The Blog

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…

Irish Gardens and their Signature Details

It was 2003 when I was last in Ireland, with the Atlantic Botanic Garden. So…

Newport Society: The Harold Brown Villa

In a very European fashion, the Harold Brown Villa has been occupied by the same…

Invitation to a Fantasy Engagement Party

I’m all for fanciful and fantasy moments, especially when they are in the garden and…

Bay Views: Private Newport Residences

It occurred to me as I was enjoying another Newport summer tradition, a harbor cruise,…

Privileged Pets of Private Newport

Last summer’s post on “Newport Living: A Pampered Pets Perspective” was so popular (no surprise)…

A Splendid Affair! Coaching Returns to Newport

An equestrian sport, a tradition and a social pastime, Coaching Weekend was introduced to America…

Bellinis and Blossoms and a Second Bloom

Given our love of gardens and flowers, Cathy B. Graham and I were destined to…

Newport’s White Architectural Jewels

Perhaps it is because there are so few in a town noted for it’s stunning…

Summer Favorites: Hydrangeas and the Parterre Bench

There are many signatures that are associated with Newport —  magnificent crescent bay beaches; velvety…

The Return of Downton Abbey

Is it just a coincidence that the announcement of Downton Abbey’s  return as a silver…

Dreamy Moments in the Garden

These dreamy moments are as much about the dreamy weather we’ve been having lately…cool nights…