Some people just have it that innate sense of style that allows them to create timelessly chic spaces inside their homes. The rest of us, well, don’t. We need some help to make living spaces that are both functional and beautiful. That’s why it’s such an inspiring experience to work with interior design consultant Lee Chartier at her Wakefield home boutique, Inside Style.
The beautifully curated store is a mixture of new, refinished and repurposed furniture along with carefully chosen home decor items. Think of it like a designer showroom, except you can take anything home with you that you’d like. But when your vision of how you’d like your home to look isn’t quite clear, that’s where Lee can help. “We offer complete interior design services to help clients blend their existing treasures with unique pieces to create a comfortable elegance that fits their lifestyle,” she says. In addition to redesigned and antique home furnishings, the store offers lighting and accents in a variety of styles. They also carry fabrics for custom window treatments and bedding, and offer upholstery service. Inside Style also carries stylish plantation shutters, shades and blinds. And, of course, they welcome in-home consultations and projects both large and small.
Inside Style has been in Wakefield since 2012, and has been featured in So Rhode Island and received a Best of RI award for Best New Home Store in 2013 from Rhode Island Monthly. Though her store is new, Lee has extensive experience with interiors. Before owning the shop, Lee worked as a designer in the East Bay. She has over 30 years
experience designing spaces, including remodeling projects like additions and major floor plan changes, and holds an art degree from Brown University and a Master’s from URI. She’s also had one of her home projects in Kingston featured on the Historic Homes Tour and in the Providence Journal.
“We’re different from other design services because we offer a one-stop-shopping experience for the client who loves an eclectic approach to decor,” Lee says. It’s easy to think creatively about how to reimagine pieces you own like using a dresser as a bathroom vanity, for example and to refresh the things around it so that you’ve got a completely updated look, but with your family heirlooms. They can also repair and refresh beloved pieces that are showing their age, returning them to pristine condition, and make sure you have them for years to come.
Working with a designer of Lee’s talent and experience can help you not only create the home of your dreams, but will save you a lot of nightmare hassles. The proof comes from her happy clients. “For several years, I contemplated a major home renovation project, but I didn’t know where to start,” says Nancy Roberts of Narragansett. “Within minutes of meeting Lee I knew I was in the right place, with the right person. Lee is a natural at her job - she puts you at ease and inspires confidence, plus she has a fabulous sense of design and color.”
Don’t settle for a house you don’t love. Call Lee Chartier and let her creativity help you create a space that truly feels like home.
155 Main Street, Wakefield