On the Mainland: Inside Style
Lee Chartier, owner of Inside Style in Wakefield, wins your confidence right from the start. She is warm, knowledgeable and open.
Her trademark approach is to work collaboratively with clients, getting to know what they are comfortable with to transform a space that reflects their tastes with her interior design flair. Her goal for every project is to achieve “casual elegance.” Based on photos of her work, she hits a home run every time. (See insidestyleri.com.)
The kudos for Lee’s work pay tribute to the fact that she does not impose her vision but, instead, interprets what it is that the client wants to achieve.
One of Lee’s hallmarks is to use favorite antiques or family pieces of furniture and transform them for new uses. She recently took a china cupboard, took off the doors, repainted the finish and produced a wine rack with shelves that fits perfectly in the redesigned space and will have a renewed life for decades to come.
Lee is a native Rhode Islander who has lived in South County for decades. She holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island. She spent nearly 30 years teaching at the Community College of Rhode Island and opened her Wakefield store in 2012 and recently moved to 271 Main Street just up from Arnold Lumber.
Lee said she “loves to help people make beautiful spaces.” Her work is “not fussy” and has a coastal ambience that incorporates both traditional and modern touches. She says that she “never wants to have the final product appear as if the owner went to one furniture store and bought everything.”
Because Lee spent so many years teaching students, she takes great pride in working with talented young craftspeople. She employs a full range of local talent to accomplish projects that meet the need and stay on budget.
Lee’s services are available for any design contracts and she also has a unique showroom displaying furniture, art, fabrics and decorative items. Stop by and meet Lee and her friendly staff when you’re in Wakefield. Talk to her about your dreams for your island home.
Inside Style, 271 Main Street
Wakefield, RI 02879