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Summer Sips with Panache

June 22, 2017

The world of today and its fascination with “Lifestyle” has introduced some new takes on an old standby…the Cocktail Hour. Just a few days ago I had the pleasure of…

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Wit and Whimsy in the Garden

June 20, 2017

I just welcomed my first garden visitors of the summer, the lovely ladies of the Virginia Robinson Garden in Beverly Hills, led by my dear friend, Jeanne Anderson. Their gracious…

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An Insider’s View of Past Newport Flower Show Highlights

June 15, 2017

“Thank Goodness It’s Friday”…and this time next week (June 23rd, to be exact) the Newport Flower Show will start. If you haven’t already made plans to attend, let me tempt…

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What to Wear to the Newport Flower Show

June 13, 2017

The Newport Flower Show at the end of June (23rd-25th) truly kicks off the “Summer Season.” The coolness of June (and hopefully the rains) are behind us and warm days…

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Carriage and Gate Houses of Newport

June 8, 2017

They are charming, they are quirky, they recall romantic days gone by. Newport’s carriage houses and gate houses were very relevant to another era’s lifestyle. Their presence, while sometimes overlooked…

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14 Signature Images from Parterre’s Early Summer Garden

June 6, 2017

While spring’s newsworthy amount of rain has definitely impacted moods in Newport, the silver lining in the clouds has been the bountiful appearance of every blooming thing — from trees…

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Florence, Il Mio Amore

June 1, 2017

“Florence, I love you.” How many of us have said that? But it has been years for me since I have been in this magical jewel of a small city.…

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“The Arthur Curtiss James” Boathouse

May 30, 2017

While the weather may not seem very summer-y, the Memorial Day weekend is (somewhat) the official beginning of this season.  Of course, there is much activity in Newport Harbor, especially…

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A Peek Inside Newport’s Blue Garden

May 25, 2017

Dorrance ‘Dodo’ Hamilton married vision and resources to make incalculable contributions to our Newport community. While her main residence was outside of Philadelphia, she spent her summers here since she…

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Exploring Wm. K. Vanderbilt’s Firehouse

May 23, 2017

Town&Country, long one of my favorite magazines, just gave Living Newport another shout out…so to celebrate I’m featuring a chapter from my book to help kick off summer. Cory and…

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12 Quintessential Images Capturing Newport’s Classic American Elegance

May 18, 2017

Thank you, Sam Dangremond, for once again mentioning the “twelve gorgeous pictures” that appear in my book, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style as proof that “Newport is the Epitome of…

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Planning Your Summer Garden: 9 ‘Oops’ to Avoid

May 16, 2017

Spring, and its established ritual of “opening the garden,” is surely a gardener’s favorite time of the year. Top of my list is to check my “to do” notes and update…

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Jupiter Island Redux: The Historic Gate House

May 11, 2017

We love our friends for many reasons, but when their sensibilities incline towards preservation I cherish them even more. Eighteen years ago a childhood friend purchased one of the first…

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5 Colorful Facts You’ll Love about Daffodils

May 9, 2017

Daffodils signal spring — bringing us out of the winter doldrums with their cheery yellow faces and swaying forms. Even Wm. Wordsworth was smitten, penning his now beloved verse —…

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