Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Barefoot Elegance in a Palm Beach Mediterranean Masterpiece

Recently I stumbled upon this incredible 1920s Addison Mizner-inspired Palm Beach home, featured in the 2000-2001 winter issue (December - January) of Florida Designs. It was decorated by Mimi McMakin of Kemble Interiors, her former partner Brooke Huttig, and lead designer Keithley Miller, and it positively exudes quintessential Palm Beach charm.

Their goal was to create a sun-kissed, old world design that reflects the island's tradition of barefoot elegance. Per the homeowner's request, they kept colors as soft as possible by blending a subtle palette of nature's hues including green, gold, yellow, and rose tones.

The outdoor trellis lanai provides a romantic setting to dine alfresco and enjoy the landscaping and fountain. 

Landscape architect Mario Nievera refurbished the grounds, creating a secret garden for the guesthouse/garage. Coconut and Christmas palms form a tropical canopy, while ginger, gardenias, begonias, orchids, bougainvillea, and other exotics bloom with color. 

Mimi McMakin is a Palm Beach icon.  She is fourth-generation Palm Beacher, who inherited her love for interior decorating from her mother and in turn passed it down to her daughter Celerie Kemble, another of my favorite decorators. You can see more of Mimi's Palm Beach Chic designs at The Gasparilla Inn on the island of Boca Grande,  a Palm Beach maisonette, and here.


  1. Love all of the soft greens in this timeless design.

  2. I love that term - barefoot elegance. And I could spend the rest of my life sitting by that pool!

    1. I love it too! It makes me think of the Queen of barefoot elegance - Lilly Pulitzer!

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  3. Andrea,
    This house had me at the front entrance! I love the architecture of this home including the gardens and lanai. Florida. Green and lush!!!

  4. It's all wonderful, but I especially love the outdoor spaces! Happy weekend ~

  5. Definitely barefoot elegance at it's finest!

  6. Oh my, it's all LOVELY!! The 10th photo down is my favorite. So pretty!

  7. Wow...what a stunner! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend, Andrea! xoxo


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