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Your Favorite Before & After:


I had a lovely call with longstanding clients last week while they were quarantining from Florida. We’re working on the renovation of their new/old Rhode Island home now, preparing for their hopeful return next month. (A big shout out to the Chuck Millard team for keeping the renovation moving along at such a great pace despite the challenges. They are a top notch crew, and one I’m always pleased to work with again.)

My clients, excited their home is nearing completion yet wishing they were here for the final details, were going through our old blog posts to collect ideas. It inspired me to share one of our favorite before-and-after posts — the home we renovated for them in Jamestown a few years ago. Never ones to stay put for long, they loved the house, left it better than they found it and moved on to their next project.

Sweet side note: they referred us to the new owners of Wootherspoon Cottage, so we have the chance to re-imagine the house again, for its proud new caretakers. All this while simultaneously renovating the latest new/old house for our special clients in Wickford.

Enjoy the walk through of Wootherspoon.  And take a cue from my clients. Browse several years of blog posts (now searchable) on our website to inspire your home-making goals — while safely staying in as we let this storm pass.


Only the best,




In Good taste | July 2016 | before & after: how to celebrate your home’s age, gracefully

The breakfast room benefited from built-in cabinetry and chic chinoiserie furnishings.


Simplified details and natural materials returned this cottage Kitchen to a space that emphasizes casual gatherings.


The ornate was edited out of the original kitchen and replaced with generous proportions and classical finishes.


The original balustrade and ceilings were lightly restored to retain all of the character, including cracks in the newel post caps that conjure a story about the house and its inhabitants over the past one hundred years.



The fact that my clients’ furnishings and collections fit so perfectly into the new/old house is a testament to their unwavering curation and commitment to good taste.


The Powder Room refresh includes a bamboo chest re-purposed as a sink vanity and a light-hearted lattice wallpaper.


The second floor hall boasts a fantastic view to the water, thanks to new windows supported by a built-in for treasures.


The master bedroom is a serene getaway thanks to trim upholstered furnishings and a peaceful dollop of blue.


The master bathroom is neat and efficient and a perfect complement to the master bedroom palette.



Photography provided by Lila Delman