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Enjoy your cozy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2020

I wanted to take the opportunity at this wonderful time of the year, especially with so many challenges besieging us, to offer some “words of wisdom” that carry such truth in their simplicity.

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A Newport Autumn at Parterre

November 19, 2020

With our wonky weather this past month–snow on October 30th, an earthquake 8 days later–fall as we knew it last year has almost been nonexistent. So I was thrilled to…

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Inspiring Architectural Design: “Commodore” James’s Boathouse

November 12, 2020

Count on Newport, one of the yachting capitals of the world, to have a singular example of historic nautically-inspired architecture. A hundred plus years later, “Harbour Court” (now the New…

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Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago

November 5, 2020

For you garden lovers like me, I’m betting that a gorgeous, exceptional new book on our favorite topic is cause for celebration! Just published, Gardens of the North Shore of…

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Inspiring Architectural Design: Oakwood

October 29, 2020

Oakwood has led a charmed life. Built in 1854 as a wedding gift for William Backhouse Astor’s daughter, Mary Alida, (granddaughter of John Jacob Astor). It was one of the earliest…

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Inspiring Architectural Design: Berkeley House

October 22, 2020

It is difficult to overstate the fame and influence of the architectural firm McKim, Mead and White–their Newport treasures include Rosecliff as well as Berkeley House, our subject for today.…

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The Virtues of Autumn Clematis

October 15, 2020

Autumn is rather limited in the variety of plants that are still blooming now. But one, ‘clematis paniculata,’ or ‘Autumn Clematis,’ puts all others to shame with her fresh lime…

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Inspiring Architectural Design: Edgehill

October 8, 2020

As a true Texan would say, “I love that the welcome mat is always out and friends feel free to drop over anytime. I can come home and not know…

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