Close

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

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

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

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.
white-spacer-for-text-WEB
Wishing you summer days that let you slow down, in style.
patti watson interior designer taste interior design decorator rhode island boston
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.

calo_ad_290914_0104 copy

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.