Monday, December 15, 2014

A Candy Shop Vintage Christmas

If you are still looking for a perfect and unique Christmas gift for that special someone, be sure to check out Candy Shop Vintage. After years of collecting and selling vintage jewelry, Charleston, SC-based designer Deirdre Zahl launched her own vintage inspired jewelry line, The Candy Shop Collection.

Side note... not only does Deirdre share my love for all things vintage, but she also loves all things Palm Beach Chic, including Carleton Varney's famed Brazillance wallpaper!

Deirdre developed an encyclopedic knowledge of vintage jewelry while working in fashion and design in New York. She has amassed an impressive collection of vintage jewelry, primarily made in the United States from the 1950s through the 1980s. Her pieces have even been featured on the hit show Mad Men!

Mad Men's Christina Hendricks wearing a vintage brooch and earrings from Candy Shop Vintage.

However, the blessing and the curse of vintage is that it tends to be one of a kind, so once it's gone... it's gone. This led Deirdre to start her own line, inspired by her vintage collection and drawing upon the practices of old-school jewelry houses... all made in the U.S. Here are a few of my favorite things from her current collection...

I love this necklace so much, it has become one of my signature pieces. I get a TON of compliments every time I wear it. It is quite the conversations piece! I also happened to score the vintage 1960s belt that inspired this set at an estate sale.  Elephants do indeed bring good luck!

These necklaces were inspired by a 1970s runway piece, and the matching Asian inspired earrings are designed around the Lu - a Chinese symbol for prosperity. 

This matches the Lu Tassel earrings and layers beautifully with the Crescent necklace. 

This Egyptian inspired collection is on sale! 

I absolutely love the story behind these Charleston Rice Beads, and I don't think any visit to the Holy City is complete without purchasing a strand... or two or three. Of course, you can also shop them online here!

These limited edition earrings are handmade from vintage beads with 14K gold plate.

I never met a tassel I didn't like, and this whimsical necklace, based on a vintage 1970s piece, has timeless appeal.

For more vintage inspired baubles and goodies, please visit Candy Shop Vintage. The Collection is also sold at specialty events, select retail boutiques, and debuted at trunk shows at Bloomingdale's and at Henri Bendel in New York. Deirdre's vintage collection is available exclusively through One Kings Lane.

Deirdre lives in Charleston, SC, with her husband John and daughter Daphne. And by the way, her design talent is not limited to jewelry... check out her precious baby girl's nursery, featured by Apartment Therapy!

Daphne's nursery, via Apartment Therapy

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Whimsical Palm Beach Home by Kemble Interiors

One thing I love about Palm Beach design is that it always embraces its playful side, providing a whimsical escape amongst the sunshine and sea breeze. People aren't afraid to be original here, and "irreverence is appreciated" says Mimi McMakin of Kemble Interiors.  When it comes to Palm Beach style, no one creates the quintessential look quite Kemble Interiors.  I have covered them frequently on my blog, and I was thrilled when I saw their latest work featured in the December/January 2015 of House Beautiful. Let's take a look at this winter Palm Beach escape designed by Ms. McMakin and her business partner Ashley Sharpe!

In the dining room, Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman chairs in Schumacher's Hampton Court Diamond surround a hand-carved teak table made in India. Curtains in Blithfield's Beasties from Lee Jofa.

A tropical landscape fantasy is painted on the walls — as if viewed from a bougainvillea-draped porch — complete with an applied wood railing and faux columns. Wall sconce, John Rosselli.

The expansive living room is glazed a "juicy cantaloupe color that makes everyone smile," Ashley Sharpe says. Even the coffered ceiling subtly picks up the tropical punch. Carved cane sofas add "classic Caribbean style, and there's nothing sexier than masculine dark wood in a room with this much white." Sofa cushions in Perennials' durable Ishi can stand up to the family poodle's muddy paws. The fireplace is made of Dominican coral stone, and the painting over the inlaid chest is by Palm Beach artist Orville Bulman. O. Henry House armchair with pillow in Pindler & Pindler's Jefferson. Quatrefoil floor lamp by Suzanne Kasler for Circa Lighting. Ankara table lamp by Vaughan.

In the entrance hall, an arrangement of porcelain on a British Colonial–style table becomes a lesson in display: Various shapes and sizes of ginger jars all go together when they're all blue and white.

McMakin calls the entry's sofa, covered in China Seas' Arbre de Matisse, "a love loveseat" — it's so small, two people will sit there only if they're in love. The walls are covered in Carleton V's Plantation and trimmed in Benjamin Moore's Mayonnaise. Sisal runner, Stark.

The headboards on the hand-turned beds in a guest room are upholstered in Kravet's Samaria for more island flavor. Jane wallpaper by Hinson from Brunschwig & Fils. Sconces, Alexa Hampton for Circa Lighting with custom cane shades.

The "wow" effect of Cowtan & Tout's Bamboo wallpaper is heightened by applied bamboo trim that frames a guest bedroom and extends onto the ceiling. Matouk bed linens and curtains in Norbar's Ozone add the "luxury of white," McMakin says. Floor lamp, Jamie Young. Cassard bookcase, Starbay. Carpet, Comeran.  Lee Jofa's Polynesia adds a touch of the exotic to the armchair.

Detail from above... bamboo window casings mimic traditional English molding.

The master bedroom catches the breeze from the pool terrace, and its fresh, natural palette sprang directly from Raoul Textiles' Martinique — used on the sofa and curtains. The mahogany four-poster bed with sheers in Schumacher's Lucia sits under a cathedral ceiling. Walls covered in Montclair Strie from Peter Fasano harmonize with all the blues, like Lulu DK's Somersault on a desk chair by Baker, and an arm-chair and ottoman in Raoul Textiles' Pineapple Stripe.

Designers Ashley Sharpe (left) and Mimi McMakin in the butler's pantry.

Pillows in China Seas fabrics and Plantation wallpaper from Carleton V on the upstairs landing make for an inviting reading nook.

A powder room near the pool is painted to look like a cabana with a tasseled, tented awning.

The designers had the cast-coquina dining table made for the terrace and circled it with Brown Jordan Calcutta II chairs, the same collection used for the seating area. Cushions are in Sunbrella's Spectrum Sailor.

A chinoiserie pagoda by landscape designer Keith Williams is filled with Brown Jordan furniture that blends into the lattice. "It's an intimate spot where the owner can sit and look back at the house he loves so much," Sharpe says.

"The loggia is quintessential Palm Beach, with traditional rattan furniture, Mizner-style tile, and black iron light fixtures," Sharpe says. Armchairs and sofa from Palecek's President's Collection are brightened with cushions in Sunbrella's Spectrum Sailor. The iron-and-coral-stone coffee table is from S&L Designs. The tile was made specifically for the space "with bits of yellow for contrast, but not too much, because we wanted it to envelop, not shout," McMakin says. The hanging Moroccan plates are from Casa Ceramica.

For more on this gorgeous home and to read an interview with the designers, please visit House Beautiful, or pick up a copy on newsstands. Photography by Melanie Acevedo, captions from House Beautiful. More of Kemble Interior's work can be seen on my blog here, here, here, here, and here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Blue and White (and pink!) Christmas

If you were on Instagram over the weekend, you may have seen this gorgeous vintage decorated tree by LB Originals. I cannot stop swooning! I have my Mom's old silver aluminum tree from the 1960s, and I would love to recreate this look... So in honor of today's December Blue and White Bash at The Pink Pagoda, here we go!

image via LB Originals on Instagram 

To create this look Laurie, who also has the most adorable Etsy paperie shop, started with a silver tabletop tree (you can find a similar vintage tree here, or a new one here) and lots of pink bows. The blue and white Chinoiserie ornaments were purchased through this Instagram shop, or if you are into DYI, you can make them yourself.

You can also purchase these ornaments from Furbish. They are $18 each, and currently 20% off (orders of $75 or more) for Cyber Monday! 
The Staffordshire dog ornaments are vintage, and I cannot find them anywhere! So I would add this adorable tree skirt from Furbish, which also happens to be 20% off for Cyber Monday (don't forget the matching pillows and stockings)!

These blue and white Staffordshire dogs from The Pink Pagoda would be darling on the mantle. 

I have been collecting vintage glass ornaments for years, but you can find these at Chairish, along with these, these, these, and these

These personalized note pads and gift enclosures are from LB Originals, and at just $22 per set would be perfect gifts to place underneath your tree, or Furbish stocking...
Furbish "Southern Charm" Christmas Stocking
$65 - 20% for Cyber Monday! 

For more blue and white inspiration, please head over to The Pink Pagoda's December Blue and White Bash. And if anyone knows where I can find vintage Staffordshire dog ornaments, please let me know! 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Five Favorite Candles for the Holidays

The Christmas season is officially upon us, and one of my favorite traditions is the holiday candle. I like to buy them in bulk, as they make perfect stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, last minute gifts, and well... gifts for yourself. In an instant, the sense of smell can trigger long-forgotten memories of seasons past, and these five candles are certain to evoke the holiday spirit!

Tiffany Jones is a dear friend of mine and an incredibly talented interior decorator featured recently by The Pink Pagoda. This fall, she announced her new line of candles, and I have fallen for #12, an "elegant synthesis of rosemary, lavender, and mint" that is perfect for the holidays. This exquisite candle has been burning in our home all week, and everyone loves it! Tiffany's candles are 100% soy wax, hand poured in the USA, and they come in beautiful packaging, ready for gift giving. Priced at $45.

This candle has become a holiday tradition in our home. Various sizes are available, and each year I purchase the 7.8 ounce $34 version in bulk. The sparkling aroma of pomegranate, mandarine orange, pine, cloves, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber is positively divine! This year, I am asking Santa for the four wick, 77 ounce grand candle, selected as one of Oprah's Favorite Things for the holiday season in 2013.  Priced from $14 - $225.

Not only does this lovely candle smell amazing, but it comes in the best hand-painted ceramic stoneware container that is dishwasher safe once the candle has been used. It also matches Juliska's line of winter holiday plates, mugs, and serving ware!  Priced at $49.

Founded in Paris in1643, Cire Trudon was once the candlemaker to the courts of Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV. This Christmas candle, Nazareth, blends cinnamon, orange, clove, bourbon vanilla with a whisper of frankincense and myrrh. All Cire Trudon candles reside in beautiful hand blown glass vessels. The wax is 100% vegetable-based, the wick is pure cotton, and it is allergen free with no pesticides. Priced at $105. 

I haven't tried these new candles yet, but I'm planning on picking up a few, along with free presents!, during Lilly Pulitzer's "Colorful Friday" gift event November 27 - November 30. The orange scented candle will be perfect for the holidays, and these are two of my favorite Lilly prints. Plus, you can't beat the price. Priced at $28.

What is your favorite holiday candle? 

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Nursery for a Palm Beach Princess

The ladies of Palm Beach-based Luxe Report Designs have done it again! You may remember the work of the dynamic duo, Christin Carron and Lauren Kukkamaa, as I have featured their work here and here. Well, Christin is expecting a baby girl in a few weeks, and she has designed a nursery fit for a princess! The inspiration was Old Palm Beach meets Chinoiserie meets Regency meets a touch of Glam, and the results will leave you breathless...

The color palette is coral (paint is Jovial Coral by Sherwin Williams) contrasted with plenty of crisp white and subtle accents of pink. The wall murals were painted by local West Palm Beach artist EEK. Contact Luxe Report Designs for additional information. 

Almost everything in the room is vintage. Dressers, lamps, chandelier, mirror, accessories, and the chair (reupholstered and glider added)...all vintage! 


The crib is from Walmart! Bedding is from Serena & Lily and Pottery Barn Kids

The gorgeous window treatments are custom.




The rug is from Rugs USA. Gold pouf, Etsy. Elephant side table, Two's Company.

Christin's adorable Yorkshire Terrier, Tuni, waits patiently for her new baby sister! 

Christin and Lauren never cease to amaze and dazzle me with their boundless talent. Click here to learn more about Luxe Report Designs' interior design and event styling services. And while we are speaking of nurseries... stay tuned as I will soon feature Lauren's son Hank's bedroom, as he transitions from nursery to big boy room. And if you loved Christin's nursery, wait until you see pictures from her baby shower... Lauren coordinated every single detail to match! More to come! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seaside Glamour in the Bahamas

Believe it or not, but the home I'm featuring today was once a "builder's special with too much Sheetrock and not enough chic." The home owners, a young Texas family with two pre-teen boys, hired designer Amanda Lindroth, and pow! An injection of color, pattern, and seaside glamour brought it to life with a tropical punch. Let's head over to Lyford Cay for a peek inside!


The foyer steals the show inside. The trelliswork, mirror frame, and demilune table were designed by Philippe Le Manach of Accents of France and painted in Benjamin Moore's Spring Break. Ordinary terra-cotta floor tiles were painted in Decorators White and Bath Salts, both by Benjamin Moore.


A backdrop of neutrals gives the living room a fresh, breezy air. Walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Atrium White. Slubby Basket cotton by P Kaufmann was used for curtains and to reupholster the existing sofa and armchairs. Lindroth loves stripes — and her client loves purple — so she had pillows made in Quadrille's Lane Stripe, in a custom shade. Empire chairs from Bamboo & Rattan, with cushions in China Seas' Turtle Batik. Serena & Lily Elsa side tables. Borobudur abaca rug, Stark. Seaview blinds.

In the living room, a Kent mirror from Christopher Hodsoll hangs above a Georgian-style side table by English Georgian America.

An upstairs TV room is dominated by a long sofa covered in Perennials' Bigger Stripe. Walls are clad in Phillip Jeffries's Driftwood grass cloth and trimmed with Samuel & Sons' French grosgrain ribbon. Floor lamp, Visual Comfort.

Vintage mirrors framed in stick rattan line the bedroom hallway, creating the illusion of windows.

The large-scale pattern of faux-bois Chene wallpaper from Nobilis adds a rustic touch to the family room.

A Ballard Designs banquette, Ikea Docksta table, and Circa Who fretwork chairs offer ample seating in the breakfast room.

Stripes galore for the young boys' bedroom: Phillip Jeffries's Island Raffia wallcovering, Matouk bed linens, and Dash & Albert rugs.

Spicy orange energizes the master bedroom. China Seas' Lysette linen covers the walls, and the headboard is upholstered in a Norbar canvas. Meridian bed linens, Matouk. Hamilton table, Bunny Williams.

Pagoda mirrors and Serena & Lily dhurries give "a little jolt" to the master bath. Kohler tub with Waterworks fittings.

The veranda outside the bedrooms serves as an outdoor room. "It has a beautiful view of the entire property," Lindroth says. "And it's a great place for the two young boys to take a nap on the vintage French daybeds." The sea grass wingback armchairs are from Pottery Barn, and the kilim rugs are from Home Decorators Collection. Hobe Sound lanterns by Oomph in Sherwin- Williams's Knockout Orange. Ceiling fans, Nassau Glass Company.

Lindroth gave the exterior "a showstopping personality" with big splashes of bold orange. Bench in Sherwin-Williams's Knockout Orange. Pillows in a Link Outdoor canvas. Awning fabric, Sattler.

Lush greenery provides privacy for the pool area.

A twilight view of the double gallery side of the house, where Lindroth made full use of outdoor space.

To learn more about this amazing transformation, click here for an interview with Amanda Lindroth. I would like to move right in, please! Images and captions are from the November issue of House Beautiful. Photography by Thomas Loof
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