Friday, November 28, 2014

Five Favorite Candles for the Holidays

The Christmas season is officially upon us, and one of my favorite traditions is the holiday candle. I like to buy them in bulk, as they make perfect stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, last minute gifts, and well... gifts for yourself. In an instant, the sense of smell can trigger long-forgotten memories of seasons past, and these five candles are certain to evoke the holiday spirit!

Tiffany Jones is a dear friend of mine and an incredibly talented interior decorator featured recently by The Pink Pagoda. This fall, she announced her new line of candles, and I have fallen for #12, an "elegant synthesis of rosemary, lavender, and mint" that is perfect for the holidays. This exquisite candle has been burning in our home all week, and everyone loves it! Tiffany's candles are 100% soy wax, hand poured in the USA, and they come in beautiful packaging, ready for gift giving. Priced at $45.

This candle has become a holiday tradition in our home. Various sizes are available, and each year I purchase the 7.8 ounce $34 version in bulk. The sparkling aroma of pomegranate, mandarine orange, pine, cloves, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber is positively divine! This year, I am asking Santa for the four wick, 77 ounce grand candle, selected as one of Oprah's Favorite Things for the holiday season in 2013.  Priced from $14 - $225.

Not only does this lovely candle smell amazing, but it comes in the best hand-painted ceramic stoneware container that is dishwasher safe once the candle has been used. It also matches Juliska's line of winter holiday plates, mugs, and serving ware!  Priced at $49.

Founded in Paris in1643, Cire Trudon was once the candlemaker to the courts of Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV. This Christmas candle, Nazareth, blends cinnamon, orange, clove, bourbon vanilla with a whisper of frankincense and myrrh. All Cire Trudon candles reside in beautiful hand blown glass vessels. The wax is 100% vegetable-based, the wick is pure cotton, and it is allergen free with no pesticides. Priced at $105. 

I haven't tried these new candles yet, but I'm planning on picking up a few, along with free presents!, during Lilly Pulitzer's "Colorful Friday" gift event November 27 - November 30. The orange scented candle will be perfect for the holidays, and these are two of my favorite Lilly prints. Plus, you can't beat the price. Priced at $28.

What is your favorite holiday candle? 

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Nursery for a Palm Beach Princess

The ladies of Palm Beach-based Luxe Report Designs have done it again! You may remember the work of the dynamic duo, Christin Carron and Lauren Kukkamaa, as I have featured their work here and here. Well, Christin is expecting a baby girl in a few weeks, and she has designed a nursery fit for a princess! The inspiration was Old Palm Beach meets Chinoiserie meets Regency meets a touch of Glam, and the results will leave you breathless...

The color palette is coral (paint is Jovial Coral by Sherwin Williams) contrasted with plenty of crisp white and subtle accents of pink. The wall murals were painted by local West Palm Beach artist EEK. Contact Luxe Report Designs for additional information. 

Almost everything in the room is vintage. Dressers, lamps, chandelier, mirror, accessories, and the chair (reupholstered and glider added)...all vintage! 

The crib is from Walmart! Bedding is from Serena & Lily and Pottery Barn Kids

The gorgeous window treatments are custom.

The rug is from Rugs USA. Gold pouf, Etsy. Elephant side table, Two's Company.

Christin's adorable Yorkshire Terrier, Tuni, waits patiently for her new baby sister! 

Christin and Lauren never cease to amaze and dazzle me with their boundless talent. Click here to learn more about Luxe Report Designs' interior design and event styling services. And while we are speaking of nurseries... stay tuned as I will soon feature Lauren's son Hank's bedroom, as he transitions from nursery to big boy room. And if you loved Christin's nursery, wait until you see pictures from her baby shower... Lauren coordinated every single detail to match! More to come! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seaside Glamour in the Bahamas

Believe it or not, but the home I'm featuring today was once a "builder's special with too much Sheetrock and not enough chic." The home owners, a young Texas family with two pre-teen boys, hired designer Amanda Lindroth, and pow! An injection of color, pattern, and seaside glamour brought it to life with a tropical punch. Let's head over to Lyford Cay for a peek inside!

The foyer steals the show inside. The trelliswork, mirror frame, and demilune table were designed by Philippe Le Manach of Accents of France and painted in Benjamin Moore's Spring Break. Ordinary terra-cotta floor tiles were painted in Decorators White and Bath Salts, both by Benjamin Moore.

A backdrop of neutrals gives the living room a fresh, breezy air. Walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Atrium White. Slubby Basket cotton by P Kaufmann was used for curtains and to reupholster the existing sofa and armchairs. Lindroth loves stripes — and her client loves purple — so she had pillows made in Quadrille's Lane Stripe, in a custom shade. Empire chairs from Bamboo & Rattan, with cushions in China Seas' Turtle Batik. Serena & Lily Elsa side tables. Borobudur abaca rug, Stark. Seaview blinds.

In the living room, a Kent mirror from Christopher Hodsoll hangs above a Georgian-style side table by English Georgian America.

An upstairs TV room is dominated by a long sofa covered in Perennials' Bigger Stripe. Walls are clad in Phillip Jeffries's Driftwood grass cloth and trimmed with Samuel & Sons' French grosgrain ribbon. Floor lamp, Visual Comfort.

Vintage mirrors framed in stick rattan line the bedroom hallway, creating the illusion of windows.

The large-scale pattern of faux-bois Chene wallpaper from Nobilis adds a rustic touch to the family room.

A Ballard Designs banquette, Ikea Docksta table, and Circa Who fretwork chairs offer ample seating in the breakfast room.

Stripes galore for the young boys' bedroom: Phillip Jeffries's Island Raffia wallcovering, Matouk bed linens, and Dash & Albert rugs.

Spicy orange energizes the master bedroom. China Seas' Lysette linen covers the walls, and the headboard is upholstered in a Norbar canvas. Meridian bed linens, Matouk. Hamilton table, Bunny Williams.

Pagoda mirrors and Serena & Lily dhurries give "a little jolt" to the master bath. Kohler tub with Waterworks fittings.

The veranda outside the bedrooms serves as an outdoor room. "It has a beautiful view of the entire property," Lindroth says. "And it's a great place for the two young boys to take a nap on the vintage French daybeds." The sea grass wingback armchairs are from Pottery Barn, and the kilim rugs are from Home Decorators Collection. Hobe Sound lanterns by Oomph in Sherwin- Williams's Knockout Orange. Ceiling fans, Nassau Glass Company.

Lindroth gave the exterior "a showstopping personality" with big splashes of bold orange. Bench in Sherwin-Williams's Knockout Orange. Pillows in a Link Outdoor canvas. Awning fabric, Sattler.

Lush greenery provides privacy for the pool area.

A twilight view of the double gallery side of the house, where Lindroth made full use of outdoor space.

To learn more about this amazing transformation, click here for an interview with Amanda Lindroth. I would like to move right in, please! Images and captions are from the November issue of House Beautiful. Photography by Thomas Loof

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Palm Beach Lately for the Holidays

If you are planning an upcoming trip to Palm Beach, you'll want to make sure to take advantage of the "Holiday Haute Ride," a free and eco-friendly car service that provides transportation to the island's best hotspots. The dynamic duo at Palm Beach Lately partnered with The Free Ride to create this holiday treat for visitors and locals on Saturdays and Sundays November 8, 2014 through January 4, 2015.  I am absolutely in love with these cars, which are wrapped in the most adorable banana leaf and pink print!

Sisters Danielle Norcross and Beth Beattie Aschenbach of Palm Beach Lately 

The "Holiday Haute Ride" is sponsored by Hamilton Jewelers, Neiman Marcus, Nick and Johnnie's, Sail to Sable at C. Orrico, The Colony Hotel, The Gary Pohrer Group for K2-Realty, and Vineyard Vines. The schedule and additional information can be found at

"Holiday Haute Riders will not have to worry about parking and walking with shopping bags and will have exclusive access to the holiday giveaways and promotions at the participating locations," said Palm Beach Lately co-owner Danielle Norcross.

Prizes include a one night stay at The Colony, a $500 shopping spree from Sail to Sable at C. Orrico, a $250 Hamilton Jewelers Gift card, a $250 Vineyard Vines gift card, and a $100 Neiman Marcus gift card. If you ride or spot the Holiday Haute Ride, snap a pic and post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag @PalmBeachLately and @PBFreeRide and hashtag #PBLFreeRide for a chance to win prizes.

I would like to bring one of these cars home, please!  

I am a huge fan of Palm Beach Lately's blog, which serves as a guide to Palm Beach's best beauty, living, social, and style trends. I also adore their online shop, which features Palm Beach and Old Florida themed cocktail napkins, pillows, art, jewelry, and more. For example, I simply adore this Palm Beach map print, which is also available in wrapping paper...

8"x10" Palm Beach Map Print 

Lastly, don't forget to bookmark Palm Beach Lately's Guide to Palm Beach... You will want it for your next visit to the island! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mario Buatta and Patricia Altschul Exude Southern Charm in Charleston

Did you see the October issue of Architectural Digest featuring Patricia Altchul's stunning antebellum mansion in Charleston, South Carolina? It is absolute perfection! I confess my guilty pleasure is watching Southern Charm... I love getting to peek inside the cast members' historic Charleston homes, particularly Altschul's.

Known as the Isaac Jenkins Mikell House, the imposing Greek Revival was built in 1853-1854 by cotton planter Isaac Jenkins Mikell for his third wife, Mary Martha Pope. The house was bought in 1935 by the Charleston Free Library and served as a public library until the early 1960s when it was sold and restored as a private residence. Patricia Altschul bought the house in 2008 and commissioned legendary designer Mario Buatta to revamp the interiors.

I have featured this home before, including images from the in-depth and brilliant feature by Joni at Cote de Texas. Let's revisit and take a look at Architectural Digest's October 2014 feature!

The landmarked Isaac Jenkins Mikell House boasts 9,500 square feet and 10 bedrooms. Altschul called upon Richard Marks to restore the home to its historic glory. Every surface was revived, as were glorious details like the elaborate plaster ceiling medallions. The house was honored at the Preservation Society of Charleston's 2012 Carolopolis Awards for outstanding historic preservation. 

The elegant and glamorous Patricia Altschul, dressed in one of her trademark caftans. 

To soften the wood floor of the apple-green double drawing room, Mario Buatta took a Stark carpet from Altschul's former Long Island, New York, estate and cut in in half, dividing it between the spaces. A Lee Jofa floral upholsters several armchairs and the love seat, and a Colefax and Fowler check covers the French bergere. Both the Regency sofa table in the doorway and the cocktail table on the right are from Philip Colleck.

via Cote de Texas from Altschul's Bravo home tour.

Antique silhouettes hang in the stair case, which is furnished with a borne settee covered in a Brunschwig & Fils chenille. The lantern is 19th-century Gothic Revival, and the stair runner is by Stark. Artisan Haleh Atabeigi painted the floor in an octagonal pattern based on Victorian tilework. 

As seen from the entrance hall, a Regency mirror from Mallett is mounted in the stair hall, above an 18th-century table from Florian Papp.

An antique Zuber wallpaper depicting Revolutionary War scenes lines the dining room; the 19th-century Waterford chandelier is from Nesle, and the dining table is English. 

The Zuber wallcoverings are sentimental, as an ancestor of Altschul's advised George Washington when he defeated Cornwallis at Yorktown. She has removed and reinstalled them every time she has moved since childhood. Image via Cote de Texas

A Colefax and Fowler striped wallpaper sheathes the morning room; the Mario Buatta-designed ottoman is clad in a Brunschwig & Fils cotton. 

Another view of the morning room, via Cote de Texas.

Richard Marks created the airy kitchen and a new butler's pantry. 

A blue and white tiled fireplace at the opposite end of the kitchen, via Cote de Texas.

In the cherry-red library, a Chinoiserie fabric was used for the curtains and upholstery; the gilded 18th-century mirror, from Gracie, once hung in Scotland's Keir House. The tiger-stripe velvet is by Brunschwig & Fils, and the ocelot-spot carpet is by Stark. 

A 19th-century canopy bed dressed with a Colefax and Fowler floral dominates a guest room. The bed linens are by D. Porthault, and the carpet is by Stark. 

In the master bath, the toilet is concealed in a tall Chinoiserie cabinet; a Manuel Canovas print covers the slipper chair at left, a Brunschwig & Fils fabric was used on the chair at right, and the garden stool is from John Rosselli Antiques. 

I think this is one of the most beautiful bathrooms I have ever seen. I love the mirrored walls and vanity, the ribbon painted floor, the Sherle Wagner swans, and all of the blue and white Chinoiserie. Image via Cote de Texas

Altschul's chef delivers her new and "extremely rare" matte pink alligator Hermes Birkin bag... color coordinated to match her bubble gum pink .38 special, of course.  Click here to watch the scene from season one.

A Manuel Canovas fabric swathes the master bedroom, where a Donald Roller Wilson painting is displayed above a 19th-century Chinoiserie étagère from Philip Colleck.

One of my favorite lines from the first season of Southern Charm is when, upon the death of her beloved cat (RIP), Altschul's son Whitney states gravely that his mother has "taken to bed with a martini, a Xanax and Turner Classics." I just adore this lady! 
Image via Cote de Texas

Patricia Altschul... with her "medicine" via Cote de Texas.

If the contents of this magnificent mansion look familiar, it is because many of the furnishings came from Altschul's previous "Buattafied" addresses, including Southerly, a 30-room Long Island, New York, estate she shared with her late husband. Visit Cote de Texas for more pictures of Southerly, the Altschul's former Fifth Avenue apartment, and for pictures of the Isaac Jenkins Mikell home before and after Altschul's renovations. And don't forget to head over to Bravo for a home tour led by the delightful Mrs. Altschul and her son... I would like to be her when I grow up, please! 

Want to see more of Mario Buatta's recent work? Click here to view the Southampton and Palm Beach homes he decorated for a chic Manhattan couple. You may also wish to add his recently released book, Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration to your holiday shopping list! Known as "The Prince of Chintz," Buatta is pure genius.  
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