Usually I focus on the beauty and lifestyle of my coastal town. But every once in a while I am forced to leave the shoreline for some fun in the city. When I do, I usually head into Providence. It's renaissance is in full bloom. Simply put.. this is a fantastic small city. That's not just my opinion, Architectural Digest did an article in their June 2014 edition on the city. Jump on the bandwagon!

Providence’s sexy new boutique hotel, The Dean, designed to feel hip, and artisty ... fits right in to the new Providence. This hotel totally speaks to me. Take a peak and I will show you why you should have a cocktail, dinner, or stay the night at The Dean in Providence, Rhode Island 

First off...Their marketing is fun, hip and artsy.

Old School Meets New School

The Dean Saved My Life Last Night

God Save The Dean

Check into the new Dean Hotel and you won’t find a telephone or a dresser in your room. “We find that passé,” said general manager Anthony Pellegrino of the decision to forgo phones in guest rooms. “Everyone has a cellphone these days.” And as for dressers, who unpacks anymore? But in each of the 52 guest rooms you will discover fried-chicken chocolate bars, European antiques and concrete elephant end tables made by local artist Will Reeves.

The Providence Journal, April 2014

They Add A Unique Boutique Approach To Hopitality 

After a renovation and an almost two-month “soft opening,” the century-old building at 122 Fountain St., most recently home to a strip club, officially opened in April, as a sleek boutique hotel. The $7-million project is a collaboration between Providence native Ari Heckman’s New York real-estate development firm, ASH NYC, and artist-entrepreneur Clay Rockefeller, founder of Providence arts nonprofit The Steel Yard.

Heckman said it was inspired by the trend of “newer concept hotels that are locally authentic,” most notably the Ace Hotel, with locations in New York, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles.
“I thought it was strange that the hotels here tend to be pretty corporate,” he said, “because Providence has this reputation of being an artistic, quirky place.”

The Providence Journal April 2014

The Dean Hotel

Oh Yeah, the Food, Drinks, Karaoke.

Texture plays an important role in the design of a home. Though sometimes a subtle influence, texture can provide a backdrop for the overall design of a room. When used well, texture can provide dimension, depth and character to an otherwise bland living space. The word texture seems to refer only to how a surface feels, but it also incorporates visual components, influencing not only how a room feels, but how it looks.
We all know how great it works on our front porch. Is there anything more inviting than a wicker chair and table when you approach your home. Well more of us are using textured pieces to bring that feeling inside our homes.
Over at the BLISSFUL BEE they are doing texture and it looks great. I love the chair . Also what makes this space so great is the wired baskets and raw wood shelf add more texture.
Here the use grass cloth on the bed frame evokes feelings of a warm island breeze. Calming and welcoming.

Just adding a woven lampshade can make a subtle impact in a room.
So this summer if you come across a woven object consider it for your interior. It's not just for the front porch anymore.
One of my good friends is getting married and having her reception on the beach. Well...perfect right! So we spent some time together this week, talking coastal décor, menus, and cost. Since she having an event at the shore she wants a comfortable, casual coastal feel,  starting with the tables and coastal tablescaping. Sweet! That's right in my wheelhouse. So I decided to share with you some ideas on this topic. Casual or fancy, I love them.

Simple and fun!

Placemats and matching napkins in seahorses add a lot of fun to a coastal table.

Its all about texture .

The woven stick runner and the small seashells creating wonderful texture to a casual coastal tablescape

Simple Elegance

Just love the wooden candle holders paired with the mercury glass.


Oh yeah, this speaks to me. Dramatic and still very simple. Love the coral and candles.

And just remember, tablescapes are not just for special occasions and your dinner table. They can be created in any place in your home. So go to your local consignment store and pick up a few  nautical pieces and start creating. 

It will make your soul happy!

We all know the golden rule---if the wood is good, keep it. However, if the wood is marred, or the finish is dated, why not reinvent it and use it as a statement piece in your home. Why not love it again!
So it started here, a cherry wood dresser much like the one in this picture, that sat in a garage for 3 years. Before it was in garage,... it sat unloved in the basement. Hadn't been used in 5 years.
Wala- Coastal Inspired Dresser in blue and white stripes and brass pulls
Here it is refinished with a light blue and cream latex, walnut stain rub, (to give it a more beachy weathered look) and given a protective polycoat in satin.
I really love it. Anyone who lives along the shore will appreciate the breeziness the dresser has now. It has a nautical nod that is light and welcoming.  It would be beautiful anywhere in your home. It has five deep drawers that provide lots of storage.

The top has been sanded and given Poly stain in Bombay Mahogany.
What a great piece at an entryway in your home. The storage  could be used for all your summer needs, Towels, sunscreen, and flip flops.  

Hope you guys like it.
If you're like me, you've been enjoying a lot of blues in your home décor. Ohh ya....lot's of soft blues and turquoise. Well this season I am embracing NAVY. I really like the impact of this rich, deep,  saturated color. So the question I put out there is...IS NAVY THE NEW BLACK IN DESIGN?
PictureRalph Lauren
Ralph Lauren is using it in his home line. Timeless and beautiful. Crisp, Clean and Nautical.

Deep saturated walls in NAVY balance the dark ebony tones of the furniture in a completely modern way. While the antique furniture may have come from your grandmother, this styling speaks to the way we live today. Sweet!  

Etsy Store has lovely décor accessories including  these great pillows.

Bring in Navy by simply adding this palate to your sheets and pillows

I guess this door would look great in any color...but I sure do like the impact of the NAVY. Yes please!

Consider Navy !

Not to be confused with any  other Coastal Consignment...we have our very own, here in southern New England and it is really, quite fabulous. I'm one of several artisans' in residence and I'm thrilled to be working with them. It's owner is the beautiful Suzanne Martell and she is doing great things with her shop. Fun and sun can be found in abundance. High end goods at moderate and affordable prices.  It's just what our community needed, a wonderful place with a focus on coastal living. Stop in and you'll fall in love too!
Owner, designer and creative driving force...Suzanne Martell. Opening Day October 2013
If you are in the southern New England area, make sure to stop in and take a peak, you won't be disappointed and may even find a treasure or two.

COASTAL CONSIGNMENT    401.315-2255         100 Main Street Westerly, R.I.    

For all the work I do In coastal colors....I'm secretly in love with white. Now my hubby has no love here and we had to compromise on a soft grey for our living room recently. And I like the grey...but I would have loved to do all white. I have been inspired by these looks. Take a peak,
Love, Love, Love, this. You know when you look at a staged interior and feel like they created just for you. This speaks to my sensibility. Clean. Comfortable. Interesting and informal.
White works because it evokes a cozy, cottage feel to any environment.
How great is this! Your participation supports local social services programs, for families in need.
Anyone interested in participating can call CINDY MAC ( Jonnycake Center) at 401.377-8069

Fun Fun Fun!

Let's start with my own makeover...the retro Thomasville dresser. This is  tounge and groove craftsmanship made of solid maple. Problem here is it is dated. Can it be upcycled? I wanted to give this piece a nautical nod. A little less formal and little more coastal,  Take a peak. 


This is the 6 drawer Thomasville. My Piece was the 9 drawer version. And this is the starting place before the upcyling.


Using a chalk paint in Nantucket Breeze, I gave the dresser a soft coastal body. Then using a portable sander, I gave it gentle distressed look. You know, like it's lived along the shore for a while. I sanded the top and applied a Poly-Satin Bombay Mahogany stain to finish and protect the wood.
Coastal  Living did  piece on Jimmy Fallon's Beach House and since I'm a huge fan of his and his wife, I wanted to share their photo shoot. His wife is a very cool lady, she works with Drew Barrymore at Flower Productions and met Fallon while making the much loved (by Red Sox Nation)film, Fever Pitch. As you can see I know way too much about this....Take a peak at Jimmy's place by the sea.
Formerly a horse farm, this 2.2 acre property in Sagaponack N.Y. was purchased in 2012. Built in 1850, the main house is the centerpiece of this property.

The dark hardwood floors compliment the creamy wall color. Love the beachy cottage bench, in this entry way.

Love the low key casual feel of this space. Starfish and a candle in apothecary jars are all it needs. Love the French doors to the backyard  pool.

PictureWOW! Top floor suite. Love the white!
Wow! top floor suite! Sweet!