And in light of her growing collections, the Watkins commissioned architect John Carraway to design a much-needed extension to the back of the house. “While John calls the main connecting room a gallery, I like to refer to it as my English chapel,” Rhoda states. “It’s where I can just relax and admire my needlepoint works and all the other mementos I’ve accumulated over the years.”
When asked if she’s an avid sewer herself, Rhoda admits that being left-handed was often a stumbling block for her. In fact, there’s only one piece in her master bedroom that resulted from her handiwork, but Rhoda’s true creativity shines through her ability to assemble and curate an impeccable collection.