Close

keeping craft alive: spotlight on urban electric

the urban electric co. of charleston, south carolina

We have long relied on Urban Electric Co. for exceptionally crafted lighting fixtures – all bench made to order and to our specifications.  Seeing their company featured in a recent article in Business of Home and learning more about their dedication to nurturing the next generation of artisans makes our support of their company that much stronger.

With thoughtfulness and intention, they recruit artisans from diverse backgrounds and engage them in a 12-18 month apprenticeship program to become craftspeople.  (Currently, half of the 40 craftspeople working in the shop are women.)  Based on their contributions and craft, there’s a clear path to become senior craftspeople and eventually master craftspeople with the company.

This is exactly the approach we need to keep craft alive in our field, and in our country.  We couldn’t be more proud to support Urban Electric and other artisans dedicated to the revitalization of craft.  Join us!

Only the best,

Patti-Signature-Top-Bottom-Margin-WEB

Urban Electric Co. featured in Business of Home:UE article taste

 UE zoom in of article

ue1 girl

ue girl 2

Urban Electric Co.’s Yolanda, at our client’s home overseeing the installation of their fixtures.

IMG_4268

Urban Electric Co.’s fixtures featured in just a few of our many client homes:

foyer light AAdining room completedining room light fixture 1breakfast nook beforenook lightIMG_12813Sisters-15103 Lloyd-2taste_man_180118_0591

kitchen-lights-and-coffered-ceiling-detailstairwell-light

meet taste team member Michaela Palmer

 

 

img_8149.jpg
Designing a space is more than just the big reveal at the end. It’s about understanding how the space can evolve to fit the needs of the people or family living there. There are so many layers that make a house a home.  Embrace the process and enjoy the journey.

Michaela Palmer, Interior Designer

Many of you may know Michaela as our ever-calm and always reliable production manager who joined taste in 2014. As taste’s Production Manager, Michaela estimated, ordered, followed and received all the elements of a home—from custom furniture to tile to lighting.  She learned the many facets involved in the design process and how every dimension, finish and material selection counts toward the final outcome. This experience developed her deep appreciation for attention to detail and a firm belief that organization and precision, from conception to realization, ensures a high quality design experience.

You may not know that Michaela has a fine arts background, with a BA degree from Towson University and a degree in Interior Design. Her classical arts training and study of concept and color composition is revealed in her work everyday, as our newest interior designer. (Not to mention her incredible talent for hand-lettering; even her everyday note taking is elegantly crafted.)

In addition to her creativity and end-to-end understanding of the design process, Michaela brings a love of family and home-making to her client work. She and husband, Greg, live in Warwick with their sweet puppy Murphy. Weekends are often spent with her family and frequent trips to Boston to visit her sisters, nieces and nephew.

Whether starting with an empty room or a well-loved family home needing an upgrade, Michaela brings a balance of creativity and practicality when helping her clients realize their own home-making dreams. And for her, the reward comes when watching clients’ reactions as personalized furnishings she’s created are unveiled and made ready for their time with family. Well done, Michaela.

Only the best,

 patti watson interior designer taste interior design decorator rhode island boston
Michaela at work on a soothing master suite.
IMG_8078
IMG_8069
IMG_8072
The big reveal…  Michaela commissioned these paintings by Dora Atwater Millikin for a favorite client.
IMG_8098IMG_8100IMG_8082
Michaela’s warm smile is ever present, especially during our annual holiday open house when we welcome children of all ages to create ornaments in our studio.
IMG_2635
Never shy to take on an assignment big or small, Michaela can often be found at a photo shoot lending a hand.  This time, it was art-spotting.
IMG_3068
Fine details are exciting!  Michaela brings the joy of discovery and detail to her client work.  Not to mention a ton of fun.

IMG_1003

 

 

practice makes better

a progress report on our use of Sketch-up

In 2016, team taste more fully employed the 3D modeling tool Sketch-up than ever before.  From furnishing drawings to cabinetry detailing to full room interiors, we turned to Sketch-up often to work through the scale and proportion of our designs and illustrate our interiors. But it wasn’t always so…

Years ago, taste designer Kevin Baker and I used Sketch-up with some success, yet often found the rough edges of the design program caused more concern with our clients than answered questions. After receiving several raised eyebrows during client meetings, we took a step back and returned to relying on CAD to work through and convey our ideas.

Then — Ashley arrived.

taste designer Ashley DelVecchio renewed our confidence in the tool with her lightening fast speed and plug-in know how. She helped us turn rough sketches into well lit renderings – complete with wood finishes, tile selections and reflections in glass. Soon, we all began to rely on the program and the power it had to enrich our design process and help our clients envision— and build confidence in—our designs.

Our progress continues and we have big plans for Sketch-up in 2017. Stay tuned as Julia Reinalda joins the ranks of savvy Sketch-up designers and Kevin expands the use of the program to convey construction details.

A sampling of recent 3D renderings follow, to inspire and help envision your next project.

Only the best,

Patti-Signature-Top-Bottom-Margin-WEB

 

Simple line drawings of a Kitchen island helped our clients imagine the functionality this additional cabinetry brought to their space.

diorio-island-duo

05-04-16-diorio-island-view-4

__________________________________________________________

Renderings of this Kitchen helped us get the scale and detailing of this millwork design spot-on in this historic home. We intentionally restrained from adding additional color and material finishes so we could study the millwork profiles, without the distraction of other surfaces.

05-12-15_kitchen-from-family-room-2

05-12-15_kitchen-from-family-room-1

__________________________________________________________

We used this same monochromatic approach in this master bedroom. The lack of color helped us to study the millwork design, custom bed and additional natural light created by the mirrors on the wardrobe doors.

02-06-16-weisbord-from-bathroom-bed

Then, we used the same Sketch-up approach in the master bathroom at this client’s home. Larger and additional windows produced the abundant natural light our client wished for, and the renderings helped to confirm the positive outcome.

02-06-16-weisbord-from-bathroom-bed

01-12-17-wei-vanity

01-12-17-wei-tub

__________________________________________________________

We turned to Sketch-up once again in this rendering by Ashley. The illustrations provided taste clients with our vision to visually expand the shower with glass, and presented an option for natural wood upper cabinets, or painted. (We all decided the natural wood upper cabinets were best.)

02-26-16-mancosh-shower-render

02-26-16-mancosh-shower-render-white-uppers

__________________________________________________________

Kevin has been collaborating with local architect Mary Meagher on a cottage renovation, including the addition of second floor dormers. To help our Chicago-based client understand the options, Kevin’s using Sketch-up to develop massing models that are emailed to our client for review and consideration.

 

Ashley created these Sketch-up renderings of the cottage featured above, complete with artwork from the gallery at taste – patiently waiting to takes its place of honor at our client’s home this summer.

10-24-16-bl-kitchen-from-mudroom-3d-render

10-24-16-bl-kitchen-from-dining-3d-render

 

 

meet team taste member Candace Langan

Get to know our design team and their contributions.

candace-headshot-white-shirt-LOW-RES“Timeless. Classic. Fresh. I would say these three words best describe my direction as I work hand in hand with my clients, helping to create beautiful spaces based on their individual taste and needs.”

Candace Langan, Interior Designer

I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Candace Langan who joined our team as an interior designer this week and expands our portfolio of services to include interior design for yachts.
Candace is an experienced designer specializing in yacht decoration and brings with her active client projects in the marine industry. Equally exciting, she brings a passion for fine linens and custom furnishings that complements our work here at taste, introducing new methods and resources to our practice.
 –
Candace grew up in a boat-loving family in Rumson, New Jersey, and has been associated with yachts all her life. Her first job was with Yachting Magazine as the organizer and manager of the company’s premiere events. During the ten years she worked for Yachting, she met and married the yacht designer, Bill Langan.
 
Candace was hired by New York Yacht Club’s America II syndicate to coordinate donor relations and events, and accompanied Bill to Perth, Australia for the 1987 America’s Cup challenge. Returning to the States, she started her own event planning company and after eight years in the business was asked to plan a party for Meryl Streep. Ms. Streep then invited Candace to be her personal assistant, a position she held until Candace and Bill moved their family to Newport, RI in 1997.
 –

A fashion design major in college, Candace found that what she enjoyed most about her work was designing and decorating event spaces. She decided to continue her education and improve her skills by studying interior design at the Rhode Island School of Design. To combine this keen interest in design with her love of the water and strong organizational skills, she opened her own yacht interior decoration company, Candace Langan Design.  In her 15 years in the field of design, Candace has completed all manner of projects for sail and motor yachts, from classic to contemporary styling, new construction or refits.

I’ve personally known Candace for  years and I’m thrilled she’s decided to join us. I’m confident she’ll be a great fit for our team and expand our commitment to exceptional, custom design.

 

Only the best,

Patti-Signature-Top-Bottom-Margin-WEB

Candace worked closely with the client, the naval architect, and the interior architect, providing elegant furnishings throughout this new construction 142-foot yacht project.

candace-website-3candace-website-pic-1candace-website-2

Candace’s designs for a client’s motor yacht refit provides comfortable spaces for cruising in this family’s home away from home.

candace-blue-yacht-8candace-blue-yacht-7candace-blue-yacht-1candace-blue-yacht-3candace-blue-yacht-2candace-blue-yacht-4candace-blue-yacht-6

Candace also designed the interior renovation for the Italian luxury sailing yacht company Perini Navi’s US offices in Newport 

a sneak peek: the local artist lineup at taste

plan to attend an Open House event in August to meet the artists

We’re just two weeks away from opening our doors at our new home at 17 Narragansett Ave. and introducing the gallery at taste – where we’ll feature vignettes of custom furnishings and accessories by taste, finished with local art.

Be sure to join us at one of these open house events and meet team taste members and the artists whose work will grace our walls and finish our interior compositions.

Thursday, August 13th, Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 20th, Open House, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 27th, Open House, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Here’s a sneak peek at the artist lineup, with more to follow in the next few weeks:

Evelyn Thistle Rhodes moved to an island in Narragansett Bay in 1976 because it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen. Since then she has been painting the light and shifting colors of the landscape and coast, capturing the rural character and rendering the many moods of nature and the subtle movement of the seasons.

Evelyn’s work has been a longstanding favorite at Jamestown Designs for nearly thirty years. As we take the reins from Debbie Swistak and Carol Andersen, we’re pleased to continue to present Evelyn’s work, yet shift the focus to her abstract works of art juxtaposed with her classic coastal scenes.

Equally as exciting is Evelyn’s agreement to reproduce a giclee of her Crow in Snow oil painting – a favorite of mine discovered during a creative session at Evelyn’s studio. The Crow in Snow giclee is an exclusive print available only at taste and I couldn’t be more pleased to share this special piece with clients and friends.

Evelyn Rhodes Bio PhotoJamestown’s own Evelyn Rhodes

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 *****

Susan Strauss paints directly on site as well as from imagination in her barn studio. Layered, musical and original, her colorful work evokes feelings of discovery. Strauss’s abstract oil paintings are inspired by local land and water, gardening and weather.  Her paintings are the perfect finishing touch to a fresh, coastal home.

Susan-Strauss---artist2Susan Strauss, Westport, Massachusetts

Closer Reflection - Susan Strauss 18 x 16Closer Reflection by Susan Strauss; 18″ x 16″

 *****

Kelly Milukas is a professional multi-media and multi-faceted artist. There is a playful side of Kelly’s artistic range inspired by her travels, observations and passions. She creates colorful, expressive art in pastel and encaustic that capture the essence of various cultures, animals and still life with big, bold, brave color, shape and texture. Kelly is pure positive energy and her works in encaustic and pastel exude this quality and her limitless curiosities.

 Kelly-MilukasKelly Milukas, Tiverton, Rhode Island

Water-Field-MilukasWater Study V – by Kelly Milukas; Encaustic, 10″ x 8″

 *****

Barbara Owen is a contemporary painter and mixed media artist. After 12 years in New York she moved to Rhode Island with her family.  She mainly works out of a studio in Pawtucket but maintains her close ties and studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Barbara’s Paper Forms works in cut paper can be thought of as “paintings I have bent or sculptures that depend on the wall”.  I’m so pleased to have her work on our walls.

Barbara Owen - artistBarbara Owen, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Barbara Owen -Layered Abstraction - Bubble - Acrylic Ink on Paper - 24 x 18Layered Abstraction – Bubble by Barbara Owen; Acrylic Ink on Paper, 24″ x 18″

*****

Jessica Pisano is Inspired by land & sea. She begins the painting process by documenting what she’s drawn to in nature, either by sketching “en plein air” or using a camera to capture a scenic view. She is interested in the portrayal of time and how atmospheric conditions change the landscape. Jessica strives to create a sense of depth in her work by using the traditional techniques of the Old Masters, applying oil paint in many translucent layers to give the paintings a rich, radiant appearance. As a contrast, she also uses contemporary techniques in which paint is applied in a looser, more experimental and intuitive manner. This combination of art techniques from the past and the present is not just a juxtaposition of style, but also of time.

jessica Pisano in her studioJessica Pisano, Newport, Rhode Island

Jessica Pisano - Afternoon Reflection - oil and gold leaf on panel - 20 x 24 - Retail 2000Afternoon Reflection by Jessica Pisano; Oil & Gold Leaf on Panel, 20” x 24”

But wait, there’s more…  Works of art by New England’s Michael Rich, Peter Roux and Wendyll Brown will also grace our walls. Look for upcoming posts with a sneak peek at their work.

Be sure to join us as we celebrate an abundance of local talent!

Patti-Signature-Top-Bottom-Margin-WEB