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Creating a Colorful Life

Nancy Chace of Sea Rose Cottage on adding personality, grit, and soul to any space

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“I have been working with color on almost a daily basis for the last seven years,” says Nancy Chace, proprietor of home interiors shop Sea Rose Cottage. Located around the corner from Bristol’s main Hope Street on Constitution, the shop carries products like Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, along with decorative hardware, modern stencils, and Chace’s own Brimfield pickings. “Products that allow my customers to interject personality into their spaces,” she offers.

What are your trademark ‘go to’ elements?
I love antique and vintage signs – especially trade signs – and furniture forms from every era. I love painted finishes, whether antique and worn, or modern and shiny. I am drawn to pottery, glassware, and textiles from the 1920s-60s. I really love folk art and Americana, old toy trucks, games, sporting goods, model cars, weathervanes, and carvings. I also like architectural, warehouse, coastal, and industrial pieces – they somehow give a space weight and grit and a bit of soul.

How do you curate your shop?
I look for happy colors and interesting texture and form – unique objects that make a space inviting and storied while adding a bit of warmth and playfulness and the unexpected. I love fun, folksy, colorful, and sometimes kitschy home accents in all shapes and sizes. I relish things with a story and things that have a connection to the maker – often with graphic or nostalgic appeal.

Do customers often seek decorating guidance?
Yes, customers ask me for advice on color and finish selection for their painted furnishings in the context of their home interiors. Recently I have invested in training in interior redesign and home staging and had the opportunity to study with an international colorist. My shop offerings are now evolving to include in-home color consultations, among others!

Tell us about your decorating style.
It is important to me that a space be practical and stylish, durable and fun – where a balance exists between beauty and comfort. That is probably why cottage style resonates with me most. In a cottage most everything is touchable and somewhat bullet proof. There is a certain resignation to sandy feet on the floor and the embracing of imperfection that comes with a livable home. Often cottages have a collected feel where its belongings take on unique personality and meaning over time. A happy place where memories are made, and form, function, and fun reign supreme!

Sea Rose Cottage
21 Constitution Street, Bristol • 401-254-1166