Some of the oldest U.S. residences transform into modern, luxury homes along the coast while remaining true to their historic preservation and beauty.
Historic architecture and interior design have one of the most significant meanings when you mention Rhode Island. In the New England area, there are over 400 years of history and settlement contributing to all of the architecture we see. The older the location, the more history, and the more history tend to be where money and craftsmanship flourish. Along the coast of Rhode Island lays immense and intricately designed “cottages” they are often called, but to most, are beautiful mansions. Thanks to architectural preservation, most of these ones of kind homes were protected from being damaged or deconstructed.
As big cities, large crowds, and small apartments with higher rent became a bore for the New England elite, they have begun their transition to the Rhode Island coast for luxury living by the sea. With the movement of affluence along these coasts, comes the demand for new luxury brand stores and restaurants to move in. The area of Rhode Island is connecting the old with the new. As a result, the historic, nautical lifestyle has intermingled with the introduction of trendy cafes and nightlife.
This pattern of mixing old with the new shows a heavy presence in the architecture and interior design too. Like mentioned earlier, almost no homes in the U.S.can compare to the unique presence of historic, Gilded Age influence in these New England mansions. Although where the fun begins in these mansions, is the integration of new, modern, contemporary interiors and renovations. Mansion interior design is one that takes an extensive amount of prep and planning. With the introduction of modern living onto a historic site, the craftsmanship and detail still have to be cohesive with the classic mansion style the house was designed as. For example, a rustic, 18th Century mantel will be juxtaposed with the sleekest and elegant Serge Mouille Floor Lamp. Watching these mansions transform into cohesive pieces though, is the most rewarding and elegant form of living you can produce. Taking the absolute best of the classical and historic style and design and being able to pair that with new, chic and simplistic taste create these homes that are utterly desirable to live in. The Rhode Island and New England coasts have allured people out to their nautical experience with their combined lifestyle and living arrangements to be a perfect mesh of old and new.
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Source: Architectural Digest*