During the early days of the lockdown, many of us were spending more time than ever in our homes and around our neighborhoods – baking bread, riding bikes, taking long walks. It was during this period that two Narragansett residents had the opportunity to meet each other. One of these people is Julie Sanford, co-founder of White Slate Studio, a firm specializing in curated interiors, so when her neighbor reached out seeking support with styling her new home, Sanford was excited to share her ideas.
Upon visiting the home, Sanford and White Slate Studio partner Rachel Pappas were immediately impressed, noting that the architect did a great job creating a home modern in design while using materials that speak to a historic farm style feel. “The open concept design of the main living space, with its vaulted ceilings, large windows and sliders, creates a beautiful space for family and friends to gather, while bringing the outdoors inside,” says Pappas. ”Whereas, the bedrooms and loft bunk area above are the perfect retreat.”
To create the modern-meets-farmhouse look desired, Pappas and Sanford aimed for a balance between history and current trends. This was achieved in a minimalist way, incorporating organic elements like pine wood flooring and custom plaster art pieces, while maintaining a limited accent palette with colors found in nature, like rich mossy greens and slate grays. Pappas and Sanford were also sure to incorporate personal items, like a seven-foot framed photograph of Narragansett Town Beach that the homeowner had been hanging onto for years waiting for the right spot to accommodate and showcase the piece properly. “Thankfully, this new home provided the perfect place – it hangs beautifully just above the side door and windows in the main living area where everyone can enjoy it,” says Sanford.
“Working on this project was a dream for so many different reasons,” says Pappas. “First of all, it doesn’t get much more efficient than having Julie live a few hundred yards away from the home,” she says with a laugh. “But mostly, there is just something really special about working on a project within your immediate area – pouring love into the homes of old friends, new friends, and neighbors – a love we hope gets poured right back into the community!”