Monday, February 23, 2015

Thinking Pink: A Palm Beach Penthouse

My husband and I returned to South Florida last night from Dallas just in time to beat the ice storm. Brrr!!! What a change in temperature... it is currently 77 degrees here in Miami! I have been catching up on my design magazines and lusting after this 1960s Edward Wormley sofa upholstered in magenta Scalamandre Tigre velvet, featured on the March 2015 cover of Elle Decor.

A pair of silk-screened prints by Andy Warhol hang above a 1960s Edward Wormley sofa upholstered in a Scalamandre velvet. The chairs in the foreground are by Charles Ramos, and the side table is by Achille Salvagni. The Louis XVI stools are circa 1780, and the Lucite barstools are from the 1970s. The bear sculpture is by Paola Pivi. 

There is such a fabulous mix of art, textiles, lines, and design periods in this Palm Beach Penthouse, owned by Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch and decorated by Timothy Haynes. While I don't usually gravitate towards such contemporary design, I really love this room.  To see more, pick up a copy of the March issue of Elle Decor on newstands, or click here.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Pink Castle of Atlanta

Last week, interior designer and blogger Sherry Hart wrote about the incredible and historic Calhoun Estate in Atlanta, also known as the Pink Castle.  As you know, I am a real estate stalker, and I recognized the house immediately. It was placed on the MLS in 2011 where for years it patiently awaited new owners amid a battered real estate market. And the perfect new owners it has found! I was thrilled to learn that the Pink Castle was recently purchased by designer Melanie Turner and her husband, builder Stan Benecki. Renovations are underway, including replacement of the 90-year-old Italian tile roof, installation of heating and cooling systems, and restoration of the intricate original plasterwork.

Located in the prestigious Buckhead neighborhood, the estate was built in 1922-1923 by architect Philip Shutze who also designed Atlanta's famous Swan House. It has 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, and over 10,000 square feet. Turner and Benecki are only the third owners of this historic home, regarded as one of Atlanta's greatest architectural treasures.  Let's take a peak at some pictures taken prior to renovations!

I have blogged about Melanie Turner's work before... You may recall the master bedroom she designed for the 2013 Atlanta Symphony Show house. I think it would be a perfect fit for the Pink Castle! 

To read more, please visit Sherry Hart's blog Design Indulgence. The Peak of Chic has also written about the Pink Castle, including lovely historic images. The recent purchase was highlighted by Simply Buckhead, profiling the estate as one of the most intriguing mansions in Buckhead. As a preservation enthusiast, this quote my heart sing...

"Sometimes I am still moved to tears when I walk through the house. I feel so lucky to be able to preserve it. I don't look at this as my house; I look at myself as a caretaker for the next generation. It feels like I'm saving something." ~Melanie Turner, via Simply Buckhead

Congratulations Melanie on your magnificent new home! I simply cannot wait to see the transformation! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

14 Pink Rooms for Valentine's Day

Pink has always been my favorite color, which is probably why I have always loved Valentine's Day. Therefore, in the spirit of the occasion, I have rounded up 14 of my favorite pink rooms. Pink works so well with any color palate, don't you think? I love it all!

Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield

House Beautiful

Christopher Peacock 

Keelee Katillac 

Source Unknown

Mary McDonald

Elizabeth Bauer

Jonathan Berger 

Robin Weiss

Markham Roberts

Nicolette Horn 

Ruthie Sommers 

Miles Redd

Do you love pink as much as I do? Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sam Allen in House Beautiful

I am a huge fan of Sam Allen Interiors, and I literally gasped when I saw Allen's first apartment featured in the February issue of House Beautiful. Only in his early twenties, one might say Allen was born to decorate... he landed his first decorating job when he was just 12 years old! Allen was the youngest intern to ever work for Martha Stewart, and he was selected to join forces with the legendary Albert Hadley when he was only 19 years old. Soon thereafter, he landed on the cover of the New York Times Home section, and his career has continued to skyrocket. Let's take a look inside his stunning Connecticut apartment!

Allen transformed the large, plain main room by painting it in Benjamin Moore's Split Pea. "I love green and purple together," he says. "It's very Palm Beach." Chairs in a Cowtan & Tout fabric. Curtains in a Kravet velvet. 

One end of the open-plan room is anchored by a skirted table with an ever-changing array of objects. "The color of the Schumacher velvet bands echoes the green walls and helps tie the space together," Allen says. Skirt in Sandra Jordan's Prima Alpaca with Brunschwig & Fils fringe. Chairs by Albert Hadley. 

Allen turned an alcove into an office with Ikea's Kallax shelves. The white chair and West Elm desk complete the setup. The wall-mounted TV can be viewed from the sofa. Chair seat in a Lee Jofa fabric.

Floor-to-ceiling curtains create a sense of height in the standard-size bedroom. Wall-to-wall carpeting was cut to replicate a custom-fitted rug. Curtains in a Rogers & Goffigon linen. Carpet, New York Carpet. Walls in PPG Pittsburgh Paint's Black Flame. 

Covering the walls, headboard, and bed skirt in the same fabric - a striped Ralph Lauren Home silk - is a tried and true decorating solution for unifying a small room. Bedding from Leontine Linens. 

Allen gave the tiny entry pizzazz by using large-scale pieces like a pair of ginger jars, a vintage mirror, and a Christopher Spitzmiller lamp. Walls in Farrow & Ball's Light Gray. 

A bathroom was the perfect place to experiment with exuberant wallpaper, and its small size kept costs reasonable. Lyford Trellis wallpaper by China Seas. 

Designer Sam Allen in his living room. 

Images and captions from House Beautiful. Photography by David A. Land. To see the entire feature, including before pictures, click here. Please visit the website of Sam Allen Interiors for more information. Additionally, I wrote about his work in 2013, which you can read here.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine Wish List & Shopping Guide

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved Valentine's Day. Maybe it is because I am a hopeless romantic, or maybe it is because pink is my favorite color and I love heart-shaped objects, cherubs, flowers, candy, and chocolate. I don't know, but I do think Valentine's Day provides a wonderful excuse to indulge your loved ones... and yourself with a special treat. Below, I have compiled an assortment of goodies perfect for the occasion. Enjoy!
The perfect Valentine dress. I love the Hotty Pink, but it also comes in coral, turquoise, and black. Trust me, you will want one in each color. 

These earrings measure 2 1/4" long and feature oval cabochon centers and 14-karat yellow gold plate. And such a great price!

My husband gave me a similar Yurman necklace on our wedding day, and I absolutely love it!

Fun fact: Nearly every First Lady dating back to 1953 has carried custom-made Judith Leiber bags to the U.S. Presidential Inauguration ceremonies. This Austrian crystal heart-shaped bag also comes in champagne and silver. 

This exquisite robe exudes Old Hollywood glamour and elegance. It is the palest lilac silk with ivory trim and a sheer back crafted in intricate ivory lace. 

Sets of 10 pink Chinoiserie foldovers from The Pink Pagoda are perfect as Valentines, personal notes, and gifts. 

I purchase most of my makeup from 100% Pure, which is free from synthetic chemicals, synthetic dyes, chemical preservatives, or any other toxins.  The packaging is beautiful, and it smells lovely. 

Elizabeth Showers is the daughter of one of my favorite decorators, Jan Showers. This berry quartz over mother of pearl ring is from her Deco collection. It is 18kt yellow gold and rhodiumed sterling silver. 

Princess Diana wore this floral fragrance on her wedding day. Produced in France 90 years ago, it remains a classic that has endured the test of time. More than 15,000 flowers are required to create just one ounce of Quelques Fleurs parfum. 

This family-owned company has been expertly crafting house slippers for nearly 80 years.

Prepare a romantic dinner for two with this limited edition Dutch oven, on sale at Williams-Sonoma.  

I love anything with a bow, and these pumps are the ultimate girly-girl accessory. 

At just $28, this candle comes in one of Lilly's most iconic prints - First Impression - covered in roses perfect for Valentine's Day. The glass vessel can be used as a vase, pencil cup, cosmetic brush holder, etc. once the candle is gone. 

Founded in 1977 in Paris, La Maison du Chocolat is world renowned for its exquisite chocolate creations. These chocolates are packaged in an iconic heart-shaped box for a sweet presentation. 

Happy February! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Lakeview House, Palm Beach

This week I stumbled upon an amazing home located in the Estate Section of Palm Beach. The legendary property is known as Lakeview House, and it was designed and built by high-society architect Clarence Mack in 1940. Mack created an architectural genre that is popularly known as "Palm Beach Regency" or "Tropical Empire." The self-taught architect, who was inspired by late Georgian and classical French style, built two Palm Beach enclaves in the late 1950s and early 1960s - aptly named Regent's Park and Parc Monceau, which are currently under review as possible designation as historical districts.

Lakeview House has been home to an impressive list of occupants, including Dame Celia Lipton Farris who lived there for more than three decades until her passing in 2011. The 12,406 square-foot manse was then listed for sale, and described as "structurally unsound" and promoted to potential buyers as a "perfect [place] to build your dream home." Fortunately, the current owner saved Lakeview House from the wrecking ball, promising to restore the house to its original splendor. And today, that promise has been fulfilled! Architectural renovations were handled by Smith & Moore, and Gil Walsh fashioned a sensitive restoration and decoration that acknowledged the home's luminous past while making it current for today's lifestyle. Let's take a look at the restoration, as featured by Dering Hall and photographed by Kim Sargent.

The architecture firm of Smith & Moore reworked the house’s approach by adding an entrance that opens directly onto the main floor. The exterior paint color, originally white, was changed to a soft yellow, allowing the architectural details to reveal themselves in subtle highlight.

For the expansive living room, Walsh favored a traditional scheme. Herringbone floors provide an engaging rhythm while plaid silk taffeta draperies add softness and color. The oversized chandelier anchors the room and is both dramatic and functional. Fretwork chairs counterbalance the formality.

Walsh makes exquisite drapery the centerpiece of the dining room, giving it plenty of breathing room via simple walls and bare floors. Plaid taffeta fabric from the living room makes an encore appearance on the dining chairs.

The kitchen mixes traditional form with the functionality of today.

Scalamandre’s iconic prancing zebras wallpaper enlivens the first floor powder room.

The combination of crystal chandeliers, zebra hides, and tiger print ottomans provide visual interest to the long upstairs hallway.

The master bedroom.

A British Colonial bed dominates a guest room. A quartet of parrot prints provide color and height to the overall composition.

A British Colonial bed dominates a guest room. A quartet of parrot prints provide color and height to the overall composition.

The soaring pool house is a true indoor/outdoor space to be enjoyed by day or night.

The pool and pool house were given a complete makeover. The stone surround and integrated water feature are deceptively simple yet precise. Zoysia grass channels bring a softness to the hardscape.

To see pictures of Lakeview House before its recent renovation and to learn more about its history, prior inhabitants, and architect Clarence Mack, you can read this wonderful article by Augustus Mayhew for New York Social Diary. There is also a fantastic post at The Devoted Classicist.  While the home still maintains a traditional feel, it is significantly less formal than it was originally. As realtor Liza Pulitzer (daughter of the late Lilly Pulitzer) told the Palm Beach Daily News, "When Mack, and later, Robert Gottfried were building Regency-style houses, buyers wanted a more formal look. Today buyers are replacing high-gloss floors with flat-finish stone and eschewing heavy drapes and large chandeliers in favor of cleaner lines."

If you are interested in purchasing your very own Clarence Mack Palm Beach Regency, you are in luck because his former home, located at 400 Regent Park on the lakefront with stunning Intracoastal views, just happens to be for sale!

Also for sale is 500 Regent Park, built by Mack in 1959. 

And there is a pending sale at 695 S. County Road, which was built by Mack in 1953 and renovated in an Art Deco style. 
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