Thursday, December 13, 2012

Circa Who Epitomizes Palm Beach Chic!

I must confess to an obsession with Palm Beach.  What’s not to love?  Lilly Pulitzer started her clothing line there.  The Kennedys wintered there (Jack Rogers even created the iconic Navajo Palm Beach sandal for Jackie!)  When I think of Palm Beach, Slim Aarons’ photographs of elegant ladies idling by the pool alongside their oceanfront mansions immediately come to mind.
C.Z. Guest, as photographed in 1960s Palm Beach by Slim Aarons
Fortunately for me, all of that extreme wealth produces some extreme bargains!  Palm Beach is about a 1.5 hour drive from Miami, and I love to treat myself to an occasional daytrip.  But you won’t find me lounging beachside or strolling amongst the luxury shops of Worth Avenue.  No, Ma’am!  I’m too busy scouring through the thrift shops along Dixie Highway in West Palm.  And don’t even get me started on the designer and vintage clothing… A trip to the Palm Beach Goodwill is more like a visit to Neiman Marcus Last Call, but loaded with vintage Pucci!
One of my favorite Palm Beach destinations is Circa Who.  This trendy resale shop specializes in “20th Century furnishings from Midcentury Modern to Hollywood Regency meets Vintage Palm Beach.”  Now that’s my kind of store!  Owner Tracy DeRamus founded Circa Who in 2004, and it has developed a cult status among the design world.  Interior designers and bargain shoppers like me fly in from all over the U.S. to find unique and rare pieces, priced to sell.
Tracy has a keen eye and an uncanny ability to uncover rare finds. Today, Circa Who is a little jewel box positively bursting at the seams with extraordinary Old Florida goodies. 
“Before I opened my shop I was shopping for my own home and I didn't know anything more than the details/pieces that I LOVED,” Tracey said.  “When I would look at a piece I would hear a dealer say ‘That is CIRCA 1970s Karl Springer’ and I would respond ‘CIRCA WHO?’ The CIRCA or the WHO doesn't matter to me.  I buy it if I LOVE it.”
Here are a few of the timeless treasures I am coveting from my visit last week.  
These bamboo chairs are fabulous, but what’s even better are the “Carleton Varney by the Yard”sample books of fabrics, which Circa Who provides its customers at wholesale! Mr. Varney, Dorothy Draper’s protégé, produces all the original fabrics and wallpapers of Dorothy Draper and his own original designs.
This is one of a pair of chairs that has been freshly recovered in Carleton Varney’s Brazilliance.  Mr. Varney produces this pattern in wallpaper too, and it will soon be covering our dining room!  Stay tuned for updates!

This fretwork elephant coffee table will not last!  It is lacquered in a beautiful coral.

This adorable wicker elephant may need to come live on our patio.  And check out the X bench… one of a pair for sale.
These Ello mirrored credenzas are difficult to find.  I was lucky enough to find an Ello mirrored china cabinet a few years back that I had repurposed into a bookcase at Again & Again, my favorite Dallas consignment shop.
Three GORGEOUS Lucite barstools are so sparkly!
This beautiful Lucite bar cart was on hold for someone very special, I am sure.
This Chinoiserie pagoda mirror is HUGE and STUNNING in person! It was also taunting me with a big fat red “sold” tag.
I am just crazy about these Peacock chairs I have been seeing all over the design magazines lately!
These palm tree lamps are so adorable, and check out the brass rams head bookends hiding behind.
If you are not planning a trip to Palm Beach soon (which you should, especially now that it is in season) you can still shop Circa Who online at and email Tracy about shipping.  If you don’t find what you are looking for, just send her an email and she will locate it for you! Hmmm… I wonder if she can locate that fabulous wicker chaise that belonged to Mrs. Guest? 


  1. Andrea, I love your blog! I clearly stand to learn A LOT from you! (I was reading Southern Living and the editor-in-chief said that over the years he has made many a "happy" and "unhappy" design mistakes--I am totally in that spot!) And we must take a road trip to Circa Who!!!

    1. Thank you, Joy, for the kind words!! I have always been passionate about interior design and home renovation, and believe me… I have made PLENTY of mistakes! Thank goodness for all of the wonderful design blogs, and of course Pinterest, that are available these days. Let’s definitely plan a trip up to Palm Beach soon. It is such a fun place!!


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