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Inspiring Garden Design: Ideas to Borrrow from a Parisian Garden

February 15, 2018

I love the fact that garden design inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. For this garden aficionado, one of the highlights of my late September trip to Paris…

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Inspiring Garden Design: 7 Key Points for Creating Garden Rooms

February 8, 2018

When invited to speak in New Orleans at a garden club fundraiser, I was  asked specifically to talk about the ins and outs of creating my own garden.  But, of…

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Hunt Slonem’s Bunnies Meet the Parterre Bench

February 1, 2018

Artist Hunt Slonem…of bunnies and butterflies painting fame…was the guest of honor at a dinner at Parterre the summer of 2016. What a pleasure to get to know him…a fascinating,…

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Newport “Before and After” the Blizzard, Part 2

January 25, 2018

I was bemused by the fact that so many readers feel as I do about “Before and After” pictures. So I delved back into my cell phone images to present…

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Newport, “Before and After” the Blizzard

January 18, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been intrigued with the “before and after” images in decorating magazines. This past December a version of this opportunity presented itself in…

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48 Hours in Paris with Vicki Archer

January 16, 2018

Vicki Archer was already an established social media star when I first discovered her re-published book, My French Life, at a boutique in Newport in 2012. I had yet to start…

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A Paris Gem: Le Dokhan Hotel

January 11, 2018

Part of the pleasures of travelling to Paris is experiencing its many hotel offerings. No other city I know has as wide a selection as “The City of Lights”…from the…

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Remembering Paris…

January 9, 2018

If truth be told, the beauty of travel for me may ultimately rest in collecting memories that you then have at your fingertip to recall whenever, wherever. They are all…

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A Winter Tale: Imagining a 19th Century Garret

January 4, 2018

This is a post that I wrote months ago but neither the season nor the opportunity ever presented itself for adding it to the website. Slipping into this New Year,…

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2017 “The Year in Pictures”

January 2, 2018

Taking a page (or cover) from the venerable Life magazine, whose title I have co-opted above, I’m going to look back via Instagram at some memorable moments of 2017. If…

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8 New York Townhouses Dressed to the Nines

December 28, 2017

My annual December visit to the Big Apple always includes strolls down the side streets of the city’s Upper East Side, capturing a New York take on decorating for the…

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Newport’s Holiday Doors

December 26, 2017

Before we finish Christmas week, I indulge in a tradition started a few years back…strolling the side streets of the Colonial areas of our town and recording their appropriately simple…

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Christmas Inspirations at Parterre

December 21, 2017

Welcome to Parterre!The party is just about to begin and we’ve rolled out the red carpet for you. Each year I look for inspiration to bring a new twist to…

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A Holiday Invitation to Marble House

December 19, 2017

The interiors of Marble House, a property of the Preservation Society of Newport County, are so majestic and of such sheer grandeur that they truly deserve their own post. So,…

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