Book Love: Living Newport

Newport is a city full of history, exquisite architecture, and storied traditions.  This closed society defined wealth in an era of ages past. We now have a chance to peek over the hedges and behind the ball gowns  to reveal the new modern society of Newport that relishes the past while moving toward the future in a younger more relaxed generation.  This beautiful book penned by a very talented author is a must for any design library, gardener or entertaining aficionado.

 Enjoy a glimpse…


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.









About the Author:


Author, lecturer, garden connoisseur, former magazine editor and television host/producer, BETTIE BEARDEN PARDEE calls Newport, RI home, the inspiration for her most recent books on lifestyle and design, and her new website, “Private Newport.”

Her newest coffee table book,  Living Newport: Houses, People, Style (Glitterati 2014) is the subject of lectures, appearances and book signings scheduled around the country as part of her upcoming book tour. (See the calendar of events for more information.)

Previous titles include Private Newport: At Home and in the Garden (Bulfinch 2004), for which Bettie received an award for a “commitment to excellence” by the Horticultural Society of New York; the reissuance of an iconic garden book first published in 1979,  Newport in Flower: A History of Newport’s Horticultural Heritage,  (Harriet Jackson Phelps/The Preservation Society of Newport County, 2ndEdition 2010, with an introduction by Bettie Bearden Pardee); and two on entertaining for young marrieds,  Pardee Guide to Great Entertaining and Pardee Guide to Great Weekend Entertaining (Peachtree Publisher 1991 and 1992).


I am looking forward to my upcoming trip to Newport in a few weeks and hope to get a tour of Bettie Pardee’s famed gardens. 

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