Monday, July 7, 2014

Inside Liza Pulitzer Calhoun's Palm Beach Home

Last year, House Beautiful featured the eclectic, tropical home of Liza Pulitzer Calhoun, the daughter of the late Lilly Pulitzer. The colorful, casual, kick-off-your-shoes decor was inspired by her mother's style, and I'd bet it has seen its fair share of many fun and fabulous Lilly-esque parties! With an outdoor living room, breezeways, and covered outdoor paths, the house embraces tropical splendor and open-air living. Let's take a peek!

Calhoun covered the seat of this swinging daybed on the back porch with a favorite tablecloth. The pillows are from Anthropologie and Roberta Roller Rabbit. The swordfish was found in an antiques shop.

A vaulted ceiling of cypress treated with a lime-acid wash creates a loftlike look, while rattan furniture from Palecek's Presidents Collection imparts a natural tone. "The room has a relaxed island feel — less Palm Beach, more Bahamas or Jamaica," she said. Pillows in Roberta Roller Rabbit fabrics.

The living room fireplace is made of concrete embedded with stones, shells, and barnacles. "I've collected them from all over the world," Calhoun said.

The living room sports upholstery in a rich grape color and eye-catching patterns. Perennials' indoor-outdoor Canvas Weave on the furniture is durable enough to hold up to Calhoun's three dogs and wet swimsuits.

The bar is original; Calhoun had it faux painted to resemble pecky cypress. Stools are from Fran's Wicker.

Mac Fabrics' Hip print on the family room sofas "hides a multitude of sins," Calhoun said. The coffee table is vintage, and the lamps are repurposed baskets.

The master bedroom looks out onto the pool, and when the pocket doors are pulled back, "we feel like we're sleeping in a tent," Calhoun said. The four-poster bed, with its gauzy panels, plays up a Caribbean vibe. "I didn't want a fussy canopy, so I just added Pottery Barn sheers." A painting by Roberto Juarez echoes the tropical garden.

A guest room is filled with antique furniture. Checks wallpaper by Kent-Bragaline adds color and texture to a small room.

In the powder room, an antique sideboard became a vanity. Walls are covered in Phillip Jeffries's Seagrass grass cloth.

A 1960s photo of Calhoun's mother, Lilly Pulitzer.

Please visit House Beautiful to see more of Liza Pulitzer Calhoun's fabulous Boho-meets-Palm-Beach-Chic home. Photography is by Francesco Lagnese. And click here  and here to tour the home of the late Lilly Pulitzer!


  1. Those red pagoda sconces are amazing!!

  2. stunning + agree with cathy love those red sconces.

  3. The grass cloth caught my eye along with those amazing red sconces! I'm also liking the rustic beach chic fireplace. Uniquely hers. We should all be so lucky to have such amazing style!

  4. Oohlala! Such an inviting boho beach environment. Wouldn’t you love an invitation to a party there?

  5. I love it, the colors the textures.. wow!

  6. Ugh now I want to change all my design plans for my house! These pictures are wonderful!

  7. What's not to love? That fireplace is so unique and pretty!

  8. I love the wood walls....the grass cloth is another favorite...


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