June 20, 2016


Michael Devine Ltd. strives to create beautiful products that are unique and always handmade. Using the best artisans in both the USA and France, every yard of fabric or piece of china is carefully crafted and made to order.

An Event of Beauty

Rosecliff, the setting for the Newport Flower Show.

One of my most memorable book signing events that I have done was two years ago at the Newport Flower Show. To have had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Newport, Rhode Island against the back drop of the stunning Rosecliff Mansion surrounded by the beauty of the show and the location was a a magical dream. Needless to say when I was asked to be a part of this years show it took about a spilt second to say yes.
Thomas and I are thrilled to be designing one of the two show exhibit tables that will be featured on the oceanside terrace of Rosecliff for the service a la Russe floral class. Using a custom color of my fretwork fabric as a tablecloth, my hand painted dinnerware of course and Julia B. custom napkins as a foundation we have set out to create a fresh summery take on formal dining. I will also be showing my new Thomas gold chargers for the first time on this table.

Sneak peek of the upcoming table setting. 
This year marks the 21st year of the show whose theme is Gilded - Artful Living. The show starts this weekend Friday June 24th to Sunday June 26th. You can follow all the fun of the show, the table, flowers, gardens and mansion on my Instagram feed. We will also be taking over Traditonal Home MagazineInstagram starting Friday night at 5 pm for the weekend during our #designertakeover.

Designer Bunny Williams
There will be numerous speakers throughout the three day speaker series which is kicked off by a luncheon lecture by designer Bunny Williams on Friday. She will be discussing garden design during her lecture Classic Style Inside and Out. Saturday's luncheon presentation is by floral designer Bruno Duarte, who will be sharing his design experiences during his lecture Leaf Manipulation/
Floral Art. The full list of the topics and times is available here for all the great things happening at the show.

One of last years inspiring display gardens at the show. 
I was fascinated by the display gardens that were installed on the lawn of Rosecliff. The originality of the plantings and colors as well as the execution is amazing. In addition to amazing floral displays, fantastic speakers and events there is an entire array of vendors with tempting wares in the Oceanside Boutiques and the Gardener's Marketplace.