Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gracious Living with Laura Hunt

Today I have the great honor of featuring interior designer Laura Hunt at The Glam Pad. Not only is Laura one of my favorite designers, but she is also a dear friend and role model.

Laura Hunt is also featured today over at One Kings Lane! Click here to view her Tastemaker Tag Sale, including an amazing assortment of furniture and accessories ranging from Gustavian to Mid-Century.
The images below are just a few of my favorite examples of Laura’s work.
Laura Hunt
I met Laura while living in Dallas, and I even had the great pleasure of working with her on a PR project at one point.  She is a class act in every way. In fact, Laura is so classy that her clients often hire her to serve not only as a decorator, but as an instructor in propriety.

Now don’t Laura’s regal nature intimidate you… This Texas charmer has an incredible sense of humor.  She is a delight to be around, and her friends describe her as a real “hoot”!
Laura’s former dining room in her Manhattan apartment
Design and entertaining have been a significant part of Laura Hunt's life since her early teens, when she began cooking and decorating for her parents' dinner parties.
"I believe entertaining and decorating are synonymous," said Laura.  "Every home should be directly intertwined with the lifestyle of its inhabitants."
Laura loves to cook, and she even wrote a book for her daughter, in long-hand, featuring good, old-fashioned food, including short cuts.  This is definitely a book that needs to be published soon!
Since formally incorporating her business in 2000, Laura has become one of the most successful and accomplished designers in the world, having been named among Architectural Digest's "AD 100" Best Architects and Interior Designers list every year since 2004. 

Laura’s trademark is her custom-to-client approach. She hand picks her projects, looking specifically for those that both inspire and challenge her creativity. A consummate perfectionist, Hunt is committed to designing elegant yet comfortable interiors for her special clients, who in most cases become lifelong friends. Known for her keen attention to detail, with every Laura Hunt design, there is also a hidden bit of whimsy.
Before embarking upon a new project, Laura takes time to “live” the home and uncover the true essence of its soul.

I take pride in capturing a client’s personality and reflecting it in every single element within the home, not just décor, but details such as flowers, art, family portraits, china and linens,” she said. 

Laura also creates a signature logo or monogram for each of her projects, which is used to personalize towels, notepads, pencils, even custom phone books.
Laura has lived on four coasts, and her style tends to gravitate accordingly: Dallas (woodsy, contemporary), Aspen (outdoorsy), NYC (sophisticated, traditional), and the Bahamas (tropical). 

Her projects have ranged froom Ted Turner's "desert lodge" the Armendaris Ranch set on 350,000 acres in New Mexico, to her son's former Dallas high rise apartment that she decorated on a dime. 

A firm believer in community involvement, Hunt founded several charities during her twenties that have since raised millions of dollars for cancer and heart research, and she has served on several Charitable Boards in both Dallas and New York City.
Gracie wallpaper in the Designer Showcase Home Laura created for the Residences at the Ritz-Carleton, Dallas.

Southampton Show House.
I am a HUGE fan of the James Nares paintings.
Dallas High Rise
Don’t forget to check out Laura’s Tastemaker Tag Sale at One Kings Lane!
Additional information on Laura Hunt may also be found at her website, 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Chinoiserie Chic in Florida: The Dining Room

Beth from Chinoiserie Chic is back in Florida, guest posting for The Glam Pad!  Over the past few weeks, we have been writing about a home that is available for sale here in the Chinese Village of Coral Gables, Florida. While my husband and I are in the midst of renovating our recently purchased Coral Gables home, I still enjoy keeping an eye on new MLS listings in “The City Beautiful,” such as this 1925 Chinese home with amazing bones, but in need of a face lift. Enter Beth from Chinoiserie Chic! Each week, Beth will take a different room in the house and provide an inspiration board as part of a virtual renovation. Last week, she shared her vision for the entryway, and today... the dining room!

As always, Beth never ceases to amaze me. Today's inspiration board is exquisite and in keeping with the spirit of the home. I am also partial to hand painted blue Chinoiserie wallpaper, which I recently wrote about here. Good fortune surely awaits the new owner of this home…starting with Beth’s Chinoiserie Chic inspiration boards!

If you only use Chinoiserie wallpaper in one room of your house, make it the dining room. Nothing is prettier. I have chosen a vivid blue hand painted silk wallpaper by Griffin & Wong called Song Sassoon. I have gotten rid of the tile in the dining room, bringing in the black ebony hardwood floors that I used in the entryway and hall. I  have chosen a large sisal rug trimmed in black. The shelves will hold a collection of blue and white Chinese porcelain.

The table is mahogany and brass by Michael Taylor for Baker's Far East Collection circa 1959. It extends to ten feet for dinner parties. The eight chairs are Frances Elkins loop chairs painted blue with blue leather cushions. A red Chinoiserie secretary picks up the red in the dining room's original red fretwork doors. The drawers of the secretary can hold linens and silverware and the fold down desk is a perfect spot for a light meal for one or two people. The dramatic crystal chandelier is antique, replacing the ceiling fan.

Next up will be the kitchen.

Image via

Sunday, February 24, 2013

An Elegant Beach House in Boca Grande, Florida

I have written before about my love for Boca Grande - a "secret" getaway on Gasparilla Island, off the coast of southern Florida. The posh, low-key resort community is the most charming and “old Florida” island town, reminiscent of a bygone era. Click here to read about Boca Grande’s Gasparilla Inn, decorated by Celerie Kemble’s mother, Mimi McMakin.

Today we will tour the home of Nancy and Bill Morton, as featured in the November issue of Architectural Digest. The four-bedroom villa house has been in the family since it was built in 1940 by society architect F. Burrall Hoffman Jr. Hoffman is known for creating several domestic showplaces of the early 20th century, notably Miami’s Vizcaya and Palm Beach’s Villa Artemis.

Bill’s uncle, a Harvard professor, commissioned the one-story dwelling to escape Boston’s frigid winters. The Mortons were married at the home in 1984, and a few years later they inherited the property and decided to move in. Then the improvements began, led by Nancy who is the president of Ginger Lily, a Boca Grande interior design firm.
Nancy Morton relaxes in the loggia of the Boca Grande, Florida, residence she shares with her husband, Bill, and Jack Russell terrier, Rupert.
The house was designed in 1940 by architect F. Burrall Hoffman Jr.
The living room’s pecky-cypress paneling was lightened by decorative painter Bob Christian, whose work can also be seen on the tile fireplace surround. The landscape paintings are 19th-century English, the roll-arm sofas are by O. Henry House, and the Louis XV–style armchairs by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, in the foreground, are upholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils floral; Chinese rice barrels serve as occasional tables.
In the living room, a Portuguese chest-on-stand is positioned beneath an antique English painting of dogs; the Aubusson is by Stark.

Glassed in to become a combination entrance hall and living area, the cypress-beamed loggia is paved with travertine by Country Floors. The walls feature trompe l’oeil decoration by Christian and an array of Staffordshire plates and platters. The faux-bamboo lantern fixture, two-tier occasional table, and button-tufted armchair are from John Rosselli, and a Lee Jofa ikat stripe covers a pair of scroll-back chairs by O. Henry House.

Chinoiserie scenes by 18th-century French artist Jean-Baptiste Pillement inspired Christian’s murals in the dining room, a space added by the Mortons; the artist also painted the Georgian-style dining chairs and marbleized the mantel. Hurricane candleholders by Simon Pearce are displayed on the double-pedestal table; the sisal is by Stark.
Painted furniture and a blue, white, and green palette freshen the master bedroom. Brackets from John Rosselli hang above a Louis J. Solomon faux-bamboo desk with custom-painted decoration by Christian; the curtain fabric is by Brunschwig & Fils, a Clarence House stripe covers the slipper chair, and the sea-grass carpet is by Stark.
Murals of fantastical plants ornament a guest room; a Manuel Canovas print from Cowtan & Tout is used on the beds and the armchair.
A miscellany of furniture styles lends an heirloom atmosphere to another guest room.
A plunge pool centers the front courtyard; the ceramic tiles and travertine pavers are by Country Floors.
The exuberant contents of the Mortons’ house are a spirited counterpoint to the perfectly polite architecture, but that sense of surprise was the goal. “It’s eccentric and definitely more daring than what I would do for a client,” Nancy said. “But it’s very us—a little crazy and definitely mixed up.”
Click here to read Architectural Digest’s full report on this “Light and Lively Gulf Coast Home.”

All images and captions are from Architectural Digest.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Paule Ka Goes Retro Chic in Palm Beach

It's 80°F here in South Florida, you really must come visit! I have been craving a road trip to Palm Beach, particularly after stumbling upon this spring 2013 Paule Ka ad campaign shot at the Southways estate. Photographer Venetia Scott and model Hilary Rhoda evoke a 1960s retro chicness that positively channels Slim Aarons.

Spring Summer 2013 advertising campaign Behind The Scene
Slim Aarons
Slim Aarons
Slim Aarons
Who's game for a trip to The Breakers? 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Maria Barros and her Fabulous Flamingos

Recently, I came across this incredible image on Pinterest, featuring the work of Maria Barros and her fabulous flamingo wallpaper, appropriately named “Miami Addiction.”

Maria Barros is an amazing Portuguese interior designer, and I am a huge fan of her work. So when I saw this jaw-dropping flamingo wallpaper, I of course had to check it out.

Miami Addiction comes in 21 different colorways! My favorites are the Bubble Gum and Soft Coral. Click here to check out the different options for wallpaper and matching fabrics.

Miami Addiction in Bubble Gum
Miami Addiction in Soft Coral
Miami Addiction is also available with trellis background in six positively Palm Beach Chic colorways including…
I think my heart just stopped… These patterns are to die for!!! What to do?? I am running out of rooms to decorate!
There is so much I love about the work of Maria Barros.  Let’s take a look at some of her designs.
Maria’s Showroom – Note the flamingo peeking out from behind the sofa…
This flirty flamingo is available for sale here.

Maria Barros has also partnered with Vista Alegre to create these adorable plates.
I just love the all-white canvas Maria created in this space… white walls, white floors, white furniture. It makes all of her brightly colored art and accessories POP!   
I’m also loving the wallpapered accent behind the console. Hmmm…. Maybe that is how I can satisfy my Miami Addiction?
And yet another reason I adore Maria Barros… She is a customer of The Pink Pagoda, one of my absolute favorite bloggers! Note the beautiful framed giclees…
Click here for more on Maria Barros at The Pink Pagoda, and while you are there, check out Jennifer’s giclees!
Maria Barros is truly a master of color. She may live in Portugal, but these rooms are pure Palm Beach Chic!
Be sure to visit Maria Barros Home to see her complete collection of lovelies available for sale.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Roundup of Scalamandre Zebras!

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of featuring a guest post from Beth at Chinoiserie Chic. Over the next few weeks, Beth will provide inspiration boards for a virtual renovation of a 1925 historic Chinese home here in Coral Gables, Florida. We kicked off the series here with the entryway, and I must say that I squealed with delight when I saw that she had selected Scalamandre’s Zebras wallpaper.

Image via Scalamandre

I have always been wild for these whimsical frolicking Zebras, and I loved learning the history of the pattern.  Beth’s post taught us that this wallpaper was created by Scalamandre in the 1940s for Gino's restaurant in Manhattan. According to the Scalamandre website,  the Italian restaurant was owned by a friend of Franco and Flora Scalamandré. The pattern was based on Flora’s original artwork, with a nod to the swanky safari themes that were popular at the time.  Scalamandre added the fabric line in 2011, and it remains one of their most beloved patterns.
Scalamandre Zebras in the original Masai Red at Gino’s (which sadly closed in 2010)

Wes Anderson was also a fan of the zebra wallpaper, which he used for Margot Tanenbaum's bedroom and bathroom in the 2001 movie The Royal Tanenbaums.

Over the last few years, these iconic zebras have been making their rounds.
Miles Redd via ELLE DECOR
Liz Caan
Lindsey Harper
Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, 2012
Jamie Mears
Rachelle Hruska’s nursery via The Glow

Kate Spade dressing room at Bloomingdale's, NYC via STYLEBEAT
This playful wallpaper also comes in Black…
via Scalamandre
Scalamandre showroom, via Victoria Dreste Designs
  via Pinterest 
In Safari Brown…
via Traditional Home
In Serengeti Green…
Kate and Andy Spade's NYC apartment
It comes in Yellow (zebras with black stripes)…
Grant Gibson
Mayme Baker Studio
 And Zanzibar Gold (zebras with gold/brown stripes)...
source unknown
 via Houzz
In 2012, Scalamandre released four new colorways - Periwinkle, Tatami Straw, Scalamandré Red and Metallic Silver…
Earlier this year, Scalamandre partnered with Lenox to create an amazing line of china and barware, available for sale through Bloomingdale’s.
Richard Mishaan
Check out Kelly Market for a round up of the new Lenox items, along with other fabulous goodies featuring Scalamandre Zebras.

Scalamandre Zebras wallpaper is for sale through Decorators Best at $127.50 per roll.
For more zebra love, be sure the check out Beth’s post “Zebras and Palm Beach Chic” from yesterday’s Chinoiserie Chic and her fabulous  “Zebras” board on Pinterest
What is your favorite colorway?  I am partial towards the original Masai Red. My husband and I will be sharing an office in our new home, and I think this would be the perfect pattern for a gender-neutral space! What do you think?
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