Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Palm Beach Chic with Parker Kennedy Living

Chances are if you love Palm Beach Chic interiors, you are a fan of Parker Kennedy Living. Based in Atlanta, co-founders Lance Jackson and David Ecton specialize in "Preppy on the Edge" "Southern Regency" interiors with pure Palm Beach overtones. They give traditional interiors an updated look using generous doses of lacquered vintage furniture, faux bamboo, Chinoiserie, and a color palette that would make any Lilly Pulitzer lover swoon.

You may have seen Parker Kennedy's work in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine, and who can forget the fabulous Scalamandre zebra outdoor patio they created for the 2014 Atlanta Symphony Decorators' Show House and Gardens or the master bedroom transformation in Calling it Home's One Room Challenge linking event? Let's revisit these three showstoppers and take a look at some of Parker Kennedy's additional projects - complete and in progress - as featured on their Instagram account.










The following images are all from Parker Kennedy's Instagram account... If you do not already follow them, I suggest doing so ASAP, as this is just a small sampling of the eye candy they post.















I think you will agree, this is pure Palm Beach Chic perfection... Parker Kennedy never ceases to amaze me with all of their divine creations! If you wonder where all of this fabulous Palm Beach Chic furniture comes from, well - it is direct from the source. Lance and David have a warehouse in West Palm Beach where they store their South Florida treasures and bring them back to their clients. They also have an Etsy account where you can shop the look.

Read more about Parker Kennedy Living through their website, and make sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Friday, September 12, 2014

Retro Summer Glam with Artist Renato Armijo

I adore the work of Miami-based artist Renato Armijo, particularly his "Glamadolls" series featuring the fun world of stylish girls and high fashion as seen through the eyes of an artist.   I was introduced to his work several years ago when he was featured in DailyCandy, and I have been a fan ever since.

Renato recently created a series of illustrations called "The Summer Girls" to celebrate the summers of the glamorous 1950s. While it may technically be fall, it is always summertime here in South Florida, and I love the retro glam vibe of this series! The Summer Girls journey back in time to iconic summer destinations, donning their cat eye sunglasses, fabulous hats, brightly colored swimsuits, and chic swim caps. Let's soak up some summer sun with them! Images and captions are courtesy of Renato Armijo.
Magic City
A little magic in the sand... The sun is out. It’s Miami Beach 1959 and the first of our summer girls have arrived. Polka dots, cateyes, and a suite at the Fontainebleau, everything needed for the quintessential summer holiday in the Magic City.

The French Riviera 
When glamour was the word... The sun is out. It’s the French Riviera 1955 and our newest summer girl has arrived at the beach. To look around. See. Be seen. Especially to be seen... All was beautiful on a summer afternoon in Cannes. When glamour was the word.

Beverly Hills
Summer with the stars... The sun is out. It’s Beverly Hills 1957 and the summer girls have checked IN at the IN spot. And you never knew, the girl under the giant, fabulous hat next to you could have been Sophia, Marilyn, or Liz. In other words, the IN crowd... All the girls wanted to dip toes and rub elbows at the Beverly Hills Hotel. To be IN. And have summer with the stars. 

The Adirondacks 
The fashionable place for summer... The sun is out. We’re high in the Adirondacks 1954 and the summer girls have arrived for the season. The city was hot and a cool summer camp in the mountains was the place to take in the breeze, wade in the water, and lounge by the lake... But of course the stylish girls all stopped off at Bergdorf’s for new sun dresses, swim hats, and bathing suits. Because even at the lake the other girls would be watching... After all, it was the fashionable place for summer. 

Coney Island
The ORIGINAL summer place... The sun is out. It’s Coney Island 1952 and the summer girls are here to enjoy the fun. No, it isn’t the Magic City nor yet the south of France. And you probably wouldn’t be sharing an umbrella with Veronica, Lana, or Jane... Still, there was the boardwalk and the Ferris wheel, hotdogs and cotton candy. And photo booths to take SELFIES! What else could you have wanted? It was a place for everyone where ANY girl could have a little bit of the glamour of summer... So. Famous, iconic, classic - whatever you want to call it. It was the ORIGINAL summer place. 

Do you love Renato's work as much as I do? His style reminds me of Ruben Toledo. You can see more through the Glamadoll Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts. Email renatoarmijo@gmail.com to inquire about your very own custom Glamadoll! You can see the custom illustration he created for me on the "About Me" page of my blog.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Palm Beach Chic Circa 1990s

Last month I wrote about an incredible Mizner-inspired Mediterranean mansion in Palm Beach, decorated by Kemble Interiors. Mimi McMakin, the lead designer on the project, thought I might also enjoy another Mediterranean masterpiece she and her former partner Brooke Huttig decorated in the 1990s. It was featured on the cover of the January-February issue of Southern Accents in 1995, and she was kind enough to have a scanned copy sent to me. As with all of Mimi's work, I am absolutely in love!

Finished in 1926, La Salona was designed by Marion Sims Wyeth with an addition in 1929 by Maurice Fatio - two of Palm Beach's most celebrated architects. Despite the fact that this home was decorated in the 1990s, it looks like it could be on the cover of any leading shelter magazine today. I'd just swap out a few of the Southwestern fabrics and move right on in! Let's take a look...

The broken pediment, urn, and cartouche at the entrance of La Salona are in the Spanish baroque tradition. Jorge Sanchez designed the tropical garden. 


The coffered ceiling in the living room is stenciled by using a technique using lime paste. Artist Sharon Gray painted the sisal rug. 

The library has ceiling beams and wall paneling made from pecky cypress. 

The promenade of stately palms along the walls of the reception room of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami inspired Marcia Wendel's mural of sea grapes, sea oats, banana trees, philodendrons, and slender, attenuated palms in La Salona's dining room.  Side note - I am a huge fan of Marcia Wendel. Her work can also be seen in the Gasparilla Inn on the island of Boca Grande, Florida, which I wrote about here. Her mother, Jane Wendel, was a highly regarded interior designer in Palm Beach with the majority of her clients listed in the Fortune 500. I must write more about her! 


In the dining room alcove, a coffered ceiling, carved coquina rock columns, floor tiles, and paneled doors are all part of the original construction. The trompe l'oeil curtains are by Marcia Wendel. 

Painted doors double as shutters in a stairwell. 

The designers installed shuttered double doors in the master bedroom so the owners could awaken to a view of their garden and the sea.

 A Pierre Deux jacquard fabric covers both the chaise and the chair. A nest of hibiscus blossoms rests on a porcelain Chinese garden seat. 

The courtyard paving and carved columns are made from coquina rock. The stone was often used in early Mediterranean-style houses in Palm Beach. 

Carved coquina rock columns border the courtyard of this Mediterranean-style house. The decorative tiles were probably made in the workshop of Addison Mizner in the 1920s. 

I had a little trouble editing the images, but I think the exquisite work speaks for itself. Do you love this home as much as I do? It truly represents quintessential, timeless Palm Beach style. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Set your alarm clock early for tomorrow morning because the annual Lilly Pulitzer summer sale, the After Party Sale (formerly known as the End of Summer Sale), begins at 8 a.m. EST! I know a few people who will be calling in "sick" tomorrow so as not to miss the big event. It is serious business for us Lilly girls, so much so that each year we crash the Lilly Pulitzer server! Popular and "Holy Grail" pieces (coveted, sold-out prints that resell up to triple their retail price on sites like eBay and Re-Lilly) sell at lightening speed. And remember, just because something is in your shopping bag, doesn't mean it is yours. You must check out early and often! For more tips on maximizing your After Party shopping experience, click here.



I have several items on my wish list, what about you? Good luck!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Barefoot Elegance in a Palm Beach Mediterranean Masterpiece

Recently I stumbled upon this incredible 1920s Addison Mizner-inspired Palm Beach home, featured in the 2000-2001 winter issue (December - January) of Florida Designs. It was decorated by Mimi McMakin of Kemble Interiors, her former partner Brooke Huttig, and lead designer Keithley Miller, and it positively exudes quintessential Palm Beach charm.

Their goal was to create a sun-kissed, old world design that reflects the island's tradition of barefoot elegance. Per the homeowner's request, they kept colors as soft as possible by blending a subtle palette of nature's hues including green, gold, yellow, and rose tones.












The outdoor trellis lanai provides a romantic setting to dine alfresco and enjoy the landscaping and fountain. 

Landscape architect Mario Nievera refurbished the grounds, creating a secret garden for the guesthouse/garage. Coconut and Christmas palms form a tropical canopy, while ginger, gardenias, begonias, orchids, bougainvillea, and other exotics bloom with color. 


Mimi McMakin is a Palm Beach icon.  She is fourth-generation Palm Beacher, who inherited her love for interior decorating from her mother and in turn passed it down to her daughter Celerie Kemble, another of my favorite decorators. You can see more of Mimi's Palm Beach Chic designs at The Gasparilla Inn on the island of Boca Grande,  a Palm Beach maisonette, and here.
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