“We named this The Safari Coastal Project,” says Janelle Blakely Photopoulos with a wide smile. The North Kingstown-based interior designer and founder of Blakely Interior Design – who names all of her projects – explains that when her empty-nester clients discussed wanting a tropical chic look for their Narragansett home remodel, the project found its name. Says the wife, “We exuberantly expressed our vision for this new venture. My color and pattern choices are influenced by my passion for animals, the ocean, and nature. All things blue with pops of corals and pinks just because they make me happy.”
The project, which is being done in phases, began with the master bedroom and bathroom, and an adjacent powder room; designing the living room, den, and kitchen is currently underway. For the master bedroom, the homeowners wanted something clean and sophisticated, and they were ready for all new furniture. They moved into the house in 2000 after their two daughters left for college. “We chose this area to escape urban sprawl and to explore our passion for all things ocean – the beach, boating, fishing, seafood, and a healthier lifestyle,” says the client.
“The design concept is a perfect example of our vibrant coastal aesthetic,” says Photopoulos. Crisp blues and whites keep the space feeling airy, while the darker blue feels grounded and masculine. “We chose a near-coral shade of pink for a touch of femininity, warmth, and balance.” Grasscloth wallpaper covers bedroom walls and a natural textured chandelier contributes to the organic vibe, while a subtle cheetah-pattern bedding adds a playful streak.
Modifications to the bedroom included a custom-designed sapphire blue bed to accommodate a Sleep Number mattress, and built-ins with thick reeded doors conceal the TV when not in use (executed by Rome Point Woodworking) with plenty of shelves for needed storage. Accents were kept fairly minimal: books with graphic spines, decorative vases, and seaside-themed artwork. Coral elements around the room add a vibrant cohesion throughout the space, even leading into the adjacent powder room with a hand-painted coral botanical wallpaper.
“Working with the Blakely team was positive, stress-free, professional, and organized. Their talent and creativity allowed us to achieve a stunning and cohesive look while reflecting our personal style. We are delighted with our results and look forward to our next design project together!”