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Dallas Welcomes “Living Newport”: A Book Signing at Madison 214

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What a beautiful setting for a “Living Newport” book signing!


“The Setting”: Madison 214 in Highland Park Village, Dallas
The Event: A champagne “Living Newport” book signing
The Date & Time: Friday, October 9, 3:00-5:00pm
The Vibe: Chic, chic, and more chic

“Go big or go home.” I do like that Texas saying, but I’d like to offer my own twist: “Go big WHILE at home.” With that in mind, I’m sure I’ll feel quite at home at a champagne book-signing at Madison after a bevy of Dallas lectures and events. Having visited Madison last year, I must report that I find it incredibly enchanting. It is the type of boutique where one needs time to loop around multiple times, all the while seeing new gorgeousness at every pass. I can’t wait to return.

If you are in the Dallas neighborhood, please visit. And for all, please enjoy these incredibly stylish images from Madison with a bit of my running commentary.

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I very much agree with Madison on this:  “Blue and white is timeless… but sometimes a little pink is necessary, too.”


Colorful croc, monsieur.


Love this non-menacing bull in a china shop.


So bubbly! This hand-blown glass sculpture looks like it could pop at any moment. Fun!


Gorgeous agate rocks in yummy colors!

L’objet blossom bowl.


Color, texture, shine!

Pretty nautical accents remind me of Newport.


Madison’s five tier dessert stand is for more than just petit fours. This one serves up heavenly bath bombs.


Let’s make opening bills as stylish as possible with these sleek Texas-made, hand-carved wooden letter openers.


Do you know what the most wonderful thing is about elephant statues? They symbolize success, good luck, wisdom and communication, AND it is entirely appropriate to sneak them into multiple rooms. Yes, little hot pink elephant, I’m looking at you.

Here’s lovely Madison in the dappled sunlight.


If these images whetted your appetite for more, I recommend following Madison on Facebook (or visiting You’ll find images which feature a modern, classic style, inspired by owners (and sisters) Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford. As interior designers they combine contemporary and classical elements to create livable and aesthetically beautiful spaces with a sense of the unexpected. In its twelfth year, Madison, is a store filled with tasteful findings from around the world, and often, from New York City’s Madison Avenue. I find Madison to be perfectly suited for gifting and decorating…as well as book-buying, of course.   If you are in the Dallas area on October 9, please come say hello.

Many mercis, Kelli and Kirsten!

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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".

8 thoughts on “Dallas Welcomes “Living Newport”: A Book Signing at Madison 214

  1. I have vivid memories of Dallas’ Highland Park Village shops, giving delight and fascinating admiration every which way you turn … Stepping in to Madison 214 was captivatingly glamorous! Thank you Bettie, for reconnecting me to Madison ~ Cherry Maddela-Garrido

    1. What a wonderful coincidence, Cherry. So glad I can help bring back happy memories!
      Lol, Bettie

  2. Dear Bettie. So sad to miss you in Dallas. Will be there the following weekend! Best of luck to you. Thank you for the info on Madison. I will definitely visit.

  3. Really Fantastic! Geography aside, I would visit today–and Friday, of course.
    Thank you for the wonderful eye- treat But I am stumped. What is the item that says ‘Madison’ with gold around the edge?

    1. Hi Lynn,
      Thanks for giving your impressions of Madison. Everyone feels that way. And that first image that you see on the blog is a piece of agate used as a placecard. Chic, eh?!

  4. That five tiered dessert stand is a statement piece like so many beautiful things you captured. Your eye, attention to detail and spirit are on point! Please come back to Dallas again and stay longer next time. xx

    1. I’m already planning my next trip. Thanks for making me feel so at home! Bettie

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