2014-11-06 / Around Town

Pardee Offers Peek at Newport Style


Katy de Conti, Bettie Pardee, and Diana Sylvaria Katy de Conti, Bettie Pardee, and Diana Sylvaria As part of the Preservation Society of Newport County’s Great Escapes lecture series, author Bettie Bearden Pardee presented “Newport, a Fabled Destination” to a full ballroom at Rosecliff. From the floral décor to the confectionary refreshments, the afternoon gathering embraced her signature “party pink” motif. With a nod to the city’s 375th anniversary, her talk highlighted Newport’s unique combination of old world architecture and contemporary charm.

A signing of Pardee’s latest coffee table book, “Living Newport: Houses, People, Style,” followed the lecture. Through the lens of the four seasons, the reader is given an insider’s view of elegant homes in Newport. It is the sequel to her earlier work, “Private Newport: At Home and in the Garden,” and is the fourth design and entertaining book she has written.

“Living Newport” is 200-plus pages of photographs and anecdotes – throwing open the doors to 17 Newport properties. Principal photographer Mick Hales, with more than 35 architecture and design books to his credit, had his images accompanied by several other photographers, including Alexander Nesbitt.

Brittany L. Hullinger and Nicholas Brown Brittany L. Hullinger and Nicholas Brown A former contributing editor to Bon Appetit, where she produced “Entertaining with Style,” Pardee served as the host and creative producer of the 13-part PBS series “The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House.”

Photos by Alexander Nesbitt Photos by Alexander Nesbitt

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