Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Palm Beach Chic in Raleigh

There are some who think that Palm Beach Chic decor can only be pulled off in Florida, but this charming ranch-style home located in Raleigh, North Carolina, proves otherwise.  Homeowner Avery Roberts, a stationery designer, has always had a passion for coastal living and all things pink and green, and she was not about to let her location affect her design mission! 

"I've been drawn to sunny, happy colors and that old Florida charm for as long as I can remember," said Avery, who began collecting and refinishing secondhand Palm Beach Chic furniture as a hobby 10 years ago. Let's take a look inside her tropical inspired paradise! Photos are by Max Kim-Bee via HGTV

The roll-arm sofa once belonged to Avery's mother-in-law. Avery had it reupholstered in a kelly green cotton blend and added pink and green pillows. The big, cushy club chairs from a consignment shop got recovered in floral fabric from P. Kaufmann. Both the faux bamboo coffee and side tables were yard sale finds that Avery had painted White by Benjamin Moore in a high-gloss finish. 

White walls and curtain rods help make the colorful window panels (in Scalamandre's China Rose) the star of the room. The wood dining table, covered in a custom poplin cloth with hot pink trim, is paired with chairs from Williams-Sonoma Home. Avery found the 1950s Porter-style chair on eBay for $500 and had upholstered in a turquoise and white fabric. 

The foyer is one of the only areas with bright walls. "It's a small space, so I knew it could handle a loud orange," said Avery. A faux bamboo mirror, spray-painted gold, hangs above a $50 buffet from Craigslist. Avery wanted to lacquer it white, but instead had it stripped and stained to preserve the beautiful mahogany. A pair of robin's-egg blue lamps from Robert Abbey sit on top. 

Avery kept the original kitchen cabinets but painted them White by Benjamin Moore in a high-gloss finish. She also put in a white subway tile backsplash and changed the countertops from laminate to white quartz. Geometric-print wallpaper from Alan Campbell for Quadrille and a pink and green runner from the Stark outlet in Charlotte prep up the room. 

The bed skirt and curtains were made from an old Clarence House fabric that Avery found in a store in Virginia. The bed is dressed with a white matelasse coverlet that was her mother-in-law's. The 1960s-style bamboo headboard, from eBay, is hung on the wall to make it the right height for the bed. In the corner is a rattan fan chair - a $15 Craigslist find.  

The Carleton V wallpaper in "Growing Wild" is a quintessential Palm Beach design. The 1950s sconces are from Ohmega Salvage. The mirror was $100 on eBay, and Avery scored the wicker elephant at Pier 1 Imports.  You can read more about this fabulous wallpaper here!

Floral bedding from Pottery Barn Outlet looks kid-friendly combined with chevron-print bed skirts (made with Premier Prints Zig Zag fabric).

The striped pillow from IKEA plays off the room's rainbow accent wall, which is opposite the beds. A faux bamboo dresser from eBay and white lamps from HomeGoods help offset all the color. 

Not only does this cheery home prove that Palm Beach Chic decor transcends Florida, but it is also an excellent example of how to create the look on a budget. With a little patience, you can find some amazing pieces through eBay, Craigslist, consignment shops, and tag sales. For more, please visit HGTV


  1. WOWzer! Super post & right in my back yard! Especially love the "growing wild" wallpaper!

  2. Hi Andrea. What a great story & wonderful style of renovation. I love how Avery has stuck to her vision & has acquired the amazing pieces that make a house her family's home. And of course I'm enchanted with her finds. Bravo Avery & special thanks to you Andrea to bring it to your readers. Xoxo

  3. Great post! Avery & I should be friends :) Lauren aka "missposhvintage" Raleigh xo

  4. What a delight and great reminder that fabulous design doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

  5. Love this home! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Yes, yes, yes! The pattern mix in the dining room is my favorite. I am a sucker for a dome chair!

  7. Fabulous home! Can't pick a favorite room!

  8. I am in love with every single room!! Great inspiration for those of us who love Palm Beach but don't live in FL! Xoxo ~Carrie

  9. Awesome interior designing and interior furnishing!

  10. Adorable home! Love all the color and use of vintage with updated accessories!


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