Rhode Island Monthly Magazine Feature

So excited to have my work featured in Rhode Island Monthly Magazine’s May, 2017 edition!


Several months ago RI Monthly contacted me to see if I would be interested in contributing a project to a story they were doing on furniture restorations.  I was more than happy to collaborate! 


I had a fun project in mind—bringing new life to a much loved and well-worn midcentury modern desk.  It had great lines and was sturdy, but the walnut veneer was worn and stained in sections.  I was hoping to be able to showcase at least some of the original wood veneer as part of the restoration.


The project was approved and the next step was to outline options for the furniture restoration.  I did some sketches and was given the thumbs up to go forward with any one of my choosing.  That was probably the hardest part!




After taking a closer look at condition issues, it was clear that I had to rule out all of my designs that retained the original wood veneer as a feature (top row pictured above and 1st sketch in the 2nd row).  That was unfortunate as I discovered the desk was made by American of Martinsville and dates to the 1960′s.



In pristine condition with the original chair, the set could fetch upwards of $1,000 in the right market (California & NYC).  Not bad for a thrift shop find!


Source: 1st Dibs

I decided to go with a fun and multi-color palette that felt most true to the mid-century modern design.


The final restoration features Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in English Yellow, Graphite and Pure White.  I also mixed two custom grey paint colors for the drawer fronts combining Graphite and Pure White.


The piece was finished with Annie Sloan’s Soft Chalk Paint® Wax in Black (over the Graphite painted sections) and Clear Wax over the rest.  The drawers cleaned up nicely — and were left bare to keep the maker’s mark intact.  The original hardware was updated in an oil-rubbed bronze.


Finally, the much awaited photo-shoot.  We all met at a lovely light-filled East Side location.

It was fun to meet the RI Monthly Team in person and find out about the two other design contributors–the amazing folks at Kreatelier and Kristen + Guy Lemione —the dynamic duo of Home Imagined.  We chatted about our work while things got underway.  It was great to have a behind-the-scenes look into the process and such a treat to have our work professionally photographed by Nat Rea–and fabulous to see it in print!


I love the furniture restorations and tips featured in May’s Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, the great write up by Courtney Coelho and beautiful photography by Nat Rea.  Thrilled to be a part of it! On newsstands now —pick up a copy and be inspired.




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: Overstock.com.  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!


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!

Painted Stairs -During

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!





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!

C&B Cover Feb Mar 2014pmed

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.