NEST 2022 - Page 12


Shades of View

Blakely Interior Design used cool blues and warm tones to tell the story of this waterfront home in Wickford . BY KERRI TALLMAN | 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 a new layout that reflects exactly what the homeowners desired .
Blakely was 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 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 in the husband ’ s home state . For now , this home serves as a relaxing summer getaway .
One of the most unique uses of space is the built-in wet bar tucked below the beautiful white oak staircase ( where the absence of risers not only lets the sunlight stream through , but allows an unobstructed view of the water from the moment you step into the front entrance ). Floating shelves complement the exposed beams and 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 and ready to help entertain their guests .
Throughout the home , stunning views of Wickford Harbor are seen through the floorto-ceiling windows , a picture-perfect backdrop for meals at the ten-seat dining table . A blue coastal chinoiserie inspired fabric backs the upholstered host chairs complementing the navy dining chairs that flank the table , offering enough comfortable seating for when friends and family come to visit .
An inviting open floor plan on the first floor is complete with white shiplap walls ( traditionally seen in coastal homes ), cool blue furnishings and warm exposed wood beams .
In the kitchen , a balanced mix of crisp white 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 with