Close

taste at work, part 1

busy in the studio, busy in the field

 

 

 

Team taste designers are at it again, fulfilling projects in all phases of the design/construction process as we enter into a busy late fall & winter season.  We’re so appreciative of New England’s seasonality and the added focus that comes this time of year in our coastal, summer community.  As we say goodbye to snowbird clients until next Spring, our heads are down in the studio and our boots are on in the field — preparing homes for the next summer season and for many, the next chapter of their lives with their families.

As always, we aren’t alone in our commitment to creating well-considered, well-crafted homes for our clients.  We are side by side with accomplished architects, builders and craftspeople all working together, with the same ethos.  When the days get dim and the temperatures dip, its these relationships that brighten our work and deliver a laugh – together.

Snapshots follow below from the studio and the field.  Check back next week for a peek at a few more projects underway and all benefiting from our hunkered-down focus this fall.

Only the best,

patti watson interior designer taste interior design decorator rhode island boston

 

kevin-1.jpg

Kevin    Kevin’s leading the renovation of a classic Jamestown cottage, bringing together historic design details with energy efficient, advanced building practices.  Our designs started with perspective views of the interior and exterior prepared in Sketch-up, coupled with detailed drawings produced in CAD.  The trades are on-site now, roughing in plumbing and electrical in preparation for insulation in a few weeks.  Walls will be plastered in another month, providing a warm environment for interior finishes this winter and completion in the Spring.

Blount Residence Taste Massing 1Blount Residence Taste Massing 2Blount Residence Taste Massing 3Blount Residence Taste Massing 4IMG_4499IMG_4500IMG_4501IMG_4506IMG_4507

candace-headshot-white-shirt-LOW-RES

 

Candy    There are deadlines and then there are yacht design deadlines.  Candy’s working alongside The Fontaine Group on a refit of a classic yacht in time to set sail in early December.  (A yacht is a bit different from a residence – when it sets sail, its gone.  There’s no returning to the house in a few weeks to add a piece or two that’s been delayed!).  Furnishings are in production, the pewter bar top is being crafted, joinery is in the finishing stages and the art has arrived.  We will make the deadline, beautifully.

 

 

 

IMG_4488IMG_4491IMG_4494

taste design inc interior design wendi dicely scalora

Wendi    Wendi’s recently back from a well-deserved vacation in France with her husband, Peter.  (They are the most high energy, spirited empty-nesters you’ll ever meet!).  After trekking through the streets of Nice and Paris on bikes and mopeds, Wendi returned inspired and ready to infuse her projects with European quality and timelessness.  Coincidentally, we’ve started working with a client to renovate their new/old French-inspired home, providing the perfect opportunity for a palette of limestone, weathered wood, brick, iron and aged brass.

ww4IMG_4515ww2

IMG_4517ww3IMG_4522

wwIMG_4524
julia-staff-photo-smallJulia  If you’ve bumped into Julia recently, you’ll know she’s expecting baby #2 in February — although you wouldn’t know that from her energy level.  More than ever, she’s bringing her high-spirited, love of design to her client projects, including a new construction home Patrick Ahearn home in Weekapaug, Rhode Island.  We love our client’s self-described affinity for ‘spritely’ fabrics and colors.  Julia’s sense of style and ability to artfully compose a scheme is delivering just the right amount of spirited sprite to this coastal home.

IMG_4526IMG_4527IMG_4529IMG_4533IMG_4536

 

patti_watson_taste_design_inc_interior_designer_newengland

Patti    As for me, I’m re-energized by recent design industry events that have given me a renewed focus on improving our design deliverables and ultimately, the client experience.  Let’s face it, a renovation or new build project is an intense experience for our clients.  They don’t do it everyday as we do.  More than ever, I’m dedicated to bringing the best talent, tools and project management to our clients so that they may find joy in the process of creating their home.  And, leave the worries to us.

Most importantly, I’m practicing this recommitment everyday while I lead projects ranging from the completion new construction coastal homes, to the renovation of a Normandy-inspired family home to the rework of a Kitchen for fellow designers I admire.  It doesn’t get much better than this.

 

Coastal Home in the Final Finish…

 

 

 

 

Family Home in Concept Design…

123

 

Historic Home Ready for Construction Start…

Radesca Residence Proposed Family Room

Radesca Residence Sitting Room

Radesca Residence Stairs

Kitchen Renovation for Special People…

k4

k3

Block Island Family Compound, In the Making…

IMG_1982

helping out in houston

team taste lends a hand

houston-with-photo

 

We’re all too aware of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have caused the past several weeks.  After endless images and news stories, we’re all feeling heartache for the families impacted and the urge to do something meaningful to help if we can.

Like so many, we have friends, family and associates in the Houston area and throughout Florida.  In the days during Harvey, I reached out to collaborator and cabinetmaker Jonathon Dahl, whose home is in the Houston area. He shared with me images of the flood waters as it creeped closer and closer to his house – home to him, his wife and children.

IMG_3810

Luckily, the water began to recede, leaving the Dahl family home untouched. Jonathon’s workshop (and therefore, livelihood) sustained flood damage, but with positivity and hard work, he was up and running again in a few days.  Then his phone began to ring…

At least 10 of Jonathon’s customers lost everything in the flood. And the last several days have been filled with Jonathon and his crew helping to clean out houses he reports as heart wrenching work.

To lend a hand to the families Jonathon is helping to recover, taste will be donating 100 design hours in the coming weeks to design cabinetry, select flooring and fixtures and create color palettes for new interiors.  Our collaboration with Jonathon Dahl is something I hope will alleviate a fraction of the stress the families will face as they rebuild their homes and their lives.  And, provide a bit of joy.

Let us know if you’d like to help out with a donation of funds to help the families Jonathon is serving in the Houston area.  We can all lend a hand.

In gratitude,

patti watson interior designer taste interior design decorator rhode island boston

 

Team taste is ready to help. This photo was taken in a Rhode Island home finished with Jonathon this summer.

group pic at client house

 

escape to the bath

find respite in your luxury bath

 

We hear it every year around this time, believe it or not.  Moms and Dads sending their children back to school or college and finding joy in the idea of reimagining their baths.  “I’d like a bath tub with a deck wide enough for my glass of wine”…  “I’d like a steam shower for two we can enjoy while the kids are away (!)”…  “I want a make-up vanity in my bath just for me”.

Here’s to finding relaxation and the payoff for hard work and parenting dedication in your private bath.  Throw back photos follow below – timely inspiration as we start several new bath renovation projects this Fall. Enjoy!

Only the best,

patti watson interior designer taste interior design decorator rhode island boston

bath-2-2Bathroom - Vanity Mirror Sconce Brass Wallpaper.CAR.Ivy.LOWBW12 master bathroom full vanity1.ivyfish-bathroom-1Master Bathroom - Vanity Tile Glass Walkin shower Vanity.CAR.Nat.LOWPowder-Room-Lights-OFF-LO-RES-2taste_benik_109taste_benik_202taste_caruso060413_0474 copywestwind_062509_0177Kirby Bath H-01 HI RES. Rea2013Kirby Bath V-01 HI RES. Rea2013master-showermaster-tub-2Master-tubman-powderroomtaste_orth_130413_0284taste_orth_130413_0312taste_orth_130413_0318taste_orth_130413_0328taste_orth_130413_0330

final gallery open house, summer 2017

Join us!

Our July Open House was another warm and inspired gathering, with art and conversation enjoyed by all.  As I plan this month’s Open House – our last of the season – I realize it means summer is waning.  Be sure to join us as we wrap up Summer 2017 with a final burst of inspiration and artistic talent, including…

Debby Krim brings her ‘Colors of White’ photography series which has been seen in the Sandra Bullock / Ryan Reynolds movie “The Proposal,” Wendy Wahl’s three-dimensional studies of twisted paper adds new dimension to the walls, North Kingstown artist Vanessa Piche returns with her beautiful land and seascapes paintings of life along New England’s coasts, and Rhode Island artist Tiffany Adams joins us with her ceramic masterpieces.

Stop in on Thursday, August 17th between 5pm – 8pm to view our new selections. Enjoy great conversation with our artists, then grab dinner at one of Jamestown’s finest – FiSH across the street or Simpatico next door to taste.

I hope to see you next week.  In the meantime, meet our artists below and view a quick snapshot of their exceptional work.

Only the best,

Patti-Signature-Top-Bottom-Margin-WEB

artist-spotlight-image-with-quote-DEBBY-KRIMkrim (5 of 29)

Debby Krim – Photograph

krim (6 of 29)

Debby KrimSplash – Photograph

debby-krim---charismatic-gyre

Debby Krim –  Charismatic Gyre – Photograph

debby-krim---curl

Debby Krim – Curl – Photograph

debby-krim---joie-de-vivre

Debby Krim –  Joie de Vivre – Photograph 

debby-krim---three-petals

Debby Krim – Three Petals – Photograph

debby-krim---white-whorls

Debby Krim – Whorls – Photograph

debby-krim-floralscape

Debby Krim –  Floralscape – Photograph

artist-spotlight-image-with-quote-TIFFANY-ADAMS

tiffany-750tiffany-723tiffany-714tiffany-708tiffany-708-2

 

artist-spotlight-image-with-quote-VANESSA-PICHE

Vanessa Piche - Big Sky Over Zeeks 24 x 24 OC 2400

Vanessa Piche –  Big Sky Over Zeek’s Creek – Oil  24 x 24 inches

Vanessa Piche Beach Amigos

Vanessa Piche – Beach Amigos – Oil

Vanessa Newport Wharf

Vanessa Piche – Newport Wharf – 12 x 24 inches

Vanessa Piche Beach Conversations

Vanessa Piche –  Conversations – Oil – 12 x 16 inches

vanessa-piche---coastal-glow-OC-48-x-36 04400

Vanessa Piche – Coastal Glow – Oil – 48 x 36 inches

Vanessa Piche Beach Stroll

Vanessa Piche – Beach Stroll – Oil

vanessa-piche-0-Around-the-Mark---OC---20x016-01295

Vanessa Piche – Around the Mark – Oil – 20 x 16 inches

Vanessa Piche Beach Boogie Woogie

Vanessa Piche –  Beach Boogie Woogie – Oil

 

artist-spotlight-image-with-quote-WENDY-WAHL

 

wendy-wahl---arboreal-anatomy---paper-and-steel---35feet-x-12-feet-x-15-feet-2008

Wendy Wahl –  Arboreal Anatomy 2008 – Installation of Paper and Steel – 35′ x 12′ x 15′

wendy-wahl-eb-17-paper-14-x-18-inches-2008.jpg

Wendy Wahl – EB #17; 2008 – Paper – 14 x 18 inches

wendy-wahl---EB-mixed-editions---paper-and-stainless-steel---60-x-16-x17in-50x78x17in-60x95x17in-2009

Wendy Wahl – EB Mixed Editions; 2009  – Installation of Paper and Stainless Steel – 60 x 16 x 17 inches, 50 x 78 x 17 inches, 60 x 95 x 17 inches

Version 2

Wendy Wahl EB #16 – Paper

Version 2

Wendy Wahl –  EB #11  – Paper

Version 2

Wendy Wahl –  EB #12 – Paper

Wendy-Wahl---EB-seeds-No. 2 - paper - 11 x 14 inches - 2014

Wendy Wahl – Seeds #2; 2014 – Paper – 11 x 14 inches

a home for the next chapter

snapshots from last week’s installation in Narragansett, Rhode Island

We were at it again last week, finishing a custom residence and welcoming clients to their new home by the sea.  This move-in was especially gratifying for us after working for the past two years alongside Horan Building Company on this Alec Tesa designed home.

In addition to designing the interior millwork, cabinetry and hard finishes throughout the home, we selected – and in several rooms – designed custom pieces specifically for our truly special clients.  Be sure to pause on the curved sofas with exposed hardwood frames in the Living Room and the Dining Room chandelier, to mention just a few of the pieces designed by taste and brought to life by local craftspeople and artisans, to whom we’re most grateful.

As gratifying as it was to see the finishing touches on this project come together exactly two years after we started, those moments paled in comparison to our clients’ reaction to their new home.  Their embrace of each other on Friday evening as they watched the final elements installed said it all.  To quote them, its their ‘home for the next chapter of their lives’.  We’re so honored to have been involved in this important, life-shifting project.

As always, finish photos to follow in the coming months.  Enjoy the snapshots in the meantime.

Only the best,

patti watson interior designer taste interior design decorator rhode island boston

 

foyer-light-and-transom

FullSizeRender-1

 

LR-carpet

LR-glass-coffee-table

 

 

LR-sofa-arm-detial

 

LR-lighychair-and-table

cornercrystal-pulldoor-knobDR-rug-detailDR-window-treatmentheadboardher-office-chairhis-office-rughis-office-window-treatmentkitchen-counter-stoolskitchen-island-detail-counterskitchen-lights-and-coffered-ceiling-detailkitchen-pot-fillerkitchen-transom-and-window-treatmentkitchen-window-treatment-drapeslamp-calla-detailLR-kitchen-ceilingsmaster-bath-window-treatmentmaster-closet-lightmaster-showermaster-tub-2Mudroom-window-treatmentPowder-roomsteeplesunroom-blue-chair-detalsunroom-curved-chair-detailsunroom-fireplace-tallsunroom-stools-detailarchbathroom-mirrors-detialbedroom-side-tablebreezeway-powder-room-light-fixturebreezeway-stairs

 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

zz--blue-light-fixture-

 

 

stairwell-runner-install

FullSizeRender-3

FullSizeRender

back by popular demand: Gallery Nights at taste

our first gallery night is Thursday, July 20th

Join us for Inspiration & Conversation

Gallery Night  •   Thursday, July 20th  •   5 – 8 pm

the gallery at taste  | 17 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI

 

Gallery nights return to taste for our third summer at our storefront studio & gallery in the heart of Jamestown.  Plan to make an evening out of it and have dinner at Fish across the street or Simpatico next door.

As always, we’re excited to bring new artists to taste and this summer is no exception. Coral Bourgeois, a tactile, mosaic tile artist known for her bright, colorful pieces, will be joining Jamestown local Christian Potter Drury and her vibrant interpretations of life around her, Jessica Pisano and her new series of birds in flight, and Kelly Jo Shows and her unique portraits of artists’ shoes.

I’ve included their profiles below along with several of their completed pieces of work. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for July 20th (and our other upcoming Gallery Show on August 17th…details to follow).

Only the best,

patti watson interior designer taste interior design decorator rhode island boston

 

artist-spotlight-image-with-quote-CORAL-BOURGEOISBigFish+copy

Coral BourgeoisBig Fish – Tile Mosaic

elephants_001

Coral BourgeoisElephants – Tile Mosaic

LayersSmallest

Coral BourgeoisLayers – Tile Mosaic

wolfe_myrow

Coral Bourgeois – Tile Mosaic

yellow fish IMG_6300

Coral BourgeoisYellow Fish – Tile Mosaic

BGM+Bourgeois+6-2008+078

Coral Bourgeois  – Tiled Staircase

 

artist-spotlight-image-with-quote-JESSICA-PISANOJessica Pisano - TheSilentLanguage - OP - 24 x 30 -03200

Jessica Pisano – The Silent Language  – Oil

Jessica Pisano - CrossingPaths - OP-36 x 36 - 04200

Jessica Pisano –  Crossing Paths –  Oil

Jessica Pisano - Afternoon Reflection - oil and gold leaf on panel - 20 x 24 - Retail 2000

Jessica Pisano –  Afternoon Reflection – Oil and Gold Leaf

Jessica Pisano - Still Waters 40 x 40 oil and silver leaf on panel

Jessica Pisano –  Still Waters – Oil and Silver Leaf

artist-spotlight-image-with-quote--KELLY-JO-SHOWSPOA John Casey KJ Shows

Kelly Jo Shows – Portrait of an Artist: John Casey – Oil

PORTRAIT OF ARTIST ALAN NEIDER - kelly jo shows

Kelly Jo Shows – Portrait of an Aartist: Alan Needler  – Oil

POA Candy Chang - KJ Shows

Kelly Jo Shows  –  Portrait of an Artist: Candy Chang  – Oil

POA PAtrick Finster KJ Shows

Kelly Jo Shows –  Portrait of an Artist: Patrick Finster  – Oil

POA The Art Guys - KJ Shows

Kelly Jo Shows –  Portrait of an Artist: The Art Guys  – Oil

artist-spotlight-image-with-quote-CHRISTIAN-DRURY

Christian-Drury-High-Tide-Acrylic-Water-Color-Mixed-Media-24-x-24-inches

Christian DruryHigh Tide – Acrylic & Mixed Medium

Christian-Drury---Mount-Wilson---Gouache-Watercolor-Pastel-Collage---24-x-30-inches

Christian DruryMount Wilson – Gouache, Watercolor, Pastel Collage

christian-drury-a-lores-opera-caot-for-david-lynch-collage-varnished36-x-30-3300

Christian Potter Drury – Opera Coat for David Lynch – collage, varnished

christian-drury-a-lores-en-famille-collage16-x-20-3000

Christian Potter Druryen famille – Acrylic, Collage, Pastel, Ink, Watercolor, Varnish

christian-drury-a-lores-buds-watercolor-acrylic-india-ink-collage-varnish-8-x-8-300

Christian Potter DruryBuds – Watercolor, Acrylic, India Ink, Collage, Varnish

christian-drury-a-hires-in-the-deep-dark-forest-you-will-ee-a-golden-light-collage-30-x-30-3300

Christian Potter DruryIn the Deep Dark Forest You Will See a Golden Light – Acrylic, Pencil, Watercolor, Varnish

beach house envy

snapshots from this week’s installation in charlestown, rhode island

It was delightful to watch the details come together this week as we did our first of two installations this month at our client’s new Charlestown (that’s Quonnie, for you Rhode Islander’s) beach house.  Custom details abound in this house and we were thrilled to work with clients who appreciate creativity and fine craftsmanship.

As a result, we poured it on in this sweet home architected by George Penniman and built by master craftsmen at Gardner Woodwrights.  More snapshots to follow throughout the summer as we add more layers of color, graphics and art that capture our client family’s spirited attitude and endless love of summer.

Only the best,

patti watson interior designer taste interior design decorator rhode island boston

 

boy-bathroom-cornerboy-bathroom

 

boys-room-stool-detail

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Dining-room-chair-detail

dining-room-complete-landscapedining-room-hardware-betterdining-room-light-detail-shotdining-room-table-detaildining-room-table-portrait

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

drink-bar-3drink-bar-cabinet-close-updrink-bar-port-window

 

foyer-hutch-detailfoyer-light-AAgirls-bath-detail-knobsgirls-bath-mirrorgirls-chair-detailgirls-room-with-chairgirls-window-seat-cushion-detailguest-bath-detail-hardwareguet-bath-headboad-detailheadboard-stairwellkitchen-backsplashkitchen-brass-hardwarekitchen-counterkitchen-faucet-detailkitchen-stove-1laundry-room-floor-detail-and-sinklaundry-room-knob-detailmaster-bath-details-2master-bath

mudroom-1mudroom-light-1mudroom-millwork-details

nook-4

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

pnatry-2pnatryporch-anglerug-detailsingle-sconce-2stairwellsunroom-detail-sofa

 

SaveSave

the devilish details

finishing the Summer ’17 Homes by taste

 

I’ve always preferred to believe god was in the details rather than the devil.  It’s a far more positive way of sustaining the focus and the energy needed to get finishing details right.  Especially now, when the pressure is on for our team to finish the finely crafted and designed homes we’ve been working on for nearly two years.

Every space plan, cabinetry design, coffered ceiling, tile detail, fixture, finish, color and wall covering (this is an endless list) takes its place in the overall vision we’ve had for the home.  And when clients, and even our builder friends we’ve worked with side-by-side,  begin to see color go on the walls and light fixtures installed, they breathe a sigh of relief.

They’ve trusted (sometimes skeptically, but that’s ok; we’re used to the raised eyebrows) our ability to see the final finish and lead decisions about the details we knew to be truly important to the overall design.  And that trust is validated when they stand back and see how the wall covering in the dining room works with the pantry color, and kitchen light fixtures complement the stone countertops.  That “I get it moment” for our clients is pure payoff for us.

Of course it doesn’t end there; just as the hardwood, stone, tile and color go in, there’s another layer of detail ready to be installed.  Features such as cabinetry hardware, the restored settee, the custom draperies and the commissioned artwork truly finish the work and makes those rooms sing.

Stay tuned as we finish and share sneak peeks of the Summer ’17 Homes by taste.  Until then, snapshots of finished interior details follow, to inspire you this summer.

Only the best,

Patti-Signature-Top-Bottom-Margin-WEB
AA-SCONCEAA-WINDOW-TREATMENT

art-chair-detailbathroom-detailblack-knobsbuiltinscabinet-detailchair-armchair-detailchair-detailsschair-fabricchair-mayerchair-top-detaildressing-room-detailsexterior-detail1faucet-pool-housefloor-tile-detailfurniture-leggutter-detailhanging-light-fixture-detailknob-detailsleg-detaillight-fixture-candleabra-detaillight-fixture-detaillucite-legnewel-postrail-banister-topsink-detailspindle-chairstair-brick-detailstair-carpetstairs-detailtile-floor-detail-2wall-corner-detailwallpaper-chair-mold-detail

reflections on summer: new work by Dora Atwater Millikin & Susan Strauss

 

 

 

Our fresh coat of paint has dried and we’ve refreshed the gallery at taste, complete with new work brimming with images of warm days and nights.  Dora Atwater Millikin and Susan Strauss return to the gallery with bold and lively new work, just in time for summer.  Be sure to stop by the gallery at taste, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5 pm, to view Dora’s and Susan’s new selection of paintings.

About Dora…

Though not unfamiliar to our walls, we are pleased to show new work by the Massachusetts artist Dora Atwater Millikin. Known for her roadways, summer camper series and the geometry found in everyday life, we’re pleased to present a new series of early morning, evening and coastal scenes.

Dora Atwater Millikin Artist“Ordinary, mundane objects are featured, not omitted, and the works are meant to engage scenes of contemporary life that transcends the everyday. My urban subjects depict objects associated with a more leisurely life and are in direct contrast to nature.  Their titles such as “No Parking” or “Parking this side only” allude to the complicated network of rules and privileges installed to maintain order in an overly congested world.
As site specific as the places in my paintings may be, hopefully, anyone can relate to the universal nature of their activity.  What is my message?  My message is to find the rhythm and beauty in the world around me and to give an interpretation of life in my time as seen through my eyes.”

Also no stranger to the gallery at taste is Susan Strauss. Her loose, dynamic style captures the essence of the scene. Strauss brings a new set of small works featuring spring and summer hued landscapes to our gallery along with several large pieces that demand the center of attention.

susan-strauss-with-art-at-taste-grand-opening“Each new painting is fresh, open to risk and growth. I paint from direct observation of both inner and outer landscape.

Simply put, I am painting to make visible both seen and non-visual experiences, to explore their interconnection and to reveal their universality. 

My goal is to be present in my life and my paintings.”

In other gallery news… summer Gallery Nights will be back on July 20th and August 17th. Mark your calendars!

Thursday, July 20th :: 5 – 8 pm

On July 20th, we’ll feature the layering, textural artist Coral Bourgeois and her mosaic collaged pieces, Kelly Jo Shows’s unique Portrait of an Artist shoe paintings, local artist Christian Potter Drury’s playful, eclectic story pieces, and Jessica Pisano, whom you may recall is a sought after seascape artist. Jessica’s new series features birds in flight in her highly crafted and articulated oil techniques.

 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Thursday, August 17th :: 5 – 8 pm

August 17th brings Debby Krim and The Colors of White photography study featuring the relationship between positive and negative space, Rhode Island artist Vanessa Piche who has added the Summer Tides and Gannett Summer boating series to her ever-popular shorelines and marsh paintings, Wendy Wahl’s 3D pieces made from unbound pages of discarded encyclopedias, and Tiffany Adams’ organic ceramic sculptures inspired by nature.

 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Enjoy this glimpse of our current show with Dora Atwater Millikin and Susan Strauss or drop in anytime Monday – Friday between 9am – 5pm to view these stunning pieces in person. And as always, take advantage and “try before you buy” to view pieces in your home or office.

Only the best,

patti watson interior designer taste interior design decorator rhode island boston

DAMillikin---8pm---20-x-48-oil-on-linen-03850

Dora Atwater Millikin – 8pm – oil on linen – 20 x 48 inches

DAMillikin---Door,-Drum---28-x-20-oil-on-linen---02250

Dora Atwater Millikin – Door, Drum – oil on linen – 28 x 20 inches

DAMILLIKIN---Night---36-x-20-Oli-on-Linen---02900

Dora Atwater Millikin – Night – oil on linen – 36 x 20 inches

DAMillikin---street-Light---30x20-oil-on-linene---02400

Dora Atwater Millikin – Street Light – oil on linen – 30 x 20 i inches

DAMillikin-First-Thing---24x36-Oil-on-Linen-03450

Dora Atwater Millikin  First Thing  – oil on linen – 24 x 36 inches

DAMillikin-Morning---36-x-20-oil-on-linen---02900

Dora Atwater Millikin – Morning – oil on linen – 36 x 20 inches

DAMillikin-Night-Driving---20-x-28-oil-on-linen---02250

Dora Atwater Millikin – Night Driving – oil on linen – 20 x 28 inches

DAMillikin-Vortex---48-x-72-oil-on-linnen-014000

Dora Atwater Millikin –  Vortex – oil on linen – 48 x 72 inches

Dora-Atwater-Millikin---Summer-Place---Oil-on-Linen---24-x-30-inches-2900

Dora Atwater Millikin – Summer Place – oil on linen – 24 x 30 inches

 

DAMillikin---Bellow-Docks---28x16-Oil-on-linen---01800

Dora Atwater Millikin – Bellow Docks – oil on linen – 28 x 16 inches

DAMillikin---Beach-Street---oil-on-linen---28x20---02250

Dora Atwater Millikin – Beach Street – oil on linen – 28 x 20 inches

Strauss - Sky-or-reflection---op-28-x-36--2000

Susan Strauss –  Sky or Reflection? – oil on panel – 28 x 36 inches

Strauss---Exceptional-Summer-Moment---OP-12x16---0700

Susan Strauss – Exceptional Summer Moments – oil on panel – 12 x 16 inches

Strauss---PArdon-Gray-Trees-left-and-Right---OP-11.5-x-5-0275-ea

Susan Strauss –  Pardon Gray Trees (left)  – oil on panel – 11.5 x 5 inches

Susan Strauss –  Pardon Gray Trees (right)  – oil on panel – 11.5 x 5 inches

Strauss---The-Speed-of-Summer---OP-36-x-40-03900

Susan Strauss – The Speed of Summer – oil on panel – 36 x 40 inches

Strauss---Wonderful-Place---OP---12-x-12-0500

Susan Strauss –  Wonderful Place – oil on panel – 12 x 12 inches

Strauss-Iconic---OP---12-x-18-0350

Susan Strauss –  Iconic – oil on panel – 12 x 18 inches

054A - Susan Strauss - Early July - 14 x 11 - oil on panel - 600

Susan Strauss – Early July – oil on panel – 11 x 14 inches

057A - Susan Strauss - Entrance - 12 x 16 - oil on panel - 700

Susan Strauss – Entrance  – oil on panel – 12 x 16 inches

comp-for-emma-try-it-winter-square

time to refresh

spring styling, inside

It’s official! Spring has arrived.  With warmer temperatures upon us, we’re lightening things up at taste.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking our cue from nature and transforming our gallery with a fresh coat of paint, outdoor furnishings and bright pillow accents that complement our newest selection of paintings from Dora Atwater Millikin, Susan Strauss and Christian Potter Drury.

For a little inspiration, take a look at this fresh living room we designed and installed in seven short days at Middletown’s Bancroft on the Bluffs for Newport Life Magazine earlier this Spring. Be sure to check out the two slideshows that illustrate the process of layering furnishings, art and accessories and bring Spring inside in your own home.

Only the best,

patti watson interior designer taste interior design decorator rhode island boston

Choosing a new piece of art can reenergize a room. Modern art by Diana Bunting (above the mantel) and Theresa Girard (over the sofa), are from Jessica Hagan Art + Design and bring in blues, mimicking the ocean view, and add a fresh perspective. Another way to lighten a wintery-warm atmosphere, is to add natural fiber pieces like these Maguire woven chairs, rattan side tables, raffia lamp shades (Newport Lamp & Shade) and a fun-patterned rug like this coral-infused Rustigian Rugs flat weave. The antique Biedermeier chair (lower right) mimics the natural fiber running throughout the room and adds a touch of elegance.

untitled-0013-2-HDR-Edit-2-Edit

Adding greenery like the bright orange vase of tulips (Secret Garden) on the Thibaut grasscloth coffee table is a great reminder of spring.

Untitled-1

 

Sometimes an unused corner lends itself well as a bar or writing desk (or both like the Hickory Chair game table we used below). Tuck freshly upholstered stools beneath a narrow desk or table, add a lamp (Hwang Bishop), a gilded tray, fresh fruit and a couple of refreshments and you have a great space to make drinks next time you have guests over. Don’t forget a focal point such as the “Green’s Pier” painting in this vignette.

Untitled-2

 

Here are a few more detailed glimpses of this fresh living room overlooking Second Beach. We enjoyed selecting classic pieces to ground the large space and provide a sense of permanence and were able to juxtapose history with textural elements but keep the overall appeal current by adding a parsons table and acrylic plant stand, mixing the old with the new.

Untitled-3

We repeated the use of blues and chartreuse by adding solid pillows to these lovely watercolor pillows on a neutral Hickory Chair sofa.

Untitled-4

 

untitled-0057-HDR-2-Edit

Screen-Shot-2017-05-12-at-10.18.08-AM