Thursday, May 15, 2014

T. Keller Donovan Decorates a Palm Beach Apartment to Perfection

Last week, I shared a once in a lifetime opportunity to own designer T. Keller Donovan's very own West Palm Beach home, which is for sale! Today I am thrilled to share this fabulous one-bedroom Palm Beach apartment he decorated for his client, Kay Gilman. Featured in the May issue of House Beautiful, Kay's Palm Beach Chic apartment is located in the posh Palm Beach Towers. Let's take a look inside!

 Quadrille's Island Ikat on the banquette and chairs creates the atmosphere of "a tropical cabana," says designer T. Keller Donovan. The valance in Brunschwig & Fils' Coral is embellished with Robert Allen's Scroll Braid. Slipper chairs from Duralee are "big enough for two people to sit and share secrets."

Donovan covered a vintage French chair in Duralee's Azalea silk. "It looks like it might have been in Dior's atelier in the 1950s," he says.

A vintage breakfront, filled with books that belonged to Gilman's father, adds character and tradition to the airy, light-filled living room. White tufted armchair by Thibaut Fine Furniture. Donovan designed the white-painted étagère to divide the two seating areas. Walls are sheathed in Thibaut's Tahitian Weave grass cloth for luxurious texture. Trays under twin coffee tables from Oomph catch stray books, newspapers, and magazines. Floor lamps, Circa Lighting.

Two seating arrangements in the living room provide plenty of space for entertaining.

In the dining area, lots of reflection — including Century Furniture's Percier mirrored buffet — expands the space. Lettuce Ware plates by Dodie Thayer are a Palm Beach staple. The sea-grass carpet from Jack Walsh cuts the formality of Gilman's antique gilt mirror. The vintage lantern was in her elevator hall in New York.

"Kay brought this étagère from her old New York apartment," says Donovan. "It's classic yet modern. The large lacquer trays make it look younger."

"I guess we were having a little flower fixation," Donovan says about using Thibaut's Westfield for the bedroom chair, screen, and curtains. Walls are in Walfab white grass cloth.

A screen in the master bedroom adds dimension and "gets more fabric into the room for softness," says Donovan, as does the flouncy plaid table skirt.

Open shelves in the closet make it easy for Ms. Gilman to find what she wants.

"Kay wanted a real lady's master bath with pretty things to look at," says Donovan. He covered the walls in Thibaut's Tootsie wallpaper and placed Tommy Mitchell tole flowers on brackets over a Sunrise Specialty tub.

Osborne & Little's Coquine on the daybed and chair in Kay's office "isn't leopard or coral, but it makes you think of both," Donovan says. Baker's Social Study secretary keeps things tidy.

Kay Gilman on the daybed in her home office.

Captions and images are from House Beautiful... click here to read the entire feature. And if you are interested in purchasing your very own piece of T. Keller Donovan Palm Beach Perfection, click here to check out his West Palm home for sale.


  1. Love Quadrille it is perfect for coastal decor!

  2. I am totally smitten with this apartment!! It has me ready to move to PB and hire him ASAP! Have a wonderful day, Andrea! xoxo

  3. It can't get any better than that! Done to perfection. I love white and wood with the bright fabric. Even the closet is a dream.

  4. This is a Palm Beach dream! Love it all! And I'm dying over the peak of all those fabulous caftans in her closet. Sooooo FAB.


  5. Classic Palm Beach with a twist - love this!! I adore the living room layout with the multiple seating groups. Cheers!

  6. Love this. The bath is so sweet. Nice to see so many tailored pieces and their enduring style. Had no idea about the lettuce plates...I have four (knock offs) that are used regularly ;-) thanks for a great post. Pamela

  7. That glam pad is my fantasy come to life. I think a little drool fell on the pages of that article in House Beautiful when I read it.

  8. I've just gone to HB to read every word and see every image. It is fabulous. The attention to detail is amazing and it's such a warm, inviting and colorful house!! Happy weekend, Andrea ~

  9. OMG that apartment is to die for!!! I think my subscription to HB just ran out and now I'm going to have to run to the grocery store this minute and go get a copy. It's too beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing!
    Tricia // Suburban Bitches

  10. Lots of ooh-la-la - such a fun home to tour and probably even better to live in more!

  11. What a fun elegant happy girly place to call home!

  12. I just love your blog!
    Always a fun read!

  13. What color of white is the paint? I want this in my own place!!


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