Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Palm Beach Chic

One of my favorite past times for design inspiration, besides Pinterest, is browsing through MLS listings in different cities. Have you ever noticed the regional differences and overall “looks” represented by the d├ęcor in various metropolitan cities? For example, Miami leans towards a contemporary and sleek look, while you will see a much more traditional approach in cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte. 

Well, hands-down, my favorite interior design style can be found in Palm Beach.  To me, it represents that quintessential “Old Florida” look that I immediately associate with the Sunshine State. 
When my husband and I learned we were moving to Miami, I immediately scoured through my closet and started taking inventory of my Lilly Pulitzer attire. A Miami-native, he just laughed.  Miami style is VERY different from Palm Beach.  Regardless, we have gutted and are in the process of renovating our Coral Gables home, and I am determined to infuse some timeless Old Florida cheer.
What is Palm Beach style? It is a playful and colorful mix of tropical, preppy and Hollywood Regency.  Key ingredients infused in Palm Beach style include:
  •  Pink and green
  •  Blue and white
  •  Stripes
  •  Florals and chintz
  •  Animal prints
  •  Coral and shells
  •  Palm leaves and palm trees
  •  Wicker, bamboo and rattan 
  •  Trellis 
  •  Mirrored and lacquered furniture
  •  Generous sprinklings of Hollywood Regency and Chinoiserie
  •  A fearless and bold mix and match of all of the above
Here are some images from current Palm Beach real estate listings that serve as excellent examples: 
I spy a fabulous lacquered Gampel Stoll elephant console, along with some coral motif chairs in this black and white checkered entryway.
What a pretty and timeless blue and white living room.
A fabulous Chinoiserie dining room with hand-painted wallpaper… Looks like DeGournay.
That is some major lattice action in the Florida room.

What a lovely preppy pink and green bedroom!

Here is a blue and white bedroom from the same listing. I am positively swooning over The Vase wallpaper by David Hicks for Clarence House. 

And yet another bedroom in this fabulous home on Jungle Road… I would like to stay as a house guest, please.
Grasscloth wallpaper and sisal rugs are popular in Palm Beach too

Chintz and rattan abound in Lilly Pulitzer’s bedroom.
And how fun is this closet with the Scalamandre dancing Zebra wallpaper?!

Lilly's backyard...

how gorgeous is this patio with the black and white awning, Regency style sideboard and shell-backed chairs?

Indoor/outdoor living at its finest, and I am in love with the tropical leaf wallpaper.
Stay tuned for more postings on Palm Beach and Hollywood Regency Style! I will also be posting updates on our Coral Gables renovation. 

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