Shades of View with Blakely Interior Design

The local interior design firm used cool blues and warm tones to tell the story of this waterfront home in Wickford.

Photography by Greg Premru

Living on the water calls for a coastal inspired interior, and Blakely Interior Design was able to deliver just that. This newly renovated residence in Wickford boasts crisp colors, fresh patterns, and a new layout that reflects exactly what the homeowners desired.

Blakely was given full creative freedom for this design, as the home was “ours to reimagine,” recalls Janelle Blakely Photopoulos, owner and creative director. “Our clients bought this house with a spectacular view, but it needed a lot of love. The extensive renovation took the home right down to the studs, and the entire floor plan was reconfigured,” Blakely Photopoulos says.

The homeowners currently reside in Texas, but plan to retire and live full time here in the husband’s home state. For now, this home serves as a relaxing summer getaway. 

One of the most unique uses of space is the built-in wet bar tucked below the beautiful white oak staircase (where the absence of risers not only lets the sunlight stream through, but allows an unobstructed view of the water from the moment you step into the front entrance). Floating shelves complement the exposed beams and stairs, providing an aesthetically pleasing opportunity to house glassware, bar accessories and liquor bottles. Completing the space is a temperature-controlled wine cooler and mini fridge, both fully stocked and ready to help entertain their guests.

Throughout the home, stunning views of Wickford Harbor are seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows, a picture-perfect backdrop for meals at the ten-seat dining table. A blue coastal chinoiserie inspired fabric backs the upholstered host chairs complementing the navy dining chairs that flank the table, offering enough comfortable seating for when friends and family come to visit.


Photography by Greg Premru

An inviting open floor plan on the first floor is complete with white shiplap walls (traditionally seen in coastal homes), cool blue furnishings and warm exposed wood beams. 

In the kitchen, a balanced mix of crisp white and vibrant blue cabinetry pairs beautifully with a custom scallop backsplash and polished nickel fixtures. The range hood accented with nickel straps, and a quartz countertop with beautiful blue veining subtly proves how intentional design lies in each and every detail.

Upstairs, the master bedroom nods to the coastal theme in a subtle way. A soft green and blue modern botanical wallpaper accents the neutral furnishings and crisp white bedding, while pillows, window treatments and accessories add an additional splash of color. “We wanted to take a serene, spa-like approach to the color palette to make the master bedroom the ultimate place to relax and unwind,” Blakely Photopoulos says.

Each ensuite bathroom in the home carries the bedroom design concept into the space for a cohesive look. In this guest bathroom, the various styles of tile is the main focal point; white subway tile is contrasted with navy blue penny rounds to create a cabana stripe look in the shower. “I fell in love with the main flooring first, which ended up being the main inspiration for the shower tile,” Blakely Photopoulos says of the hexagonal floor tile.

While the state has a large seasonal renter demographic, Blakely wanted to create a home for a permanent place where the clients could enjoy the ocean blues year-round. 

“We were hired to completely transform the space, and in collaboration with Lawrence Builders, we created a home for a permanent stay,” Blakely Photopoulos says.

Due to the pandemic and delayed materials, the clients’ long-awaited home is ready for the rest of their lives.


650 Ten Rod Rd., North Kingstown, 401-789-1516,