Friday, June 27, 2014

Palm Beach Chic Decor, Circa 1964

I recently stumbled upon pictures of Genevieve "Bunny" and Nicholas "Nicky" du Pont's Palm Beach home, taken in April 1964 and featured in New York Social Diary's "Resort Life" series. Located at 977 North Ocean Boulevard, "Casuarina" is a bermuda-style, direct oceanfront home, designed by legendary architect John Volk and decorated by Valerian Rybar. At the time, Rybar was known as "the world's most expensive decorator to the world's wealthiest," according to NYSD.

What struck me the most about the decor is how timelessly fresh it remains half a century later. Many of these images could easily be mistaken for the Palm Beach Chic style that is all the rage today. Sunset pinks, leaf and lime greens, sunny lemon yellows and ocean blues are mixed with abandon, while liberal doses of chintz, zebra print, faux bamboo, and blue and white Chinese porcelain complete the look. This quote, describing Rybar's work at the du Pont's new house, captures my favorite aspect of Palm Beach Chic decor...

"Setting an entirely new trend, colors and furniture have been grouped to invite relation amidst tropical splendor." 
~ Suzanne "Suzy" Anderson Gardner, via the  Palm Beach Daily News, March 1964 

A tailored white sofa piped in lime green is paired with green lacquered side chairs upholstered in a zebra-inspired print. Faux bamboo side tables and whimsical sconces complete the look.

An octagonal skirted table with green diamond accents, surrounded by X-benches, complements the sofa.

Note the crisp white walls throughout the home, which serve as a the perfect background for the bold pops of color. 

What a view! 


Blue and white Chinese porcelain combined with coral accents... a look that remains wildly popular today!


Faux bamboo, lime green and white... a combination just as crisp today as it was 50 years ago.

This chintz reminds me of Carlton Varney... does anyone know the name of the pattern?

Bunny du Pont shows Stanton Griffis the courtyard pool. 

Nicky du Pont (center) with Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, and Edward, Duke of Windsor.

Fashion arbiter Eugenia Sheppard called this "The Barefoot House."

The above images are from the Ellen Glendinning Frazer Ordway collection. Ellen Frazer began keeping extensive diaries in the late 1920s, recording and photographing the life around her family and friends, and creating a chronological scrapbook of photographs, invitations, and published newspaper and magazine articles. You can read more about the collection here and here.

Augustus Mayhew, author of Lost in Wonderland: Reflections on Palm Beach, shares regular installments of the archival collection via New York Social Diary. It is one of my favorite reads! To see more of the du Pont home, please visit the New York Social Diary: Chapter XXV: Resort Life, March-April 1964.

"As much as everything changes, nothing is different."
~Ellen Glendinning Ordway

Ellen Glendinning Frazer Ordway's photographs are courtesy of the Lucius Ordway Frazer Collection©, and are reposted with permission via The Classic Preppy

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Tres Palm Beach Chic Condo For Sale

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that my husband and I spent a long weekend in Palm Beach to celebrate my birthday last week. We are out of season here in South Florida, which makes this my favorite time of year to visit Palm Beach. The island becomes a quiet, laid back getaway just over an hour drive away from our home. I'll be writing more about out trip soon, but in the meantime, let's lust over this Palm Beach Chic condo for sale. Located in-town, it is within walking distance of Worth Avenue and many of my favorite restaurants.




This 1,816 square foot, two bedroom, two bedroom garden patio apartment is listed through Sotheby's, and I am positively smitten!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Another Jan Showers Home, Featured in Traditional Home, hits the MLS!

Kimberly Schlegel WhitmanSouthern Living editor-at-large, lifestyle expert, and author has put her fabulous Dallas abode on the market! You will likely recognize this home immediately, as it was featured on the cover of Traditional Home in September 2009 and made the rounds on Pinterest. It also happens to have been decorated by one of my all-time favorite decorators, Jan Showers, who is known for her "sinfully sophisticated taste and a flair for the glamorous." Let's revisit the magazine feature and take a look at the rest of the house from the MLS listing!  First, let's start with Traditional Home...








Kim's Chihuahua, Lola, looks just like my Phoebe Chihuahua! 


Now, let's take a look at more of this gorgeous home, courtesy of the MLS listing...















I cannot get enough of this house... Oh, what I wouldn't give to move back home to Dallas and right on in! Located in the prestigious neighborhood of Highland Park, this home is listed by Kimberly's sister, Kari Schlegel Kloewer, one of the top realtors in Dallas. You can see the listing here. And by the way, you can see Kari's gorgeous Hollywood Regency apartment, also decorated by Jan Showershere. It is soooo good! Kari and her husband recently moved as well and are in the process of decorating. I'm dying to see the results!

The Whitmans will be staying in Dallas, and I cannot wait to see their next home. Want to see Kimberly's glamorous bachelorette pad, before she married and lived happily ever after? You can see it here.  These sisters have such exquisite taste!

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Flamingo Pop Bridal Shower

Wedding season is in full swing, and I was tickled pink to find this precious flamingo inspired bridal shower that Brittany Watson Jepsen from The House that Lars Built created for BHLDN, Anthropologie's wedding site.  She was asked to design a fun and whimsical theme using some of their products, including these adorable flamingo cake toppers. Selecting a mint, coral, blush and berry pink palette, Brittany also incorporated whimsical pops of animals in every shape and form including elephant sugar holders, duck vases, praying mantis plates, and of course the flamingos. Here are some of my favorite pictures!


How cute is that duck vase on the left?!



Brittany has promised a DIY tutorial on how to create this balloon arch soon... I cannot wait!





"Natural World" praying mantis desert plates, "Old Havana" mint dinner plates, place cards


Please visit The House that Lars Built for a full list of sources and more pictures. Do you love flamingo parties as much as I do? Here is another one of my favorites, featured last year in Southern Living!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Vibrant Family Lake Home

The June issue of Traditional Home magazine features this amazing vacation house on Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay, and it is just too good to be missed! Every inch of the 8,000 square foot Nantucket-inspired, shingled home is decked out in a tropical pallet of colors and some of my favorite patterns from the likes of Lilly Pulitzer, Jonathan Adler, Sister Parish, and Brunschwig & Fils.

The owners teamed up with designer Elizabeth Schmidt, Michigan-based architect Robert Ben Begley, and builder David Webster to create a heavenly getaway boasting water views from nearly every room. Let's take a look inside!











I don't know about you, but I could pack my toothbrush and move in tomorrow! For more pictures and information on this lake home, please pick up a copy of the June 2014 issue of Traditional Home, or click here for more online.
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