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48 Hours with Gen Sohr in Nashville

September 26, 2017

I’ve loved Nashville since I lived in Atlanta many years ago, so returning this fall was an event I’ve long been anticipating. Particularly after recently meeting some of the town’s…

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The Many Facets of Cliff Walk

September 21, 2017

Cliff Walk is so much a part of summer — always on the short list of what my house guests want to do. So I couldn’t slip into fall without…

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Tea and the Art of Thoughtful Giving

September 19, 2017

September is always the most beautiful time of the year in Newport. Many facets of summer slide easily into this month without missing a beat, but it is always clear…

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Newport, the Arboretum

September 14, 2017

In my first book, Private Newport: At Home and in the Garden (2004), I shared that I am first a tree lover, then a gardener, and hinted at a little…

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Peter Layne Arguimbau, a Master of Marine Painting

September 12, 2017

As coincidences go, a dinner host was showing me his marine art collection the night before the Mariner Gallery was having their big summer opening. But it was when this…

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Newport Society: Closing Beaulieu for the Season

September 7, 2017

Beaulieu is a very distinguished house. Dating from 1862, it is one of the oldest homes still in private hands on Bellevue Avenue, and its grounds remain just as the…

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The Hatteras Yacht, A Step Back in Time

September 5, 2017

Good stories always start with a bit of serendipity and end up reminding us of what a small world this truly is! And now that I live in Newport, the…

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What’s in a Name? Newport’s Private Residences

August 31, 2017

I’ve long wanted to write this post and a conversation with house guests was the welcome impetus. Naming one’s home is such a long-standing tradition in Newport. These names, and…

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The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy

August 29, 2017

All roads lead to Newport and luckily for us, decorator Meg Braff has found herself sharing more Newport time with her base in Locust Valley, NY. When her devastatingly fresh…

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Water Lilies: Jewels of the Aquatic World

August 24, 2017

There is a time in late summer…just about now…that I anticipate all year long. It is so special that I mark it on my calendar — the water lily pond…

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The Whim: A Newport Seaside Garden

August 22, 2017

One of the joys of having guests is sharing places and experiences you love about Newport…like friends’ gardens. An all-time favorite of mine is The Whim, owned by Oatsie Charles…

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Hot Summer, Cool Garden

August 17, 2017

One need only enter an exquisite jewel box of a tiny, shaded garden on a hot day to appreciate the adage that “less is more.” Even before I opened the…

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People, Places & Privileged Precincts Part 2

August 15, 2017

Part two of this perspective on being a gracious weekend hostess comes with warm thanks to all my friends who have hosted me, from Palm Beach to Nantucket to the…

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11 Magical Summer Spaces: Newport’s Private Side

August 10, 2017

A veranda, a ballroom, an orangerie, a loggia…these are the settings I dream of as summer is approaching. Each one marks the experience of living in Newport in this idyllic…

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