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Coastal life in Portsmouth’s Common Fence Point

8 Calendar of Events 15 Interior Design

A seaside retreat in Little Compton

63 Gardening

Make the outside as beautiful as the inside

64 A Warren Home in Bloom

Home inspiration all over Rhode Island

68 Learning How to Garden

16 Life on the Links in North Kingstown

70 An Envy-Inducing East Greenwich Garden

18 A Seaside Castle in Barrington

72 Create Your Own Backyard Oasis

20 Advice and Trends from Interior Designers 22 Living History in Tiverton 24 Upgrading a Small Space

74 Last Look

Living the nautical life in Jamestown

27 Home Organization

Get your house (and your stuff) in order

29 A Dream Closet in East Greenwich 30 Organizing Tips from the Professionals 33 Spring Cleaning Inspiration 34 Kid-Friendly Design in the East Bay

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37 How to Get Rid of Your Clutter

47 Home Entertaining

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From the Editor

Fresh Design for Spring In the spring, everything is brand new: the flowers popping up around your yard, the fresh air coming through your open windows, the coat of dust you can finally see because of all that lovely sunlight… You get the point. With all this renewal comes renewed energy to really dig in and freshen up your living space for the coming seasons. That’s where we come

Creative Director Julie Tremaine

in. Our annual Hey Rhody Home and Garden magazine is full of beautiful, fun ways to revamp your home, both inside and out. From tips on home organization to design trends from the pros to creating an outdoor oasis in your back yard, no matter what your DIY dream is this season, we’ve got you covered. Happy spring (and happy spring cleaning).

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Account Managers Shelley Cavoli Louann DiMuccio-Darwich Ann Gallagher Kristine Mangan Elizabeth Riel Dan Schwartz Kimberly Tingle Stephanie Oster Wilmarth Writers Cameron Bryce Kendra Genereux Katlynn Grenier Grace Lentini Andrea McHugh Samantha Santos Mollie Stackhouse Jeanette St. Pierre Julie Tremaine Samantha Westmoreland On the Cover: An Exeter home designed by Lee Chartier of Inside Style and Tara Mernick of re:designri. Photography by Stacey Doyle.

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The percentage of American households that grow at least some of their own food, according to the National Gardening Association. To learn how to DIY dinner, turn to page 68.

Countries in which Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has been published. Apparently de-cluttering is a global trend. To find out what to do with everything you’ve “tidied” out of your house, check out p. 37.

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Spring Forward Get inspiration for your home and garden at these seasonal events April April 16: Energy-Saving Trees Program sounds like a technological sci-fi initiative, but instead is a new program by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management that aims to show people the energy benefits of planting trees on their property. You can sign up online for a free tree and receive quantifiable results, allowing you to have the knowledge to positively move forward in an energy-consuming world. 44 Broad Street, Westerly. 401-2226800, EnergySavingTrees.ArborDay.org April 23-29: Planning to kick off the spring season right? Visit Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum this week for an exhibition of fresh local flowers and other plants in gorgeous floral arrangements, terrariums and potted plants. All of this to celebrate the season and get you in the mood for some spring cleaning. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-253-0412, Blithewold.org April 28: Are you fearless and want to learn more about bees and their effect on the ecosystem? Blithewold is hosting a small talk on honeybees’ life cycle, favorite plants, as well as aspects of installing package bees, collecting honeybee swarms, harvesting honey and rendering beeswax. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-253-0412, Blithewold.org April 30: Are you looking to become a homeowner anytime soon? If so, participate in the Rhode Island Homebuyer Education Workshop in the auditorium of the Westerly Library. You can register online to learn about becoming a successful homeowner in no time. 9:30am-1pm. 44 Broad Street, Westerly. 401-596-2877, WesterlyLibrary.org

May May 14: Fill your belly and mind at the 15th Annual East Farm Spring Festival, hosted by the URI Extension Outreach Center. Showcased will be a huge plant sale, free seeds, the South Kingstown Farmer’s Market, an educational tent with learning activities for the whole family, food, music and so much more. 1 East Farm Road, Kingston. Web.URI.Edu/CEOC May 5: A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of New England, by botanist


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Ted Elliman, published in partnership with New England Wild Flower Society, illustrates and describes more than 1,000 of New England’s naturalized flowers. Join him in a discussion of flora and many of RI’s natural communities. 7-8:30pm, 1 Greenhouse Road, Kingston. 401789-7497, RIWPS.org May 11: Nature’s calling. By attending the Basically Landscaping 101 workshop on creating and sustaining backyard biodiversity, you will be ready to conquer your summer green spaces. Bring your own bag lunch and head down to the Tiverton Public Library. 34 Roosevelt Avenue, TIverton. 401-789-7497, RIWPS.org May 7: Have a weed problem? Want some gardening tips or tricks? Bring a cup of dry soil from your garden for a test. The URI Extension Outreach Center is running a Soil Testing event at the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park. There will be Master Gardeners on hand to answer any of your gardening questions. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 401-384-0718, BCCRWP.org May 14: The Quononoquott Garden Club Spring Plant Sale may be hard to pronounce but not hard to love. Everything from perennials to geraniums to herbs and more will be on display for both first time gardeners and seasoned planters alike at this beloved annual Jamestown event. Fort Getty Rd, Jamestown. 423-0208 May 22: Garden Market Fair? Festival of plants? Wilcox Park? Say no more. This family friendly event hosted by the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park invites you to experience vendors from RI and CT who will be selling annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, veggies, herbs and more. Come over to the children’s corner for garden crafts or listen to the free concert by The Westerly Town Band. 44 Broad Street, Westerly. 401-596-2877, WesterlyLibrary.org

June June 2: Come hike the beautiful Marion Eppley Wildlife Refuge, a 1,100-acre expanse, with the Director of Conservation at Audubon, Scott Ruhren. This

June 4: Plants give us food, oxygen and so much more. Come marvel at some of our local favorites at the Best Native Plant Sale in RI held at URI East Farm. 1 East Farm Road, Kingston. 401-789-7497, RIWPS.org

scenic tour, part of the organization’s first Thursday Botanizing Series, will include discussion of plant-animal interactions and the importance of land, soil and plant communities. 505 Dugway Bridge Road, South Kingstown. 401-789-7497, RIWPS.com June 17-19: Walk amongst the fragrant flowers and lush greenery on your very own Secret Garden Tour of Newport’s historic private gardens. This self-guided walking tour is rain or shine so bring your wellies. 4 Equality Park Place, Newport. 401-439-7253, SecretGardenTours.org June 25-26: Step back in time and experience the grandeur of the Newport Mansions at the Newport Flower Show. Each day will give countless opportunities to enjoy horticultural specimens and floral designs, special garden exhibitions, free lectures, demonstrations and children’s activities. Tickets are also available for workshops and a special luncheon. 424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-847-1000, NewportMansions.org

July July 7: Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Garden Conservancy, along with editor Page Dickey, has produced

an illustrated book titled Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration: 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy. The book is filled to the brim with nearly 200 incredible photographs of gardens and will be available for signing, alongside a lecture by Dickey. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. 401-253-0412, Blithewold.org July 7: Think you’ve seen everything that Roger Williams Park has to offer? First, that’s ludicrous, but second, you can spend your Thursday morning going on a Botanizing Walk with Providence City Forester Doug Still as he takes you through a tour of Roger Williams Park’s many incredible trees. This scenic two-mile walk will end at the Edible Forest Garden. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 401-7853510, RIWPS.org July 19: Beechwood 2016 is a collaborative effort by the URI Master Gardener Association and the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society to bring you a series of lectures about gardening and farming. Insects in the Garden: Friend, Foe or Escargot? is a lecture by gardener Pam Gilpin about, coincidentally, insects in the garden. 44 Beach Street, North Kingstown. 401268-1596, URIMasterGardeners.org

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After more than 15 years in Connecticut raising their two children, Sandy and Paul Fredette decided to return home to their roots in Rhode Island. It just so happened that the first house that the couple looked at was “the one,” and they quickly put in an offer to the three-bedroom, four bath condominium perched on the 12th hole of the greens at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown. Wanting her new space to be de-cluttered and more comfortable as fast as possible, Sandy contacted Tara Mernick of re:design RI in East Greenwich, who then asked her sister-in-law Lee Chartier of Inside Style to assist in the project. The match was perfect. Lee and Tara listened to Sandy but also pushed her out of her comfort zone. The condo has an open floor plan with very high, cathedral ceilings and offers a lot of natural light. The walls were brightened with a light and neutral color palette with varying accents, textures and treatments to distinguish areas, creating a muted but warm atmosphere. They chose a grass cloth for the foyer which matches the color of the great room walls and used torn paper finish on the dining room ceiling to complement the color and add more texture. Due to being located on the greens, the team devised a stylish window treatment of subtly hued, remote-controlled woven shades that added privacy while still maintaining the natural light. After completing the design by incorporating some antique family pieces, the finished space is not only beautiful but a perfect lifestyle fit. –Katlynn Grenier 16

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When John Rochelle first saw Beachmansion, this gorgeous, but in desperate need of TLC, home by Barrington Beach, he was hesitant. “When I finally [looked at it], I told the person I was with not to let on to the realtor how nice we would likely think the property was,” tells John. “Once inside, however, I was so amazed by its beauty, I exclaimed, ‘this is a treasure!’” The property was full of possibilities, but with the sheer monstrosity of the mansion, comprising 14 guest rooms and 20 beds (not to mention the necessary repairs needed throughout), the task was daunting. John took a risk, and was able to preserve much of the home’s original charm: lavish turnof-the-century details including ornate moldings throughout, hand-painted 18

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stained glass windows, stunning hand-carved hearths, striking archways and original fixtures are in pristine condition. Today, period furniture is perfectly placed almost as an homage to the mansion’s past. The view and grandeur can be enjoyed by guests far and wide as John enjoys, in his words, “renting the property out to families who could enjoy the experience of experiencing an occasion together under a beautiful Victorian setting.” John markets the Beachmansion as “a chance to experience old-fashioned splendor without sacrificing all the comforts of today” and prices vary by season ($5,000 to $7,500 per week). www.Beachmansion.net. –Kendra Genereux

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InTerIor desIGn tips from the pros

Designer Advice Local interior design experts on how to start a home project, and how to finish it Even if you’re a DIYer, you can still get help from interior designers. Here, experts from all over the state give their tips on starting a project (and seeing it through). Begin At the Beginning


“Everyone looks for change when spring hits. After you tackle your spring cleaning, try painting (the least expensive way to make a big impact), or switching out drapery, rugs and throw pillows. When designing, I use solid textures on large upholstery pieces so that drapery and accents can easily be swapped out for a change without having to spend a lot on major pieces. Lighter colors and materials, like linen and cotton prints versus the wools and heavy velvets of winter, can make a big difference. They let in more light and add an airy quality. These items can be switched in the fall back to heavier materials and can easily be stored away in the attic for next season. You can completely change the aesthetic of a room in one afternoon.” –Jessica Becker, Jessica Becker Designs, Westerly. 917-544-6433,

“Establish a budget – thinking about the fact that a few good, key pieces will make a huge difference in achieving the desired outcome. Spend your money there and fill in the rest.” –Lee Chartier, Inside Style, 155 Main Street, Wakefield. 401-7837800, InsideStyleRI.com Jessica Becker adds easy-to-maintain terrariums to finish a room

“Go into each room you’d like to update and close your eyes. Open them and do a quick five-second scan of the room. Identify the three things that visually bother you the most. Use them as the starting point for redecorating. This forces you to prioritize rather than feeling overwhelmed with an exhaustive list. When you start to look at each room as a whole, you’ll start to see a story emerging.” –Janelle Photopoulos, Blakely Interior Design. 119 Main Street, Wakefield. 401-789-1516, BlakelyInteriorDesign.com

“Take a look at what you have, and then look at your favorite blogger or Instagram account. Now ask yourself, do the things I have reflect what I love about this? If not, purge! You don’t love it and you never will. Look for the things that you naturally gravitate towards on your inspiration sites and don’t be afraid to collect the perfect pieces over time rather than go crazy at a sale.” –Jill Gebhart, Found Providence, 401887-2019, FoundProvidence.com

FiLL (But Don’t oveRFiLL) A SpAce “It really boils down to the basics of smart space planning and ensuring the furniture is scaled properly. People have the misconception you need to have every wall filled with a piece of furniture, when in reality, your best bet may be to remove a few pieces that feel off-scale, pull the furniture away from the walls and float them for a streamlined and clutter-free space!” –Janelle Photopoulos “Less is more if you can get away with it. Rather than squeeze too many sofas and chairs into a room for extra seating, purchase some fun poofs or ottomans. They’re great extra seating and can be tucked under coffee tables or consoles when not in use. Garden stools also make great extra seating in a pinch and double as side tables.” –Jessica Becker

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Janelle Photopoulos of Blakely Interior Design created visual interest with a rough wooden wall


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“Wallpaper continues to be a strong trend. From archived prints to digital murals, wallpaper makes it way into all my projects. i like using bold patterns in smaller spaces such as powder rooms and in entryways. Because we don’t spend as much time in these

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spaces, we won’t grow tired of a bold pattern or color. Why settle for an accent wall when you could have an accent room?” –Joshua Shockley, Joshua Shockley Interior Design, Providence. 401-743-6296, JoshuaShockley.com “texture is what brings the depth to a room. It comes in many forms: high gloss or matte paint, glass or metal fixtures, soft or sisal carpeting, different fabrics, the stone on your fireplace. Hone your mind to start looking for these in the same way we use color. A large shell your kids found at the beach can be placed on the coffee table for a natural texture in the room. Paint grandma’s rocking chair in a high gloss navy. You want to be on the cutting edge of design? Mix up the room and the mind’s eye with the unexpected texture of contemporary high gloss paint on an older piece. Now we are talking designer room!” –Sherry Pierce, Watch Hill Designs. 140 Main Street, Westerly. 401-596-9282, WatchHillDesigns.com “A good rule of thumb is to find an accent color you love and use it in at least three places in the room. Some easy ideas include placing a colorful teapot, flowerpot or fruit bowl in the kitchen; laying a bright throw blanket over the back of a couch, layering colorful pillows or incorporating area rugs.” –Debora Stevens, The Color House. Locations in North Kingstown, Wakefield and Cranston. TheColorHouse.com

DeSign tRenDS “i love the use of stencils to create a focal wall. They are easily customizable, not a huge investment, create impact, and can easily be painted over if you tire of them.” –Janelle Photopoulos “I love pattern on pattern. Trina Turk and Kate Spade marry the most amazing patterns in their designs. Stripes paired with polka dots, animal prints and ikats, paisley with ticking stripe –I could go on and on. The layering of big bold patterns and bright colors is going to be on trend this spring and summer.” –Jill Gebhart “Terrariums are my new favorite thing. For someone who doesn’t have a green thumb, or who is nervous about pets ingesting poisonous plants, hanging terrariums will add a little life to your space without requiring a lot of maintenance. They’re fun to make and they lend a modern look to any space.” –Jessica Becker “Light and airy spaces, the blending of old and new, and my favorite, coastal. coastal doesn’t have to mean lighthouses and shells – it can also mean ‘old sea captain’ – which allows the blending in of antiques for an elegant but comfortable feeling.” –Lee Chartier –Julie Tremaine

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for the pastor of the Amicable Congregation Church in Tiverton is now a beautiful and inviting home. Peter Bramante and his partner Tom renovated and transformed this country cottage into a warm abode, ready for hosting and serene living. As Providence city dwellers, this “far away” house in Tiverton Four Corners wasn’t the couple’s first choice, but the pieces fell in place so well that it seemed like it was meant to be. The cottage dates back to 1832 and has a one-and-a-half story structure with a central entry in a five-bay façade. The couple worked with Glenn Buie of McLaughlin & Buie Housewrights to create a master bedroom, removed the ill-fitting room off the hallway and returned the kitchen to its original location. Through the renovations, hidden architectural details were uncovered and put to good use. Original timbers that were removed to raise the roof of the bathroom were repurposed and fashioned into an exposed beam in the living area and kitchen. An antique door was later affixed to a sliding barn door rail, and old built-ins were used in shelving around the home to add character. The focal point, though, is the grid-like wood panel wall made from previously removed barn board wood. The result became a simple and flowing design with plenty of color and natural light, full of comfort and ambience. –Katlynn Grenier


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Small Wonders Utilize little spaces in your home to make a big impact

When looking to revamp small areas in your home, interior designer Janelle Photopoulos of Blakely Interior Design, says “First, ask yourself what function do you have a need for. Could you repurpose the small nook beside the front door as a drop zone for mail so it doesn’t end up on your kitchen counter? Using small spaces to fill a need is so much more rewarding that just making it pretty.” Here are some tips on how to fully utilize little spaces. Rethink unuSeD SpAceS “take the doors off of hall closets and style the shelves as if they were a built in bookshelf. Breathe new life into the heirloom china set or crystal vase that never gets any use behind closed doors – display those items like pieces of art and transform the hallway into a showcase.” -Jill Gebhart, Found Providence, 201-887-2019, FoundProvidence.com

“No real use for that double wide closet in your guest room? create a built in office that can be tucked away behind closed doors when guests arrive. A desk surface and shelving can be built right in. Use a contrasting wallpaper as a backdrop before the built-ins go in. Paint the shelves a coordinating color. Make sure it complements the rest of the room when the doors are open. For an odd nook, build in a bench or

Jessica Becker created this multi-purpose nook in Westerly

banquette with storage beneath. Add throw pillows and cushion seats for comfort.” –Jessica Becker, Jessica Becker Designs, Westerly. 917-5446433, JessicaBeckerDesigns.com

eDit DoWn YouR FuRnituRe “Edit what you have first. Most of us own way more than we need. Don’t use a lot of little things in small spaces. Fewer items in the correct scale will both work and look better.” –Lee Chartier, Inside Style, 155 Main Street, Wakefield. 401-7837800, InsideStyleRI.com “You should edit your furniture and accent pieces just like you edit your wardrobe. I tell my clients an object added for effect instead of affection will always look like an affectation. If you don’t love or use it regularly, put it in storage. If you don’t miss it in six months, donate it.” –Joshua Shockley, Joshua Shockley Interior Design, Providence. 401-743-6296, JoshuaShockley.com

Joshua Shockley loves to use bold wallpaper in small spaces


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“If your furniture is taking up all of your floor space it’s time to downsize. You want enough sitting space for you and your guests and a place

for each person to set down a drink. Typically I’d say in small space two feet of walking room between the sofa and ottoman/coffee table is a good rule of thumb. Keep entryways clear, especially if they open into a room rather than a mudroom or hallway. Eliminate boxy furniture. pieces with tapered legs that come up off the floor will make the space look roomier.” –Jill Gebhart

oRgAnizAtion iS keY “those velvet skinny hangers are worth the investment. They create a lot more space in an overcrowded closet, and keep everything as neat and tidy as aboutique. Double your space in your kitchen cabinets with wire shelves that allow you to stack more items. Large decorative baskets are the best to store shoes and bags when you don’t otherwise have the room. It keeps items that have to remain in plain sight a little neater and will declutter your floor. I keep a basket for shoes by my back door and in my front foyer.” – Jessica Becker –JulieTremaine

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You’ve been at One Governor Street for over 30 years. Why stay in Providence? I love Providence – the incredible architecture, its maverick history and the sense of community. I live in the childhood home of my father who was born in 1906. And in Providence, as in many cities, people are increasingly embracing the notion of “shop local” and that is a great thing.

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If your mattress cover is stained, soak it in cold water and OxiClean before washing with detergent and white vinegar (to deodorize). When you remake the bed, dust the bare mattress with baking soda to draw out dirt and odors, then replace the mattress cover and remake the bed. Wash your pillows in the washing machine just like you do pillowcases.

CurtAins You can steam most fabrics. Save yourself the arduous tasks of taking drapes down, then washing and pressing them by investing in an inexpensive garment steamer. For delicate fabric like lace, toss it in the dryer with a dryer sheet to refresh.

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WindoWs The outside of your windows are much dirtier than the inside, especially after the winter. Focus your efforts there. Choose a gray day with little wind: you’ll avoid both streaks from sunlight and new dirt blowing on your clean windows.

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eric and michelle turgeon were expecting their third child when they came across a spacious five bedroom home in Barrington. With a large backyard, family-friendly community and proximity to the beach, the Turgeons knew this was the house to raise their children in. With a few updates and the help of Providence interior design shop Kreatelier, the Turgeons decorated their home to be livable with three kids and pets – nothing too precious or permanent. Michelle had slipcovers made in durable, outdoor fabrics in fun and playful patterns. One of the touches they added for the kids was painting the kitchen island a bright turquoise with chalkboard paint. They also made sure they had plenty of storage space. The mudroom has many hooks to hang coats, and bags and a storage bench for everything else. As the family loves the water and they are close to the beach, they decorated their house to reflect a fun, coastal vibe. The living area has fish covered pillows on a blue couch and a painting of seaweed hangs on the wall. The storage bins even look as though they are made of fish nets. This family home is nautical and fun, and proves that smart organization can be useful and stylish. –Katlynn Grenier 34

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2. drop it off The Salvation Army accepts everything from appliances and clothing to furniture and vehicles. With 55 drop off locations in Rhode Island (plus a pick up service as well), it’s easy peasy. Ctri.SalvationArmy.org/SNE

3. donAte it All sorts of nonprofits have wish lists on their websites seeking used items. Blankets for animal shelters and cell phones for domestic abuse shelters are just a few examples of how your trash can be someone else’s treasure. Serve Rhode Island has a comprehensive list of charities. ServeRhodeIsland.org

4. Consign it Consigning your stuff is a great way to get rid of gently used clothing and home goods, and also get paid for it. Each store has a different policy, as some will pay up front and others pay you as items sell. See Yelp for a local roundup.

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RI KItchen & Bath Tanya Donahue, Vice President • Prudence Stoddard, Director of Design 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick • 401-463-1550 rikb.com RI Kitchen & Bath is

obsessed with details. As a full-service design and build company, the remodeling specialist offers a uniquely comprehensive approach to creating personalized spaces within your home. With dedicated teams that guide clients all the way from consultation to completion, the process is detail-oriented yet stress-free for the homeowner. “We believe that the remodeling process should be smooth and even enjoyable,” says Vice President, Tanya Donahue. “Our ultimate goal is for clients to absolutely love their homes. We believe that clients should also love the process itself, and we aim to make it as fun as possible.” RI Kitchen & Bath was founded in 1989 when Steve St. Onge created the company with an eye towards offering a one-stop shop for clients. With a background in remodeling, Steve envisioned a business that offered skilled designers, contractors, builders and installers all under one roof. As company president today, Steve is at the helm of a thriving business that provides an in-house design team, craftsmen and an expansive showroom conveniently and centrally located on Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick. “It’s completely service and client oriented,” Tanya explains, adding that the collaboration is based around client needs and schedules. “Kitchen and baths are complicated projects that often times can be overwhelming for our customers,” she says. “Our designbuild approach guides homeowners through the hundreds of design and planning details, which our craftspeople then can translate into successful project outcomes.”


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Visualizing a finished space is an integral part of the process, and that’s where the showroom comes into play. “The showroom is a great source of inspiration,” Tanya says. “Clients want to see and feel the products, and see how all of the elements come together.” From backsplashes and sinks to cabinets and lighting, the showroom allows customers to not only see the fine work of the designbuild teams, but also the wide variety of products available. “We tell our customers ‘dream it and we’ll find it.’ says Prudence Stoddard, Director of Design. In addition to their detailed showroom and RIKB’s Best of Houzz page that provides homeowners with inspiration, they work with a network of suppliers and manufacturers to source unique and hard-to-find products. As part of a buying group, the company has exclusive access to items and prices not available directly to the customer. “We pass that amazing selection and savings right to the customer,” Prudence says. As an industry leader, RI Kitchen & Bath continuously stays ahead of design and build trends. “We do extensive research so that we always present the highest quality products to our customers,” Tanya says. Part of that research is finding products, like cabinets, that are made using sustainable materials, and appliances and hardware that save energy, water and money over time. “It’s critical that the design has form and function,” Prudence adds. Their well-designed kitchens and baths have received numerous national accolades from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, National Kitchen and Bath Association and Houzz.com. Free monthly

seminars are offered to the public as a way to keep the community educated and engaged about home remodeling trends. “We’re excited that Kevin O’Connor from This Old House is presenting twice this year,” Tanya says. By embracing their clients’ vision and delivering cohesive planning, design and installation in an engaging and enjoyable way, RI Kitchen & Bath creates custom-tailored spaces. “We really do love the details. When the project is complete, every piece comes together and becomes a space the client can truly call their own.”

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Exodus dEsign group Christopher and Ann-Marie Goddard, owners 167 Granite Street, Westerly • 401-782-2700 • ExodusRI.com When it’s time to make your dream home a reality, talk to the creative team at Exodus Design Group. Ann-Marie and Christopher Goddard offer home design and general contractor services, whether you want to add onto your home or create one from the ground up. “I treat my clients as friends with respect and honesty,” Ann-Marie says. “We strive to go above and beyond expectations, we believe in accountability and we do things the right way. We don’t want to be the biggest design-build team, but we want to be known for being among the elite in our area.” Exodus serves Rhode Island, but will travel to Massachusetts and Connecticut for projects both residential and commercial. Ann-Marie and Christopher are the perfect blend: she uses her artistic skills to help clients shape the vision of their home, and he executes the team who will make it happen. “I love design in all aspects, so I help with choices on the exterior design, such as roof shingle style and color, house color, deck design and more,” Ann-Marie says. “We also offer extensive interior design services for our construction clientele.” She lived in California for 15 years, where she discovered that she loved to buy houses, fix them up and sell them. “It’s called flipping now, but it wasn’t then!,” she describes. When she moved back home to Rhode Island, Ann-Marie met Chris. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but God has a way of putting us on a path before we even know it’s the one we want. It was a natural progression for us to merge what we did into a business. We’ve been doing this now for 11 years.” The design aspect of Exodus evolved from

clients asking the pair for advice on aesthetic choices on home projects. “Before we added design, there seemed to be a disconnect between designer and contractor,” Ann-Marie says. “Our philosophy is that the two go hand in hand.” They’re in the process of building a showroom in Westerly. “Our goal is that the showroom will save time for everyone,” she explains. “All the design work can be done in-house under one roof. We can order items and install them immediately.” When the space opens in May, it will offer extensive options for: kitchen and bath design and cabinetry, countertops, flooring, tile, window treatments and other custom fabric needs like bedding, upholstery and throw pillows, furniture and even some artwork. What’s especially nice about having one design-build team is that it eliminates the all too common delays in communicating between designer and contractor. “I work with my husband to manage the schedule of his crew, which ensures the project not just be designed in a timely manner, but a team is available to make that design a reality without a long wait,” she says. It’s also common for Exodus to work with other designers when a client wants to hire someone separately, and they offer trade discounts to outside designers. Another benefit to Chris and Ann-Marie’s decades of experience is that they collaborate with the best in the business. “We have the same people we’ve been working with for years, from architects to draftspeople,” she explains. “Everyone is a team when we have a project. It’s always the same people, and always top quality.”

“Our process is to be responsive and help people work with what they have, be it adding more space, reconfiguring current space or just doing a fresh update,” Ann-Marie says. She has been the National Association of Professional Women’s Woman of the Year, and holds certifications in tile and kitchen and bath design. “I’m blessed with a love for learning, and an uncanny ability to make the things I want to happen, happen,” she says. “That’s a God-given passion and talent, and I’m simply grateful for the abilities I was blessed with.”

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Dream Homes & Gardens Watch hill Designs, llc Sherry Pierce, Owner 140 Main Street, Westerly • 401-596-9282 WatchHillDesigns.com • WatchHillBoutique.com Sherry Pierce knows

good design. Her business, Watch Hill Design, is a full service residential and commercial interior design firm and boutique, offering services ranging from new construction to simple updates, from beach retreats to urban living. Whether it’s adding that special touch to a room with Hunter Douglas blinds and shutters or renovating an entire house, she can help you bring your dream to reality through her passion for design. Sherry launched her first business in her hometown of East Greenwich over 25 years ago. Now, Watch Hill Designs – which is part design firm, part home and art boutique – is making a splash in Westerly. Her clients agree. “Sherry took the time to understand my vision and designed a space that far exceeded my expectations,” one client says. “I appreciated that she was always mindful of my budget and would offer money saving alternatives. Sherry is an energetic, enthusiastic and talented designer, who made the process of decorating stress free and enjoyable.”

Sherry has the unique ability to meld old with new, and works hard with all budgets. If she can’t find something she needs at the right price point, she will make it. Her creativity allows the room to become a “one of a kind” work of art that reflects everything the client envisioned. “I’ve always had a talent for really hearing a client’s needs and then putting the answer into action,” Sherry says. Another happy couple of clients agree. “We cannot imagine a better designer to work with,” they say. “A good listener with an incredible eye for detail, Sherry is creative, intuitive and professional. She understands our needs and our budget, and works hard to provide unique solutions. We love her passion, dedication & wonderful ideas!” Even if you’re not ready for a home makeover, stop by Watch Hill Designs to browse the collection of international fine art, works by local artists and locally made products. Those are the details that truly make a home. As Sherry says, “I love what art can do for a room and a family.”

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of GrandScapes, has always had a passion and admiration for nature. “I started my first lawn maintenance company when I was just in grammar school,” he says. Peter realized, even in his early years studying horticulture at the University of Rhode Island, that he wanted a professional career that would showcase his love for nature. His dream was to build a business that would help others fall in love with their environments. With a mission to bring the beauty of nature and people together, he created Grandin Landscape in 1987. “I believe that our personal environment should blend natural beauty with our personalities,” he explains. “Our design and build team creates customized landscapes that are intended to create harmony between people and nature.” By getting to know his clients and understanding their lifestyle, Peter and his skilled crew create beautiful landscapes that


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allows them to maximize the enjoyment of their outdoor spaces. “We take pride in learning our customer’s likes and dislikes, right down to the very forms, shapes and colors they like. The process gives us a tremendous understanding of what homeowners desire,” he says. From walkways and patios to fireplaces and waterfalls, Peter strives to create extraordinary, one-of-a-kind landscape environments using a wide variety of revolutionary materials and products. With over 29 years of experience, Peter and his employees have mastered the many botanic varieties and endless natural treatments, whether in rock, slate, composition materials, water or wood. “This complete understanding only comes with experience, which is what GrandScapes’ design and build team will bring to your home,” he explains. “Our landscape goal is for a lifetime enjoyment that continues to grow with you, your family and friends.”


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Tara Mernick and Lee Chartier have always had more than a professional respect for each other. The two interior designers are also sistersin-law – but they didn’t start working together until just a few years ago. The relationship between Inside Style and re:designri has created beautiful results (like the home pictured on the cover of this magazine). “We still have our individual design businesses, but have come together to collaborate on a number of projects,” the women say. “It works wonderfully for us and for our joint clients.” Tara and Lee have a 15 year age difference between them, which means that they have very different aesthetics and opinions – but also that they have a great dynamic as a design team. “Designing alongside Lee has been a true blessing,” Tara says. “We certainly bring out the very best in each other and our talent combined is awe-inspiring (if I do say so myself).” Clients agree, calling them a “dynamic duo,” a “dream team” and “a breath of fresh air.” They work on everything fromdesigning interiors to managing complete renovations, new construction and additions. They also design exterior spaces including decks and patios. Lee and Tara also stage homes for sale. The women aren’t just a source of great ideas. “We get involved with the execution of the whole project,” they say, helping clients find

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subcontractors like painters, cabinetmakers, finish carpenters, plumbers and electricians. “We’re hands on and behind the scenes to the very last detail.” Their clients find it such a relief that the women have relationships with reliable people, so there’s no guesswork in executing the vision for a space. Though Tara and Lee are color experts who pride themselves on creating the perfect hues for a space, the fun really starts with picking furniture. “We have a knack for finding quality pieces, both old and new,” Lee and Tara say. They scour estate sales, consignments shops throughout New England and other “secret” sources. “When we go to the Brimfield Antiques Show, those are some of our best days together,” they say. “Clients say we find the most unique things they’ve ever seen.” When working separately, Lee is the owner and designer of Inside Style, a design showroom in Wakefield. The beautifully curated store is a mixture of new, refinished and repurposed furniture and antiques along with carefully chosen home decor items. “We offer complete interior design services to help clients blend their existing treasures with unique pieces to create a comfortable elegance that fits their lifestyle,” she says. In addition to redesigned and antique home furnishings, the store offers lighting and accents in a variety of

styles. They also carry fabrics for custom window treatments and bedding, and offer upholstery service. Inside Style also sells stylish plantation shutters, shades and blinds. Tara and her husband, master carpenter Michael Mernick, have been running re:designri, a design/ build firm, for 10 successful years. Re:designri offers architectural and decorating design options for the interior and exterior of your home. “We approach each assignment as a creative collaboration with our clients,” Tara says. “Together we change your world one room at a time.” Their design process takes a client’s lifestyle and turns it into a functional, composed design. “This attention to detail, along with the interest in enhancing the architectural aspects of a given space, is what creates the look and feel of a well designed home,” she says. Tara has the vision, and Mike, “an uncompromising, oldworld craftsman,” turns it into a reality. “I love creating homes where everyone feels at home,” Tara says. “Capturing the spirit of the client and the essence of the space is truly my passion. Helping people love their homes is an amazing job.”

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Blakely InterIor DesIgn Janelle Blakely Photopoulos, Founder and Principal Designer 119 Main Street, Wakefield • 401-789-1516 BlakelyDesignGroup.com “Good design always starts

with a conversation,” says Janelle Blakely Photopoulos, founder and principal designer of Blakely Interior Design (formerly Fresh Nest Color & Design). Since the inception of her interior design company in 2010, Janelle has quickly grown her business and has established a reputation for creating beautiful, livable interiors that reflect her client’s personality. “It’s all based on open communication between the homeowner and the designer,” she says. With a bright aesthetic and creative approach, the team at Blakely Interior Design believes in pushing clients just past their comfort zone to create unique and inviting spaces that beautifully reflect their inhabitants. Blakely Interior Design offers a variety of services ranging from single consultations to complete home interiors. Though the South County based firm is primarily focused on residential design, they have worked on a handful of impressive commercial projects, most notably The Matunuck Oyster Bar. Blakely Interior Design also offers boutique services such as space planning, furniture reupholstery, window treatments and color consulting. Janelle is known to have an eye for detail that makes the interiors she and her team design unique and fresh. An expert with color, texture and scale, Janelle has the innate ability to expertly edit her client’s existing interiors, thoughtfully marrying both old and new. “With an appreciation for a wide range of design styles, our team feels equally at ease designing traditional and modern spaces and uses that inspiration to


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create beautiful, layered interiors,” says Janelle. While they primarily work on full-service design projects, Blakely Interior Design also offers a quick-time design service that provides a room redesign in three weeks. Although custom designs are not available, this service is perfect for those on a tight timeline and don’t mind managing the project beyond the design phase. Despite her artistic nature and eye for design, Janelle was drawn to earn her bachelors degree in business and marketing at Syracuse University where she developed her business acumen. “We believe that good business and great design go hand in hand,” she explains. “We take it very seriously that a client has entrusted us with their money and we intend to use it wisely. Our internal systems, paired with our core values as a company, enable a seamless design process and creates trust with our clients.” After a successful career honing her management skills in corporate marketing, Janelle realized her true calling and attended the Rhode Island School of Design to learn the technical aspects of interior design and was also certified as a color specialist. Janelle founded her firm in 2010 and has built a support team that reflects her vision and commitment to her clients. Janelle, who lives in Saunderstown with her husband and three children, is passionate about helping her clients love their surroundings. “Our clients really enjoy the process,” she says, pointing out that Blakely’s phenomenal customer feedback has led to four consecutive “Best of Houzz” awards in both Design and Customer

Service. Janelle was also recently honored to be selected as one of the designers for the Rhode Island Home Show Designer’s Showhouse. They’ll be designing a stunning coastal nursery that brings local design elements to a whole new level. Be sure to stop in at the Home Show at the RI Convention Center March 30 through April 3 to visit (and vote for!) their design.

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was a Newport native while Bettie Bearden Pardee – named as one of the 100 best party hosts in the United States by The Salonniere – grew up in southern California, later in Atlanta, so one could expect it was a hard decision for the couple to choose where to live full time. Though at first Bettie thought waterfront property was a must, she reflected on her true passion, gardening, and imagined the possibilities when she and Jonathan laid eyes on a tree-peppered parcel perched perfectly on Bellevue Avenue, Newport’s toniest address. Arguably, the place Bettie feels most at home may just be her gardens. Meticulously planned with landscape designer Ginny Purviance, the four season garden is the home’s pièce de résistance. Manicured pathways, an elegant orangerie and a custom built bench that subtly features Bettie’s monogram invites guests to experience the fruits of her labor. Though one of the newest homes in the historic district, guests quickly forget that fact as the design concept, furnishings and décor are intentionally positioned to evoke 18th century living. “From the solarium to the kitchen to the library, every room on the first floor we have dined in except the guest room for any number of occasions,” she says. “I love having so many choices. It’s always like a new party.” The Pardees have worked to ensure every guest through their doors feels welcome and at home. As Betty says, “I think that’s the most gracious thing to do for a guest.” –Grace Lentini


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The perfect dinner party starts with having the right tools in the kitchen. Get them at stock Culinary Goods (756 Hope Street, Providence. 521-0101, StockPVD.com), which offers creative and thoughtful kitchen supplies and foodie gifts; or at Wickford Gourmet Factory outlet (656 10 Rod Road, North Kingstown. 401-294-8430) where you can get everything from pots and pans to flatware and serving platters for significant discounts. Wakefield’s store Four (673 Kingstown Road, Wakefield. 401-783-7388, StoreFour.net) specializes in gorgeous linens and finishing touches for a table. You also need to make sure your kitchen is stocked with great foods – preferably local ones. In the summer you can’t throw a rock without hitting a farmer’s market, but there are several great ones in the off season, too. They all happen on Saturday mornings, now through May. Pawtucket’s Hope Artiste Village hosts the Wintertime Farmer’s Market, which has vegetables, meats, seafood, baked goods and food trucks serving lunch if you just can’t make it home. In North Kingstown, Lafayette Mill is home to the Coastal Growers Market, which happens inside an artist community where you can explore local makers and local growers. In Bristol, the Mount hope Farmer’s Market on historic Mount Hope

Hey Rhody! Don’t feel like cooking (or cleaning)? Hire a private chef for the night, for two or twenty guests. Chris Oliveri of World’s Fare Chef has been cooking for two decades, and will travel all over the state to cater in your home. That’s the definition of an effortless party. WorldsFareChef.com


Farm happens year round. Middletown’s Aquidneck Growers’ Market takes place at Newport Vineyards, so you won’t need to stop at the liquor store to get wine for the great dinner you’re about to make. For a full list of farmer’s markets around the state, visit FarmFresh.org.

leARn to Cook Now that you’ve got everything you need to cook a great meal, it’s time to figure out what to do with it all. Luckily for you, there are gourmands all over the state just waiting to teach you how to cook. In North Providence, the husband and wife team of Phil Griffin and Malinda Coletta are Professor Chef. They teach you how to make delicious, impressive food that’s actually very simple to make – and serve you homemade wine, which is another class they offer. 41 Lookout Avenue, North Providence. 401-749-3312, ProfessorChef.com At newport Cooks, Mary Weaver teaches classes for kids and adults. Kids start with the basics, like preparing a weeknight meal or decorating a cookie bouquet, whereas adults can learn from guest chefs from some of Rhode Island’s most prestigious restaurant kitchens. 796 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown. 401-293-0740, NewportCooks.com Johnson & Wales University turns out restaurant quality chefs with four year culinary degrees, but the school also offers one-day Chef’s Choice workshops for amateur chefs-in-training in everything from regional cuisines (think Spanish tapas, or Indian) to knife skills, wine appreciation and appetizer preparation. 321 Harborside Boulevard, Providence. 855-JWU-1881, Academics.JWU.edu/Chefs-Choice The opulent ocean house in Watch Hill offers regular cooking classes,

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as well as instruction in wine tasting, cheese pairings, local food foraging and more. Make an event out of it at one of their foodie weekend escapes, like the Culinary Boot Camp from April 22-23. 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill. 401584-7000, OceanHouseRI.com

CReAte A seAsonAl tAblesCAPe You wouldn’t spend all that time shopping and cooking and then serve everything in a less-than-beautiful setting, would you? As every student of Martha Stewart knows, presentation is key. The best way to set a gorgeous table is with flowers. But why spend on fresh ones that only last a few days? In Barrington, Grasmere (6 Franklin Street, Bristol. 401-247-2789, GrasmereTheShop.com) creates artful displays of dried and preserved flowers. You might also be surprised to learn that times have changed, and that the new silk flowers are an elegant and lasting option for home

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Floral Design 101 Create your own gorgeous arrangements, with the help of Michelle Lariviere of The Flower College at Studio 539 Flowers in Providence steP 1: Beginners can use chicken wire to use as a grid, which helps with the shape of the arrangement. “Use the tools to help you design beautiful arrangements,” Michelle says. “Some people use floral foam, but I think chicken wire is a more natural way to shape your arrangement.”


steP 2 : Start by using your foliage to create a base for your design. Make sure that you remove any leaves that would be under the water line. “Get really creative,” she encourages. “Look around your yard to see what’s natural and easily accessible.”


steP 3: Begin your arrangement with larger, full flowers so that you can create your arrangement shape and then fill in with smaller flowers. Pick hydrangeas, roses, gerber daisies, snapdragons, green trick or lilies as your base and accent with smaller flowers like tulips, ranunculus, spray roses, orchids or lysimachia.


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steP 4: Keep proportion and shape in mind as you design. For a typical arrangement, twice the height and twice the width of the vase are aesthetically pleasing. “It depends on the style of your design,” Michelle claifies. “A lush, round look should be exactly in proportion to your vase. Garden style can be looser.”














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spring, they host concerts in their basement “Bad News Bar,” with live talent belting out tunes. “Our hope is people will feel like they want to stay longer than they had planned,” they say. “The house is set up, intentionally or not, for relatively small groups of people to gather for conversation in the dining room, living room, patio or bar. We’ve had some lively ones, and nothing is off limits. If there is a vibe, it’s to chill out with music, conversation, food and drink. Take your shoes off, help yourself or we’ll wait on you, whatever makes you happy.” -Andrea McHugh

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Sally Merritt Swart, master photographer, captures heartfelt, artistically styled portraits of children, families and pets in your garden or hers! “Photographing in gardens is a favorite of mine. The combination of natural light, amazing color and texture creates an aweinspiring background! ” By appointment.

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splashes of color and the element of motion. You’ll always find out of the ordinary accents for your home or garden at Courtyards.

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Tiffany Peay creates beautiful, one-ofa-kind, handmade fine jewelry. Color, movement and healing are the trademarks using 14k gold to complement unusual varieties of gemstones and pearls. Visit the shop or browse the website to experience the jewels. “Discover The Power Of Gemstones.”

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Sakonnet Farm is now open daily, offering a variety of succulent hanging pots and planters. Visit our website for information about our monthly events for families when you can visit the farm, sample our homemade jams & jellies, and feed the baby goats, pigs, ducks and chickens.

Visit Gallery 4 to find a unique selection of Turkish and Chinese ceramics and an array of carefully chosen home decor from the Near and Far East. Their collection includes new and antique Oriental rugs, Fine Art and jewelry. Also kilim bags, shoes and home furnishings.

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Jeweler Peter Tirpaeck uses the “redirecting” process to cut apart older, unworn rings, refashioning the stones into an entirely different creation.This economical and symbolic approach enhances the value of what you already own. All work done on premises.

Offering home furnishings and accessories by local artists and specialty imported products that add beauty to any home. With Spencer Peterman wooden bowls, Simon Pearce glassware, furniture designs by Mitchell Gold and Lee industries, The Cottage carries everything for the avid host or hostess.

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Photography by Grace Lentini

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The Family Garden

Nancy Tache is part of five generations

that have been continually living in her Touisset home for over a century. In the early 1900s her great grandfather, Adelbert Goff and another developer established the tucked-away neighborhood of Toiusset in Warren and Swansea. In 1911, the Seaview Avenue house was completed and was used for generations as a summer house. Nancy and her husband Pete decided to winterize it and raise their kids there. With access to the land and sea, Touisset offers ample farmlands all while being bordered by Mount Hope Bay and the Kickemuit and Cole Rivers.


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Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge, owned by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, comprises 66 unspoiled acres of salt marsh, meadows covered with wild flowers, upland field and wooded habitat. In Nancy’s own backyard is a garden that she had planted for her grandmother but which quickly became a hobby of her own. The beautiful landscape overflows with perennials, stonewalls, daylilies, black-eyed Susans, daisies, purple coneflowers and many more variations. The large front porch offers up an amazing view of the lush scenery and ocean while being open to the warm glow of the sun and being a serene place to relax. –Katlynn Grenier

Photography by Michael Cevoli

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Even if you weren’t blessed with a green thumb, don’t give up on having a dream garden. We sat down with Kurt Wilcox of Hopkins Hill Nursery for some garden maintenance tips. Tell us about Hopkins Hill Nursery. What are some of the services you offer? We’re a family-owned nursery, in business for over 20 years, offering a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials as well as mulch, compost and bagged goods. We cater to homeowners and landscape contractors alike. Also, we offer landscape design and installation services for both residential and commercial customers.

When’s the best time to plant? Is it already too late? You can really plant throughout most of the year, although fall is the best time. Spring is also a very good time as well.

What types of plants are pest proof? How do I keep pests away from my garden? It depends on the pest, of course. There are a variety of products out there (both organic and otherwise) that will keep insects off of plants. As far as animals are concerned, we usually get a lot

of questions regarding deer. The best way to keep deer out of a garden is to plant deer resistant plants. We keep a handy list of these at the nursery for our customers who need help in this area.

What are some good beginner plants? What are low maintenance? This depends on the area of the property you’re planting in. For sun, I like knockout roses, spirea, a variety of sages, black-eyed susans, coneflowers and sedums. For partshade part-sun, I like hydrangeas. We have a huge selection of those at the nursery. For shade, hostas are always a good choice (unless you have a lot of deer), as well as ferns and coral bells.

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What’s the rest of your nursery selection like? We have a large stock of flowering trees, shade trees, evergreen trees and shrubs, as well as specimens and topiaries, from small potted sizes to large caliper B&Bs. We also have a large selection of hydrangeas, as I mentioned before, as well as roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, viburnums, spireas, low growing evergreens, hedge evergreens, perennials for all different site requirements, and much more!

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GardeninG learn how to garden

Anywhere Farming A beginner’s guide to gardening, keeping bees and raising chickens If you’ve ever had fantasies of making your own little house on the prairie but don’t think you have the space for it, think again. There are creative ways to grow your own food, make your own honey and keep chickens in almost any yard. BeekeepiNG For BeGiNNers

So you have a little piece of land and have decided that you want to grow something besides grass and weeds on it. If you weren’t blessed with a green thumb, opt for a hands-on instructional class. In Providence, the south side Community Land Trust is offering hands-on gardening instruction on April 9 for their 7th Annual Urban Agriculture Kick-Off from 11am-1pm (Various community gardens. 401273-9419, SouthSideCLT.org). In Warren, New Urban Farmers (569 Main Street, Warren. NewUrbanFarmers. org) holds free gardening classes from April through September; all you have to do is sign up ahead of time. Soil testing is also an important part of starting a healthy and productive garden. The Uri Master Gardeners (401-874-4836, URIMasterGardeners. org) hold soil testing events across the state throughout the growing season. They even have a garden hotline for all your plant questions.

Bee-lieve it or not, there is a movement towards keeping your own bees, and with good reason. Keeping your own bees will increase your garden’s productivity, provide you with pounds of honey and help add to the declining bee population. But, there are many things to consider when starting an apiary. First, check your local laws and do your research to make sure that you are allowed to own bees in your town. Additionally, owning bees isn’t like buying a cactus that you may or may not kill. Bees are living organisms that require care and have costs associated with them. Because of this, there are classes available at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College offered by the ri Beekeepers association to teach you everything there is to know about keeping bees. Everything a beginner beekeeper needs to know is covered through-

The 15th Annual East Farm Festival on May 14 is a great resource for starter plants, seeds and soil testing from the URI Master Gardeners


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Starting your own garden is easier than you think, especially with hands-on instructions from area farms

out the course, like the honeybee life cycle, buying bees and equipment, choosing the best site for your apiary, where and how to buy bees, types of equipment you’ll need, how to put the hive together, getting the bees into said hive and nectar sources. By the end of the course you will well on your way to your goal of beekeeping. 401-2076879, RIBeekeeper.org

raisiNG ChiCkeNs Everyone knows that free-range eggs taste the best. Happy chickens lay even happier eggs, and you can have them every morning if you’re in the market for some backyard chickens. Of course the first step is to check your local laws to see how many chickens you are allowed to have, if roosters are allowed or if you can have chickens at all. Once you’ve figured this out, talk to a professional – someone who can tell you everything you need to know about what it takes to keep chickens. Cluck! Urban Farm and Garden supply is a wonderful resource for keeping chickens and beyond. A quick perusal of their website and you will find out ways to start your flock, where to get hens, chicks or fertilized eggs and how to choose a breed. They even offer services such as coop consultations, which

is a great way to determine where to keep your flock. Consultations take into account all aspects of your backyard. Drake Patten, the owner of Cluck!, will suggest the best management practices including setback, size and building strategies. She can also give you her advice for the best way to start your own flock. This practical overview covers how you want to start your flock – with chicks, pullets (a young hen) or egg laying hens – and which breeds are right for you. There’s even a Chicken Keeping 101 class on April 6 from 6-7:30pm at Cluck! that covers all the ins and outs of having your own flock. With a little know-how and great advice, you’ll be well on your way to farm fresh eggs straight from your backyard. 399 Broadway, Providence. 401-2741160, CluckRI.com –Grace Lentini

Hey Rhody! Want to know what to put in your garden at what time of year? Or are you curious about creating a garden that attracts certain wildlife. Gardening in RI is chock full of all the information you need. GardeningRI.com

Photo by (top) Grace Lentini, (bottom) courtesy of URI Master Gardeners

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Creativity in Bloom

Fifteen years ago, Michael Merolla toured an outdated, lackluster home in East Greenwich near Goddard Park. In addition to its shabby condition, the house’s choppy floor plan was awkward at best. Convinced that the Cape Codstyle home built in 1942 had “solid bones,” Michael bought the place and quickly took to destroying it. A professional interior painter, color consultant and spacial planner concentrating on redesign of kitchens and bathrooms, construction zone living didn’t faze him. While protective plastic sheeting hung from the walls, for example, Michael didn’t hesitate to hang art from it. “Quality of life is important,” he insists. His vision was to transform the Cape into a charming cottage peppered with 70

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whimsical touches throughout. An avid entertainer, Michael ensured that though the actual square footage of the home isn’t over the top, the layout and design makes it feel quite generous. The stunning wraparound porch and ample back patio equally accommodate guests, so parties ranging from 40 to 60 people can still be comfortable. Reflecting on his home’s transformation, Michael says it was a “soulful” experience. But you don’t have to take his word for it. His “Serene Cottage by the Bay,” as its dubbed, has been a perpetual 5-star rated AirBnB rental for three years. Visit AirBnB.com and search “Serene Cottage by the Bay” and see – or stay – for yourself. –Grace Lentini

Photography by Grace Lentini

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“Beautifying your yard for the spring can feel overwhelming. you need a plan for your yard that encompasses your personal style, functionality and overall look. Once you’ve mapped out a plan for your yard, keep in mind that incorporating classic New England elements such as natural stone, brick and native plants create a timeless statement with a big impact. Involving a professional landscape company is also very helpful in helping you stick to a budget, narrowing down the best material options for your yard, and making sure your investment is long-lasting while giving your yard a fresh new look.” –Matthew Palin, Terra Verde Elegant Outdoor Living. East Greenwich, 401-295-2900, TheTerraVerde.com “Lavender and lemongrass are natural bug repellents and look great potted on a table. Oh, and a firepit never did anybody wrong! In New England we’re lucky: the summers here are the most amazing in the world and you don’t need much to

create a fun and comfortable outdoor oasis.” –Jill Gebhart, Found Providence, 201-887-2019, FoundProvidence.com “Bring the indoors out. Create outdoor spaces that are as comfortable as your living room. Outdoor cooking areas, fireplaces or pits, and comfortable weather-resistant furnishings make sense. Outdoor fabrics and rugs are a practical trend that work both indoors and out. And it’s a great place to use recycled materials that can withstand the elements. Pallet furniture, repurposed vintage windows, verdigris containers, all lend themselves to a rustic outdoor feel with a dual purpose as furnishings or accessories. Essential components are comfortable sofas and chairs, a cooler that doubles as a table, large umbrellas to keep you safely in the shade when needed. Rugs and wall decor complete the look of the ‘room.’” –Jessica Becker, Jessica Becker Designs, Westerly. 917-544-6433, JessicaBeckerDesigns.com –Julie Tremaine



Spring is Here! A conversation about starting the growing season right with compost

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Professional HVaC • servicing all ri A chat with John Barth, farm manager at Earth Care Farm. How is compost different than loam or topsoil? Loam varies in quality and content but is often low in nutrients and lacking in the qualities of healthy soil. Compost is a nutrient rich soil amendment made by utilizing bacteria, worms and fungus to break down excess yard and food resources. Quality compost will eliminate any need for fertilizer while providing long-lasting fertility and increased water holding capacity. Our products are near neutral Ph and so amending with ECF Compost will provide a long term balancing of our acidic native soils in RI.

How can compost be used in the spring season? For planting of trees, shrubs and perennials dig the hole twice as wide as the root ball and fill with a mixture of 50% compost and 50% existing soil. For native plantings, use 10-25% compost depending on Ph of existing soil. Compost can be used in a year round turf grass management plan. Early spring is a good time to dethatch, aerate, and top-dress with compost. Before planting vegetable seedlings or seeds, incorporate 2-4” of compost into bed depending on existing soil health. Compost is also a great base for making potting soil mixes.

What is your compost made of? We blend fish scraps, shellfish, manures from the Roger Williams Zoo and local farms, and food scraps from the Providence Place Mall and other businesses and schools with sawdust, wood chips, straw and leaves. Our mountains of compost are kept aerated and this creates an environment in which the organisms thrive, building up heat that kills weed seeds and disease spores. This closely managed system and variety of ingredients gives plants all of the minerals and nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy.

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What is the easiest way to start a new garden? Raised beds are a popular and convenient way to grow vegetables or flowers and eliminate much of the most difficult labor. We make a Raised Bed Mix, designed to be a ready-to-plant blend, which will provide sufficient nutrients for two years of growth without any further additions.

What does it mean to be a Wholistically Managed Farm? Our practices of composting and farming rely on the vision of natural systems as our best teachers. We do not use synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. We can learn how to achieve the goal of high yield and quality while improving the surface of the earth.



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Finishing Touch

Dave and Tricia Evangelista of Jamestown are living the dream retirement. They redesigned their 2008 48-foot Kadey Krogen boat and moved aboard full time last year, staying in Rhode Island during the summer and moving down south for the winter. The Evangelistas wanted a warm and welcoming look, so they enlisted the help of Ally Maloney, the Warren-based designer of Maloney’s Interiors. Without taking the nautical theme too overboard, Ally used traditional navy blues, creamy whites and mixed patterns to create a layered look in the small space. The fabrics are not only functional and durable but stylish and comfortable – and most importantly, water-repellant. –Katlynn Grenier


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