Friday, January 31, 2014

The Fabulous Pink Pagoda

I am so proud of my friend Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda! If you haven't heard, she has been nominated for the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame, sponsored by Traditional Home. Click here to vote for The Pink Pagoda in the area of Best Design Graphics, Photography, and Presentation. The deadline to vote is February 12!

And be sure to mark your calendar for The Pink Pagoda's fourth Blue and White Bash, on February 3! If you are a blogger, you are encouraged to link up, and if you are a reader, you will want to kick off your heals, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and be prepared to enjoy some serious blue and white goodness!! Click here for all the scoop!

Last but not least, today is the last day to take advantage of The Pink Pagoda's 15% off sale. All prints from Jennifer's Etsy store are on sale, and prices go up starting tomorrow. I don't know about you, but I'm doing some last minute shopping!

Etsy Sale

So what are you waiting for? Go Team Jennifer! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Lilly Pulitzer Estate Sale!

Mark your calendars, Lilly lovers!! Property from the estate of Lilly Pulitzer is scheduled to be auctioned off next month, and I simply cannot wait! The mere thought of owning a trinket or treasure from the iconic Palm Beach fashion designer has me so excited, I want to drink champagne and dance on the table!

In April, I wrote about the sale of the late Lilly Pulitzer's beautiful Palm Beach home, which I was saddened to learn was being sold for lot value. Well, I'm delighted to report the estate sold last month, and the new owner has vowed to restore the home and keep the property (aka Lilly's "jungle") in tact!!

Lilly's remaining possessions will be held at auction on February 22, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The 286 auction lots may be previewed in person beginning February 14 (click here for the schedule), or they may be viewed online.

Here are a few of my favorite items from the sale...

Tania Vartan, (20th/21st century), Rooms of Lilly Pulitzer's House, 2004 (two works).

A Pair of Chinese Export Porcelain Covered Urns.
Two Chinese Export Garden Seats.

A White Painted Low Table and Side Table, each with an open fretwork top inset with glass.

Three Pottery Figures of Monkeys, Height of tallest 16 1/4 inches.

A Chinese Ceramic Box, modeled as a tortoise with a monkey holding a peach on its back.

A Pair of Cast Plaster Garden Lanterns, each in the form of a pagoda. Height 63 1/2 inches.

A Pair of Upholstered Slipper Chairs, surmounted by scrolled ears with ruching, passementerie and braided fringe throughout.

A Victorian Bamboo and Lacquer Bedroom Suite, comprising a half tester bed, an occasional table and a side table.
A Chinese Export Lacquered and Painted Bar Cabinet, 20th century, having a hinged top and a fall front opening to a fitted interior above two cupboard doors, with inlaid hardstones and shells throughout.

A Set of Four Framed Prints, each depicting a tiger among dense foliage.

A Printed Canvas Whimsical Map of Palm Beach, in a white frame.

This auction is being conducted by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers at her new West Palm Beach auction facility, located at 1608 South Dixie Highway. Click here for additional information on the sale, to view additional images, and to download the catalogue. Absentee and online bids will also be accepted... Do you see something you would like to bid on?  I have a certain something I'm eyeing myself... fingers crossed!! ;)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Splenderosa Give Away!

Last month, I was introduced to the incredibly lovely blog, Splenderosa, written by the beautiful and chic Marsha, a fellow Texan. I am always delighted when I meet a new friend through the Blogosphere! I happened to be Splenderosa's 1,000th follower, and to celebrate the occasion, Marsha most generously insisted on sending me a special gift from her incredible shop. I selected this gorgeous gold and turquoise necklace, which arrived last week, and I could not be more thrilled!

Splenderosa Designer Jewelry is hand-made in Marsha's small studio in Houston from semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver, or 14k gold-filled metals. The jewelry is of the quality one would find at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman-Marcus, Barney's, or Bergdorf-Goodman. Click here to shop for  the Splenderosa boutique for rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, handbags, and hair accessories.

Announced today, Splenderosa is hosting a giveaway for the beautiful gold and crystal necklace below... Head over, join Splenderosa as a follower, and leave a comment to be included for a chance to win! The drawing will be held Friday evening, with the winner announced on Saturday. Good luck!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Q&A With Tiffany Jones Interiors

I was thrilled and honored when my friend Tiffany Jones asked if I would like to conduct a Q&A on her fabulous blog! Tiffany, of Tiffany Jones Interiors, and I have known each other for about 10 years... We met in Dallas when we worked together on a nonprofit committee, and we immediately became kindred spirits. We learned we had so much in common, including the fact that we grew up in the same small West Texas town, and we are both Grande Baroque girls. And now that I live in Florida, we keep up through our design blogs... yet another thing we have in common!

Tiffany's blog is one of my favorites. She has impeccable taste in decorating and entertaining, and she also has the uncanny ability to always select the perfect gift.

"Living well should not be saved for special occasions but, rather, life should be about the small moments where we can awaken the senses and bring beauty into our every day lives and be grateful for all that surrounds us." ~Tiffany Jones

Click here for my Q&A with Tiffany Jones Interiors! Thank you, Tiffany, for featuring me!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mario Buatta Decorates a Glamorous Manhattan High-Rise

Last week, I featured the incredible Palm Beach and Southampton homes Mario Buatta decorated for Hilary Geary and Wilbur Ross, Jr. The couple's primary residence, located on the 30th floor of a Fifth Avenue Manhattan high-rise and also decorated by Buatta, is equally as stunning. Let's take a look inside the apartment, as featured in Architectural Digest. Photography by Derry Morre.

“The shiny walls glitter at night and glitter during the day, reflecting the lights of the city,” Mario Buatta says of Hilary Geary and Wilbur Ross’s apartment on the 30th floor of a Manhattan high-rise.
 A 19th-century bureau-bookcase with chinoiserie details, from Kentshire Galleries, adds ballast to the living room. “Every room needs something tall in it,” Buatta notes. Travers flamestitch bench fabric. Yellow pillow fabric and chair print, Brunschwig & Fils. Stark carpets.

“It’s really an evening apartment,” says Buatta, who created multiple seating areas for entertaining. The painting is by Russian artist Ivan Godlevsky. Newel Art Galleries low table. Mallett tea caddy. Pollack sofa linen. Drapery plaid and pillow print from Travers.

The eggplant shade on the living room walls, which Buatta treated to resemble porphyry, is “a great foil for all the pastels—it makes them sing out.” A painting by Helen Frankenthaler, at left, hangs below a work by Carlos Mérida. The portrait is by Sally Avery.

In the dining room, wraparound draperies inspired by batik create a tentlike feel. Drapery fabric from Brunschwig & Fils. Regency-style table from Smith and Watson. Vaughan gilded chandelier. Peach Ultrasuede on chairs, Lee Jofa.

“Because of the topiary trees, you feel you’re in a pavilion,” Buatta says. St. Bart’s artist Jean Verrechia painted the figure, which hangs over an 18th-century English sideboard, from Hyde Park Antiques. Pair of goose tureens from Ann Getty. Carpet from Stark.

Using knotty-pine paneling, Buatta transformed the once “hideous” library into a warm space “the color of a pecan” anchored by a Chiu Ya-Tsai canvas. Sofa and pillow fabrics, Colefax and Fowler. John Boone wall lights. Yale R. Burge side table. Patterson, Flynn & Martin carpet.

Blue and white hues define the master bedroom. Julia Gray chest of drawers. John Boone floor lamp. Newel Art Galleries 1950s basket sconces. Star print and trims from Brunschwig & Fils. White sofa fabric from Clarence House. Drapery stripe, Cowtan & Tout.

“The whole master bath is mirrored—it’s like a prism,” says Buatta, who also used white marble with black-marble trim. Art Déco dressing table from Lorin Marsh. étagère from Yale R. Burge. Niermann Weeks light fixture in mirror. Lee Jofa Ultrasuede on chair.

Can't get enough of Mario Buatta? Check out his recently released book, Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration, the eagerly anticipated first monograph that celebrates the 50-years-and-counting career of the decorating legend. Influenced by the understated elegance of Colefax and Fowler and the doyenne of exuberant American decor, Sister Parish, Buatta has decorated for notable clients such as Henry Ford II, Barbara Walters, Malcom Forbes, Mariah Carey, Blair House, the President's guest quarters... and of course Hilary Geary and Wilbur Ross, Jr. This lavish book includes many unpublished photographs, Buatta's personal stories, and his own rules for decorating. 

And for even more Mario Buatta goodness, click here for his upcoming book tour, including author events in New York, Miami (above), Nashville, and Huntsville, AL.  I plan on attending the Miami event, and I'd love to see you there! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Palm Beach Entertaining, Mario Buatta, and a Pagoda Pool House

Season is in full swing here in South Florida, and in Palm Beach that means parties, parties, and more parties! It is no coincidence that Lilly Pulitzer - a name synonymous with Palm Beach - famously said, "Life is a party, so dress like it." Palm Beachers love to entertain, and as a wannabe Palm Beacher, one of my absolute favorite books is Palm Beach Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember. It provides a rare glimpse into the private homes and parties of some of Palm Beach's most notable hosts and hostesses, along with their recipes and tips for stylish entertaining, whether formal, informal, traditional or avant-guard.

One of my favorite chapters in Palm Beach Entertaining is "A Royal Evening," featuring a dinner party given for the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, by Hilary Geary Ross, one of the most glamorous hostesses in Palm Beach and New York, and her husband Wilbur L. Ross Jr. 

Palm Beach Entertaining  © Jerry Rabinowitz 

Palm Beach Entertaining  © Jerry Rabinowitz 

Look familiar? This is the party pavilion/guest house (aka "Windsong Too") that was added to the Ross's 1939 Palm Beach Georgian Revival "Windsong." Architect Thomas Kirchhoff and decorator Mario Buatta, received the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation's Schuler Award for their design of Windsong Too, which was created for visitors as well as for entertaining.  Images below are from the the July issue of Architectural Digest and Thomas M. Kirchhoff Architect

Isn't it spectacular?! To get you into the Palm Beach spirit, here are a two delicious (and simple!) recipes from the Royal Evening menu:

Palm Beach Entertaining © Jerry Rabinowitz 

Pistachio-Crusted Chilean Sea Bass 

This is a perfect choice for entertaining, as the fish is cooked in the oven, not on the stove top, thus avoiding any unpleasant odors. 

Serves 4

     1 1/2     cups shelled pistachios
     3           cups multigrain flakes or whole-wheat bread crumbs 
     4           (6- to 7-ounce) Chilean sea bass fillets 
     2/3       cup Dijon-style mustard 

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

In a food processor, pulse the pistachios and multigrain flakes until fine. Transfer info a shallow bowl.

Coat each piece of bass with mustard on both sides. Dredge the mustard-coated fish in the cereal mixture and place on a baking sheet. 

Place in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and cooked through. 

Serve immediately. 

Palm Beach Entertaining © Jerry Rabinowitz 

Coconut and Macadamia Ice Cream Balls with Raspberry Sauce 

The combination of flavors in this desert is elegant and delightful. On another occasion try vanilla, chocolate, or caramel ice cream. It is also fabulous to combine flavors, serving a few balls of coconut ice cream with one ball to surprise the palate. 

Serves 4

     3          cups unsweetened shredded coconut
     2          cups roasted macadamia nuts
     2          pints coconut ice cream
     2          cups raspberries
     1/2      cup sugar
                 Juice of 1 lime

Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the coconut and macadamia nuts on the prepared baking sheet, place in oven, and toast until lightly golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.

Using an ice cream scoop or large melon baller, make 8 balls with the ice cream. Coat with coconut-macadamia mixture and return to the freezer until ready to serve.

In a blender, puree the raspberries, sugar, and lime juice until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve the ice cream balls in a decorative glass bowl, passing the raspberry sauce on the side.

Asparagus Charlotte with Beluga Caviar,  Palm Beach Entertaining © Jerry Rabinowitz 

This book is soooo good. It also features entertaining tips from Nancy Brinker, Sue and James Patterson's killer chocolate cake, a Christmas brunch with Mimi McMakin and Celerie Kemble, the late Evelyn Lauder's avocado-herb salad, and Mark Badgley's, James Mischka's cold tomato soup, Moscow Mule, and Gravlaks, and more. Written by Annie Falk (who you will want to follow on Pinterest) net proceeds of Palm Beach Entertaining benefit Children's Home Society.

Now you may recall this feature from the July issue of Architectural Digest also included The Ross's Southampton, New York summer house.  The early 1900's Colonial Revival is just as magnificent as their winter Palm Beach retreat...

I have probably ogled these pictures a million times since I received this delicious copy of Architectural Digest over the summer, but I had never noticed the pagoda pool house in the last picture, above... Do you see it? Well, my friend Linda at Calling it Home did! She featured this pool house in all of its pagoda perfection on Monday, and my heart skipped a beat. Here is a closer look! 

The newly constructed "Chinese Regency" style pool house and swimming pool were added to balance the existing tennis court during a renovation by Muse Architecture & Design. The garage, which was formerly functioning as the pool house, was renovated back into a garage and guest house. You can read more about the incredible renovation and new construction of the Ross's historic Southampton estate here. A few of my favorite images are below... 

I am wild for white Colonial homes with black shutters! 

And who wouldn't like to be greeted by blue and white planters flanking the front door? 

The black and white Greek key stair runner coordinates beautifully with the flooring. 

A pagoda mini bar/kitchenette in the playroom? Yes, please!

 Those floors!! No one will ever convince me that Chevron is a trend!

I'm dying for a close-up of those frog benches... how cute are they?? 

Picture-perfect, parklike grounds... 

So now that you have seen the Ross's Palm Beach winter retreat and their Southampton summer home, you may be wondering about their primary residence... their Manhattan apartment. It was also decorated by Mario Buatta, and it too is positively magnificent. Stay tuned for more! 
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