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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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The Orangery at Kensington Palace

February 2, 2017

As many of you may remember, I have a great affection for Orangeries; not only my own, but others as well. The exquisite example at Kensington Palace in London may…

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London Highlights Inspired by “The Crown”

January 31, 2017

Just as Downton Abbey started to fade from the headlines, a new British production, The Crown, took its place. While not as fanciful or entertaining as the comings and goings…

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Afternoon Tea in London

January 26, 2017

What a fun post to pen! Next to champagne I adore tea. From the sense of occasion to the last bite of an English scone, tea for me is the…

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Insider Travel Notes: Packing 101

January 24, 2017

My earlier post “13 Heads Up Tips for the Savvy Traveler” works in tandem with this post to give a good overview of the state of travel today — the…

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13 Travel Tips for the Savvy Traveler

January 19, 2017

London has been “calling” me ever since I was there with Margot Shaw and Charlotte Moss for the Chelsea Flower Show in 2015. And with a stronger dollar, why not…

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Celebrating the New Year: Private Newport Style

January 17, 2017

Thrilled to be Newport Life Magazine’s inaugural blogger for their new #MyNewportLife blog series, Shout Out Sunday. Enjoy this reminiscence of New Year’s Eve weekend 2016/2017! New Year’s Eve is…

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11 Captivating Spaces: Newport’s Private Homes

January 12, 2017

This past Christmas had more than its share of parties in splendid settings. At a New Year’s day luncheon, I was sitting in a beautifully paneled room, a fifth anniversary…

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A Newport Winter Perspective: Bellevue Avenue

January 10, 2017

Bellevue Avenue’s charms are many, but its magical winter side is somewhat a well-kept secret. The soft, powdery snow of January 7th started at nine in the morning and continued…

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