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New York’s Holiday Sights and Views

December 12, 2017

December isn’t complete for me without a visit to New York City for all its glorious sights, sounds and views. Each year there is a slightly different focus that catches…

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9 Inspiring Holiday Mantles

December 7, 2017

I may not start decorating for Christmas until mid-December, but early on I am gathering ideas from the beautiful sources available to us in Newport. Even I, who have seen…

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Spicing up your Holidays with Pomanders

December 5, 2017

Blithewold Gardens and Arboretum is an exceptional historic mansion in Bristol, Rhode Island. Overlooking the Narragansett Bay, it is of the same period as Newport’s Gilded Age “cottages” but with…

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‘Tis the Season!

November 30, 2017

When anticipating this glorious holiday season, one image lingered as I carried out the bittersweet ritual of “putting the garden to bed”…the brilliant cardinals that had seemed more ever present…

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The Private Newport Bar, at Home

November 28, 2017

As we head into the most festive of holiday seasons, invitations are being readied and entertaining accoutrements are being assembled. This is the time of the year when “the bar”…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2017

Over the years, celebrating this wonderful season… Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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The Tale of a Turkey

November 21, 2017

“Swiss Village has been a part of everybody’s life in Newport,” the late owner recalls. “The Arthur Curtiss Jameses were so generous. In summers, when I was a little girl,…

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Making Thanksgiving Memorable

November 16, 2017

Yet again, it was that stop by the pumpkin stand that inspired a Thanksgiving centerpiece which in turn inspired the look of the entire table. The mustard yellow pumpkin (“Tonda…

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A Fall Centerpiece: Intriguing Combinations with Garden Favorites

November 14, 2017

Even though Parterre’s gardens are formal in a design sense, I always find a few spots where I can include certain plant material that is not usually associated with French…

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All Around the House: Decorating with Pumpkins

November 9, 2017

Who doesn’t love driving past a farm stand packed with those jolly, fat fellows that always signal “it’s fall.” And I’ve noticed this year that more of the quirky, odd-colored…

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‘Limelight’ Hydrangeas: An Autumn Gift from the Garden

November 7, 2017

The beautiful pristine white quality of these ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas at this time in the fall is a phenomenon! Just the softest blush of pink is starting to appear when they…

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Carriage and Gate Houses of Newport, Part 2

November 2, 2017

There are more carriage and gate houses in Newport than I had ever imagined, so here is part 2 as a wrap-up to my summer post on the subject. I…

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5 Scrumptious Containers that Prove You Can Still Garden into November

October 31, 2017

Receiving a text the other day from a creative savant and major plantsman, Kent Russell, (aka the Garden Guru), I hurried over to the Merrillton estate to see his newly planted…

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Newport’s Architecture and History: An Artist’s Impressions

October 26, 2017

Richard “Dick” Grosvenor was one of the most beloved of Newport’s gentlemen, a celebrated artist, longtime educator (St. George’s School for 40 years), and historian with broad interests that included…

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