Monday, October 6, 2014

A Blue and White Regency Bermuda in Palm Beach

Today is the October Blue and White Bash over at The Pink Pagoda, and I wouldn't dream of missing one of Jennifer's fabulous parties! The home I am showcasing today might look familiar, as I featured it for the December Blue and White Bash. However, since then, I found this stunning Regency Bermuda featured in Florida Designs, and the new images are just too good not to share!

The 11,000 square foot home on the oceanfront in the Estate Section of Palm Beach was fashioned after Rosedon, a 1906 private residence-turned-boutique-hotel near Hamilton in Bermuda. Although newly constructed, the Bermuda beauty fits right in with neighboring properties that include the Addison Mizner-designed home El Solano, once owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and the 1920s estate Casa Ananda, which was completely renovated by its owner, best-selling author James Patterson. 

Interior design is by Jack Fillips Design, Inc., Architecture by MP Design & Architecture, Inc., building by Whittman Building Corporation, landscape architecture by Nievera Williams Design, photography by Robert Brantley, and captions via Christine Davis, Florida Designs. 

The luscious interior courtyard delights the eye with classical architectural details, coquina pavers, and climbing vines. 

The foyer features Spanish gray and white honed marble flooring, which leads the way to the main living area. A dramatic stairway with Chippendale fretwork winds its way to the second story. "The mirrors on the wall of the stairwell are from my collection," Fhillips said. A Ralph Lauren pedestal table, one of the only dark pieces of furniture in the house, takes center stage. 

Architectural details in the living room include hardwood flooring, a coffered ceiling and stately fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling French doors that open to a covered loggia. Painting the furniture white lends a simple clean look, which makes the house quieter, younger, and "not at all serious," interior designer Jack Fillips said. 

"In the family room, I had to play off the palette in the living room so that the two rooms would flow together," Fhillips said. "I'm not a big fan of jolting spaces. Colors in the family room are a little more relaxed with sea-foam, blue-green grays, and sand." "I chose a design that was classic but not too stuffy, and I wanted the house to reflect the colors of the water," he said. "I like to bring the outside in... it makes the rooms look bigger and more peaceful." 

The formal dining room features decorative molding and hardwood flooring set in a herringbone pattern. "I used an old planked country table with Gustavian chairs, and a takeoff on an English breakfront that I reinvent every time I use it. I like to mirror it or paper it, so that you don't have to fill it up with wedding china." 


Designed by Whittman Building Corporation, custom cabinetry with Bianco Gioia honed marble and stainless steel countertops wraps the kitchen that features a beveled subway tile backsplash, professional grade appliances, and polished nickel hardware. 

In keeping with the Bermuda-style home, Fhillips placed white-lacquered fretwork chairs and a canopied rattan daybed on the poolside loggia. 

Want to see more of this amazing home? Click here for additional images from my December Blue and White Bash post... And for more blue and white eye candy, make sure to head over to the current Blue and White Bash at The Pink Pagoda. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Palm Beach Apartment by William T. Georgis Architect

Recently, I was introduced to the work of architect and designer, William T. Georgis, whose style has been described as "sumptuous and scrupulous in equal measure." Georgis is recognized by the AD 100, Architectural Digest's international guide to the top one hundred architects and interior designers, and it is easy to see why. A monograph of his work MAKE IT FABULOUS: The Architecture and Designs of William T. Georgis was published in 2013.

Let's take a look inside this fabulous Palm Beach apartment he designed. It features so many of my favorite things... The Original Martinique Beverly Hills banana leaf wallpaper, Zebrine wallpaper by Rose Cumming, faux bamboo, shell encrusted mirrors, whimsical monkeys, chintz, and Chinoiserie. What more could you ask for?

Martinique wallpaper originally designed for the Beverly Hills Hotel, monkey collection, John Stewart X-frame desk, and zebra-skin-clad Milo Baughman chrome chair. "Think of Chantilly's Grande Singerie, which is decorated with paintings of monkeys. It's screwball, it's sudden - it's a fabulous moment," Georgis said in an interview with Designers & Books








Couldn't you just move right in? To see more of Georgis' work, please visit his website, and don't forget to check out his book, MAKE IT FABULOUS. Photography by T. Whitney Cox.

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. 
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