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Inspiring Garden Design: 8 Tips for Creating a Sunken Garden

It is perhaps difficult to believe that behind this formal chateau (above) is a sunken…

Inspiring Garden Design: Express Your Personality!

January is a much anticipated month for me! I welcome some downtime after the excitement…

Newport Society: The Passing of a Legend

My first post of the New Year is in honor of Marion Oates Charles, a…

18 Memorable Pictures for 2018

Trusting you all enjoyed a heartwarming Christmas, rich with family and friends. This now quiet…

New York’s Holiday Windows

If it is possible, New York this December was  sparkling and glittering even more than…

The Holiday Parterre Bench

For me, as for many of us, Christmas decorating is steeped in tradition. The treasured…

“O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree…”

Newport’s “cottages” are indeed a big draw in the summer, but so many visitors miss…

A Vanderbilt-Inspired Holiday Mantel

It was a dream invitation, especially at this time of the year — come in…

8 Oops! in the Garden

Confession, as they say, is good for the soul — well, this was certainly the…

Bellevue Avenue in Fall Color

I spoke too soon in my last post regarding lack of exuberance in Newport’s leaf…

Capturing Autumn: Turning Over a New Leaf

When you live in a New England town, autumn takes on a special meaning. While…

Revealing Insights for Expressing Your Personal Style

My recent trip to Birmingham, Alabama came via an invitation from my dear friend, Margot…

Three Perspectives on Woodland Gardening

As my father loved to say, “travel is broadening.” That wisdom took on a new…

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Sometimes just what you’ve been looking for may well be in your own  backyard. For…

Ballyfin: An Irish “World Apart”

If you love a wonderful story, a dreamy, romantic setting and a knight in shining…