Welcome to my home!
Please come in and I will give you a tour!
My dream home that is. Oh, you are in for a treat… This historic PINK
PALACE, built in 1925 and positively dripping in Palm Beach elegance, is
absolutely to die for! I would like to
move in today, please! Everything single detail is pure perfection.
Travel + Life magazine featured the property in
August 2008, commenting that, “the striking, columned Georgian Colonial is so
steeped in Southern charm you can almost smell the magnolias.”
Slonem’s painting, “Lories, 2000,” offers a contemporary contrast to a William
IV center table. Most of the millwork, including the scrolled detailing along
the base of the stairway and the Palladian-style transom, was added in a previous
This stunning home
(which I have dubbed the “pink palace”) is located just south of downtown Miami
in beautiful Coral Gables, or simply “The Gables” as it’s known to
natives. Also known as the “City Beautiful,” The Gables is known for its lush
green avenues beautiful landscaping, exceptional architecture and historic
homes, such as this masterpiece.
The “pink palace” is located on one of the most
beautiful of all the beautiful streets in The Gables, overlooking the Riviera
Golf Club. It features a rose garden and formal terrace with a fountain and
adjoining carriage house. But, most importantly, it features some of the most
beautifully decorated rooms I have ever laid eyes upon, designed by Miami-based
interior designer Bob Biederman.
features a spirited mix of patterns and textures including silk De Gournay wall
coverings and Empire-style, black-lacquered chairs covered in Clarence
House tiger-print velvet.
across the hallway, a coordinating palette of burgundy and gold, against
mint-green walls, prevails in the spacious living room. “The inspiration
originated from the burgundy and green silk we chose for the Nancy Corzine
recamier, which we then custom-matched to the wall paint,” Biederman says. In
addition to the recamier, a sofa and chairs from Rose Tarlow form a
conversation grouping near cabinetry that displays objets d’art. Artwork
from the owners’ collection includes Henri Matisse’s 1948 “Nadia Regardant á Droite;” Robert Longo’s “Male Dancer,” shown
near the piano, and “Female Dancer;” and art glass by Chris Hawthorne on the
wall above the fireplace.
come together in the family room with a Jacobean floral print drapery fabric
and coral and yellow sofas and accent pillows. Unexpected touches, such as a
seashell-encrusted chandelier and zebra-print storage ottoman add a dose of
whimsy. The mix of colors and patterns –
coral fabric from Bergamo, yellow fabric from Castel, zebra print from Kravet
and Grey Watkins fabric on a Victoria Hagan wing chair – gives the family room
a collected look.
purchased this colorful circus stripe fabric and then had a faux painter
husband’s office, a calming hue of green swathes the walls, where a Louis XVI
writing table from France, circa 1925, serves as a desk. The oil painting is by Maria Reyes Jones.
silk-upholstered walls in the wife’s study pose an elegant milieu for a
collection of MacKenzie-Childs furniture. A George Smith
love seat in a Pierre Frey striped fabric is nestled in the corner… with a
fabulous Hermes orange Birkin perched on top.
prevails in the master suite with a gray-blue and camel color scheme, providing
a traditional and soothing feel. Biederman chose luxurious fabrics in
tone-on-tone camel patterns. A hand-loomed area rug defines the Louis J.
Solomon bed and Rose Tarlow bedside table.
the bed, French doors open to a terrace that spans the master suite and the
contemporary art with antiques and newer pieces gives tradition a playful tone.
“Our objective was to retain a sophisticated look that respected the home’s
heritage, yet was lighthearted and fun,” Biederman says.
with a lavender and green toile that fashions the draperies and accent pillows
on the custom-designed banquette.
concludes our tour. Oh, I do wish I had more pictures! I just love how Mr.
Biederman paid homage to the traditional roots of the home’s architecture and
the era in which it was built, yet he infused a fresh, whimsical and playful
twist, perfect for a modern family. I am
wild about the unexpected mix of animal prints, patterns, colors, antiques and
accessories, along with how each room gracefully flows from one to the next
with masterful coordination.
surrounding that has unique elements reminds us that we need to put some fun in
our lives.” – Bob Biederman.
is your favorite? It is near impossible for me to choose, but I think it would
be the dining room with the delicious De Gournay wallpaper and sumptuous silk
tiger velvet. I also adore the foyer, reminiscent of the entry into the
Lauders’ Palm Beach home, which I wrote about yesterday. Tonight I will be dreaming about the
magnolia-scented, elegant “pink palace” in Coral Gables, because you know “pink is my signature color.” – Shelby, Steel Magnolias.
The “pink palace” in
the 1920s, photo by Fishbaugh, W.