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.