Rhode Island Monthly - Rhode Island Monthly August 2010


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…

Living on the Edge

Crammed with a hundred years of family memories, the stately Browning cottages are sliding into the ocean. Can anything rescue our southshore beaches from the relentless march of the sea?

Summer never truly arrived until the family station wagon pulled up in front of the cottages. Fifty years ago residents could drive their cars right onto the hard-packed beach sand where it was easier to unload the luggage and boxes. Salt mist hung in the air as the Atlantic surf rumbled unseen behind vast swathes of rosa rugosa, sea grasses…


The recession is fading in Rhode Island, at least for those at the top. But the state needs to think long-term if the jobless are ever to join the upswing.

Rosedale Landing unveiled its $13.5 million restoration at a Wednesday afternoon luncheon. The seventy-year-old Cranston apartment building had been restored to its Art Moderne glory and the lawn, flush with spring’s first green, rolled uninterrupted to the sun-lit Narragansett Bay. It was a beautiful day to sell real estate. Sally Lapides, doyenne of the high-end market, surveyed the seventy-five brokers…

Tallulah on Thames

Tallulah may be on Thames, but it’s not your typical tourist trap. Can a new-to-town chef armed with an avant garde menu stir up Newport’s dining scene?

Tallulah on Thames 464 Thames Street, Newport, tallulahonthames.com, 849-2433. Open for dinner nightly; brunch and lunch Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–3 p.m., tapas lounge open nightly from 6 p.m. to close. Reservations accepted downstairs. Wheelchair accessibility is possible but not probable; the colonial-style house is a veritable maze of small steps. . Cuisine Modern American with a nod to international…

Wonder Women

The Women’s Center of Rhode Island raised $49,000 at the annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon. Keynote speakers discussed the importance of domestic violence prevention.

Art of the Deal

Bidders at the RISD 
Museum of Art’s circus-themed benefit, “Le Cirque pour L’Art,” brought in more than $90,000 for the museum’s education programs.

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