Monday, October 21, 2013

A Glamorous Palm Beach Home

Not all Palm Beach homes are decked out in the bright Lilly Pulitzer colors that have become synonymous with Palm Beach Chic. Ironically even the late Lilly Pulitzer's own home featured a relatively subdued palette! Last week, I wrote about a beautiful home in Palm Beach, traditionally decorated with exquisite antiques. While a bit too formal for my taste, this glamorous Palm Beach home, decorated by Gary McBournie and showcased in House Beautiful, would suit me perfectly. The 1940s neoclassical home combines a bit of "European style with American sensibility, and creates a soft and romantic glow." 

Images and captions below via House Beautiful...

"Entertaining is what Palm Beach is all about," says designer Gary McBournie. Everything white, including a sideboard from Lars Bolander and vintage Chinese Chippendale chairs, makes a crisp contrast to custom-glazed duck-egg-blue walls. Though new, the Dennis & Leen chandelier was found in a Palm Beach antiques shop: "It was probably too large for someone's house. But here, it fills that void at the center of the room and gives it character."
A Paula champagne flute by Moser.
Gracious comfort was what McBournie aimed for in the living room. Simple curtains are in Henry Calvin's Gaelic Linen. On the pilasters between French doors, McBournie mounted Baguès crystal sconces from France for a bit of sparkle. Baker's Chatham club chairs are upholstered in Bergamo's Tuvalu, a polka-dot cut velvet that can't decide if it's fancy or fun. Chosen for its Venetian silveriness, the mercury glass gourd lamp is from Walker Zabriskie.
To reupholster a pair of antique Biedermeier armchairs, McBournie concocted his own strip from three fabrics: "Besides getting exactly the colors I wanted, I like the added texture." The 1950s Italian cabinet is lacquered with an automotive finish, "the kind they use on the interiors of antique racing cars."
The cut velvet on the living room's club chairs, Bergamo's Tuvalu, has colors you see throughout the house — aqua, pea green, grayed-down lilac.
Citrus colors in the family room are a modern take on old Palm Beach. Wall color is Benjamin Moore's Lemon Meringue. Rug from Stark.
Brown Jordan furniture, from the Venetian Collection, is casually placed at random angles on the loggia. Cushions are in three harmonious Sunbrella solids. Pillows from Crate and Barrel; lanterns from Period Furniture Hardware.
The master bedroom's Loire iron bed is by Niermann Weeks, and the pink, brown, and white linens are from Restoration Hardware. "They look and feel like Italian linens," says McBournie. "It's nice when a large retail operation can create something unusual, wonderful, and so accessible." A Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Thad sofa is covered in the softest color imaginable — Groundworks' Academy Weave in light pink. McBournie gave his clients the needlepoint shell pillow from Louis in Boston as a Christmas present.
McBournie helped design the clean, classic swimming pool:"We didn't want one of those over-the-top Palm Beach pools that Esther Williams might step out of."
The "carving" on the guest room headboard is trompe l'oeil.
The elegant guest room is rich with "whiffs of Venice": an antique gilt seahorse bench, mirrored 1950s Italian furniture, a 1920s Italian gessoed mirror. "The mirror was too small for the space, so we added that sash to help the scale."
I would describe this home as Palm Beach Chic meets Hollywood Glam... with generous sprinkles of Jan Showers-esque sparkle and glitz, I am positively swooning!


  1. Love the dining room and bedroom with the pink SO MUCH!!

  2. I love that dining room and last bedroom!!!

  3. I love the dining room, but the pool is calling my name.

  4. What a beautiful and stately home. Love it!

  5. It's just stunning and the windows in the living room are gorgeous. The bedrooms are so beautifully designed and love the colors!!

  6. It's really nice and I like your post. It’s very simple to understand........Thank you for sharing...........

  7. Wonderful furniture designs, in search of modern Italian furniture we came to your blog for ideas I loved the design especially table and mirror. We got engaged last year and are planning to get married next year in February. We are also planning to shift in our new house which is under construction.


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