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Artist Spotlight: Meet Vanessa Piche

Oil Paintings for the Coastal Home

 

As daylight continues to extend into the evening hours, my thoughts have turned toward last summer’s monthly open houses and the cheerful conversations and laughter shared by all who visited. Not only did we enjoy hosting pleasant company and showing off our new space, local artists featured on our gallery walls joined in on the festivities.

With a lovely time had by all, I’ve decided to continue with Open Gallery/Studio nights this summer. Look for upcoming dates, beginning Thursday evening, May 26th, just before Memorial Day Weekend.

Our July Open Gallery/Studio night will feature the talented Vanessa Piche of North Kingstown. Her coastal landscapes provide a calming essence and a warm quality to our gallery vignettes and would be the perfect addition to private collections. Below, find a sampling of Vanessa’s pieces the gallery at taste will be showcasing.

In other exciting news, we’ve added a gallery of artists and their work to our website! Click or stop by to view our artists’ pieces on-line or in person at 17 Narragansett Ave.

Only the best,

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Vanessa Piche

 

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“Each painting is a conscious creation that feeds my soul. Paint on the brush and strokes on a canvas are just as important to me as air in my lungs and water to drink. The creation process is like planting a seed…something beautiufl grows out of your initial inspiration that makes people stop, look and connect with the world around them.”

 

Vanessa is a passionate Plein Air artist who captures her emotional response to the world around her. Citing “nature as her temple” and painting as a “self reflective practice,” she sees each painting as a conscious creation that feeds her soul. Vanessa competes in nationally recognized Plein Air competitions around the United States and her paintings are in private collections around the world. In 2015 she won the Making Waves Volvo Ocean Race Art Competition and was the 2015 U.S. Artist for Volvo Ocean Race. She spends most of her time painting in New England, Maryland, and Indiana. Vanessa resides in North Kingstown RI with her husband and daughter.

 

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Vanessa Piche – Before Sunset – Oil on Panel – 11 x 14 inches

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Vanessa Piche – Morning Autumn Ranch – Oil on Canvas – 24 x 12 inches

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Vanessa Piche – Quiet Marsh – Oil on Panel – 8 x 10 inches

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Vanessa Piche – Galillee Wharf – Oil on Panel – 8 x 10 inches

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meet team taste member Candace Langan

Get to know our design team and their contributions.

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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.
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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.
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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.

 

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

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

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

Exterior Comforts

Outdoor fabrics and furnishings that don’t compromise comfort.

It’s hard to believe April is just around the corner.  With temperatures climbing toward the 60s, many of us are thinking about dusting off our stored patio furniture and readying to move outdoors. While we still have a few more weeks of chilly nights, now is the time to think about how you’d like to update your exterior dining and entertainment areas, secluded meditation spots and the deck of your sea-going vessels.

Preparing your furnishings for coastal elements–constant fog, rain and harsh sun rays–should be at the top of your check list with priority given to fabric selections. Gone are the days of drab khaki on everything. With technological advances and the creation of mildew-resistant, fast-drying fibers, the possibilities are endless. Adding bright dots, bold pinstripes, playful chevrons or tactilely-impressive weaves to outdoor spaces has become easier because of the multitude of textiles now available, both under hand on slip-covers, decorative pillows, seat cushions and dining linens or under foot with rugs, large and small.

Below you’ll find inspirational images sampling some of the go-to sources we use to beat the wear-and-tear of coastal elements — whether entertaining inland or relaxing sea-bound.

Enjoy!

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The outdoor Soleil line from Kravet is both appealing and comfortable.

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Just a few of the blue, beige and cream fabrics available from Lee Jofa’s Solarium line.

 

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Eden fabrics by Rosemary Hallgarten lend classic appeal to outdoor dining and relaxation as seen in the photos above.

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Solids make a bold punch in this pleasant palette of ocean blues and driftwood, adding aesthetic pleasure to these comfortable Chatham woven furnishings from Kingsley-Bate.

Thibaut outdoor fabric selections lend endless possibilities to dressing up any exterior space.

The Kos Rug by Rosemary Hallgarten brings earthy hues underfoot making it a versatile foundation for exterior dining spaces as well as conversational seating areas.

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Aqua-infused outdoor fabrics from Robert Allen bring sea-inspired hues inland.

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Recycled sails also make a statement and are naturally conducive to the elements. Re-Sails  provides many unique options to dress up your outdoor play space.

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Don’t forget the family pet! Dash & Albert designed their versatile outdoor Wouf so everyone in your family can enjoy relaxing outside in comfort and style.

 

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meet taste team member Julia Reinalda

Get to know our design team and their contributions.

 

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“There’s an easy understated beauty in what we do. We don’t ask for attention but instead work with our clients to create something simple and elegant that people live in and love.”

Julia Reinalda – Interior Designer

 

Following her arrival at taste in 2011, Julia gained broad experience as a Design Assistant and later stepped into the role of Production Coordinator. In this position, she oversaw the custom production process following the design phase, working closely with vendors to customize and fabricate every element of a client’s interior renovation, a level of detail unique to taste.
While she continues to work with vendors on custom projects, she is now assuming greater responsibilities in the interior and installation stages for multiple residences, working closely with taste founder Patti Watson and Senior Designer Kevin Baker from the concept to completion of rooms and entire homes.  Julia’s greatest strength lies in her ability to visualize and oversee the fabrication of custom furnishings ranging from lighting fixtures to custom iron beds.  Her limitless imagination and tenacity to see through the myriad of details during the design process delivers delighted clients time and time again.
Julia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Dickinson College in 2008 and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Interior Design Program. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, an Alaskan hunting guide, their two dogs and their baby girl.

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Julia discussing design possibilities with Wendi and Kevin.
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A recent colors and materials palette by Julia.
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Julie’s design of this lacquered coffee table with lucite base came to life through models and collaboration efforts with Rhode Island company Jutras Woodworking and California Acrylic Design.

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Installation day for this beautiful braided jute rug.
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The beautiful slate in the foyer of this classic shingle style home mimics the ocean palette just outside.
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Julia partnered with Skipper Steve Morris from Nautical Chart Wallpaper to customize the Jamestown wall coverings for this Three Sisters bathroom. The coastal design is complete with porthole mirrors in both the shower and above the vanity and the ocean blue penny rounds tiling the floor.
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The windows overlooking the Narragansett Bay wouldn’t be complete without the customized roman shades designed by Julia.

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Cabinetry adds a masculine texture to this cozy office/study designed by Julia and Patti.
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This grown-up room is ready to be enjoyed…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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the summer house tradition

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

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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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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.

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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.

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

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

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Beachside candle light. Photo by Robyn Ivy.

pride of place

client collaborations that instill pride, for all


One of my most favorite moments as a designer happened again this past week. It’s that instance near or at the end of a project when our clients realize that together, we’ve created pride of place.

In my mind, pride of place is a home that’s deeply personal to my clients. A home with custom-crafted elements by local artisans they’ve come to know. A home that inspires their children to dream large and pursue great things in the safety of its walls. A home with clever ideas that make my clients beam with pride when they share a design detail with family and friends. A home or even a retail building in a small village (as witnessed recently) restored and renovated “to last another 100 years”.

I’ve come to watch for these moments. And carefully provide my clients with a change in conversation or shift in focus in the event they are so overwhelmed, they need a minute to collect themselves. It happens.

Most often, these moments are revealed when a detail so personal to my clients emerges from concept to completion. The model sailboat he built in their first apartment together has a place of honor in the new beach house. The art that’s hung above the antique buffet restored and brought back to life by an artisan who’s become a friend in the process. The children so comfortable and secure they fall asleep at the now expanded kitchen with wrap around banquette in the bay window. The replication of the rosette that so carefully received their attention, now appearing as if it was always there.

You know who you are. Thanks for letting my team and me help create these moments and instill pride in your places.

the original front door saved by our clients and replicated mouldings honor the past while functioning for the future

the original front door saved by our clients and replicated mouldings honor the past while functioning for the future

our client's Mackenzie Childs china collection takes pride of place in the kitchen

our client’s Mackenzie Childs china collection takes pride of place in the kitchen

a classically inspired custom newel post and balusters provide a timeless element to this country home, all designed in collaboration with our client

a classically inspired custom newel post and balusters provide a timeless element to this country home, all designed in collaboration with our client

the addition of a bay window creates comfort and function in the family's kitchen

the addition of a bay window creates comfort and function in the family’s kitchen

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personally selected artwork creates a personal dining room

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.