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A seaside Rhode Island retreat is sleek yet casual — with finishes that stand up to sandy feet and wet bathing suits
written by jill connors • photographed by michael j. lee • produced by lynda sutton
After years of looking for an oceanside second home in Rhode Island, a Connecticut couple found a keeper: a two-story condominium town house across from the town beach in Narragan- sett, with a view of the water from nearly every room. Set on a slight hill several hundred yards from the sand, the retreat also suited the cou- ple’s all-important practical requirements.
“We wanted to be near the beach, but we wanted a place that would
not get inundated during storms,” says the husband.
The 1,300-square-foot space fell far short, however, when it came
to the kitchen, and the couple reached out to Rosemary Porto, senior
designer and sales manager for Poggenpohl’s Boston showroom, to
transform the room. “The existing condition was a 1980s builder special,” says Porto. “Laminate counters, laminate cabinets with wood
trim, outdated appliances, all very tired.”
caesarstone countertops and wood-look ceramic floor tiles add brightness
to the renovated kitchen. An ocean-themed painting suggests the beachside
location and the glass tabletop echoes the watery hues. The dining area is
located where a laundry closet once stood.