Now that the summer is winding down, with the hoards of tourists (and Taylor Swift) heading home for the season, it’s the perfect time to visit Watch Hill. One store you won’t want to miss is Highpoint Home.
Kaitlyn Smith opened Highpoint Home last year. Although she always had a passion for interiors, her career started in New York City’s fashion industry. After working in Manhattan for five years, she decided to continue her education and study Interior Design, which eventually led her to open Highpoint Home. She chose Watch Hill as a location because she grew up shopping in the village and had managed a store there for several summers. “Ironically, my mother managed the Lilly Pulitzer store in this same location in the early ‘80s. I guess we have come full circle,” Kaitlyn says.
Her passion and expertise in the world of fashion and design were influential in creating an inviting store atmosphere that mimics the blue-greens of the ocean and the calming neutrals of the sand, making way for a soothing and enjoyable shopping experience.
“The aesthetic of the store is certainly bright and coastal, but many of the pieces for sale can work in the home when combined with a neutral color scheme,” notes Kaitlyn. “I love a pop of color – whether it be a bright pillow or pouf, I think color is an important addition to any home.”
Kaitlyn and her mother travel a bit, which results in plenty of pieces scouted from around the world: rattan furniture, Chinese lanterns, blue and white patterned oriental vases and jars, artisan side tables and classic picture frames. You’ll also find just as many local items, such as custom-made designer pillows, handmade rugs, elegant wastebaskets, refreshing soaps, tea towels and more that are created here in the Ocean State. “Supporting local artisans and vendors is very important to Highpoint Home. The talent we have here in our own backyard is amazing,” Kaitlyn says.
Highpoint Home also offers a great selection of costume jewelry and accessories. You will find many brilliant baubles to choose from. Whether you need a long necklace to wear at the beach or something a little more formal for the evening, there is definitely something to fit anyone’s budget.
In addition to the storefront, Smith offers her professional design services on site. Customers can also check her helpful blog featuring some terrific do-it-yourself tips and easy updates for furniture and decor. “Accessories in the home can really change a space,” Kaitlyn says. “Whether you add a new pillow or a lamp, your house will get a quick update without re-designing the whole space.” 6 Fort Hill Road, Watch Hill. 315-2188.