Incorporating Urban Design in a Historic Building

Take a peek inside this Providence based interior designer's home


About the Homeowners
South County native Joshua Shockley is an interior designer. He lives downtown in a renovated historic building. JoshuaShockleyInteriorDesign.com

1. The biggest feature in my kitchen is the reclaimed wood countertop and backsplash. It's subfloor that came from a mill in Pawtucket. I worked with my brother who owns his own woodworking shop. We milled the wood and worked with the existing footprint of the kitchen. 2. I maximized space by pushing the cabinetry up to the 10' ceiling. It's where I store a lot of things I don't use on a daily basis. Capturing space is a big thing. All of the cabinetry is from Ikea. The doors I had custom painted; it was a way to save some money. I used tile under the counter; it's a new application of tile and a way to create some interest. 3. The lampshade is vintage, but I had a cord produced by Rejuvenations. I've had that shade for 12 years and I couldn't figure out the right application for it until I redid the kitchen. 4. The dishes are jadeite. I've been collecting them since college. It's a bit of an obsession, but it's a nice way to inject color into a space without being overwhelming. The other dishes are from Curatorium on Wickenden Street. 5. The stools are reproductions I found at Target. I use that store as a way to inject trends into a space while keeping the investment small. You can stay current while not renovating your entire space. This kitchen is highly comfortable, it has a ton of storage and it's very urban, which is appropriate for where I live. It's a nice blend of old and new, and high-end and affordable.