Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Sneak Peek into the 2014 Palm Beach Red Cross Designers' Show House

We had such a lovely time in Palm Beach this weekend... Not only did I bring home what is now one of my most treasured possessions - Lilly Pulitzer's personal desk from her estate auction - but we also attended the 2014 American Red Cross Designers' Show House, now in its 38th year.  It was breathtaking! Located off Flagler Drive in the heart of West Palm Beach, "Ville Delle Palme" - first featured as a Designers' Show House 20 years ago - makes an encore performance.

Since moving to South Florida, I have developed a passion for the 1920s Old Spanish architectural treasures that grace our landscape.  The quality workmanship and incredible details, such as elaborate arches and columns, soaring ceilings, ornate iron and plasterwork, elegant fireplaces, pecky cyprus ceilings, and decorative tile, simply cannot be replicated today.  Ville Delle Palme, a Mizner-Style villa built in 1925, contains all of these details and more. At one time, the magnificent property extended to the Intracoastal, but a later owner sold off most of the property to the east.

I cannot imagine a better backdrop for the 15 renowned interior and exterior designers who transformed the home to work their magic.  Here's a sneak peek of of a few of my favorite rooms...

124 Churhill Road, West Palm Beach. Image via the Red Cross

These mirrored panels in the entry hall are absolutely stunning. 

The dining room was decorated by Katherine Shenaman, whose work you may recall from this perfectly preserved Palm Beach mansion I blogged about in November.  The vintage Lucite table, lavender silk drapes, ocean blue leopard patterned chairs, and mirrored buffet she selected are delightful against pre-existing yellow Gracie wallpaper. You can read more about Katherine's vision for this elegant room via The Shiny Sheet.

 I could spend hours in this house taking in all of the details, such as the Gracie butterflies affixed to the ceiling. Such a beautiful and whimsical touch! 

Jennifer Garrigues worked closely with Diana El-Daher to create this exquisite living room. Existing trompe l'oeil wall treatments were kept, providing the perfect backdrop for this elegant space and its high ceilings, stone floors, and gracious details. Bold fabrics from Scalamandre add just the right amount of color and texture. 

The powder room was decorated by Melody Smith Interiors and features a beautiful Koi Chinoiserie wallpaper by Judit Gueth. The paper beautifully complements the existing black marble sink, which stays true to the period of the home. 

The inspiration for the master bedroom by Melissa Z. and Noe Guerra of NXG Studio was the Palm Beach-meets-Paris batik bird print fabric that the husband and wife design team found in France. Shimmery silver silk tufted chairs and a mirrored vanity add a touch of glamorous sparkle, yet the room still maintains a tropical feel.

Inspiration for the guest retreat, by Piper Gonzales Designs, came from the brightly colored fabrics of Robert Allen's new Color Library Collection. I fell in love with the coral chandelier and the deco inspired side tables! 

A giant thank you to my husband for taking these wonderful pictures, and to the Red Cross for permitting us to take them! I have more to share in a later post, but to fully appreciate this masterpiece, you really must see it in person. The American Red Cross Designers' Show House opened February 20 and runs through March 22, 2014. Hours are Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. General admission is $35. Click here for further details and to purchase tickets.


  1. I love the Gracie paper and the lucite table! So fun to get to see all of this!

  2. Okay ... the glam is wonderful and the home is stunning!! Like Elizabeth, I love the yellow bedroom and would never have thought of the color for this use! xo

  3. I'm completely obsessed with the coral fixture in the bedroom - dying to use it somewhere at the beach!!

  4. Oh - how i love a good show house! I cannot believe we don't have any in Dallas! Thanks for sharing…The Gracie paper is always a favorite! xx

  5. Thank you for taking us along this magnificent tour Andrea! In love with that entry, dining room and yellow bedroom the most!

  6. Next year, you can tell your husband he can have the night off....I'll go with you. I love show houses!

  7. I went to the Showhouse, too!! It was a very good one this year. The house itself is great; and the decor was very cohesive. The family room was my favorite room - wonderful art!

  8. I love going to design houses....it looks like they had a lot of fun patterns..

  9. Gorgeous images! I love all the color and detail. Thanks for including my Koi wallpaper as well. Melody Smith Interiors did an amazing job!

  10. Cant wait for 2015 design house, does anyone know where it will be?


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