Is it possible for a classic New England home to have the streamline vibe of a chic city loft? It is if it’s the abode of Jackie Ignall, the Barrington-based digital creator and photo-stylist. Along with her family of four, Ignall relocated to the charming town nine years ago for her husband’s job after living in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. “I loved my neighborhood and building but not having natural light was tough for me,” Ignall recalls of their former digs.
Going from city living to suburban life was a big switch for the family, but Ignall notes that upon seeing their now-home – an expanded five-bedroom Cape – immediately took her breath away. “It had a ton of good natural light. I loved the location and being so close to the water, the open floor plan, the flow of the rooms, and the airy openness of the family room. I always thought I wanted a traditional Colonial style, but this house was unique and we loved everything about it. It also has a great yard for the kids,” she says.
After taking ownership, Ignall enlisted a southern MA-based interior designer, who not only helped bring Ignall’s vision to life, but introduced her to local makers like Edge and End in Providence, where the coffee and dining room tables come from. Ignall describes her personal style as low-luxury, leaning towards the classics with a modern urban edge. “I like a mix of Boho, Cali-style, mid-century modern, and timeless pieces. It feels fresh, stylish, and livable. It also feels bright and airy,” she says.
While the home may have some shiplap and be steps from the Barrington River, there is an undeniable cosmopolitan high-rise feel at play. Many windows are left bare, resulting in washing rooms with light and lending a minimalist feel that is always tempered by soft textiles and leafy plants. A striking gallery wall of framed art and photographs in the family room is at once elegant and personal. Unexpected singular pieces like a trestle settee, buttery soft leather couch, and bold striped rug are functional statements of style.
“City living was way easier, but I do love being surrounded by water and the slower pace of life,” Ignall begins. “Our life is more casual and about our kids and the friendships we have cultivated so I like a house that we can entertain in and also where the kids feel comfortable and have a bunch of their friends running around.”
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If you follow Ignall on IG (@jackieingall) you’ll often see her with take-away coffee in hand. Her list of Rhody faves include Barrington’s Black Pear and Blue Kangaroo; The Beehive Cafe in Bristol; and Groundswell at Tiverton Four Corners.
“For the home, I’m loving Beehive Handmade which is based in Warren; Michelle Phaneuf ceramics, Barrington; Liz Welch Ceramics, Providence; Edge & End Studios; and Warren-based O&G Studio,” says Ignall.
“Prica Farina has the most delicious homemade pasta and lots of great items to make a fabulous romantic dinner at home,” says Ignall, who also recommends requesting a seat at the chef’s bar at Metacom Kitchen, Bywater for the food and vibe, and Hunky Dory – all in Warren. Over in Bristol, French cuisine at Le Central, seafood at Bristol Oyster Bar; and for gifts, “the most delicious chocolates from Hawt Chocolate out of Hope & Main, and Barrington Books – there really is something for everyone at the store.”
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