Living Newport: Houses, People, Style // Bettie Bearden Pardee


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Newport, Rhode Island - celebrated for its stunning seascapes, famous mansions, Jazz Festival, annual Flower Show and world-class sailing - provides an enviable setting for a storied way of life. From Presidents to philanthropists, it is also known for the stylish residents who have summered and socialized here. In this fabled town where privacy is a treasured asset, Living Newport showcases both the heirs of the old guard and the "new" Newport social set; tastemakers all, they have the means and the ability to live anywhere but choose this perennially-favored City by the Sea.How does private Newport entertain, decorate, party, garden, dress? In elegant settings worthy of Masterpiece Theater, social pastimes, rituals and well-earned traditions play out in lush images with Newport's exceptional old-world architecture as the centerpiece. Amusing tales and lively personal anecdotes capture the fresh twist to this distinctive lifestyle. Contents: Spring: Opening the Garden for the Season; Wm. K. Vanderbilt's Firehouse; Neoclassical Reinterpreted; Preamble to a Wedding. Summer: Return to Camelot; Calling on Good Friends; An Enticing Day on the Bay; Sea Views at Seaweed; Mr. Fleming's Follies. Autumn: Commodore James's Aloha Landing; On the Rocks at Price's Neck; The Twin Pleasures of Elm Court; Romantic Oakwood; Re-Visiting McKim, Mead & White. Winter: The Library at Ocean View; A Writer's Lair; Christmas by Design.