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Private Newport’s Most Singular Oceanside Rooms

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The cover of my first coffee table book, Private Newport: At Home and in the Garden, conveys in so many ways the sensibilities and design spirit of this post…shining a spotlight on rooms that represent their owner’s response to living in Newport, on the water.

Every time I look through these pages, I’m grateful that I was compelled to write and photograph Private Newport, for it captures a moment in time, 2002…17 years ago. Today, with two exceptions, the new owners of these homes have tailored the interiors to reflect their lifestyle proving again that the “progress” of a house is a natural evolution…which makes reflecting back all the sweeter and more meaningful.

Enjoy this trip down memory lane.





Pelican Ledge

Rock Cliff

All photos taken by, Mick Hales.

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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".

6 thoughts on “Private Newport’s Most Singular Oceanside Rooms

  1. This prompted me to pull out my book…..PRIVATE NEWPORT….and enjoy it again!
    Such a beautiful book!
    Chris Lambert

  2. Dearest Bettie,
    Thank you so much for you kindness, inspiration, and joy.
    Sharing all your favorite things with us was such a gift.
    Now for a very important request, what about those potato


    1. Belinda, what a joy to meet you!Thank you for the perfect gift, which shall go immediately on the salon center table, with the sweet inscriptions.
      And since it sounds as though you’ll be entertaining soon, I’ll email you a shot of the package (of course you know that means I’ll have to eat some, too!)
      Happy summer! xBettie

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