Designer Snapshot: A Growing Concern

July 18, 2012

By Paula M. Bodah

Big things are happening in the little town of Jamestown, Rhode Island, at least where Patti Watson’s Taste Design is concerned. She recently expanded her interior design firm’s studio in a historic old brick movie theater smack in the middle of the charming island’s downtown, adding a gallery space to show off some of her favorite furnishings and accessories. The space is also a venue for highlighting the craftsmanship of some of the area artisans whose work often finds a place in Patti’s design projects.

Taste Design’s studio in the old Bomes Theater, Jamestown, Rhode Island

To celebrate the expansion–and bring more awareness to the plethora of local talent–Taste Design is hosting open studio events for the next three Thursday nights, July 19 and 26 and August 2, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Artisans and craftspeople whose work graces the space will be on hand. Stop by the studio and gallery at 34 Narragansett Avenue for cocktails and inspiration. You might have the chance to chat with one of the people whose artistry is displayed in the projects Patti shares here.

Patti worked with Joe Yoffa of Newport-based Joseph Yoffa Custom Woodworking on the cabinetry for a butler’s pantry.  The dining table was crafted by Peter Zuerner of North Kingstown, Rhode Island-based Zuerner Design.

Photos by Robin Ivy

The custom cabinetry in this kitchen was created by Peter Zuerner.

Joe Yoffa crafted the mahogany shelves that bring warmth to a handsome library.

Peter Zuerner’s craftsmanship on display in an elegant master bath.

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