Thursday, September 11, 2014

Living Newport: Houses, People, Style

Though it is mid-September there are so many gorgeous days ahead  to enjoy that I want to feature a book that actually brings us the feeling of the sea, the sun and fresh air all year long.

Living Newport: People, Houses, Style by Bettie Bearden Pardee
C 2014 by Glitterati Incorporated 
Principle Photography by Mick Hales 

A spectacular view from Clingstone, a historic Newport estate sitting atop a large rock ledge, captures the image of two restored classic wooden boats amongst other vessels.

Newport, Rhode Island, conjures up so many images: stunning seascapes and world-class sailing competitions, including The America's Cup. The Jazz Festival and Annual Flower Show, not to mention mansions built by some of the most celebrated Americans of all time.

The art deco Emile Rublmann inspired custom Dining Room table (doesn't it resemble the curves of a ship?) in the home of Interior Designer Eileen Marcuvitz and her husband Andy.

This book honors  both the "Old Guard" and their heirs as well as the "New" Newport Social Set who not only continue in the traditions of this fabled town,  they also cherish and honor the spirit of the many historic homes when renovating, remodeling , or building a property. 

This Peter Weber built home includes cedar shingles with a cupola, large wide columns, and windows redolent of a bygone era,  Mary and Tom Gilbane generously open their home for entertaining at the holidays.

There are so many time-honored  traditions that take place in Newport that you will enjoy reading about, the Coaching Weekend being another one that is  enjoyed by hundreds of residents. These coaches with four horses stop along a route throughout the day to entertain and be entertained, ending the evening with a black-tie dinner at the Cushing Estate, The Ledges.

A gilt console and mirror are treasures from the Andy Warhol Estate which grace the foyer of Oakwood. Oakwood's six walled acres are very private, yet only a short walk to town and the harbor! The dining room also features 56 hand painted Chinese panels, truly remarkable.

The very talented Bettie Bearden Pardee is also the author of Private Newport, At Home and in the Garden and two additional books on entertaining. She chairs many events of the Newport social season and loves to entertain at her own home, "Parterre".

You may purchase Living Newport, Houses, People, Style at Amazon or your local bookseller!

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cindy hattersley design said...

This sounds wonderful! Thanks for the heads up Karena!

*Chic Provence* said...

Karena thanks for this peek into the fabled Newport lifestyle.. can we go there now? :)... the books sound wonderful and I am off to Amazon to check them out... hope YOU are doing well..thanks for your passionate and ongoing support of the arts... as always Kit

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

You are right, Karena, I do love this! I love the homes of Newport...thanks for sharing!

debra @ 5th and state said...

looks delicious! having never been this may just have to suffice

Francine Gardner said...

I will look at the book having spent years in Newport during the summer where my husband's mother had a beautiful house. New port is beautiful all year, showing different appeal according to the seasons.

MJH DesignArts said...

Hi Karena,
Another super review. A vignette out of time. Have a super week-end. xoxo Mary

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Such a fun book! Look at those homes! Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer said...

This looks like a stunning book! I have fond memories of Newport. The whole area is so gorgeous and full of history. Thank you for the great review. I'll be looking for this book. xo

La Contessa said...


Stacy CUrran said...

We live about an hour from Newport and LOVE going this time of year. It's one of my favorite places!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My dear Karena! Before I forget, here is the link to that Pinterest photo of the ballet dancers in my header:

HELLO! SO GOOD TO SEE YOU! I am glad to hear you are doing all that you can to rehabilitate from your surgery, and I so hope that all goes well for you when you see your surgeon dear Karen! As usual, you feature lovely artists and bring so much sophistication ! Many hugs and blessings to you dear one, and I hope that link works to lead you to the pin. MERCI! Anita

Антиквар said...

I'd like to read this book. if it would be in the Ukrainian language. I love this topic, would want that in Ukraine there was a book about the Guard

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post about a wonderful book!!

Written by my friend from 4th grade (at Westlake School) in Los Angeles!!

I adore Bettie and all of her books! This one is a SMASH HIT!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!!

Beeta @ Mon Petit Four said...

New reader here! I loved getting a glimpse at Newport living. Looks beautiful - I love that cedar shingle house! :)

designchic said...

What a wonderful book and a favorite place to visit! Can't wait to get it!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Sweet Karena!!!!

Thank you for dropping by, and enjoy that ballet photo! I hope you are feeling well - get your rest and keep working up your strength! BISOUS, Anita

therelishedroost said...

Lovely post I need to take a road trip to Newport!!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Sounds like a wonderful book..thanks for cluing us in!

Fashion-isha said...

Gorgeous post! Hope you're doing great!

missgiven said...

Love the art and those dining chairs.

Jennifer @ Belclaire House said...

Gorgeous post! I just realized my feedly hasn't updated some of my blogs. So I've got some reading to do!!!

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