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11 Magical Summer Spaces: Newport’s Private Side

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A veranda, a ballroom, an orangerie, a loggia…these are the settings I dream of as summer is approaching. Each one marks the experience of living in Newport in this idyllic season. The owners of these spaces may have changed over the years, but these are recorded as I first knew them…and therefore, are all the more precious. At the height of summer, I wanted to share them with you.

What was once the ballroom at Fairholme, overlooking the ocean and sweep of the eastern side of the island,  has now evolved into a music room.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

The sun-filled tented solarium at Beaulieu continues the casual family dining side of this grand house.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

An exceptional example of grisaille distinguishes the over-door to Seafair’s loggia on the Atlantic side.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

Although the handprinted nineteenth-century paper has finally succumbed to weather and the elements, I cherish this memory of the original teahouse at Bellevue House.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

Flowers take many forms in the sun-washed bedroom at Swan’s Way, where a warm fire can take the chill off a cool summer evening.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

Summer luncheons at Hopedene are often taken in the glass-enclosed garden room under the festive “tented” ceiling.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

At Seafair, flowers from the garden decorate the table, set for a ladies’ luncheon against very appropriate shell-pink walls.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

Summer’s must-haves in the powder room at The Whim.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

Nina Taselaar in Oakwood’s graciously appointed living room (originally the ballroom,  added in 1875) with banks of windows and French doors to let in Newport’s storied light and breezes.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

Many summer dinners take place in  Parterre’s Orangerie,  nestled among the gardens.

Photo Credit: Maaike Bernstrom

Hope your summer is going along swimmingly…

Featured Image Credit, Cynthia Ferguson of Ferguson Designs Inc.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

3 thoughts on “11 Magical Summer Spaces: Newport’s Private Side

  1. Good morning
    Coffee snd Bettie….ultra charming!
    ANOTHER week of rain in Atlanta, soon we will have a shore line!
    What a memory is the wallpaper in the tearoom at Bellevue. Truly beautiful. Hard to isolate my favorite. Do love the chapeau at The Whim. Meandering thoughts, Lynn

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