Friday, May 30, 2014

Inside A Palm Beach Bermuda-Style Bungalow

The other day I was introduced to Chad Hoeft Designs via Pinterest, and I just couldn't wait to share this amazing home from his portfolio with you. The Bermuda-style bungalow, located on the north end of Palm Beach, is owned and designed by Chad Hoeft himself, and it was the cover story of the January 2009 issue of Florida Design's Palm Beach Home & Decor! When he first located this 3,000 square foot 1950s home, Hoeft immediately recognized its potential and ability for indoor-outdoor living.

"I wanted to design an elegant, classical interior and exterior scheme that was contextual to the heyday of Palm Beach in the '50s and '60s, while also incorporating a fresh, modern perspective," Hoeft said. "I also wanted to make the home at once elegant and livable, comfortable for entertaining small groups and large gatherings, and to bring in the beauty and warmth of the outside."

Contrasting the classical style of the living room's Italian Blanco limestone fireplace are vintage 1950s chairs in a linen zebra fabric by Scalamandre. Chrome, mid-century demilunes flank the fireplace with modern, hand-carved mirrors from Mecox gardens placed above. Nickel sconces by Paul Marra provide soft lighting to the space.

"Many of the colors I chose, such as kelly green, persimmon, and corals, pay homage to the climate and the vintage style of Palm Beach in the '50s and '60s, but with a modern sensibility," said Hoeft. In keeping with this scheme, an original 1969 painting by Orville Bulman titled "Corps de Guard" inspired the color palette of the living room. The painting was purchased from a Worth Avenue gallery in the 1960s and embodies the hues of that era in Palm Beach. 

A sofa in the living room sports Carleton Varney's linen Rhododendron fabric. Club chairs, wrapped in coral linen from Lee Jofa, and vintage 1950s chairs, covered in Les Touches from Clarence House, complete the grouping around a 1970s cocktail table from C. Bell.

A custom-designed banquette, topped with kelly-green wool and linen from Holly Hunt sits in a corner of the living room, where marilla hemp grasscloth wall covering by Phillip Jeffries provides the perfect backdrop for mixed media artwork by Fay Peck.

Throughout the home, Hoeft used marble and limestone, ebonized wood floors, linen fabrics, and touches of chrome, nickel, and white lacquer. "The light linen fabrics and white lacquer furnishings reflect the casual elegance of the Florida lifestyle, while marble and limestone give a more classical touch," Hoeft says. "And, the ebonized wood flooring, along with the chrome and nickel accents, again give a nod to a more modern sensibility." 

In the dining room, a custom-designed "Tuxedo Table" with a turned, spindle-style base forms the centerpiece under a mid-century Murano glass chandelier. Around the table stand vintage wingback chairs covered in kelly-green leather and white lacquer contemporary Chinese Chippendale chairs. The 1960s-style, trellis-patterned wall covering from Bob Collins & Sons forms a complementary contrast to the ebonized oak flooring. 


In the foyer, a mid-century table with a plaster frond base and an antique mirror top sits beneath a mid-century mirror. Vintage Cloisonne penguins that once resided in Yves St. Laurent's Paris apartment add a dash of color and interest to the space. 

A faux bamboo sink, along with Venetian mirror and coral sconces add Palm Beach flair to the powder room.

Floral patterned fabric from Bob Collins & Sons covers the draperies and accent pillows of the master bedroom. A white lacquered headboard, featuring a Chippendale pond frond motif from C. Bell, along with a lattice-front lacquered cabinet, echoes the room's resounding white hues. Wool basket weave carpeting from Stark tops the ebonized wood flooring. 

A black and white awning shades the loggia, where wrought iron benches topped with "Lime Punch" Perennial fabric enhance the color palette. Near the pool sits a Greet key designed, 1940s vintage aluminum table and chairs setting, which Hoeft refurbished with a glass top and Sunbrella cushion fabric. 


Hoeft custom designed a Georgian-style portico and columns - inspired by John Volk - to form an impressive entryway to this vintage 1950s Bermuda-style residence. Boxwoods, along with other uniformly trimmed foliage, blend with the tropical landscaping to incorporate overtones of an English garden. 

I could move right in to this incredible Palm Beach home, how about you?! Pictures and interview from Palm Beach Home & Decor and Chad Hoeft Designs

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Budget Banana Leaf Bikini

Summer is in full swing, and Target currently has this adorable banana leaf bikini for sale. Y'all know how much I love banana leaf, so I just had to share! I've compiled a Palm Beach Chic beach ensemble, inspired by the leaf print swimsuit... Enjoy!
Callanan Paperbraid Large Brim Hat - $29.99... the inside brim is pink! 
Dizzy Jelly Flip Flops - $24.25... I have these and LOVE them! They look just like Valentino!
Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend- $19.60


For more summer essentials, head over to Rue La La for their giant Lilly Pulitzer sale! There are some darling sundresses and sunnies at great prices! What do you have planned for summer vacation? Will you be spending time at the beach? 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Dutch South African Village Home for Sale in Coral Gables

I've been on a real estate kick lately, stalking MLS listings in Charleston and Palm Beach... In case you missed it last week, Curbed picked up my post on the Kennedy Winter Compound for sale... check it out!

Today, I'm going to take you inside an incredible gem in my neighborhood of Coral Gables, Florida. I have written extensively on the "The Village Project," which was the brainchild of the founder of Coral Gables, George Merrick. The Village Project was conceived  in the 1920s to add diversity to the predominantly Mediterranean character of "The City Beautiful" by showcasing architectural styles from around the world.  Sadly, only 80 of the 1,000 planned residences were built, as Merrick's vision was devastated by the Hurricane of 1926 and the ensuing Great Depression. But fortunately, many of these homes remain today, and they are highly coveted, carefully guarded jewels within our community.  I have shared homes from almost every remaining historic village in The Gables, including: 
And now we are going back to the Dutch South African Village, as 6705 San Vicente Street is on the market for the first time in 75 years. The five Dutch Village homes were patterned after the farmhouses of the wealthy Dutch planters who settled in South Africa in the 17th century. Legendary Palm Beach architect, Marion Sims Wyeth, served as architect.

On Thursday, I attended an opening of this magnificent home, and I must say the pictures do not do it justice. The home has been passed down for several generations, and every inch has been meticulously maintained and manicured. The current owners are art dealers with an unbelievable collection of fine art, antiques, blue and white Chinese porcelain, and Imari Japanese porcelain. I wish I had taken more pictures. Unless otherwise noted, images below are from the real estate listing....





via my iPhone... blue and white everywhere!

via my iPhone






via Curbed

via Curbed

I am so charmed by this beautiful Cape Dutch home, and I hope you enjoyed it as well. Click here for the listing, and here for more images of the Dutch South African village of Coral Gables.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Kennedy "Winter White House" is for Sale!

If you have been following my blog for some time, you know that one of my favorite pastimes is stalking real estate listings. So you can imagine my excitement when the famed Kennedy Compound on Palm Beach, Florida went on the market, providing an opportunity to take a glimpse inside the "Winter White House" and a slice of Camelot!


The Mediterranean Revival was built in the early 1920s by Addison Mizner, the legendary Palm Beach architect, for department store tycoon Rodman Wanamaker. Wanamaker sold the estate to Joeseph P. Kennedy for approximately $100,000 in 1933. Joe Kennedy added an additional wing to the house, designed by Maurice Fatio, along with a swimming pool and tennis court.

Image via from the Archives of the State of Florida - Photos: 1923 - Public Domain


In 1995, the Kennedys sold the house, which was in disrepair and still without air conditioning and central heating, for $4.9M to the current owners, John K. Castle, chairman and CEO of Castle Harlan Inc., a New York-based investment firm, and his wife Marianne.

"Everyone in Palm Beach considered it a teardown," Castle told Fast Company magazine in 2003. "They said the house was ugly and awful, beyond saving. If one of the few gas-fired heaters exploded, I wouldn't have been surprised."

But fortunately, Castle grasped the home's potential and historical significance, calling it a "national sanctuary." The Castles underwent a two year, $6M renovation in keeping with the home's historical significance and Mizner's original vision. They also purchased most of the Kennedy furniture for an additional $80K, including the beds of Joe, Jack, Bobby, and Ted, the family's 18-foot-long dining table, J.F.K.'s mahogany massage table, and a chest of drawers with each drawer bearing a label in Rose's handwriting describing the contents.

Without further ado, let's check out the MLS pictures, along with historic images of "The Winter White House" via The Pink Pillbox and other sources where noted.



Easter, 1963 via


Front view, via The Palm Beach Post






















Click here to take a tour with the current owner, John Castle. 

And here for yet another tour! 

Located at 1095 N. Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, Florida, this 15,347 square foot home has 11 bedrooms, 12 baths, and three partial baths. The listing is $38.5M. To view the listing, click here.  For more historic images of the Winter White House, please visit the Pink Pill Box. Additional pictures can also be found here  and here at the Palm Beach Post.

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