix of Victorian and Danish modern furniture, much of it covered in fabrics from Kreatelier. “I can’t do monochromatic,” Pernilla explains. Their son’s room is livened up with a red accent wall, while the backyard is where the two spent most of their renovation budget. Now complete with a patio and pond, it’s become a favorite neighborhood gathering spot in the summer. Photography by Tony Luong.

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Pernilla and Peter Frazier were so struck by Lang’s house, that it inspired their own move to the neighborhood. After living in Edgewood, in Cranston, for decades, the two were ready to downsize and move to the city, but didn’t know exactly where. Then, one day, Pernilla, creative director at Providence shop Kreatelier, delivered a couch she had upholstered for Lang and Morra.

“I thought someone had dropped a little fairytale cottage into the middle of the city. It was just incredible,” Pernilla recalls.

So when an early 1900s home that had once been a Montessori schoolhouse came up for sale across the street from Lang and Morra, Pernilla and Peter seized the opportunity. The two occupy the second and third floors of the home and use the first floor as guest quarters.

While the house didn’t need much work aside from some fresh paint, the couple have created a space filled with art, color and pattern. They added a mantle to the dining room — “I had to have a mantle,” Pernilla explains — and plenty of Kreatelier-supplied textiles.

“Our main goal was to be able to display art and things we love without having it cluttered. It’s a constant goal to find the balance,” Pernilla explains.

Where they did do a lot of work was the backyard. What used to be a patch of dirt behind a chain link fence has been transformed into an urban oasis complete with patio, fish pond and custom wood fence that becomes a neighborhood social spot in the warmer months.

Pernilla says that sense of community is felt year-round, from the area crime watch to organized trick-or-treating and carol-singing events, and everyone squeezing together to share off-street parking spaces when it snows.

“Everyone here is so invested. Sometimes I feel like it’s just too good to be true. It’s a really fun neighborhood.”