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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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People, Places & Privileged Precincts Part 1

August 8, 2017

Having been a house guest a few times this summer, as well as a hostess, I’ve  enjoyed gathering thoughts for each role…as well as some favorite images of “privileged precincts”…

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The Making of a Mini Vegetable Garden

August 3, 2017

What are two young darlings to do when dwelling in the eighth oldest home in Newport and desperate for a garden of their own? I am delighted to share with…

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Hydrangeas: Summer Favorites

August 1, 2017

Hydrangeas are usually such an iconic flower in Newport but for the last two years (due to weather and other “acts of Mother Nature”) there has barely been a bloom…

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Innisfree Garden in Nantucket

July 27, 2017

On a small peninsula on the northern coast of Nantucket is a view so compelling that uber architect, Robert Venturi, was coaxed into doing one last residential project…for clients, Susie…

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Window Boxes of Nantucket

July 25, 2017

When I landed in Nantucket, navigating my way through the charming narrow streets of downtown became a frustrating exercise (there was a funeral and three blocks of the center of…

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Blue and White: At Home in Newport

July 20, 2017

With all the focus on the use of blue and white in today’s world of design, I thought it time to focus on Newport’s classic take on this beloved color…

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Newport for Children: Adventures, Outings and Activities

July 18, 2017

Our gorgeous summer weather provides opportunities galore for children of all ages (as well as the “child within you”) to enjoy a vast potpourri of activities, sports, soon-to-be-pastimes, adventures and…

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48 Hours in Newport

July 13, 2017

Newport, Rhode Island is a magical play land in the summertime – and a destination many flock to for carefree time by the sea. A place where sandy feet and tradition…

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Mark D. Sikes: A Private Newport Experience

July 11, 2017

One never quite knows what to anticipate when meeting someone of near “legend” status. Mark D. Sikes (or MDS, by which he’s known) is a much-in-demand decorator, furniture and “home”…

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She’s Back! Iris Apfel in Newport

July 6, 2017

Iris loves Newport! After her visit last summer she decided she wanted to return for the Flower Show (where she made an appearance at a tea in her honor). She…

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Edith Wharton’s Summer Home in Newport

July 4, 2017

Festivities and fireworks started early this year at Private Newport when Town & Country kicked off the long weekend with our story on entertaining Newport style at “Land’s End.” How…

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Fêtes des Fleurs at Parterre

June 29, 2017

The Newport Flower Show theme this year at Rosecliff — Fêtes des Fleurs — might just as well have been talking about what was going on next door at Parterre,…

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