Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Bermuda Style Palm Beach Home by John Volk for Rent

Want a taste of your very own slice of Palm Beach paradise? It doesn't get much better than this amazing Bermuda style home, designed in 1938 by Palm Beach society architect John Volk. Located in the Estate Section, it is just steps away from Worth Avenue and three houses from the beach. I think the only problem with this house is that you would never want to leave!


Breathtaking hand-painted murals in the dining room.

And how amazing is the shell "crown molding"?








This beautiful five bedroom, five and a half bath home is available to rent for $28K per month. Features include a chef's kitchen with top of the line appliances, exposed beam ceilings, fireplace, formal dining room, library, beautiful pool, and large loggia. Click here for more information. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Jules Reid "The Princess of Prints"

Today is the second installment of my new Fashion Friday series where I will focus on classic, elegant, and Palm Beach chic attire. Of particular interest are style icons whose fashion sense mirrors their taste in interior decor. Last week I featured a Q&A with ultra glam girl Alex Weichert, aka Teggy French, along with a sneak peak into her glamorous abode. If you loved Teggy's old school glam/Palm Beach style, you will love fashion designer Jules Reid, named "The Princess of Prints" by the Washington Post.

Jules Reid created her lifestyle brand in 2010 after a 10-year career as a stockbroker and a stint as an interior designer. While Jules splits her time between New York and Virginia, her playful designs have quickly become de rigueur in resort towns such as Capri, St. Bart's, Martha's Vineyard, and Palm Beach.

As an avid collector of vintage clothing, art, and jewelry from the 1950s-70s, Jules specializes in reinventing this glamorous era for today's lifestyle. She is inspired by the likes of Emilio Pucci, Diana Vreeland, and Slim Aarons, in addition to her love of travel and her international background. Jules lived in India for over a year as a young child and in Paris during college. As a result, she has created a playful fantasy world of bold color, unabashed pattern, and luxe fabrics that she describes as "whimsical but classic".... perfect for the sophisticated woman who is not afraid to be noticed.

Before I show you a few of my favorite pieces from her collection, let's take a peek inside her stunning Virginia Beach home, as featured in the Palm Beach-based magazine, Muses & Visionaries....








Jules' fabulous home, which she decorated herself, has also been featured in Matchbook Magazine... Interior design is how Jules learned to mix different fabrics and patterns, which is so much of what her brand is about. "When you mix high quality with vintage finds, your home becomes special and unique to you," she said to Matchbook. I am obsessed!





Aren't her three boys adorable?!

And now, here are a few images taken primarily from the Jules Reid Instagram and Facebook accounts which highlight my favorite pieces from her collection and her style...


Jules in a Jeweled Pink dress.

In vintage Pucci with a classic Chanel bag.

Jules in the Woodberry Fringe Top.


Jules in The Beatle dress, which will be available Spring/Summer 2016. The fabric is real ikat, not the typical copy cotton version!

Jules in '50s Rose in front of the adorable cabana-style dressing rooms in her Virginia Beach boutique.

In addition to showcasing the full Jules Reid line, the boutique features custom JR furniture and handpicked accessories, linens, pillows, and rugs from other fabulous designers.

Jules purchased many of the furnishings for her boutique along Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. 

Jules and a friend in front of The Colony Palm Beach wrapped in 1970 Emilio Pucci robe found at Groovy Palm Beach

I am obsessed with these giant tassel necklaces! I definitely need one (or two!) in my life!


Jules Reid is currently having a huge sale, up to 75% off! Here are a few of my favorites, from left to right... 
1. The Anderson jacket in '50s rose 
2. The Liza in Jeweled Pink
3. The India in Orange Kiwi 
4. The January Jones in Dr. Suess World 
5.  The Liam skirt in Silver Moon Brocade

Jules with her three boys in West Palm Beach. This picture, which looks like it was taken by Slim Aarons, is by Fred Castleberry at Unabashedly Prep

The Jules Reid line is available for purchase through julesreid.com, Taigan, and trunk shows throughout the U.S. Jules is also looking to open a second boutique either in Palm Beach or West Palm Beach. "West Palm Beach has really stepped up their game," she said. "I spend most of my time on South Dixie Highway in shops." And if you love Jules Reid's fabulous clothing line, stay tuned, as she will be expanding her lifestyle brand to include home goods within the next 18 months! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pink Flamingo Day

Did you know June 23 is Pink Flamingo Day? Pink Flamingo Day was declared in 2007 to honor the work of Don Featherstone, creator of the plastic lawn flamingo, who sadly passed away yesterday. You can read more about the history of the kitschy pink plastic bird in a post I wrote here

I am a huge fan of flamingos of all kinds, and I have always loved this amazing wallpaper by Cole & Son. How fabulous is this bedroom designed by Cristin at the Simplified Bee for her daughter and featured in Rue Magazine? I am in love! 





Happy Pink Flamingo Day! 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Celerie Kemble for Lane Venture

When it comes to Palm Beach style decorating, no one achieves the quintessential look quite like Kemble Interiors. Celerie Kemble grew up surrounded by beautiful design as her mother, Mimi McMakin - a fourth-generation Palm Beacher whom I have written about numerous times - founded the firm in the mid 1980s. So you can imagine my delight when I learned that Celerie had partnered with Lane Venture to create a classic line of outdoor furniture that captures the ease, timelessness, and whimsicality of Palm Beach - Celerie Kemble for Lane Venture.

Her inspirations stemmed from 1930s to '70s vintage Palm Beach and Cuban-inspired sunroom furniture along with with Victorian wicker. The collection arose from need, as Celerie found herself looking for flirtatious, whimsical, and feminine outdoor furniture. And the result is perfection!

"Stylish outdoor living is where civility and comfort are brought deliberately to a wild place. I wanted to design pieces that were technically sturdy enough to withstand an outdoor life but so eloquent with detail that they don't feel mechanical and are as comfortable as anything you may find in the interior of your house," Celerie said to One Kings Lane

"I've seen a lot of French Moroccan stick-style rattan and have long found the construction supremely elegant but hard to find in new weather-impervious materials. Our woven version is fully weatherproof, and the silhouettes and materials have a little bit more of a bohemian feel."

"Light hues on powder-coated aluminum feels as crisp and necessary as a good pair of white pants on a summer evening. And we worked through a number of revisions to replicate the honey color of old raw wicker and rattan," she said.

"There are certain motifs and elements that we kept consistent throughout, perhaps because they are an obsession of mine. The look of awning stripes to me is classic outdoor-they have enduring chic. I also love the crisp lines of navy and white and black and white."

"It was important to me that the pieces had intriguing forms so that they could stand on their own and also be mixed with the rest of my pieces. And I have long thought that every lawn needs a cartwheel; the star ottoman is the epitome of that in outdoor furniture," she said. 

"The color scheme evolved from memories of faded bathing suits, macaroons, and colors as sweet as ice cream parlors. Some of my colors are so soft they can even be read as neutral. The more vivid shades come from my favorite flowers, such as passion flowers, bromeliads, and kumquats."

"When I think about the outdoors, it's the delicate scallop of an awning snapping in the wind, the breeziness of a woman's dress, and the little waves rippling on the water that come to mind and inspire me," Celerie said.

Needless to say, I am completely obsessed with this entire line, and I am ready to decorate our patio! Click here to shop the Celerie Kemble for Lane Venture collection

Friday, June 19, 2015

Style Icon: Alex Weichert/Teggy French

Recently through Instagram, I was introduced to the most elegant and chic fashion blogger, Alex Weichert, otherwise known by the nom de plume "Teggy French." Alex exudes a classic, old school glamour that is rare to find these days, and I was instantly captivated.  While she lives in New Jersey, Alex and her husband vacation frequently in Palm Beach, and it is clear that the timeless glamour of the Island has influenced her sense of style. This classic beauty, who also happens to be an actress, is like a modern C.Z. Guest straight out of a Slim Aarons photograph! It is easy to see the influence of America's leading fashion icons - Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and even a little Marilyn Monroe - woven throughout Alex's style. Needless to say... I am obsessed!

Today, I am thrilled to welcome Alex to The Glam Pad, as she most graciously agreed to a Q&A. And since I have spent more time than I care to admit stalking her blog and Instagram account, I will share a few of my favorite outfits, along with some pictures of her beautiful home. 

 In Lilly Pulitzer at the Breakers, Palm Beach

Q: What inspired you to start your blog?
A: I posted an outfit on Instagram, and a friend text messaged me saying that she always wanted to know who I was wearing, and that I should start a blog.  I started Teggy French the next day!  If my friend wanted to know, maybe other people would to?

Devon Baer tunic

Q: Tell me about your acting career.
A: I just returned to acting after leaving it about six years ago!  I am currently in a fabulous one-act play called “Stage Mothers” written by Miranda Jackel.  We found out yesterday that we have made it to the finals for Manhattan Repertory Theater’s Summer One Act Play Competition!

Valentino Rockstud pumps

Q: How would you describe your style, and what (or who) inspires you the most?  
A: I consider my style as preppy with a twist.  I love taking a current piece and adding something retro to make it a bit different.  I’m big on turbans and oversized sunglasses!  My inspiration stems a lot from the Palm Beach socialites of the 1960s such as C.Z. Guest. 

Pucci tunic

Q: What is your relationship with Palm Beach, and how has it influenced your sense of style? What wardrobe and accessory staples do you think are essential for creating the quintessential Palm Beach look?  
A: I went to Palm Beach for the first time when I was 16 and it was love at first site!  Old school glamour is a rarity to find these days, but when you’re in Palm Beach it’s as if you have taken a step back in time when people really took pride in the way that they dressed.  There is no such thing as less is more with the PB look.  Bright colors, turbans, oversized jewelry and sunglasses,  tan skin (NOT from the sun...I’m a spray tan gal) and ALWAYS a caftan.  I call it my “movie town” because it doesn’t feel real.  It is the most magical place and I am extremely lucky to have married a man who shares the same sentiments about it.  We go every chance we get and hope to have a home there one day.  

Pucci tunic

Q: Who are your top fashion icons? Are you drawn to a particular decade, and why?  
A: I am OBSESSED with fashion from the 1960s.  Elizabeth Taylor in a caftan and turban is my ultimate! 



Q: Are you a fan of old movies, and are there any that have inspired your love of fashion?   
A: I am a fan of old movies, but I would say photographs of old Hollywood stars by artists such as Slim Aarons has inspired my love of fashion. 

Sunglasses by Victory Optical

Q: I am intrigued by the way you mix and match different looks, eras, and price points. What is your approach to wearing vintage fashion, investing in designer pieces, and uncovering affordable bargains?  
A: Where do I even begin?!  I will start by stating that I will literally shop anywhere and everywhere.  You may see me on Worth Avenue at noon, and by 2:00 I am at The Salvation Army.  The styles I love from the 1960s were usually cut differently than what we are used to now.  Go vintage shopping with an open mind because there’s not much a good tailor can’t fix.  When it comes to investing in clothing, I will only spend a lot of money on classic pieces that will not go out of style.  This is something I have learned the hard way.  My personal choices would consist of  things such as a Burberry trench, Chanel quilted bag, Hermes belt, and Pucci anything.  As far as uncovering affordable bargains my advice would be to always be creative with where you shop (I have found sunglasses as ShopRite) and make friends with the sales associates at your favorite stores (they will make sure you know about the good sales coming up!).  


Q: I love how you often add a pop of color through your lipsticks and nail polish! Do you have any colors you cannot live without? Any other makeup tips you would like to share?  
A: After numerous requests, I will be dedicating a blogpost in the next week to my beauty routine. My FAVORITE lipsticks are Rouge in Love by Lancome. 

Ralph Lauren sunglasses


Q: How do you create your chic updos?
A: I pay $80.00 a month for unlimited blowouts and styling (crazy, right?!) but if I am doing it myself I use hot rollers, then tease the top part with a teasing comb, and use Goody Classic hair combs to create the bouf in the front (they are everything)!

Gap dress


Q: I understand you have created your own line of caftans. How can one go about placing an order? Do you have aspirations of creating additional clothing lines?  
A: I live in caftans.  Instead of coming home and throwing on sweats, I will always put on my house dress! I struggled with finding pieces that weren’t pajamas so I decided to start making my own! People can 100% order a caftan through me!  I am just finishing one up for an expectant mama to wear to her sister’s wedding.  I will have an easy way to shop them in the coming months, but for the time being just email me and we can work together to make something for you!  I would also love to mention that Victory Optical (my favorite eyewear line) is coming out with a line of Teggy French sunglasses that will launch this summer!  I was involved in the design process and they represent everything vintage and chic! 

Teggy French custom caftan

Teggy French custom caftan

Q: What advice would you give on how to create a timeless chic wardrobe? What are five classic must-have staples that stand the test of time?  
A: My idea for a timeless chic wardrobe would be items that express your personal style because that will always be in!  For me that is a caftan, a turban, oversized sunglasses, Lilly Pulitzer (vintage and current), and a Chanel bag.

Q: What is your approach to decorating? Does it mirror your sense of fashion?  
A: I live in NJ in a refurbished farm house, and I do my best to bring touches of old Hollywood and Palm Beach to it!  I go to a lot of auctions because I could NEVER be surrounded by only new things.  I like to think of where things have been, and how I will make them refreshed through new upholstery, framing, or painting.  Just like fashion, I see potential in what can be...not necessarily by what is.  It’s all about the vision!







Retro chic swimsuit

Isn't she the most glamorous lady you ever did see? I just love Alex's chic, timeless style, and I want every single thing in her closet! Please make sure to follow her blog here, which is currently being re-"glamped," and daily Instagram updates are not to be missed. It is clear that big things from Teggy French are on the horizon!

Thank you, Alex, for your fabulous inspiration, and for sharing more about yourself here today!

"A coordinating outfit makes getting dressed so much easier, and I love that it takes you back in time when dressing like a lady was a must. I plan on dressing like a lady until I take my last breath!" ~Alex Weichert/Teggy French 

**Stay tuned, as today marks the first in a series of "Fashion Fridays" I will feature at The Glam Pad. **
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