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Frances Schultz on ‘Beeing’ Happy at The Bee Cottage

One of life’s greatest pleasures is re-connecting with friends from past lives. Frances Schultz and…

Newport, RI

Ablaze in Newport: A New England Autumn

Autumn is my favorite season. So all the more reason to make a priority of…

North Carolina

13 “Steal the Show” Tips for Fall Entertaining – in a Barn

We’ve all been there…you go to a party in an inspired and compelling setting, you…

Monograms for the Home: The Art of Making your Mark

Monograms are a favorite pleasure of mine, adding such personal details to this lovely world…

48 Hours in Woodstock, Vermont: A New England Fall Story

  “Leaf-Peeping,” as it’s affectionately called, is a New England fall tradition (October 10th is…

Rosecliff - Newport RI

Chic it Up! The Whimsical Artwork of Patricia van Essche

There’s nothing more enchanting to me  than refined and well-placed pen strokes on Strathmore paper…finished off…

Savvy Packing Tips to Keep from Unraveling While Traveling

Dear fellow travelers, lately I have been doing quite a bit of lecture, book tour…

Dallas Welcomes “Living Newport”: A Book Signing at Madison 214

What a beautiful setting for a “Living Newport” book signing! “The Setting”: Madison 214 in Highland…

A Brasserie That Parisians Would Envy

Part of the charm of serendipity is that it can present itself when you least…

Moss - Garden

Dahlias: Stars of the Autumn Garden

The garden’s bounty, more efficient to collect in a trug because dahlias take up so…

Entertaining, Newport Style: Secrets to throwing a Great “Pardee”

Image of Bettie taken mid-party by Maaike Bernstrom. This picture was featured in The Salonniere…

Door Knocker

Paris Doors to Fall in Love With

  Who doesn’t need a Paris “fix?” Since I can’t be everyplace at once, I…

Yacht

Newport’s Classic Yacht Regatta

And they’re off… The Classic Yacht Regatta, an early September tradition, was founded in 1980…

“Newport, A Lively Experiment”: Interview with Rockwell Stensrud

Newport has proven its amazing ability to evolve over 375 years and remain vital, as well…

Ferns, an Elegant Addition to a Garden

Taking refuge in my shade garden one early evening, spent from the unusual intensity of…