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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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Holiday Dreaming: The Parterre Bench

December 14, 2017

When the Parterre Bench was recently chosen as an engagement gift I was thrilled for many reasons. Celebrating a glorious milestone reminded me of the reason I had originally designed…

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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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