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India Hicks: A Slice Of Newport

Photo Credit: @IndiaHicksStyle One soon learns, and then takes for granted, that Newport is an epicenter, in an understated way… truly a destination for many fascinating individuals. And often they…

Over the Moon About Roses

All the rain that we’ve been receiving must have been laced with Miracle Grow! I have never seen such bountiful blooms or healthier plants, with canes that were as thick…

Independence Day 2019

On this special day in our country’s history, I take pride in the pivotal role that Rhode Island, and Newport specifically, played in the American Revolution. The fiercely autonomous colony…

My Newport Flower Show Tastemakers’ Diary

What a weekend!! Where to start? The Newport Flower Show is such a destination for all who wish to see and celebrate the bounty of summer gardens. From “garden club…

The Parterre Bench Salutes the Newport Flower Show

What’s more fabulous than a seaside flower show in a Newport “summer cottage” (where The Great Gatsby and many other movies were filmed)? The Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff, Parterre’s…

A Homage to Rhododendrons

While we may have had many reasons the past few months to curse the weather, it has proven a boon to some plant groups. This year in Newport, rhododendrons are…

Halcyon Days in the Cotswolds: Part 2

To say that I am a fool for follies is an understatement. In fact, Hidcote was on my itinerary as much for the gardens as for their most charming example…

The Parterre Bench…Dream Along with Me

We’re feeling in a very celebratory mood here at Parterre! It was twenty years ago this weekend that we moved into our new home, Parterre… And twelve years ago that…

Gramercy Atelier: Dressing to Celebrate

My exciting  summer 2019 Parterre Bench video campaign deserved a celebratory outfit, so of course I thought immediately of Gramercy Atelier. I already owned a few of their wear-everywhere jackets…

Tulip Fever

Yes, tulips are one of my very fave flowers — so while I may have been missing their bloom time at home I was treated to a rainbow of blossoms…