Modern Heirloom

Clever updates defy the age of O&G Studio co-founder Sara Ossana’s historic farmhouse


In the sun-filled home of Sara Ossana and family, you’ll find furnishings and architectural elements with lines as clean as a Windsor chair. After all, Ossana is the O in O&G Studio, the company she co-founded with friend Jonathan Glatt that produces hand- crafted furniture, including that trademark spindled chair. Like the pieces wrought by O&G, Ossana’s Warren home is a fresh Contemporary spin on Early American design.

Ossana, her husband Matthew, and their two children have made a 1906 farmhouse their home for nearly 10 years. The couple had been seeking an older home built before the 1950s and knew instantly this was the place for them. “The exterior roofline is very appealing from the front façade,” begins Ossana. “The house has presence without being overscaled for the neighborhood. It had good bones and we liked that not much had been done with it; it has beautiful woodwork and floors throughout, as well as nice large windows and is set back from the main road providing some privacy.”

Through the years, the couple has made some structural changes to the property, with Ossana doing the design work herself. “I wanted to be able to have my childrenin the kitchen with me while I made them breakfast or dinner and spend as much quality time together as possible as they grow older. We prioritized having an eat-in kitchen and expanding the circulation of the home, again putting family first.” Working with Innovative Construction out of Tiverton, the wall of a neglected porch was knocked down and a new foundation was poured, expanding the footprint about six feet out. “Windows were added, allowing light to spill in from the morning into the evening,” adds Ossana.

Embracing color, pattern, and texture are trademarks of Ossana’s style, which she describes as eclectic and personal. She notes that growing up in the desert of the Southwest plays strongly in her aesthetic, along with influences from Japan and Mexico.

“I love to design everything from spaces, theater sets, objects, and furniture. My father was a furniture maker and excellent finish-carpenter, so he passed his love on to me for that sort of thing. I love to paint, take photographs, and spend time with my children and family, and travel,” Ossana explains. “I have been developing this style my entire life.”

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