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A Wine Cellar Supper for Halloween

Happy Halloween! I normally don’t give much thought to this particular fall “holiday” (other than…

A Passion for Fall Plants

While our gardens may already have been put to bed, there is one garden source…

Dressing the Library in Fall Color

Fall is my favorite season, though it looks like it will be very late this…

Oops! in the Garden

This annual post has proven to be as much a confessional as it is a…

Celebrating 20 Years at Parterre

Parterre and its gardens celebrated their 20th anniversary this summer. And yet, it seems like…

Reuniting with Downton Abbey

Photo Credit: Nicholas Mele Photography Our beloved Downton Abbey television series ended in March of…

Entertaining at Home: Inspirations from Celebrated Hosts

One never knows where life’s chance meetings might lead. Five years ago, Ronda Carman and…

Boston Townhouses in their Summer Finery Part 2

Aaah, the happy memories that these posts have brought back. We lived at 61 Commonwealth…

Boston Townhouses in their Summer Finery Part 1

Having lived in Boston for a few years, I’m very partial to the term “Boston…

Romancing our Summer Garden

The Orangerie in Parterre’s garden was a most special surprise Christmas gift in 1997, given…

Seafair, a Hurricane’s Tale

There’s always a story in Newport and as we head into hurricane season, this gripping…

Hidcote: of Hedges and Vistas

While I have been very enthusiastic about visiting many gardens, both here and in Europe…

Private Newport’s Most Singular Oceanside Rooms

The cover of my first coffee table book, Private Newport: At Home and in the…

Harold Peto’s Iford Garden

Surprisingly, the unanticipated highlight of my May week in the Cotswolds was the visit to…

My Newport Diary: The Week That Was

Along with this week’s heatwave came a bevy of trunk shows, fundraisers, Tennis Hall of…