When a Millenial goes Colonial: Apartment Living in a 300 Year old Newport Home

goddard2016-caroline-goddard-newport-home-1050web-8980

This past summer, in between working on stories about people and places in Newport for Puddingstone Post, I had the chance to photograph my own apartment for an article written by editor¬†Meg O’Neill.¬†Although my¬†attempt to remain an objective photographer for this one failed spectacularly, the project evolved into a¬†loving¬†documentation of the place that has been at the center of my¬†life for most of my 20s, so I thought I’d share¬†some photos if you’d like to see.

007carolinegoddard_newport_colonial_home

Aesthetically, my apartment,¬†which occupies the upper¬†floors¬†of a 300 year old colonial house in the Point neighborhood of Newport, is a steady experiment that will never really be finished.¬†Every¬†corner¬†has fallen together slowly – many a morning coffee was had¬†while contemplating¬†the light and the feel of each¬†room.¬†Over many years, I got to know the house and my own routine within it, buying or changing things only when I felt I¬†knew what the house truly needed.¬†I mixed family heirlooms with pieces gleaned from travels abroad, or my neighbor’s trash pile¬†dressed with a¬†fresh coat of paint.¬†Ever conscious that I was working in a very traditional space, I opted for white on the walls,¬†and¬†a few choice¬†modern pieces, to keep things from looking too frozen in time.¬†

013carolinegoddard_newport_colonial_home

Psychologically, my relationship to¬†this space is¬†not so easy to describe. In all seriousness,¬†I’m turning¬†3o¬†next week and¬†I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the last decade of my life.¬†I don’t think I would have¬†grown into the person I am¬†without¬†the steadfast, welcoming walls of this dwelling place. It has been my anchor and my creative bubble, it has been light-filled and cheerful even when I have not, it has stood by¬†patiently when¬†I have left it¬†to explore the world, and it has held me through raging hurricanes, tearful breakups and the mind-boggling pain of chronic illness. Yet, despite the years that I have filled the house with¬†friends, roommates, lovers¬†and pets, our time together is no more than a blip on its long history.¬†

019carolinegoddard_newport_colonial_home

I recently heard¬†something intriguing on NPR (I wish I could remember what story it was a part of, please tell me if you know!): ¬†we frequently talk¬†of¬†the ephemerality of objects. Yet, if you consider that good design and well-made structures have the¬†tendency¬†to persist beyond our lifetimes, then in¬†a¬†sense, we¬†are the ephemeral ones.¬†We barrel into¬†the quiet lives of these houses¬†and¬†these things, and then¬†one day we leave them sitting and¬†waiting for their next occupants or possessors. I rather love this idea. Here I’ve been thinking that this space was mine these past 7 years, when really, I have¬†been¬†its guest all along.

027carolinegoddard_newport_colonial_home

005carolinegoddard_newport_colonial_home

001carolinegoddard_newport_colonial_home

If I can share¬†one piece of homemaking advice, which I read somewhere once, to anyone¬†kind¬†enough to have made it¬†this far, it is¬†to¬†take the time to truly know your space before you¬†do anything.¬†There¬†is a¬†bottomless rabbit hole¬†in space-making today: pinterest, home decor stores, magazines, and blogs (this¬†one¬†included),¬†offer a limitless¬†blue sky for the imagination to ponder,¬†but you¬†shouldn’t¬†lose sight of the space that you actually have. For example,¬†drooling over sparely furnished¬†Swedish apartments with soaring, 20-foot ceilings is something of a pastime for me, but what works in those spaces¬†does¬†not necessarily translate to the more intimate proportions of a New England colonial. Embrace ¬†your reality and its inherent parameters, such as budget, regional¬†history, sustainability, and the quirks of your home: they will help you wade through endless¬†possibility and hone in on a design¬†that makes sense for your life, while honoring the space¬†in which you are, for a time,¬†a guest.

A Homespun Christmas

hopestatestyle_christmas_homespun-8

hopestatestyle_christmas_homespun-14

hopestatestyle_christmas_homespun-5

hopestatestyle_christmas_homespun-13

hopestatestyle_christmas_homespun-7

Celebrating Christmas in mindful simplicity this year. Handmade cards, dried herbs and teas from the garden packaged in old mustard and jam jars, an altar of favorite ornaments and foraged greens in lieu of a tree, and one pine garland from Sweet Berry Farm to climb the stairs. Wishing you all peace and a very Merry Christmas eve.

Love,

Caroline

Ms. Duke Will Not Be Home for Christmas: December at Rough Point

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-10

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-14

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-17

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-19

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-11

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-8

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-15

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-23

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-12

2016 has been a year of many exciting projects and collaborations, most of which I am very behind in sharing, but among my favorite images are the ones I was able to take for the¬†Newport Restoration Foundation this Christmas. Rough Point, the seaside estate of tobacco heiress Doris Duke, has been¬†curated for the holidays the way it would have actually looked during Ms. Duke’s lifetime: shuttered for the winter, as Doris spent¬†Christmas¬†at Shangri La, her house in Hawaii. Rough Point’s¬†sole occupants would have been her staff, thus the staff wing¬†has been decorated to reflect their own holiday celebration. I found the interior spaces, draped with white sheets, rather eerily inspiring, and thought I’d share.

There’s still time to check out this exhibit, entitled “Undecked Halls,” which will be open for the last viewing on December 27th, 2016.

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-38

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-4

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-3

hopestatestyle_roughpoint_dorisduke_christmas-1

Sneak Peek: Apartment Tour with Puddingstone Post

Goddard2016_Puddingstone_myhome-5743

I’m excited to share that my apartment¬†is soon¬†to be¬†featured¬†on¬†Puddingstone Post!¬†Finally, someone else wanted¬†to¬†geek out with me about design and this dwelling that I have put so much love and energy into over the last 5 years!

Photographing my own space¬†on assignment required a healthy dose¬†of objectivity and reflection, no¬†nit-picking allowed. I mean, the day I’m done fiddling with my house is the day I die, but it was nice to just stop for once and drink in¬†my eternal work in progress. Yep, it definitely feels good to be home (especially now that¬†I’ve gotten my sock drawer in order).

Above:¬†The¬†Noguchi-esque paper lantern¬†in my bedroom cost 15 dollars but feels like a million bucks, and a seascape over¬†my bed, which was painted ¬†by my great grandfather, reminds me to appreciate¬†living by the ocean¬†(I forget sometimes). I bought the cloth on top of my dresser in a¬†village at the tip-top of a Cycladic Island, where I¬†encountered this amazing woman. I found the¬†¬†vintage wire egg basket in my neighbor’s trash¬†last Easter Sunday (I was still dressed for church when I grabbed it). The trio of images on the wall are: a drawing I did in college; a random antique portrait that, for me, is so ugly it turns the corner (I think the framing store¬†actually¬†tried to dissuade me¬†from the blush pink metal frame I wanted¬†by “accidentally”¬†putting it in a plain¬†black one); and a¬†Chyrum Lambert study, a present from friends who sublet my apartment last fall and had the artist to stay.

My abode, post Konmari tidying

Konmari_Tidying_CarolineGoddard2016-0429

Konmari_Tidying_CarolineGoddard2016-0384

Konmari_Tidying_CarolineGoddard2016-0364

Photos from my recent article for¬†Puddingstone Post,¬†in which¬†I reflected on¬†my experience following the advice of Marie Kondo, author of¬†The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you’re interested, you can read the piece¬†here.

The 17th Century English Village at Plimoth Plantation

17th Century English Village - Plimoth Plantation | Hope State Style | Photography by Caroline Goddard

17th Century English Village - Plimoth Plantation | Hope State Style | Photography by Caroline Goddard

17th Century English Village - Plimoth Plantation | Hope State Style | Photography by Caroline Goddard

17th Century English Village - Plimoth Plantation | Hope State Style | Photography by Caroline Goddard

17th Century English Village - Plimoth Plantation | Hope State Style | Photography by Caroline Goddard

17th Century English Village - Plimoth Plantation | Hope State Style | Photography by Caroline Goddard

17th Century English Village - Plimoth Plantation | Hope State Style | Photography by Caroline Goddard

17th Century English Village - Plimoth Plantation | Hope State Style | Photography by Caroline Goddard

17th Century English Village - Plimoth Plantation | Hope State Style | Photography by Caroline Goddard

A few photos from my visit to Plimoth Plantation last November. The light in the 17th century English Village made everything feel like a Dutch painting, and I found it so inspiring to see how these dwellings, however rudimentary,¬†were still beautiful. There was hardly a detail on them or an object within them that didn’t serve a purpose, but the functional forms were still aesthetically intriguing, like the woven smoke hole at the peak of the gable in the last photo. The house had one on each end,¬†so that a strong cross breeze would create a draft to pull the smoke up and out without a chimney.

Seeing these spaces prompted me to think hard about the inventory of goods in my own home. We have SO MUCH stuff in our lives today, and we throw so much away and buy more to replace it. Yikes. I know that I’m not making any¬†ground-breaking revelations about consumerism,¬†and I don’t want to romanticize the pilgrims of Plymouth any more than they already are. But, I really did have a moment there, where I appreciated that things should be more precious to us. Boy that sounds anti-anti-materialistic. But if you think about it, it’s not.

I need to make another trip out there- I’m sure the little veggie gardens behind each house will be beautiful in the summer, and I want to spend some time photographing at the Wampanoag Homesite. Plus, the Mayflower II is undergoing a big restoration and was closed to the public while I was there. It will be exciting to see her fitted out and back in action. Anyway, just thought I would share these little snippets of thought and image, in case anyone else needs a little nest¬†inspiration to get them through the Ides of March.