Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Set your alarm clock early for tomorrow morning because the annual Lilly Pulitzer summer sale, the After Party Sale (formerly known as the End of Summer Sale), begins at 8 a.m. EST! I know a few people who will be calling in "sick" tomorrow so as not to miss the big event. It is serious business for us Lilly girls, so much so that each year we crash the Lilly Pulitzer server! Popular and "Holy Grail" pieces (coveted, sold-out prints that resell up to triple their retail price on sites like eBay and Re-Lilly) sell at lightening speed. And remember, just because something is in your shopping bag, doesn't mean it is yours. You must check out early and often! For more tips on maximizing your After Party shopping experience, click here.

I have several items on my wish list, what about you? Good luck!

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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Marion Syms Wyeth Palm Beach Mansion for Sale

Marion Syms Wyeth was one of Palm Beach's most influential architects, so I always get excited when one of his homes goes on the market. Located on one of the most desirable in-town streets just south of Worth Avenue, 14 Golfview Road is a fine example of Wyeth's work.

Wyeth arrived in Palm Beach in 1919 and spent the next 60 years designing numerous mansions and projects including Mar-A-Lago and the Norton Museum of Art. His work is similar to the Spanish style of Addison Mizner, another legendary Palm Beach architect, yet it is reflective of his French training. Moorish ceilings, iron-grilled windows and balconies, courtyards, and tiled roofs are all signature Wyeth design features.

Built in 1928, this quintessential Palm Beach home retains original details including wooden ceilings in the living and dining rooms, pecky cypress doors, and gracious staircase. I am also in love with the murals which are so Palm Beach Chic.

This architectural gem is priced at $7.95M and features 6,229 square feet, four bedrooms, five and a half baths, and an elevator... all nestled within a romantic garden setting within walking distance of my favorite Palm Beach haunts. Click here to learn more. Now I'm off to buy a Lottery ticket!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Palm Beach Style Decorating Decoded

One Kings Lane recently decoded Palm Beach Chic decor, and I simply had to share... Here are a few hallmarks of this distinctly Floridian approach to decorating, with ideas sure to add some sunshine to your home. Most of these images come from Meg Braff's iconic West Palm Beach pied-√†-terre... Let's check it out!

Lilly Pulitzer Palette 
The saturated hues and bold prints of Pulitzer’s shift dresses reached their popularity pinnacle when Jacqueline Kennedy donned one on the cover of Life magazine in the 1960s, but her daring color combos have never gone out of style. The key here is to keep your colors on a similar spectrum; think turquoise, lime green, sunny yellow, and coral.

Touches of the Tropics
Like nautical style, its Northeastern counterpart, Palm Beach style embraces all aspects of sea life—but with a distinctly tropical spin. Shells and coral are often-spotted elements, but palm fronds and the stately peacock chair, which is making a major comeback since its Swinging ’60s heyday, take the look to a more exotic place.

White, White, and more White 
The perfect foundation for this style’s bold hues: bright white, of course! Walls up and down Worth Avenue, Palm Beach’s answer to Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, are coated in white, and it often pops up in upholstery as well. A few other noncolor elements to be on the lookout for when living this look: glam mirrored surfaces and Lucite.

Motif Mash-ups
Where else are you likely to see fretwork combined with an aviary print, plus some canning and maybe a Greek key or two thrown in? It’s this fearlessly fun approach to decorating that makes this style one of our favorites. Sticking to a limited palette is an easy way to make a mix of motifs feel connected.

Bits of Bamboo, Rattan, and Wicker
If it’s bamboo, rattan, or wicker, it’s Palm Beach—with extra points if it’s lacquered in white or turquoise. Even though these pieces bring with them the escapist aura of the beach, designers have time and again proved that they work just as well in urban interiors.

Something Serge Roche
The 20th-century French designer’s use of shell and palm motifs in his sought-after white plaster sconces, torch√®res (a fancy way of saying floor lamps), and tables cemented his pieces as a staple of this style. Collectors and designers are always on the hunt for originals, but stunning pieces “in the style of” Roche are readily available to the rest of us.

Images and captions from One Kings Lane. Shop the look! Last week, Aerin Lauder debuted a Tastemaker Tag Sale on OKL, offering some incredible Palm Beach inspired decor and accessories. If you missed it, don't fret! OKL, is having another Palm Beach Chic sale through next Friday. I'll take one of each, please!! 
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