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Insider Travel Notes: Packing 101

January 24, 2017

My earlier post “13 Heads Up Tips for the Savvy Traveler” works in tandem with this post to give a good overview of the state of travel today — the…

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13 Travel Tips for the Savvy Traveler

January 19, 2017

London has been “calling” me ever since I was there with Margot Shaw and Charlotte Moss for the Chelsea Flower Show in 2015. And with a stronger dollar, why not…

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Celebrating the New Year: Private Newport Style

January 17, 2017

Thrilled to be Newport Life Magazine’s inaugural blogger for their new #MyNewportLife blog series, Shout Out Sunday. Enjoy this reminiscence of New Year’s Eve weekend 2016/2017! New Year’s Eve is…

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11 Captivating Spaces: Newport’s Private Homes

January 12, 2017

This past Christmas had more than its share of parties in splendid settings. At a New Year’s day luncheon, I was sitting in a beautifully paneled room, a fifth anniversary…

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A Newport Winter Perspective: Bellevue Avenue

January 10, 2017

Bellevue Avenue’s charms are many, but its magical winter side is somewhat a well-kept secret. The soft, powdery snow of January 7th started at nine in the morning and continued…

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The Salonniere 100: 2017

January 5, 2017

If you don’t know the blog, The Salonnière, you will definitely want to. Let me introduce you…these are some ladies who know how to party! So it’s no surprise that…

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A Weekend in the Country: Millbrook, New York

January 3, 2017

Please join me behind the scenes for a Christmas weekend that surely must be the Millbrook, New York version of updated Downton Abbey (just not quite so over the top).…

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Toasting the Memories of 2016

December 29, 2016

It’s been a really great year! We’re breaking out the champagne and hope you’ll join us as we reflect upon some of our most iconic pictures of 2016. Happy 2017!…

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Newport’s Holiday Doorways

December 27, 2016

Our “City by the Sea” was founded in 1639, so the Colonial influence looms large in our history. Known as Newport’s “Golden Age” (as opposed to the “Gilded Age” of…

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There’s Snow Place Like Home for the Holidays

December 22, 2016

Whimsical, childlike, nostalgic…a holiday collection of old and not-so-old snow scenes…curated by a dear friend’s husband. Working for weeks on assembling the details down to the last dusting of snow,…

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Last Minute Gift Wrapping Ideas

December 20, 2016

So many people think that beautifully wrapped gifts are only found under someone else’s Christmas tree — or in a window on Fifth Avenue designed by some highly paid professional.…

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Christmas Windows of New York

December 15, 2016

Christmas carries such personal traditions for each of us. One of mine is taking place this week — an annual mid-December trip to New York City. It wouldn’t seem like…

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Winter Wonderland: Creating a Snowy Centerpiece

December 13, 2016

Christmas is magical. Here at Parterre, we love adding a bit more magic to the holidays with a fanciful centerpiece, one that I’ve loved recreating over the years…perhaps because it’s…

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A Gilded Christmas, Newport Style

December 8, 2016

Newport’s 375 year history comes gloriously alive at Christmas. From the early Colonial days to the extravagant Gilded Age, our “City by the Sea” is in a most celebratory mood.…

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