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Paris is Always a Good Idea

March 23, 2017

As spring becomes a reality, one can dream of “April in Paris” — or actually live it. So it seemed timely to pass along my favorite traveler’s post on experiencing…

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Inspiring Garden Design: Garden Rooms

March 21, 2017

Today, the second day of spring, is the finale to my “Inspiring Garden Design” series. One can’t forget that the garden we bring indoors in the winter is deserving of consideration…

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Inspiring Garden Design: Island Charms

March 16, 2017

A chance conversation during my brief lecture stop in Vero Beach, Florida resulted in a visit to a most singular garden. The “surprise” factor played out with the Dutch Cape…

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Inspiring Garden Design: London’s Small Gestures

March 14, 2017

England’s justifiably famous gardens receive so much attention that sometimes one forgets that this heritage of “greening” trickles down to small gestures in urban surroundings. I’m always fascinated to see…

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Inspiring Garden Design: Dumbarton Oaks

March 9, 2017

Dumbarton Oaks in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. was a mecca for me when I was planning and implementing my gardens twenty years ago. A former private estate, now…

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Inspiring Garden Design: Geometric Juxtapositions

March 7, 2017

The narrow rectangle that serves as a “front lawn” to this stately, handsome home in New Orleans gives you a hint that free-thinking, creative minds have been at work here.…

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Flower Magazine: A Newport Garden for Strolling

March 2, 2017

Flower magazine has long been a favorite of mine since Margot Shaw started it ten years ago (I even send it to my niece in New Zealand). A product of…

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Inspiring Garden Design: Rooms with a View

February 28, 2017

New Orleans is well-known for its “Garden District” residential area, providing a king’s ransom (excuse my play on Mardi Gras) of gardens that inspire. While Harriet Nelson’s thoughtfully conceived creation…

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Inspiring Garden Design: 11 Tips for Creating a Courtyard

February 23, 2017

One of the pleasures of traveling for lecture appearances is visiting old and new friends…and their gardens. As I headed to New Orleans last fall, I had one image in…

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The Goring: London’s Impeccably English Hotel

February 21, 2017

March is coming, and our thoughts turn to gardens. I’m very excited to announce that this month Flower magazine, founded by the marvelous Margot Shaw, will be featuring my Newport garden. Images are…

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Parterre in the Snow

February 16, 2017

We all know that Newport is gorgeous year ’round. But there is an added magic quality when snow is falling and laying so softly on the landscape, within the curves…

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Travel Luxe: Paris Cocktail Lounges

February 14, 2017

Paris well deserves its moniker as a city of romance — so why not celebrate it on Valentine’s Day with a nod to its chic and comfy cocktail lounges? Start…

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Out and About in Paris with “Fleur”

February 9, 2017

Our first stop after exiting the train from London was Moynat on rue St. Honoré, a small but beloved French handbag company that New York magazine called “the luxury bag…

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Perfectly Paris: Shops to Love

February 7, 2017

Paris is synonymous with shopping, from the supra elegant shops of the Rue Faubourg St. Honoré to the tiny boutiques amongst the winding side streets of the Left Bank. While…

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