client stories

Charlestown, Rhode Island

Quonnie House

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This beloved family beach house underwent a total transformation in a residential renovation that was featured in New England Home. The fun, sophisticated summer home renovation was also awarded a Design Star and featured in Rhode Island Monthly.

Project Partners

Builder: Gardner Woodwrights

Landscape Architect: Anne Penniman Associates

coastal kitchen with colorful backsplash, island and circular window details

Easy Living

Quonnie is an ideal place to spend the summers with your kids, as our clients have been doing since their children were little. When the time came to upgrade the summer home, our clients put together an exceptional team including Penniman Architects, Gardner Woodwrights and Anne Penniman Landscape Architects. Taste joined just as framing for the new home was completed and guided the fit and finish of the interiors until completion - right down to the finishing touch of original and commissioned artwork throughout the house.

The architect's vision was an easy, open interior that featured thoughtfully proportioned rooms that kept individual areas cozy, with clear views to adjacent spaces where family and friends gather. We continued that concept through our work, while incorporating our clients' very personal style, accented with bold moments. High-functioning rooms like the Kitchen, Pantry, Laundry and Mudroom are packed with practicality, yet finished in a fresh and innovative palette. Outdoor spaces are loaded with options to dine, lounge and gather.

The result is a home that's easy to live in and an inspiring change of pace. Just as a classic summer home should be.

Key Takeaways:

Lessons Learned from the Quonnie House

True design/build collaboration produces the best outcomes. For this project, we experienced the spirit of collaboration that achieved a high-quality, personal home in a compressed timeline - all thanks to Penniman Architects & Gardner Woodwrights.

A short build schedule can often threaten quality and custom details. Not so with this team. The stair newel is a great example. It’s edited and composed form is the result of a true back-and-forth design design effort between Taste and Cat Young from George Penniman. We’re at our best when we work with the best.

Let your design team take an idea to its full potential. In this instance, Taste introduced an interior porthole window that expanded upon the architect’s vision and ultimately became a spring board to adjacent elements with similar geometry and style.

If you have a strong vision for your home, a designer helps make it happen. We listen, edit and evolve what’s in your imagination to help make it a reality. Being brave and sharing what’s in your mind’s eye will help your designer create your happy place.



Patti is unique in the design industry in that she listens to the clients’ needs and does not simply impose her own aesthetic.  The way she transposed the aesthetic of this Charlestown home was remarkable. One of the biggest differentiators of working with Taste, is that they come armed with a highly skilled staff.  If Patti is unavailable, another takes over effortlessly.”

Randy Gardner, Owner of Gardner Woodwrights