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Blenheim Palace: Dressed for the Holidays

It has been almost thirty years since I last visited Blenheim Palace, and it brought…

A Downton Abbey-Inspired Christmas

Photo Credit: Michelle Pugliese for Private Newport Can you think of anything more glorious than…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo Credit: Maaike Bernstrom Photography From our table to yours, the very happiest of Thanksgivings!

Creating a Thanksgiving Centerpiece

It’s the tail end of the growing season; time for cutting back, pulling out, bedding…

The Swanhurst Theater: A Private Home for Music Aficionados

The Swanhurst estate, though certainly not as well known or visible as some of its…

Autumn in Newport: A French Setting

It was the perfect pairing for a Saturday in early Autumn — lunch with friends,…

A Wine Cellar Supper for Halloween

Happy Halloween! I normally don’t give much thought to this particular fall “holiday” (other than…

A Passion for Fall Plants

While our gardens may already have been put to bed, there is one garden source…

Dressing the Library in Fall Color

Fall is my favorite season, though it looks like it will be very late this…

Oops! in the Garden

This annual post has proven to be as much a confessional as it is a…

Celebrating 20 Years at Parterre

Parterre and its gardens celebrated their 20th anniversary this summer. And yet, it seems like…

Reuniting with Downton Abbey

Photo Credit: Nicholas Mele Photography Our beloved Downton Abbey television series ended in March of…

Entertaining at Home: Inspirations from Celebrated Hosts

One never knows where life’s chance meetings might lead. Five years ago, Ronda Carman and…

Boston Townhouses in their Summer Finery Part 2

Aaah, the happy memories that these posts have brought back. We lived at 61 Commonwealth…

Boston Townhouses in their Summer Finery Part 1

Having lived in Boston for a few years, I’m very partial to the term “Boston…