Set a Table That Celebrates the Ocean State

A shopping trip to Tiverton, Newport, and North Kingstown provides all the elements


We Rhode Islanders cherish our little state. With miles of coastline, there’s no need to wait for warmer temps to revel in its coastal charms. Embrace the lingering chill by infusing cool color and rustic texture in your entertaining. A shopping trek at a few of our many tourist towns is “shore” to provide everything you need!


Tabletop in Tiverton

In the heart of Four Corners, find an array of unique small businesses, including Groundswell, a casual-chic compound that includes their Cafe + Bakery, Garden + Home, and Table + Provisions. In the two stores, many goods for entertaining are displayed effectively by themes and color groupings. Shelves of ceramic dinnerware, glassware, tabletop decor, cookware, bar accessories, and so much more are sure to inspire entertaining ideas. 


Accents on Aquidneck

Love paper goods? Sincerely, Eileen (formerly Eileen Graphics) in downtown Newport carries greeting cards, tea towels, stationery, candles, and other items featuring her watercolor artwork. The RI Love Kitchen Towel is a great multi-functional piece as it can be used as intended or folded as an oversized dinner napkin. In addition to her designs, find coastal treasures like a line of Decoupage Shells, a collab with Blue Door Vibes – choose from a variety of vessels, handpicked from nearby Middletown beaches. For a centerpiece, think beyond blooms with a trio of sailboats constructed from sticks and cloth on driftwood, all available at Eileen’s new storefront on the corner of Touro and Spring Streets.


Nautical from North Kingstown

For artisanal place settings with local flavor, we turned to Honey Gallery in North Kingstown. Within the Post Road shop, there’s an artful selection of products by makers like stemless wine glasses etched with our state’s singular area code 401 by CharBella Designs, and marble coasters with original hand-drawn illustrations of Rhody places and landmarks by AUCOIN Designs – both of NK. Ever-popular Teeny Bowls by Barrington’s Michelle Phaneuf Ceramics complete our Ocean State ode. All three items are from different artists, but together, look like they were designed as a collection.


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