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A Holiday Invitation to Marble House

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The interiors of Marble House, a property of the Preservation Society of Newport County, are so majestic and of such sheer grandeur that they truly deserve their own post. So, please join me as I celebrate the holidays in a setting from Newport’s gilded history. As you enjoy the images, keep in mind that this “cottage” contains 500,000 square feet of marble (accounting for more than half of the cost of the house in 1892…approximately $11 million).

The Entry Hall sets the stage for what is to be found within the first floor rooms at this season…a bounteous wreath, large hanging ball, festively adorned tree and soft pink poinsettias to soften the wide marble stairs.

And fresh flowers in a bronze trough with crystal “ice”at its base.

What a delicious setting for Christmas dinner!


Even the small ballroom has a tree, its gold ornaments sparkling like the gilded decor. Under the tree, a sophisticated version of a traditional creche takes the place of wrapped gifts.

Across the room, a dramatic marble and bronze mantle piece adds drama to the ballroom which is just off the entry hall.

The Gothic room at Marble House shares the same attention to detail that distinguishes this house, albeit with no marble!

Seasonal favorites extend even to the kitchen (in the basement) — a nutcracker above the room-length row of copper pots…

And a gingerbread confection that captures Marble House in cake and frosting.

May you, too, enjoy your sweets this holiday…

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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".

5 thoughts on “A Holiday Invitation to Marble House

  1. Absolutely delightful! Thank you so much for such a lovely post. Happy Holidays to you too.

  2. How I loved being a tour guide at Marble House for seven years! The dining room was my favorite room in the house. I just went up to Newport for a short stay and saw MH and the splendid decorations – it was a real treat to be back there again!

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