In this Narragansett beauty, mid-century meets traditional New England design


To mix together
Some of life’s biggest decisions are made by instinct and so were these owners, who claimed their new nest in Narragansett in a day. The couple, who had lived in Chicago for many years, were on a weeklong vacation in Newport when they decided, on a whim, to stop by their grandmother’s former home. Across the street was a dilapidated two-story 1970s house slated for replacement, with a For Sale sign. “It may take us an hour to decide on dinner,” the Rhode Island native laughs, “but a quick drive has become a lifestyle change. “

The sofas in the living room are Cassina. Stairs lead to the guest level and to the observatory level. Photograph by Anthony Crisafulli.

The couple love the clean, contemporary style of Southern California, where they’ve spent a lot of time, but “we didn’t want to build this crazy, modern thing,” they say. They instantly clicked with Jamestown architect Ron DiMauro, a surfer friend of the family. “He was ready for a brain stretch, and we were ready to run. If mid-century modern and traditional New England style had a baby, this home would be the result.


The parental suite features Matouk sheets. The custom-made king-size bed is signed by PJ Bergeron. Photograph by Anthony Crisafulli.

No fuss, no fuss
Since childhood, the woman has kept a collection of polished beach stones in shades of gray and blue. They reminded him of summer visits to Narragansett. “This is the feeling I want,” she told professionals at DiMauro Architects and Kirby Goff, the designer, “simplicity and calm”.


The luxurious soaking tub is BainUltra. Photograph by Anthony Crisafulli.

The color palette and textures are a nod to these childhood treasures. And because the couple wanted it to be their forever home, it’s designed to age in place. The independent ground floor includes a kitchen, a dining room and a large room, a studio, an office and an en-suite bedroom.


The Custom Kitchen Table by Brownell Furniture of Cincinnati is a rich walnut with teak butterflies. Photograph by Anthony Crisafulli.

The kitchen is minimalist and sculptural, but also easy to maintain. Example: the huge low-maintenance floor tiles from Porcelanosa. “I brought beach sand to the tile store to make sure it mixed with it,” the woman said. “I don’t vacuum every day! “

A lower level for guests has three en-suite bedrooms, a family room, a gym and a utility room. The top floor is a large chill out area with a roof terrace and panoramic water views of the bay. And right inside the front door? A small niche contains a jar with beach glass that the woman and her brothers had filled when they were children. “He used to live on a shelf at my grandmother’s and now he’s back in his neighborhood,” the woman says. “I’m pretty sure she would also be happy to
that as we are.


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