Monday, March 31, 2014

Palm Beach Chic in Perth

Adore Home Magazine's Perth edition just hit my inbox, and I was thrilled to see the home of designer and blogger, Lisa Marinovich from Luxe Addition, featured. I adore Lisa's generous use of crisp white paint, bright pops of art, blue and white, faux bamboo, and pink and green. And I particularly love this hallway vignette she designed in her beautiful home... It is so Palm Beach Chic!

The fabulous wallpaper is "Coconut Grove," which happens to be the name of one of my favorite neighborhoods in Miami. It is by UK designer Sophie Conran, and can be ordered in the States here

The entire tour of Lisa's home can be found in the latest issue of Adore... it is sooo good! You can see more of her portfolio at Luxe Addition, and you will want to follow Lisa on Instagram @luxeaddition. She is one of the many, many talented Australian designers I follow.  Those Aussies love color, and they aren't afraid to use it! Swoon!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Pink Homes of Palm Beach

After spending the day in Palm Beach and losing count of all the pink homes and buildings, I decided a post on the subject was in order. Being a girly girl, I personally love pink homes. However, I would never have dreamed of painting my home in Dallas pink (even when I was single, and my "bachelorette pad" had an original 1950s Barbie pink kitchen... more on that later.) It would have have looked completely out of place. But here in Florida, pink homes are very appropriate, much to my delight! And I'm guessing you would be hard-pressed to find more pink homes per capita than in Palm Beach.

Joe Davis at the JPD School of Design in Palm Beach concurs. In fact, he has written this trusty guide to determining a suitable exterior paint color for your home, based on your region. "When in Palm Beach you want to feel like you're in Palm Beach, riiiight?" Davis says in support of tropical pink homes.  Yes, please! With hues ranging from Pepto to Salmon, let's take a virtual tour...

Addison Mizner's El Mirasol 

A newer construction on Chilean Avenue for sale

This 1928 home located on Golfview was built by Marion Sims Wyeth and is available for sale

I have written before about this Mizner masterpiece... This amazing preservation is also on the market

Another Mizner for sale, built in 1924, on Chilean Avenue. 

I covet this 1924 Mediterranean, located on Brazilian Avenue next door to the Brazilian Court Hotel

A beautiful 1925 Mediterranean for sale on Australian Avenue 

Ivana Trump's oceanfront Mediterranean mansion on Jungle Road

This 1935 Pink Bermuda Georgian was built by Marion Sims Wyeth, and is for sale.   

 Back in June, I wrote about this 1949 Marion Sims Wyeth home for sale in Palm Beach.  It was listed for $4.4M and sold for $2.35M, according to Zillow.  

I wrote about this 1936 home on Pendleton Avenue in June as well. It was on the market for $1.89M which given the size is a bargain for Palm Beach, but according to Zillow the listing appears to have been pulled. Hmmm....

You can tour inside this incredible Bermuda-style home, owned by designer Robin Weiss and featured in Traditional home, here

Victoria Amory's former Brazilian Avenue home, built in 1916, via the Palm Beach Daily News. This home was also featured on the cover of Palm Beach Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember.

The exterior of The Colony Hotel was painted Wolcott Salmon from the Dorothy Draper/Carleton Varney Paint Collection for Fine Paints of Europe.  

What are your thoughts on pink homes? We painted our South Florida home white, but I kind of wish we had painted it pink! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Style Crush: Kayce Hughes

A few weeks ago I bought several dresses from Kayce Hughes. I'm often hesitant to order clothing online, but Kayce Hughes was having a major sale, and after a lengthy call with one of her sales associates regarding sizing, I felt comfortable taking the plunge... and I was not disappointed! I had been searching high and low for comfortable yet stylish daytime clothes to wear around the house and about, and my Kayce Hughes purchase fit the bill perfectly, all while speaking to my old soul sentiments.

I have been following Kayce's blog for some time now, as I admire her timeless, vintage-inspired style. Kayce looks to the the 1940s - 1970s for inspiration and then reinvents her clothing, patterns, and fabrics to make them fresh and current. And by the way, she also happens to be the niece of my muse, Lilly Pulitzer!

image via Matchbook magazine 

via Matchbook 

In addition to running a highly successful fashion line, Kayce is a wife and mother of seven (yes, SEVEN!) beautiful children. She began her career at Ralph Lauren in the women's design department, where she worked for over six years before taking a break to start her family. Four years and four more children later, she began turning vintage fabrics into nightshirts for her daughters.  She loved them so much, she had a seamstress make coordinating dresses and shorts for herself as well, which she began marketing under the label Pears + Bears. Kayce Hughes is now a booming fashion enterprise, with more than 200 designs including a children's line, women's line, and accessories. 

via Matchbook

A Nashville native, Kayce spent her formative years in Miami, where she naturally wore tons of Lilly, and played hide and seek in the Lilly Pulitzer warehouse. A constant source of inspiration, years later "Aunt Lilly" was able to share her words of wisdom, as Kayce launched her own clothing line.

"I would guess that anyone who ever met Aunt Lilly was inspired, because she was that kind of person," Kayce told me. "Most of what I found so inspiring about her had nothing to do with her designing or me designing, and had everything to do with how generous she was with her heart. Lilly's home was always fun and welcoming, and I always felt brighter after being there. Life and people and fun always seemed far more important than things including clothes... and that is truly inspiring."

via Matchbook
Step inside a Kayce Hughes boutique, and you will see lots of pink, high gloss white, Lucite, faux bamboo, and blue and white Chinoiserie porcelain. Can you see why I love this girl?!  
Here are a few Kayce Hughes items on my Spring wish list!  
And some must-haves for the little ones... 

You can read a charming tribute to "Aunt Lilly" here on Kayce's blog, and click here to read a darling profile on Kayce from Matchbook magazine. Kayce Hughes retail shops can be found in Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Nashville, or items may be purchased online.  

Monday, March 24, 2014

One Room Challenge Update!

It's almost that time again... time for the One Room Challenge (ORC)! ORC is the brainchild of Linda at Calling it Home, and the event has become quite the sensation amongst the blogosphere. For each semiannual ORC, Linda invites 20 interior designers and design bloggers to transform a room within a six week period, with weekly updates posted each Wednesday. I am thrilled and honored to join the latest list of esteemed ORC participants!

ORC will begin April 2, and I will unveil the room I plan to transform, along with my game plan, that morning. You may recall, I was one of more than 60 ORC Linking Participants last fall, when I transformed our powder room. You can catch up on that project here.  And speaking of Linking Participants, I hope you will consider joining the ORC Linking Party, beginning on Thursday, April 3. Click here for additional information on how to play along. We are all going to have a blast!

Below is a list of the upcoming ORC participants... Please check back on April 2 to see what we are up to, and on April 3 to see who will be linking along!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Chintz is Back in Bloom!

The April issue of Southern Living contains a charming feature on chintz, including four fabulous designers and their take on this timeless pattern. Chintz, "the proverbial well-bred Southern lady of the decorating world," lends an air of traditional nostalgia to today's surroundings - whether contemporary, hip, chic, or glamorous.

Love these fabrics? Find their names and more here.  

Barrie Benson selected Carleton Varney's Fazenda Lilly, an iconic Greenbrier Resort chintz, to soften the lines on these masculine mid-century chairs by adding a feminine touch. The use of black injects a bit of whimsical edge. 

Lauren Leiss selected Pyne Hollyhock Print in Tobacco by Schumacher, showing how chintz can add a lively touch even when used in soothing tones. 

Ruthie Sommers loves chintz because it combines two of her favorite subjects: color and nature. "And it is such a happy fabric," she said.  The use of chintz makes this library less serious. The bamboo-edged, red upholstered walls and yellow lacquered ceiling are in keeping with chintz's lighthearted personality. 

Celerie Kemble uses chintz to pull together a room's color pallet. "It will give you a complete range of harmonious hues," she said.  She also loves mixing multiple chintz patterns.  "The more chintz there is in a room, the less any one fabric will dominate."

Bring a little chintz into your life this spring with these lovely, ladylike items! 

Do you have a favorite chintz pattern? I love them all, but at the top of my list are several by Carleton Varney... I just love Barrie's Dorothy Draper-esque room above!  Click here to read the entire feature from Southern Living, also available on newsstands. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

35 Feminine Pink Bedrooms

It is no secret that pink is my favorite color, and I am a huge fan of feminine, girly decor. In case you missed it, on Sunday Beth from Chinoiserie Chic posted on an adorable feature from House Beautiful called "You Know Your Decorating Style is Girly When..." I checked a resounding "yes!" to almost all of the items the list. So I was thrilled when Jennifer from The Pink Pagoda announced her Art-Filled & Feminine Polyvore contest on Monday.  With over 1,300 entries thus far, there is a lot of ladylike loveliness going on here!  My first set for the competition is a blush bedroom roughly based on my inspiration for our master bedroom. It inspired me to take a look at some of my favorite feminine pink and blush bedrooms, and 35 of my favorites are below...

via Leontine Linens

Penelope Bianchi

Jan Showers

Grant K. Gibson

Jan Showers

Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield

Markham Roberts

Ruthie Sommers

Ruthie Sommers

Amanda Nisbet

Suzanne Kasler

Paris Hilton's bedroom

Lisa Vanderpump's bedroom

Phoebe Howard

Katie Rosenfeld

Do you like feminine decor, and are you a fan of pink? If so, you will want to head on over and check out The Pink Pagoda's Art-Filled and Feminine Polyvore Project Decorate contest! And if you could have any one of the pink bedrooms above, which one would you choose?
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