The Suite Life

A Jamestown home gets a boutique hotel makeover


Bob Lieberman and Peri Ann Aptaker love the ocean. Both list boating and spending time at home as favorite things to do, and Bob even has a Master Captain’s license. So when he posed the question to his wife, “What if we could find one nice home on the water? Would you move?” a week later, the couple visited a single-level Contemporary in Jamestown and as Peri says, “fell in love,” and off they went.

Prior to relocating to South County, the couple had a primary residence on Providence’s East Side (a mid-century home designed by Ira Rakatansky) and a newly built beach house on the water in Tiverton. So taken with their Jamestown abode and locale, the pair considers this current property their “forever home.” While still smitten with the location and grounds now eight years later, they sought professional design help to further enhance the endless staycation feel, for both now and later.

Kelly Taylor Interior Design (KTID) was hired to take the shell that architect Glen Fontecchio had created for a master suite and bring it to life. With a blank slate, KTID had free reign to create a modern bed and bath, hotel-level retreat. Says Kelly, whose custom work for Bob and Peri included designing a platform bed, “With no kids and one dog, this couple was clear that they spend all of their time at home together, so they needed the space to work well for when is one sleeping while the other one was doing something else.”

Kelly also notes that the homeowners like keeping things tidy and organized, so elements were designed for near-zero clutter. “Everything needed a home,” says Kelly, who installed floating cabinets to create airiness, and drawers and additional cabinets to store “anything and everything that isn’t beautiful to look at.” Kelly notes that even the vanity pendant lighting serves double-duty as art. Ever-practical, the shower was designed to be wheelchair accessible, should that be a need someday.

While the home boasts all kinds of amenities, Bob and Peri’s favorite feature is the view of Narragansett Bay and the interior color palette was selected to complement the natural world on the other side of the glass. “The house has lots of windows and we want to focus on the outside,” says Peri, who notes that the couple enjoys nightly cocktail hours at sunset. “The ability to see the water always brings a smile to our faces.”


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