Saturday, November 30, 2013

Palm Beach Preservation Perfection

We are officially in "Season" in South Florida, and the weather is finally cooling down! This is the best time of year to come for a visit, or to start making your way down to "winter". And if you are by chance in the market to purchase a spectacular Palm Beach pad in which to winter, this one would be an absolute dream!

Located on a 1.4 acre site, this home boasts six principal bedrooms and an additional two room staff suit, nine bathrooms & two powder rooms in the foyer. A gourmet kitchen with adjacent morning room faces the ocean and provides lovely views of the sweeping lawn. The exquisite millwork was imported from France and installed on site. P.E.Guerin provided all of the custom designed hardware. A commercial elevator services three levels and provides dual opening doors. The house has a basement level wine cellar and tasting room, multiple storage areas, mechanical room and manager's office. Three garage bays and a service drive are provided. A full house generator completes this stunning property. And if you can find a way to pull yourself away from the gorgeous interiors, outside there is a tennis court with balustrade gallery and a chic oval swimming pool, in addition to a privately gated beach house with lawn and seawall on the Atlantic shore. 

What I love most about this home is that it was originally designed by society architect John Volk in 1935. In 2007 the Smith Architectural Group began a near four year complete restoration and addition, and in 2010 the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach recognized the Georgian estate with the Ballinger Award for the finest restoration of a landmark property. 




For the formal dining room, decorator Katherine Shenaman oversaw the restoration and installation of more than 10 French Chinoiserie painted panels dating to 1754 — and raised the room’s ceiling a foot to accommodate them. The parquet floor is new but was intentionally designed to look older. The formal living room is through the door at the left. The French doors open onto the covered loggia and courtyard. See more here.


The walnut paneling and millwork in the detailed library were designed by Smith Architectural Group and manufactured in France.  See more here.






I honestly cannot even begin to imagine living in a house of this magnitude, but it certainly is fun to peak inside! And if you happen to have a spare $32M in the bank, it can be yours... Click here to view the MLS listing, and here to read a fun article from the Palm Beach Daily News about the home, which by the way, is named "La Tonteria" - meaning a foolish fancy or conceit.
Photography from the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation by Stephen Leek.

P.S. Is it just me, or does this home remind you of the Lauder's Palm Beach mansion??

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Blue and White Southern Living Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday, and this year I am so inspired by this lovely blue and white Thanksgiving feast, created by designer James Farmer and featured in the November issue of Southern Living. Farmer set a memory-filled table, mixing the old with the new including family heirlooms, antique blue and white ginger jars, and tried and true family recipes...

Farmer filled various shapes and sizes of blue and white vessels, such as pitchers and ginger jars, with abundant bouquets of garden flowers, and then stagger them down the table. "A centerpiece doesn't have to be just one piece in the center," said Farmer. Create various heights by flipping over jar lids and using them for flowers and setting pomegranates directly on the table.

Bundle several thin twigs, such as curly willow, hypericum berries, and a sprig of seeded eucalyptus. Wrap everything with twine, and add a handwritten tag.

Farmer toped a contemporary blue-and-white toile pattern with his Grandmother Mimi's vintage transferware turkey plates and then adds a mismatched setting of his aunt's silver and new mother-of-pearl flatware (click here for a similar set!)

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Farmer's traditional, down-home menu. Click here for recipes. 

Send guests home with a yummy care package of leftovers. I love this favor idea! Click here to download Southern Living's printable leftover tag.

Can't get enough of this gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescape? This behind-the-scenes video will show you how it was set, complete with mix and match silver and china. And speaking of china, I'm going to try to recreate this look using my Woodland Spode Turkey dinnerware, currently on sale at Macy's... and the blue and white ginger jars can, of course, be purchased through The Pink Pagoda! While you're there, check out Jennifer's inspirational post on blue and white for Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Palm Beach Chic at The Pink Pagoda

Do you remember the gorgeous blue botanical prints Linda at Calling it Home had commissioned for her One Room Challenge by Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda? I have not been able to stop thinking about them, they are so Palm Beach Chic! And so appropriate as Linda, the genius creator of the One Room Challenge, is moving to Florida next year. Jennifer wasn't sure at first if she was going to make them available through her store, but fortunately for us they are now for sale!  In blue AND green!!

 Calling it Home

Jennifer said she realized after she shipped her prints to Linda that she must have subconsciously been thinking about this T. Keller Donovan room... Just gorgeous!

T. Keller Donovan
Set of Four Green and White Graphic Botanical Prints 11x14
The 11"x14" prints are so beautiful, they look like hand-painted watercolors, and you simply cannot beat the price! You can purchase a set of four in green and white for $100. The blue and white prints are available in sets four for $100, three for $75, or two for $50.

And while we are on the subject of Palm Beach Chic, don't forget the hot pink flamingos Jennifer introduced earlier this year...
Palm Beach Chic Hot Pink Flamingo Giclee 11x14
Palm Beach Chic Hot Pink Flamingo Facing Left Giclee 11x14
 Palm Beach Chic Hot Pink  FourFlamingos Giclee 13x19
Fellow One Room Challenge Linking Participant, Stephanie Krauss, recently used one of The Pink Pagoda's flamingo prints in an adorable pink flamingo themed room for a fashionable little girl.

Click here to access The Pink Pagoda's full line of giclee prints available for sale! Here are just a few more of my favorites...

Hot Pink Egret on Navy Facing Left 8x10 Giclee

Pink Pineapple on Lime Green Bamboo Stripe Giclee 11x14
Blue and White Floral Chinoiserie Vase 4 11x14 Giclee
The Pink Pagoda's giclees are so stylish and affordable... I think they would make a wonderful Christmas gift! And while you are shopping TPP, you will want to check out Jennifer's home accessories, including an extensive collection of blue and white ginger jars, lamps, vases, and more. I'm hoping Santa's sleigh is full of blue and white goodies when he comes to visit chez Glam Pad this year! 

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