As I was out-ing and about-ing in Newport at this magical time of year, I was taken again by the charm of our “City by the Sea.” With almost perfect weather and clear, crystalline nights, the holiday lights seemed to shine brighter and the shop windows appeared even more fetching. So join me as I lunch at Castle Hill or pop into Marble House for my first taste of Christmas in this Preservation Society grand cottage (see my Marble House post). Each image provides a decor sensibility that prompted their inclusion in this post (complete with personal asides). Call it my Christmas 2021 photo archive–in no particular order, but a smattering of images that give you a sense of the pleasures of Newport at Christmas…with great takeaways!
Firstly, Christmas trees just bring a smile to my face. How about you? Here at the Breakers, the color combinations couldn’t be more different but each bring their glitter to the breakfast room, a bedroom–in my book, few things are as romantic at the holidays as a Christmas tree in this private sanctum–and the library.
I’m a fan of Castle Hill Inn, the small jewel Relais and Chateaux retreat with it’s spectacular view at the point of the island; their holiday mantel and tree always provide inspiration…against such wonderful Shingle style woodwork.
Such a jolly scene. Year after year, Royal Male (a tongue-in-cheek take on Royal Mail) helps assuage my longing for London architecture and shopping!
Prepping for a special dinner and thankful that I planned ahead last January with designing these personalized napkins (I’ve always said I would monogram anything if it stood still long enough…must be my Southern upbringing).
Sometimes I just need my ancient Santa as the centerpiece on the salon mantel (perhaps because we’re having Christmas dinner in this room and in his own little way, he can be one of the celebrants).
And speaking of centerpieces…why stop with one tree when two make such a statement? There’s a lesson here! The Grand Hall of The Breakers as I’m sure Mr. Vanderbilt would have imagined it (had he spent Christmas in Newport…).
The sun wanes in the western sky–making for a wonderful shot like this at Newport’s oft-visited Clarke Cooke House restaurant.
A small but grand statement at the end of a long, formal marble hall, The Elms, Newport’s eighteenth century-inspired French chateau.
New in the last two years, The Breakers mansion, and its landscape, becomes an outdoor magical wonderland at night with its grounds and paths awash in thousands of festive lights.
And so finishes my last post before December 25th…a taste of the Newport I love and know so well during a season that is in such marked contrast to summer. Hope you’ve enjoyed these moments together…may the peace, love, and beauty of the season be yours all year long.
Featured image credit, Vibrant Optics for Private Newport