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the summer house tradition

summering in style

I had dinner at the Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, Rhode Island last week and while there, was reminded of the rich summer house tradition that serves as a foundation in the project work we do.

The Inn, beautifully designed and appointed by Taylor Interior Design, feels like a classic shingle style summer residence iconic to the Rhode Island coastline.  Upon entering the lobby, your pace immediately slows, manners improve and conversation flows.  There isn’t a screen or monitor to be found at the bar or in the lobby – just comfortable places to gather, connect and converse.
Weekapaug Inn photographed by tripadvisor.com

Weekapaug Inn.  Architecture b Arris Design. Photo by tripadvisor.

Weekapaug Inn Lobby

Weekapaug Inn Lobby.  Interior by Taylor Interior Design.

We strive to bring these same qualities to the summer homes we design – laid back living that encourages relaxation, but never forsakes style.  Finely crafted, beautiful details set the scene for sink-into sofas and chairs with a table for every drink and a lamp for every book to be read.  Even a game table for those chess games that only seem to happen during long, lazy summer afternoons.
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Wishing you summer days that let you slow down, in style.
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Photo by Robyn Ivy

A custom sectional takes the shape of the turret that overlooks the water in this Newport home. Interior by taste. Photo by Robyn Ivy.

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A Newport Living Room ready for the season. Interior by taste. Photo by Robin Ivy.

Photo by Nat Rea; Architecture by Leslie Architects

A Narragansett shingle style home with views of the water from the front and back porches. Architecture by Leslie Architect; Interior by taste; Photo by Nat Rea.

Photo by Nat Rea

A coffered ceiling and classic millwork delivers a traditional style, with pretty details. Interior by taste. Photo by Nat Rea.

Photo by Robyn Ivy

The summer sun setting in the stairwell.  Interior by taste. Photo by Robyn Ivy.

Photo by Robyn Ivy

Beachside candle light. Photo by Robyn Ivy.

girl grit

taste moves to 17 Narragansett in Jamestown and continues the tradition of girl grit and great design

I’m so pleased to announce taste‘s upcoming move to 17 Narragansett Ave. in Jamestown – a historic building and home to Jamestown Designs for the past thirty-five years. Our move marks the well-deserved retirement of Debbie Swistak and Carol Anderson after leading their successful retail and custom framing business for forty-three years. Throughout their tenure, they’ve shown true girl grit during the ups and downs of running a retail business – all with a smile and grace. They are an inspiration to me as I lead and grow my business. I happily accept the passed torch and will carry on the tenets of their business – good design, exceptional client service and a commitment to our community.

Meanwhile at taste, we’ve got the next generation of girl grit in the making. Our own Julia Reinalda is ready to give birth to her first child. True to form, she’s worked up to the final two weeks of her pregnancy with incredible energy, humor and dedication to our clients. Never one to be tired, she inspected stone slabs, made construction site visits and oversaw installations until the very end. And, she’s made mention of putting the babe in the Bjorn carrier and visiting job sites this summer. I fully expect to see her there, beautiful baby and all.

And, big congratulations to our designer of the past two years, Ashley Delvecchio. She moves on to Alice Black Interiors to be closer to home and family in Connecticut. Ashley’s girl grit got her through a two-hour commute to Rhode Island the past two years, enduring snow storms and summer traffic. Through it all she’s been a champ and an absolute pleasure to have on our team. We’ll miss her dearly and wish her all the best as she makes her mark in our field.