Friday, January 28, 2011

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr Group

Dels by SteelToad

Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island
Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island by nelights

Box Office (1) Providence R.I.
Box Office (1) Providence R.I. by BlueisCoool

Sakonnet Point sunset
Sakonnet Point sunset by katie47n

Chinese Tea House
Chinese Tea House by kpmst7

Kennedy Plaza at night
Kennedy Plaza at night by pvdEric

037ed by red army photography

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Design ~ Providence House Tour on Apartment Therapy

Joel + McKenzie's Loft in Monohasset Mill, Providence was featured on Apartment Therapy this week.

photo: Apartment Therapy

I love the way they've kept the industrial feel of the historic mill, and still managed to create a homey, fun environment.

photo: Apartment Therapy

...and I love love their kitchen!

photo: Apartment Therapy

photo: Apartment Therapy
That sink is awesome!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Events ~ Providence Community Library fundraiser, January 29

Friday, January 21, 2011

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

Box Office Providence R.I.
"Box Office Providence R.I. by BlueisCoool

Evening light on the twin steeples of Saint Anns Church
Evening light on the twin steeples of Saint Anns Church by mmerc

Castle Hill Lighthouse
"Castle Hill Lighthouse by nelights

Surf Hotel
Surf Hotel by katie47n

water fire 5
"water fire 5 by red army photography

Downtown Providence at night
Downtown Providence at night by pvdEric

Memorial by efkjr79

We Are Ready- Matunuck, RI
"We Are Ready- Matunuck, RI by RIRed1

Marble House
Marble House by kpmst7

The Breakers
The Breakers by startel

Happy New Year? B&W
Happy New Year? B&W by siriusthinking

Windchime, Graveyard, Capitol
Windchime, Graveyard, Capitol by martha_jean

Rhode Island State House
Rhode Island State House by Mr. Ducke

The white church
"The white church by alamodestuff

crashing waves.
crashing waves. by kylenolin

Newport at Night
Newport at Night by vkhalsa

IMG_7901 by mikemanning84

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Museums ~ Blithewold, Bristol

101 Ferry Road (Rte. 114)
Bristol, Rhode Island


I took Bear and her out of town guest to check out Blithewold mansion over the Christmas holiday. They were both very excited by the holiday display that Blithewold calls its "Tiffany, Tinsel and Toys." 

The original house, which burned down in 1906, had been a Queen Anne style built in 1896 by Augustus and Bessie Van Wickle and daughter Marjorie as a summer home. Bessie was an avid horticulturalist and worked with John DeWolf of Bristol (who also served as Superintendent of Prospect Park in New York) to design the grounds.

Augustus died suddenly  in 1898 and the birth of daughter Augustine came just a few months afterward. Bessie continued to use Blithewold, even after her remarriage to William McKee in 1901. Blithewold burned down in 1905, but neighbors helped rescue much of the furnishings and fixtures, and the house was rebuilt in the English Manor style in 1906.

After Bessie's death, daughter Marjorie continued her tradition of horticulture, eventually creating sweeping gardens and an arboretum.The house was bequeathed to Preserve Rhode Island in 1976 and turned over to Save Blithewold who manages the property with a 99-year lease.

When you first arrive at Blithewold (in winter, at least), you enter the property through a moon gate just off the parking lot.

Kelli & Becca at Blithewold Moon Gate

Just inside the door is a huge tree done in aqua and silver. It rises from the middle of the front hall up past the railing on the open second floor.
Blithewold Christmas tree
bottom of the tree
top of Christmas Tree
top of the tree
The main floor has a dining area, now used as a tea room, with a big fireplace and eclectic seating. The billiard room, just off the main hall, was decorated with a peacock-themed tree and mechanical toys set out on the pool table.
Pool room
Billiard room
The hearth is engraved "Blithewold," and the room has a sweeping view of the grounds and bay.

Just past the billiard room is a "telephone" room - a small closet-sized room where the phone is built directly into the wall. There is some storage as well as the phone.

At the end of the hall is the living room. This was set up with chairs as if for an audience, but I'm not sure why. The white and gold decorations were lovely in the space.

living room
Living room fireplace
The stairs are a work of art, with repeating patterns of different type spindle supports and a landing with seating under a big window.

The second floor houses the bedrooms, including a guest room decked in purples,
guest bedroom

Marjorie's bedroom with dozens of dolls on display (she was a collector)
doll collection

Augustine's bedroom was decorated in pale pinks and blues - very delicate and pretty. There was also a tiny nursery and the master suite, which was beautifully wallpapered with a mural of scenes from Holland.

Bear and I are looking forward to going back in the warmer months to enjoy the arboretum.

You can see what other travelers have to say about Blithewold at UpTake.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Event announcment ~ Native American Arts & Crafts Fair, March 26, Middletown

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sights ~ Edgewood Yacht Club, Cranston

Edgewood Yacht Club
3 Shaw Ave.
Cranston, Rhode Island

Edgewood Yacht Club

I was so sad to hear that the historic Edgewood Yacht Club was lost in a fire on Jan. 12.  EYC was one of the first places I visited (discovered quite by accident as I was driving around exploring) after moving to Rhode Island. A member kindly invited me in as his guest and I had the chance to look around the building and walk out onto the docks. In fact, the first photo I ever sold was of some boats moored there:

View from Edgewood Yacht Club

The yacht club itself was incorporated in 1889, and the original building was constructed in 1903-04. After it burned down, the current (former) clubhouse was built.

Edgewood was the oldest yacht clubhouse in the state. It was built in 1908 by architects Murphy, Hindle and Wright, and was the last surviving of its type, once common in the region. EYC club members played an integral role in the sport of yacht racing in Narragansett Bay.

The wooden structure burned quickly in the early morning hours of Jan. 12, 2011, but thankfully no one was hurt.

Fire engulfs 106-year-old yacht club:

Although I hear there are plans to rebuild the clubhouse, I think it's unlikely the new structure would be identical, due to cost considerations. It's too early to know much, but we wish the club members and employees well.