Shades of View with Blakely Interior Design – Rhode Island Monthly


Photography by Greg Premru

Living on the water calls for a coastal inspired interior, and Blakely Interior Design was able to deliver just that. This newly renovated residence in Wickford boasts crisp colors, fresh patterns, and the new layout that reflects exactly what the homeowners desired.

Blakely has been given full creative freedom for this design, as the home was “ours to reimagine, ” recalls Janelle Blakely Photopoulos, owner and creative director. “Our clients bought this house with a spectacular view, but it needed a lot of love. The extensive renovation took the home right down in order to the studs, and the entire floor plan was reconfigured, ” Blakely Photopoulos says.

The homeowners currently reside in Texas, but plan to retire and live full time here within the husband’s home state. For now, this particular home serves as a relaxing summer getaway.  

One of the most unique uses of space is the particular built-in wet bar tucked below the beautiful white oak staircase (where the particular absence of risers not only lets the sunlight stream through, but allows an unobstructed view of the drinking water from the moment you step into the front entrance). Floating shelves complement the exposed beams plus stairs, providing an aesthetically pleasing opportunity to house glassware, bar accessories and liquor bottles. Completing the space is a temperature-controlled wine cooler and mini fridge, both fully stocked plus ready to help entertain their guests.

Throughout the home, stunning views of Wickford Harbor are seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows, a picture-perfect backdrop for meals at the ten-seat dining table. A blue coastal chinoiserie inspired fabric backs the particular upholstered host chairs complementing the navy dining chairs that flank the table, offering enough comfortable seating for when friends and family come to visit.


Photography by Greg Premru

An inviting open floor plan on the first floor is complete with white-colored shiplap walls (traditionally seen in coastal homes), cool glowing blue furnishings plus warm uncovered wood beams.  

In the kitchen, a balanced mix associated with crisp whitened and vibrant blue cabinetry pairs beautifully with a custom scallop backsplash and polished nickel fixtures. The range hood accented with nickel straps, and a quartz countertop along with beautiful azure veining subtly proves how intentional design lies in each and every detail.

Upstairs, the particular master bedroom nods to the seaside theme in a subtle way. A soft green and blue modern botanical wallpaper accents the neutral furnishings and crisp white bedding, while pillows, window treatments and add-ons add an additional splash of color. “We wanted to take the serene, spa-like approach to the particular color palette to make the master suite the ultimate place to relax and unwind, ” Blakely Photopoulos states.

Each ensuite bathroom within the house carries the bedroom design concept into the space for a cohesive look. In this guest bathroom, the various styles of tile is the particular main focal point; white subway floor tile is contrasted with navy blue penny rounds to create a cabana stripe look in the shower. “I fell in really like with the main flooring first, which ended up being the primary inspiration for the shower tile, ” Blakely Photopoulos says of the hexagonal ground tile.

While the state has a large seasonal renter demographic, Blakely desired to create a home with regard to a permanent place where the clients could enjoy the particular ocean blues year-round.  

“We were hired in order to completely transform the space, and in collaboration with Lawrence Builders, we created a home for a permanent stay, ” Blakely Photopoulos says.

Due to the pandemic plus delayed materials, the clients’ long-awaited home is ready for the rest of their lives.


650 Ten Rod Rd., North Kingstown, 401-789-1516, blakelyinteriordesign. com

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