It is no secret that I am obsessed with Palm Beach, and I try to visit any chance I can. The shopping in Palm Beach simply cannot be beat - click here to read my initial post on CIRCA WHO and here on my most recent Palm Beach shopping excursion.
Here is Lonny's Q&A! Shop Talk: West Palm Beach's CIRCA WHO
The stylish store owner lets Lonny in on her best sellers, inspiration sources, and most cherished local shops.
Q: What are your current best sellers?
A: Pieces with fretwork, faux bamboo, chinoiserie, or pagoda details. This year I've also added more color. I've always fallen in love with the piece, not the original color or the fabric, but after seeing how my clients revamp their CIRCA WHO items, it's inspired me to be more adventurous.
Shown here: an elephant console paired with two garden stools, a look we adore (Ruthie Sommers and Palmer Weiss are also fans).
Q: Favorite design blog, website, or TV show?
A: I would be lost without the bloggers and the magazines that have mentioned CIRCA WHO. They are all a huge part of why the shop is where it is today. It all started back in 2006 when Celerie Kemble mentioned CIRCA WHO in her Shopping Dixie list for domino. Thank you, domino, Coastal Living, Southern Living, LUXE, ELLE DECOR, Lonny, and blogs Stylebeat, Georgia James, The Glam Pad, and Chinoiserie Chic, just to name a few.
Shown here: a demilune elephant console table in turquoise.
Q: Favorite local vintage and antiques stores?
A: Those that inspired me from the beginning, including DOLCE and what is now Shi & Erhard. Both Tony and Bruce have an eye for what is fabulous. Every piece stands out and was chosen out of love. Many stores here in South Florida are missing that feeling because they are just buying what is cheap. I love what I do and I buy and sell only what I love.
Shown here: green lacquered campaign chests, a look Lonny says they simply can't get enough of.
Q: What is your style at home?
A: I would have to say my home is "newly vintage." I live in a new, cookie-cutter community since my time is either spent buying and selling or running our teenage daughters around. No time for decorating! But my love of vintage pieces has made our house a home. Honestly, when you fill your home with fabulous pieces, the decorating is done instantly.
Shown here: a vintage fretwork pagoda bar cabinet.
Q: Favorite buying trip or design errand?
A: Every day in South Florida is my favorite buying trip. I love the people and the stories. I get so excited at the end of the day when I unload all my fab finds. I am a lover of design and buy everything from midcentury modern to Hollywood Regency to vintage Palm Beach.
Shown here: a peek at CIRCA WHO's selection of Lucite tables and stools as well as its fretwork chairs and mirrors.
Q: Biggest design influence?
A: CIRCA WHO is very influenced by the designs of the '70s and by designers such as Dorothy Draper, William Haines, and Frances Elkins, but interpreted in 1970s Palm Beach. I just love design. It doesn't matter when it was made (the CIRCA) or who made it (the WHO). I buy it because I love it!
Visit the Shop!
Check out CIRCA WHO's selection online or in person at 531 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach, Florida. If you cannot make it to Palm Beach, Tracy can ship a little piece of Palm Beach directly to your doorstep!