Cottage and Garden, Newport, Rhode IslandText by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz
For about seven years now, Michael Sederback has been the buyer, stylist, and all-around visual guy for Cottage and Garden. The store, founded sixteen years ago by Eleanor Gobis, is chock-a-block full of treasures. Whether you are a lover of bohemian chic (see “Elements,” page 37, for the design recipe) or a fan of more traditional decor, Cottage and Garden offers a wide array of furnishings and accessories for all kinds of interiors.
On a recent visit, a bookcase as blue as a perfect autumn sky was laden with four clay ducks, two wooden planters, and an array of straw baskets. Portraits, still life paintings, old signs, and mile-long banners offered instant ancestry. Francophiles with Limoges leanings or Parisian preferences would be delighted by stacks of Astier de Villatte earthenware, Provence plates, and glassware suitable for both rouge and blanc. And then there’s the topiary and all manner of garden containers.
Sederback casts a wide net when choosing items for the shop, but the selections are carefully curated. It’s hard to leave the store without finding at least one item that begs to be brought home.
9 Bridge St., Newport R.I., (401) 848-8477, cottageandgardennewport.com. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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