On a recent sojourn back from Newport, Rhode Island, we were inspired by a NY Magazine article on "Summer Drives", specifically the "Art Lover's Way to Providence". The article listed a selection of museums and stores curated by RISD staff such as the Bruce Museum, covering topics and events surrounding science, art and history…and most recently featuring an exhibit on "The Olympic Games: Art, Culture, and Sport" (1 Museum Dr. Greenwhich, Conn.), the Silvermine Arts Center, for multiple gallery showcases and beautiful gardens (1037 Silvermine Rd, New Canaan, Conn.), and the Florence Griswald Museum for American Impressionist works (96 Lyme St, Lyme, Conn.). But the stop that caught my eye was the "flea market stocked shop" Taken for Granite…and we were not disappointed!
Off a rural exit (56) on I-95 lies this great interior design store featuring found objects, jewelry, clothes, gift books, and enough handmade decorative accessories to delight your senses for at least an hour. As soon as you enter, you are transported to a lush French garden room, or turn the corner and find yourself in a Bermuda beach house. The palette of soft eggshell colors and slate grays was right up my alley. And the hints of magical terrariums in glass jars and sea shell adorned objects dispersed throughout the store was enough to satisfy my inner nature child.
What a successful stop! And a perfect opportunity to satisfy my need for inspiration and juice up my creativity organs. Signing off from NBC Channel 10 Providence, RI