Thursday, October 24, 2013


    MRS. RICHARD GAMBRILL'S chateau on Bellevue Avenue is one of the rarely beautiful homes of Newport. Set in the midst of superb gardens whose hedge-bordered lawns slope toward the avenue, the house composes perfectly with its surroundings. The windows of every room afford enchanting glimpses of gardens, of pergolas where tea is served on those afternoons when the chatelaine is not "teaing" somewhere else; of terraces where coffee is served under the rays of the moon, or of soft-toned electric lights. The interior of the house is well worthy of its surroundings. Although marble is used very extensively, there is no atmosphere of coldness nor of a  too great formality. The entrance hall is almost austere in its treatment, but its charm of outline and the color note given by the tapestries counteract the effect of the marble walls and pillars.

    The dining-room is a ceremonious apartment overlooking the red garden. The tones of the geraniums, the salvias and the rambler roses are repeated in the hangings and the rug of this gracious room. Of unusual interest are the two side tables of marble which take the place of the more conventional sideboard. The lighting fixtures are exquisitely beautiful. Mrs. Gambrill, in fact, has a penchant for beautiful fixtures; and those in every room are an artistic joy. Over one of the marble side tables hangs a portrait by Sir Peter Lely.


    The drawing-room is truly regal in coloring and treatment, but with all its splendor it is thoroughly livable. The walls of French walnut are a delightful background for the paintings which incidentally are used but sparingly, for this is truly a summer home, not a "winter palace". This room is delightful and as a "period room" it is practically perfect. The long windows open toward the terrace, which overlooks the sunken garden and fountain.

    The flower room or little salon is a study in the softest tones of gray, du Barry rose and green, just the colors that predominate in the gardens without. The gray tone is given to the garden by the profuse use, in its borders, of dusty miller, which blends with the various shades of pink and rose from which these gardens take their name.

   Click THIS LINK for more on the Newport residence of Mrs. Richard Gambrill. THIS LINK to view a post from the man with the golden key. 


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