Dearest Friends,

There’s always a “story” in Newport. The Parterre Bench has a magical one stretching back over 30 years. While pheasant shooting in Ireland at Birr Castle, I chanced upon an intriguing piece of furniture. The Earle of Ross had a garden bench whose design looked like something straight from Alice in Wonderland; the swooping R’s with tails resembled the devil’s pitchfork. Intrigued, its image stayed with me. When designing my Newport garden in 1999, I specifically created a bower in our winter garden that can be seen from the main rooms in our house. It came with the promise to myself that I would someday re­create this bench whose memory I had been carrying for so long.

And so, to celebrate the publication of my first coffee table book, Private Newport: At Home and in the Garden, I designed this personal take on an iconic garden accessory. Beautifully­-scaled, the Parterre Bench measures a generous 62 inches wide and rises to a dramatic 5’3”. Hand constructed of mahogany (a high ­quality hardwood very suitable for paint), the bench can bear the demands of even the liveliest garden party.

I’m so very proud to present the Parterre Bench, now available to share a spot in your garden. A bespoke piece of furniture made to exacting standards by a 4th generation Newport, Rhode Island craftsman and finished in your choice of color, this creation is the perfect gift for oneself… to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, dress up the garden for a special celebration, or perhaps to give to a bride. A special order, the bench is usually ready for delivery within 8­-10 weeks and is a timeless treasure to be enjoyed for years to come.

Happy Gardening!


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You probably know the extraordinary garden of Bettie Bearden Pardee and the fabulous Parterre bench she designed. Today on her blog, privatenewport she has a beautiful post entitled “Welcoming the Tulips”! Pop over for a bright spot in your day! I’ll post a photo of me & Bettie on that very bench in my stories! Thanks to my dear friend ellbow22 for making the introduction! #tulips #pinktulips #parterrebench #bettiebeardenpardee #privatenewport #garden #gardendelights
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In decor and flowers, I am not often drawn to red, but the curves and loops of this handsome Parterre bench hit the spot. 

Bettie Bearden Pardee, a garden enthusiast from Newport, RI  designed the bench for her own garden featuring her monogram that hides in plain sight. She specified Honduran mahogany for it and is manufacturing them in Newport. Is there not a more perfect balance between masculine and feminine elements? This bench is perfection. 

Clients will sometimes say that “they don’t make furniture the way they used to,” and honestly, that isn’t at all true. Here’s the thing, interior design, architecture, and landscape architect practitioners indeed have access to the finest furnishing, fixtures, and equipment and give clients that access when doing a project. 

Mommy and I are constantly on the search for beautiful, unique, well-fashioned items and we source year round so that we know what is happening in the industry. With everything going on with Ms. Rona, we won’t make it to market this fall. 
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