Join us for Holiday Preview 2015!

Please join us for the 14th Annual Bristol Holiday PreviewBristol’s night to shine!!! Follow the luminaries as you stroll, shop & dine joyously through Downtown Bristol from 5pm to 9 pm. This year the Holiday Preview will be held Friday & Saturday, November 20th and 21st with some businesses also offering extended Sunday hours. 

We are so excited to be celebrating our 5th year participating in this great Bristol tradition at Sea Rose Cottage (21 Constitution Street, Bristol, RI).  We will be open for the Friday and Saturday festivities from 10am-9pm both days and closed on Sunday.


Sea Rose Cottage is also participating in Bristol’s 2015 Snowflake Raffle!  Shop local for the chance to win cash prizes.  During Holiday Preview Weekend, double Snowflake Raffle Tickets will be given for each $25.00 purchase at a local participating business starting at 5pm on Friday through the weekend.  Find out more about the Snowflake Raffle here.

Bristol Snowflake Raffle

The East Bay Chamber of Commerce is making it even easier to shop local this Saturday through sponsorship of a free Trolley with multiple stops in Bristol, Warren and Barrington from 11am-5pm!


For more information about the Holiday Shopping Express click here.


An added bonus?  Sea Rose Cottages work and wares were featured in the East Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Shopping Express segment on The Rhode Show!

Please join us in Bristol and the East Bay for a fun and festive weekend and Holiday Shopping Season!


Photo Credit: M.C. Lamarre


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Cottage Style Magazine – Sources

As you know, we are so excited to be featured in the Fall/Winter edition of Meredith Publication’s Cottage Style Magazine!  Read more about the backstory here.


While some of our sources are included in the magazine’s Sources Section (page 143),  we have been fielding questions about paint colors, fabrics and other findings so we thought it best to do a complete roundup here.


The sources are listed by page number below.  If we left something out or you have any questions feel free to comment on the post.  Here goes!

Sources for Happily Together, pages 84-91, Cottage Style Magazine, Fall/Winter 2015 Edition.

Page 84 – Kitchen Banquette:
Banquette cushions in Monaco Ticking fabric from Annie Sloan’s European Fabric Collection upholstered by Botelho’s Upholstery in Bristol, RI.  Red Anemone Print Pillows from Oliveira Textiles, Bristol, RI.  Red stool from Second Helpings in Bristol, RI painted in Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.   Wood tray painted in a custom mix of Florence, Provence, and Old White Chalk Paint®. Tobacco basket, vintage lobster sign and bench are all finds from the Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show.  Pedestal Table from Ballard Designs.  Light from Restoration Hardware (discontinued model). Wall paint:  Benjamin Moore Ivy Lane, trim & woodwork Benjamin Moore Linen White. Floor:  Carlisle Wood Flooring.

Page 86 & 87 – Living Room:
Antique Maps: Tiverton & Little Compton, RI- Family Heirlooms, Bristol RI Antique Map from the Mount Hope Farm Antiques & Garden Show, framing by Bristol Picture Frame, Bristol, RI.

Sofa Slipcover by Botelho’s upholstery, Bristol, RI, Slipcover fabric-Oliveira Textiles, Bristol, RI.

Pillows:  Oliveira Textiles Paradise Pillow in Azure, hand-painted pillows by John Young from Epilogues (Bristol, RI), and Fabric Connection (Middletown, RI) sourced fabric pillows by Shirley Allen (Bristol, RI).

Wire basket with glass fishing floats, flower frog and large shells from Epilogues.

Painted Finishes:  Wicker Stool (custom mix of Provence & Old White Chalk Paint®), Bamboo side table (custom mix of Aubusson Blue, Florence & Old White Chalk Paint® ), chair (Provence Chalk Paint®) and industrial-bench-turned-coffee table (driftwood wash technique using various colors) all painted in Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Aqua cart- IKEA, Antique Ship Light-Sea Rose Cottage.  Wall Color:  Benjamin Moore Elephant Tusk, Trim BM Linen White.  Rug:  Dash & Albert Indoor/Outdoor Diamond Light Blue/White

Page 88 – Dining Room & Page 89 Dining Room Hutch (upper right)
Gothic Mirror-Ballard Designs, Chandelier- Pottery Barn.  East Lake Mantle, hutch, vases, and artwork are all finds from the Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show.  Candelabras & silver containers are family heirlooms.

Window Treatments:  Budget Blinds (Barrington, RI) for Rachel Duchesne Interiors, Bristol, RI.

Farmhouse Table legs and skirt painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone, finished with Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax.  Tablecloth from LinenVision (Etsy).

Dining Room Chairs:  Alfred’s Consignment, Warren, RI painted in Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan,  slipcovers by Shirley Allen, Bristol, RI.

Wall color Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue at 75%, trim Benjamin Moore: Linen White

Page 89 Dining Room (upper left)
Vintage sign: Acushnet River Antiques, New Bedford, MA.  Vintage Warehouse Apothecary Style Storage: New Bedford Antiques, MA.  1880’s era Baltimore Chair-road side find.  Basket -Brimfield Antique & Collectibles Show

Page 89 Kitchen (lower left):
Farmhouse sink by Shaws.  Dash & Albert Indoor/Outdoor Rug  Samode, blue stool from Eagles Nest Antiques in Portsmouth, RI, Rhode Island  Souvenir Style Dish Towel Kate & Company, Bristol, RI

Page 89 – House (lower right):
Paint Colors:  Clapboard-California Paints in Jackson Antique, Shutters- California Paints in Warren Tavern, Trim-Pratt & Lambert  in Downy Gray, Door-Color Guild in Wright Red, Window boxes-Provence Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Salvage Shutters, Brooklyn Restoration Supply, Brooklyn, CT.  Cement urn planters-Brimfield.

Page 90 – Bedroom:
Wall color Chalk Paint ® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in a custom mix of Provence and Old White (1:2 ratio).  Trim color:  Benjamin Moore Simply White.   Painted spool table in Chalk Paint ® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in a custom green mix.  Blue/green chair yard sale find.  Vintage bedspread, Eagles Nest Antiques Portsmouth, RI.   Lamp –JC Penney, clock LL Bean, Pillows & Sheets Pottery Barn.  Decorative pillows, rugs and throw online sources.

Page 91  Bathroom (left)
Wall Paint: C2 Paint in Salty Brine, Adlers Hardware, Providence, RI
Trim Paint: Benjamin Moore Linen White.  Dash & Albert -Spice Ticking rug.  Aqua bin from IKEA

Page 91 Shop (right):
Vintage Paint Supplies Sign:  Robin Jenkins Antiques, Tiverton, RI, letters painted in Provence Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  Window Treatment:  Pottery Barn Kids.  Stool:  Frame: East Bay Thrift Shop, Bristol, RI, painted in Provence Chalk Paint® with a dark wax finish.  Paper bunting by Elyse Major, Tinkered Treasures (RI). Blue/green warehouse storage cabinet used for paint is a Brimfield Find.  Rugs and rug swatches from Dash & Albert Rugs.

First Floor Remodeling:
Other citations for first floor renovations pictured on page 84 (banquette), page 89 (kitchen pictured lower left) and page 91 (bathroom pictured left) were included in the magazine and also below:

James Asbel, Architect, Newport Rhode Island
Ventura Construction, Middletown, Rhode Island
Lisa St. George, Kitchen Designer, Arnold Lumber, Wakefield, RI.

We hope you find this source list helpful!


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Cottage Style Magazine Feature

I am so happy to share that our house and shop are featured in the Fall/Winter 2015 Edition of Meredith Publication’s Cottage Style Magazine.  One of my favorites!  On newsstands now.  The story is called “Happily Together” and is written by Sara Wolf with Styling by Fifi O’Neil and Photography by Mark Lohman.


The feature story (pages 84-91) not only magically captures the spirit of our home and shop, it is so beautifully styled and photographed that I have to pinch myself that it is actually our home!


It is hard to believe now that it was more than a year and a half ago when my friend Elyse Major pitched the idea for the feature!

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Photo Credit: Melissa Bettencourt

Thanks to Elyse’s magic and some great timing, we were tucked nicely into a packed schedule of New England photo shoots led by the one-and-only author-stylist-editor Fifi O’Neil and the amazing Mark Lohman, Photographer.



The story was artfully captured by Meredith Publication’s contributor Sara Wolf.   Assisting was Mark’s son Taylor who accompanied him from California for the back-to-back shoots.


For those of you who know us, or know what it is like living in an old house while you are restoring it, seldom is there a time when any room is ‘camera-ready.’  Having a room rewired or patching a plaster wall starts to become THE finished  look.  Lets just say we spent a very large part of 2014 working on rather than ignoring the details!

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We had a lot of help along the way including some great advice and assistance from friends and family.  There were also lots of folks who prioritized their work schedules so some of the finishing touches would be done in time.  A complete list of sources for the photo shoot will be the subject of a separate post.


For now, special thanks go out to out to fellow Rhodies Elyse Major, Ali and Greg Fox, Nicole Downing,  Rachel Duchesne of Rachel Duchesne Interiors, Jeff Gladding of Epilogues, Dawn Oliveira of Oliveira Textiles,  Lee Ann Freitas of Indie Growers, Mr. & Mrs. Botelho of Botelho’s Upholstery,  Ray Ricci of Budget Blinds, and Custom Builder Niles Gregory’s team of painters and electricians who helped make the ceilings and walls sing and cast some much needed light on the subject.


Needless to say I didn’t get any pictures during the photo shoot myself! I was so focused watching Fifi and Mark and their process that I forgot all about it.  They were very generous to allow me to observe and follow along.  I was so happy that Elyse made time to join in the fun, it was great to have her moral support on the big day.


Photo Credit: Elyse Major

While the beautiful flowers that were shipped in for the photo shoot were the star of the show, Fifi and Mark were equally (if not more) fond of our lunch—delicious Lobster Rolls from Quito’s—and the occasional sustaining latte or coffee from Angelina’s when they briefly broke during their 10-hour session.


We capped it all off with a celebratory dinner at The Lobster Pot restaurant and an amazing sunset view over Bristol Harbor.  While it was a whirlwind visit I was glad to spend time with Fifi, Mark and Taylor and see them enjoying their brief but productive time in Bristol.


I have a feeling we will be seeing them in their future travels and they will have yet another opportunity to Explore Bristol.  The perfect Lobster Roll beckons!





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“Posh” Pink Paint Stirs Speculation!

It is hard to believe that three unsuspecting pots of paint could cause such controversy!  Meet Antoinette, Emile and Henrietta

Posh Pink Paint Trio

Apparetly these “posh paints” quietly made their way to Anmer Hall, the current home to the expectant couple of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, from the Annie Sloan Shop in Oxford–or so it was thought.

It now turns out that this painterly trio somehow spilled the goods to Sebastian Shakespeare of the U.K.’s Daily Mail fueling speculation that Kate Middleton may be expecting a baby girl.  Since his first report “Does this posh pot of paint mean Kate’s having a girl?”  news and conjecture has spread across the continent and the pond.


Source:  Mirror U.K.

It is no surprise that Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan appeals to the royals–what with its rich pigments, historic color palette and being known to many as “the best paint in the world.”  However, up until now no one attributed divination qualities to this high end brand!


While Annie Sloan is being mum on the subject—neither confirming or denying the location of her happy hues, the speculation continues.  I for one, am REALLY interested in which color the royals prefer, will it be Antoinette?


Work by Annie Sloan, photography by Christopher Drake

“A soft pale pink that takes inspiration from the dusky wall colors and decorative pieces of 18th century French interiors.”


Work by Annie Sloan, photography by Christopher Drake

Could it be Emile? “A color used first by artists and then in decorative work, finding its beginnings in bohemian Paris.”


Work by Annie Sloan, photography by Christopher Drake

How about Henrietta?  “The Grand Tours of the 18th century brought this color into the finest houses of Europe as part of gentle neoclassical schemes.”

While the jury is still out on weather Prince George will have a baby brother or sister, there is no doubt that Annie Sloan rules as the Queen of Color and that her Chalk Paint® truly befits royalty.


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Fifi O’Neill’s May 9th Book Signing Event

Sea Rose Cottage is thrilled to be teaming up with crafts author and home décor writer Elyse Major, to host stylist-author Fifi O’Neill’s New England event to celebrate her latest book Prairie-Style Weddings: Rustic and Romantic Farm, Woodland and Garden Celebrations!


I was fortunate to meet Fifi along with her collaborating photographer Mark Lohman when they photographed my home last year.  I so admire Fifi’s work and learned about her upcoming publication Prairie Style Weddings during her visit last Fall.  The idea for the book signing in Bristol emerged and I am so happy the stars aligned to make this event come together!

Blithewold Loggia

Fifi’s only New England Book signing Event will be held at the breathtaking Blithewold Mansion Gardens and Arboretum.  THE perfect setting to celebrate Woodland and Garden Celebrations and the release of Fifi O’Neills latest book! 

“Prairie-Style Weddings are the perfect blending of romance and pragmatism, of simplicity and embellishments. Handmade, sustainable, and accessible elements set a casual, welcoming, and celebratory tone that transform fantastic dreams into reality. Prairie-Style festivities embrace all sorts of humble materials in ways that elevate them from ordinary to fabulous.”

Whether you are planning a wedding, event, or are just an admirer of Fifi’s timeless style, we hope you will join us!

​When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hosted by:  Nancy Chace of Sea Rose Cottage and Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809
Cost:  Free with Museum Admission or Museum Membership.  General admission tickets and museum memberships can be purchased online in advance at or the day of your visit.
  Books can be purchased at the event or in advance below from Sea Rose Cottage.  For your convenience, your advance copy will be reserved for you and can be picked up at the book signing.

Price: $30.00 Coming Soon
Prairie Style Book Cover
In addition to the main event, the book signing will feature delicious nibbles and sips prepared by the incredibly talented Max Hobbs and happily sponsored by Sea Rose Cottage.  Attendees will also have opportunity to tour the mansion and grounds.
We are fortunate to have contributing sponsors that will add to the fun!  Artist Nancy Rafi of Heart of assemblage will graciously be leading guests in hands-on make-and-take projects from Fifi O’neill‘s book.
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Carol Riley of Bristol-Cottage will be sewing up a surprise vignette inspired by Prairie Style Weddings–you will need to attend the event to see her creation in person!
Prairie Style Book Cover
We also have a number of contributors to our event Swag Bags!  The first 15 attendees to buy a book and get it signed will be the recipients of a Swag Bag filled with inspired offerings.  Sponsors include Efex decorative appliques,  Sew Extra-Ordinary Sewist, Vintage Lizzie, Tinkered Treasures & more!


Stay up to date with all the event details at our Facebook Event Page. Hope to see you there!








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Coastal Cottage Piano Seat {Before & After}

I love furniture that has cottage appeal!

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When I found this Eastlake era walnut bench I thought it would look fabulous with a fresh new look.  I didn’t realize it was a piano seat with storage until I brought it home! A nice surprise.

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The plan was to pair Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan with one of my favorite fabrics from Oliveira Textiles.  This worn velvet fabric will be replaced with….


Oliveira Textiles colorful Anemone print in Mystic Blue!

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This colorway pairs perfectly with Greek Blue–an exuberant paint color created by Annie Sloan and inspired by the Mediterranean.


I love the organic and graphic quality of the sophisticated coastal-inspired pattern.  The fabric comes in beautiful colorways and custom colors as well.   Be sure to shop Oliveira Textiles while you are in town or pop over for a virtual visit here.

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Thanks to some handy upholstery by a local artisan, the fabric is artfully carried on inside the bench.

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While it is a far cry from its late Victorian origins…

Bench After1pmedI believe everyone deserves a makeover at least once or twice a centennial–even a coastal cottage-inspired one!





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The British are Coming!

The British are coming— thankfully this time for the British Motor Car Festival! British Motor Car Fest logo

Please save the date for the fun & fabulous British Motor Car Festival is to be held in Bristol, Rhode Island June 12th to 14th, 2015 at Colt State Park! The Motorcar Festival is patterned after the much celebrated British Invasion Car Show held in Stowe, VT for the past 25 years.  What a special treat to have the festivities come to Rhode Island!

Bristol Welcome Sign


This first Bristol spring Motorcar Festival will bring in 300 or more classic British motorcars cars in addition to several thousand attendees. The Festival will kick-off on Friday at Colt State Park featuring a Rally and a Registrant’s Reception.

British Car Competition


On Friday night there will be a street party in downtown Bristol along Independence Park with a live band and reserved parking for British Motorcars.  Saturday will start with the arrival of the “QUEEN” in her Royal Carriage to a Bristol Train of Artillery canon salute.

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Saturday will feature the Concours d’Elegance (Judged Competition); the British Classic Motorcar Show (People’s Choice); a British Car Corral; New British Motorcar Display, The British Marketplace; British Music, Food & Beverages; a British Attire Competition for Car Show Registrants, Guests, and the General Public; and of course the Ladies Hat Competition; and more. Sunday will offer a morning drive and more activities.



No doubt Bristolians and visitors alike will be rolling out the red carpet for this Bristish Invasion!  We are already planning out some fun projects to mark this special occasion.  Perhaps another British Flag furniture project?  You will have to stay tuned…..

Union Flag Dresser plarge

To learn more as the plans for the fun festivities unfold, click here.  As always, we invite you to Explore Bristol!

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Creative Rx: Matthew Mead Workshop

Fresh off the publication of one of my favorite projects in Cottages & Bungalows magazine, I was looking for a creative escape as a way to rejuvenate or “fill the funnel” as my friend Margo likes to say.


Source: J.T. Designs

She always uses that term to describe the sales process– to seek out new prospects never knowing what will come to fruition.  I think that advice applies to the creative process as well.  We all need different sources of inspiration to keep the creative juices flowing and to allow for possibilities to unfold and develop in their own time—without expectations.


One thing I know for certain is that when I am in a creative funk, the best medicine is often a hands-on activity or workshop where I can be fully present.  However convenient, losing myself in an ever-cascading rabbit hole of social media will not do the trick.




Enter my friend Elyse Major, who is always up for a new adventure.  After a brief discussion we decided that only one antidote was in order—-

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Elyse Major
Photo credit: Marissa Bettencourt Photography

…a road trip to New Hampshire to visit THE Matthew Mead in his studio for one of his winter workshops!

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Matthew Mead

As many of you know, Matthew Mead is an accomplished stylist, writer, author, photographer and lifestyle editor.

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Source: Cover by Matthew Mead, Better Homes & Gardens, Dec 2014

He was also the style editor for Country Home magazine, one of my all-time favorites.
(Remember the design home they assembled in Grand Central Station? Just epic!)

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We quickly registered for the Workshop and before you know it we were in Matthew’s studio working on a fun and creative project, enjoying all the camaraderie while so graciously being hosted by Matthew and his wife Jenny.

The setting, the food, engaging conversation, creative play and just plain ‘ole good cheer made the day so wonderful and memorable.

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During the workshop, I had the opportunity to create a decoupage plate, something I have wanted to do for eons after seeing a feature on John Derian’s work in a home decor magazine.  We were able to select from several styles of plates and beautiful papers in a variety of motifs.

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I love how they all came out!


While everyone has their own way of re-igniting the creative spark, in my case the Valentine’s Workshop at Matthew Mead studio was just what the Doctor ordered…

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A feast for the creative soul!

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Many thanks to Matthew and Jenny Mead, to fun & adventurous Elyse and her indispensible (but sometimes annoying) GPS phone app, and to our fellow workshop attendees.

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Looking forward to more inspiration from Matthew Mead! I’m especially excited for his next publication, Upcycled Style Magazine featuring my friend Danielle Driscoll from the Finding Silver Pennies Blog.

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  Coming soon to a newsstand near you!

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Brighten Up with Barcelona Orange!

This sturdy dresser with dovetail drawer boxes was found at a New York Flea Market.

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Knee deep in home renovations, my neighbor asked for some help getting the dresser updated for her son’s room.  She had one simple request.  ”Paint it the brightest orange you can find.”


Annie Sloan’s Barcelona Orange was the obvious choice!

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The first order of business was to remove the ornate metal scrollwork accents on the top and bottom of the dresser to make it a bit less fussy.

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While changing out the hardware was initially anticipated, in the end we stuck to the original drawer pulls which pair well with the brightly painted finish!

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Now buttoned up in a fresh coat of Chalk Paint® this dresser is ready for its newly refurbished home….

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and just in the nick of time!




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Cottages & Bungalows Feature!

So thrilled and honored that my painted Subway Car Dresser is featured in the February/March 2015 edition of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine!

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You may remember the tutorial I posted on my blog about the dresser here.  It is one of my favorite projects because it brings to life so many memories of growing up in Boston.

Subway Dresser Sideview After

It is also an original concept that lends itself to reinterpretation in oh-so-many ways!

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Elyse Major
Photo credit: Marissa Bettencourt Photography

My friend Elyse Major, a fellow Rhode Islander, author & home décor magazine contributor was so smitten with this playful DIY project that she wanted to find a way to showcase it to a wider audience.

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Enter the talented Morayo Sayles of Piper Brown Photography and the next thing you know Elyse & Morayo are working their magic styling and photographing my ode-to-Boston subway car dresser in my Bristol, Rhode Island home!

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I so enjoyed this creative collaboration and seeing the feature in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine’s Idea Notebook.  The article is so wonderfully written by Elyse and beautifully photographed by Morayo.  It is cleverly titled “Ticket To Ride.”  Lucky for me I get by with a little help from my friends!

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Photo credit:  Cottages & Bungalows Magazine

 On newsstands and available in digital editions now.


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