Local Accent

Adoration for the Ocean State outfits an Oak Hill home


When a couple remodels their kitchen using a painting of a Seven Stars coffee cup (by renowned Pawtucket artist Mike Bryce) as design inspiration, you know this is a household that values its community. Marianne Monte, Lisa Carcieri, and their son enjoy their home and their state, and it shows.

A few years ago the family had the opportunity to live abroad in London, but that time away only validated what they knew all along. “It confirmed for us that Rhode Island is home. We simply love this state and all that it has to offer,” says Monte. “We’re also big fans of Mike Bryce. We like local art and stories about what inspire those artists.”

From the street, the address is a classic New England Colonial and stately, but once inside, the vibe is welcoming and personal despite its large footprint. Describing their decor style as “local and folksy,” accents throughout are collected and storied. “When traveling, we try to buy a lo- cal piece of art that will accentuate. Many of our pieces are bought at art fairs and flea markets,” says Monte. The same holds true for back in the States with finds and wall art that display a support small business sensibility.

“We do have an affinity for the ocean, so you’ll still see fish, whale, and horseshoe crab images even though we’re in the city of Pawtucket,” says Monte.

“We love cooking and eating in the open kitchen, being comfortable and happy,” Monte says. The family is known to hold an annual Comfort Food Fest hosting friends in and out of state. “It’s one of our favorite nights of the year to enjoy our home and share a great meal with others.”