My House: A Creative Renovation Inspires Two Musicians to Put Down Roots on the Rhode Island Coast

They turned their home into a rental and converted the garage out back into their two-bed family flat and recording studio. Now they want to share it with friends.
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Summer days are spent almost entirely outside at the home of Sean W. Spellman and My Larsdotter in Westerly, Rhode Island, a seasonal coastal town near the Connecticut border. The musician couple head down to the beach with their two children, who are five and two, early enough to beat the crowds, then come home for lunch, which is often a local catch grilled over an outdoor fireplace. As Sean and My stoke the fire, the kids pick blueberries from bushes on their property or play with hens scratching around. If the waves are still good in the afternoon, Sean heads back out to surf while My and the kids build sandcastles on the shore. After the kids have gone to sleep, the couple retreat to their downstairs studio to paint or make music.

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Diana Budds
A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis.