i had the pleasure of spending a lot of time in newport, r.i. this summer. as you all know i decorated this years coastal living show house which was in newport. i had a wonderful time exploring this beautiful community, learning about newport’s rich history of tradition and meeting so many elegant people that live there.
bettie bearden pardee is one of my new friends in newport. she is so wonderful. she is the author of the best selling book living newport and has a fabulous blog called private newport/ visit here. bettie had me over to her house when i was in newport. her home is breathtaking and her gardens are even more breathtaking.
bettie just recently wrote a piece on land’s end, edith wharton’s famous home, for town & country/ see here. land’s end sits along newport’s famous cliff walk. nick mele, a photographer and edith’s grandson, now lives at land’s end. i loved meeting nick as well.
Many homes in Newport, like Land’s End, are only gently touched by modernity. They’re extravagant, yet livable at the same time. in the T & C story Bettie asks Nick to turn the camera on himself. His affection for entertaining is charged with memories of family heirlooms, customs, and rituals. He finds inspiration in the story of how something was used and who used it.
here are a few pictures of land’s end and if you want to learn more about living in newport, you have to read the T & C piece by new friend bettie here.