THE LAUNCH: Private Newport’s Parterre Bench

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I am pleased as punch to see the launch of the Parterre Bench come to fruition today. C&C Consulting, along with the Private Newport team, worked tirelessly and passionately to truly bring a dream to a reality. The Parterre Bench is a beautifully-scaled, custom bespoke garden accessory that commands celebratory order. It is available for any discerning eye to bring home to their own garden setting.

My client was inspired by a whimsical bench spotted some 30 years ago at Birr Castle in Ireland. She then specifically created a bower in her own Newport, Rhode Island garden (one that effortlessly mirrors Gardens of Versailles, mind you), to house the custom bench she designed to satiate her dreams. Years later, with some guts and grandeur, we are thrilled to bring the Parterre Bench to market.

DO: Get inspired & watch this video.

Thank you for your support & Happy Gardening!


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(Photograph above shot by the uber talented Jodi Paquin |





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The sunshine made its debut for Mother’s Day just as the day began to draw to a close. It immediately beckoned me outdoors where I paused to remember how lovely the light is at the end of the day. Hedges were trimmed in our neighborhood this weekend, grass was mowed, and dare I say, the mooring field is looking slightly more occupied. I am anxiously awaiting the summer to arrive. Upon my outdoor exploration, I was reminded of how much I adore this darling historic home (captured above) down the street from us. She also happens to be on the market and would make an excellent summer escape. See the listing, here.

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Newport Lamp & Shade

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A slightly hidden hideaway among the cobblestones of Franklin Street is Newport Lamp & Shade Company. Their name is perhaps a rather apparent nod to their expert lamp repair service in their workshop – a space flooded with lampshades of all fashions that will surely make you swoon. The remaining square footage is a sea of carefully curated gifts and home goods – from an antique sign (I immediately had my eyes fixated on the “Punch” sign hanging from the doorway only to learn that it had sadly sold), to dish ware that would make a splash at any outdoor summer soirée.


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Warren’s Point

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A few days prior, my sister and I ventured down to Warren’s Point in Little Compton, Rhode Island for an afternoon picnic. Though visited on a gusty April afternoon, Warren’s Point is rather the epitome of a serene summer oasis, a tiny gem of our precious coastline with classic New England architecture, sweeping views of the Atlantic and for the most part, rather underdeveloped thanks to the 1938 hurricane. Provisions were procured at Provender Fine Foods followed by a visit to The Cottage at Four Corners where to my delight, discovered AERIN’s new lighting collection on display. (Obsessed with this sexy antique brass and black Clemente Table Lamp). In the summer, we would have most certainly secured an ice cream cone across the street at Gray’s Ice Cream….

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